It was so nice to get away for 8 days! My husband and I traveled with my girlfriend Jenna and her sister Sara! Their Grandpa has a condo in Venice so free lodging sounded fantastic! We took a red eye flight on Frontier. Crazy decision since you lose time and Frontiers new planes seriously suck. It was impossible to sleep, the chairs are horrible! So we landed at 4:55am and went straight at it! We flew into Miami so we could drive through the Everglades and hit the Keys for a snorkeling trip!
We got to the Everglades around 8 or 9am which was perfect time for the animals to be out! We had some close encounters with Alligators. Taylor got pretty close, at his own risk, but Alligators can run pretty fast so be careful!
There were so many cool birds always out! We saw this one eating tons of bugs!
Wish we had these trees in Colorado!
It looks beautiful but we had a can of bug spray on! The bugs were horrible and we still got eaten alive!
After that we went to the John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park to snorkel! The weather was pretty cloudy and windy while we were out there so the water was really choppy and hard to swim in. It was still really cool, saw tons of fish and they even have a cool statue under water! Here’s the condo and the awesome view from the lanai!
We took a day off to catch up on some sleep and grocery shop. On Wednesday we drove to Orlando for Universal Studios! We couldn’t wait for Harry Potter land! That is such an expensive trip I don’t know how big families do it. Even Disney Land was too expensive for this trip. We got express passes (to skip the line) which we all HIGHLY recommend. We did everything in one day! We skipped hours worth of lines, it was so worth it and not too expensive to add onto your ticket.
We went to the Harry Potter part first which had the best rides out of the entire park! We had a backpack to hold a few things and we would have to put them in lockers before some rides. They’re free and work great, little frustrating navigating though hundreds of people. We even road the Hogwarts Express (takes you back and forth between the 2 parks).
Our other favorite ride was THE MUMMY! The best ever. It’s the only ride we hoped back in line right after we went!
You can get a wand like Harry! So cool. Some are interactive and do magic inside the park!
Gringotts was another awesome ride. They didn’t allow the express passes and it’s the one ride that shut down on us and we waiting about 1.5 hours! But again, worth it! Loved this ride and at least the line has you walking through the movie!
Simpson’s ride was an hour+ wait, look at the line we passed.
Disgusting doughnut as big as my hand! That’s all the 4 of us could eat.
Camera shop I had to get a picture in front of the aperture!
We got to celebrate my birthday while we were out there! The night leading into my birthday was so much fun! Definitely one of the best days (besides Universal) then we all went out to eat at Sharky’s! It was so good! We also took some fun portraits at the pier!
Little snails outside the condo. There were huge bugs, spiders, frogs, birds and alligators too!
This was such an amazing trip! I will never forget it! Best birthday ever as well!