With a stroke of luck in having a random day off all together, my mother, sister and I took an impromptu trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. None of us had been to the botanical gardens before, so we decided to make a day of it. We luckily had perfect weather — just a bit overcast with a cool breeze — so we easily walked for a couple hours exploring the grounds.
The sprawling landscape seemed to go on forever, with hidden wooded areas, scenic hiking trails and endless gardens. The estate sits on more than 1,000 acres of expertly manicured grounds complete with impeccable gardens, meadows, woodlands and architectural structures — needless to say, there is a lot to see.
The Conservatory was my personal favorite during our visit. Originally designed and built in 1919, the incredible greenhouse boasts impeccable architecture and interesting plant life. We walked for quite a while and still didn’t see even close to everything the garden has to offer, but we made a point to watch the fountain show and enjoy some Prosecco and macarons from the café cart nearby.
Overall, the gardens were beautiful and there is a lot of walking to be done. I would definitely go again and maybe even head out in the woodlands for a hike and explore the more rugged terrain.
There’s still time for those venturing through during the holiday season. Longwood Gardens hosts a Longwood Christmas through Jan. 7. Guests enjoy festive food, drinks, seasonal décor and live performances including holiday carols. Sing along with the professionals or simply stroll the festive grounds while enjoying the holiday cheer.
The gardens are impeccably decorated on the off season, so the French-inspired holiday display is bound to impress. Just be sure to bundle up for the outdoor exhibits, put on your walking shoes and bring your camera. Keep the holiday cheer going strong and check out the site for more information regarding admission, special events and seasonal hours
Only the bravest of family travelers should venture to Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights. Every year, Universal Orlando turns into the spookiest place in Florida, if not in the country. On select nights throughout the season, visitors and locals alike can head to the popular amusement park for frights, scares and thrilling adventures. Explore 10 terrifying haunted houses; five scare zones; live entertainment; and themed attractions, food and merchandise.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
With kids back in school and the grueling temperatures of summer finally behind us, life is starting to get back into the routine of fall. That doesn’t mean, however, that family fun has to stop. Big international trips may not be practical for all family travelers this time of year, but places like South County in Rhode Island offer so many fun things to do for families, a quick trip to this East Coast haven is practically a must.
Take Part in England’s Exmoor Dark Skies Festival Dusk Wildlife Safaris and Children’s Art Competition
Planning a trip to the United Kingdom soon? Time your travel for the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival in Somerset, England, from Oct. 13 to 29. The setting is Exmoor National Park, located within a gorgeous mix of farmland, wild forests, stunning valleys and moorlands in South West England.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …