If you or a loved one has ever dreamed of herding cattle across the open plains or facing down bad guys in a lawless town, treat your family to a Western adventure. Several historic destinations celebrate the Old West with reenactments, stagecoach rides, rodeos and other family-friendly activities.
Infamous for the shootout at the O.K. Corral, this Southern Arizona mining town retains its Old West feel with wooden boardwalks, dusty streets and original buildings like the Birdcage Theater, now a museum. Don’t miss the O.K. Corral, where you can watch a reenactment of the gunfight and visit the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper.
Want to really experience the Old West? Take a stagecoach ride through town. Then, head to the Good Enough Mine. On the mine tour, you’ll enter one of the area’s first mines and learn about the silver mining industry that made Tombstone rich. Round out your visit with a stop at Old Tombstone Western Theme Park to pan for gold, take aim in the shooting gallery and watch the daily gunfight shows. The park also offers a half-hour trolley tour through Tombstone and Boothill Graveyard.
Another notorious Western town, Deadwood comes to life with shootouts, traveling medicine shows and the capture of Jack McCall in front of Saloon No. 10, where he killed Wild Bill Hickok. For a schedule of the Main Street reenactments or to watch McCall’s trial, visit the Deadwood Alive website.
Some of the biggest names in Western lore passed through Deadwood. The Adams Museum showcases the personal belongings of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and others while its affiliate, Days of ’76, houses more than 50 historic wagons, carriages and stagecoaches. For a change of pace, tour the Broken Boot Gold Mine or pay your respects to Hickock at Mount Moriah Cemetery.
With a rail line that could ship cattle east, Dodge City, Kansas, became one of the major endpoints on the Western Cattle Trail. Experience what the cowboys might have when they arrived in Dodge City roughly 150 years ago at the Boot Hill Museum. Stroll down the boardwalk, order a sarsaparilla at the bar, get a can-can lesson or watch re-enactors gunfight on what was originally the site of Boot Hill Cemetery.
Nearby, the Gunfighters Wax Museum shares space with the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. Visit the wax museum to see the likenesses of Wyatt Earp, Sitting Bull, Jesse James and others.
The last stop for supplies on the Chisolm Trail before crossing into Indian Territory, historic Fort Worth earned the nickname “Cowtown.” Learn about the industry at the Stockyards Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame or National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Then, stake your space to watch one of the two daily cattle drives at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. along East Exchange Avenue.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, parents and kids can practice roping, learn how to saddle a horse, hear chuckwagon stories and more for free behind the Livestock Exchange Building. Or, purchase tickets for the daily rodeos held year-round at Cowtown Coliseum or Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show every day at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
If you are a lover of thrill rides and rollercoasters, you better start thinking about a future trip to test out some new ones in Orlando, Florida’s, theme parks. Throughout the next year, some theme parks are expecting a number of thrilling additions and experiences for willing guests. From two long-anticipated coasters slated to open next year in Walt Disney World to a yet-to-be-announced Jurassic Park roller coaster set to open in Universal Orlando, thrill-seekers and coaster fanatics will be in awe.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!
The first refreshing aspect of Morgan’s Wonderland is its inspiration; a real person instead of a cast of cartoon characters. The second, all the more innovative and meaningful, her parents channeled her resilience and zest for life into a destination of pure family fun, designed to be more inclusive than some of the most-visited theme parks on the planet.
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Ever since travel began picking back up and travelers started returning to the skies, Delta Air Lines has blocked the middle seat option on all flights, and limited the number of passengers per flight. Delta Air Lines announced it will continue blocking the middle seat and limiting travelers through at least Jan. 6, 2021. Delta is hoping this extension will make individuals, groups and families more comfortable flying over the holidays.