HELP! Planning a trip to Florida/Myrtle Beach

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HELP! Planning a trip to Florida/Myrtle Beach

So my dh is taking next week off work since dd has March Break for school... and last week he came home one day and suggested driving to Miami, FL, (or Myrtle Beach) to take the kids on a vacation! I was in shock LOL, as dh doesn't really like vacations, let alone driving 24-hrs with 3 kids under 4! Anyways, have any of you taken your kids on vacation when they were this small? We live in Ontario, and while we have no snow, its not warm weather, so we want to go somewhere there is sun! We are not flying, as only dh and I have passports, so we will be driving. Any ideas of where to go? Places to stay? Things to do? I don't want to put this on my facebook, as we are kinda just going to go away, and then come home, and surprise everyone Smile
We have a 4.5yr old, 2.5yr old and then 3mos old. Thankfully our new SUV has a dvd player (phew!), but that's about as far as I know. Also what do you pack? What about meals? Ugh.. this sounds like a lot of work. We have our own business, and my dh works A LOT, so I told him he needs to take 2wks vacation this year, so we might to do this trip, and then we are going to a resort cottaging in the summer in MI. I guess I should mapquest how long it would take exactly to drive to FL/Myrtle Beach. I honestly have no clue with traveling. I am 30 and still haven't been on a plane! *gasp*
Thanks in advance!!! Smile

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We travelled over the holidays, and our kids are all pretty much the same age Smile

We did fly for part of it, but we drove from Regina to Winnipeg to Minneapolis, so I feel pretty well-versed on car travel with the 3 kids. We are driving from Regina to Vancouver this May, so I'll get another taste of it then!

As far as the traveling goes, the DVD players were a lifesaver for us! The big kids also had backpacks full of toys in the back seat with them. I sat in the middle seat beside Emerson's carseat - when it was time for him to eat, I just took him out, breastfed him, burped him, and put him back in the seat. You may prefer to stop to feed to be safer, but since he was eating every 2 hours at only 5 weeks old when we traveled, we decided not to stop to feed. I also changed diapers while we were driving on the middle seat!
It's easy to stop at a grocery store and stock up on snacks for the drive along the way - crackers, grapes, apples, granola bars, juice boxes, etc. We stopped for meals at Subway, McDonald's, but it was nice to have a bag of snacks available at all times.
Our situation was a bit different over the holidays because we stayed at our IL's house in Phoenix, so we could do laundry while there, so we only had to bring 2 changes of clothes, 3 for the kids. We also only packed enough diapers to last us our travels, and we bought diapers and wipes when we got there, that's something you can do to save space.

Good luck in your trip planning!

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Sandra had some excellent pointers for your trip! As far as where you should go? Myrtle Beach is definitely going to be closer to you than FL, and if you're just wanting to relax at the beach this is the perfect spot. Miami is beautiful, but I wouldn't go there with all of my kids in tow, as it's more of an adult town (think of Vegas, nix the casinos and add a beach lol). If you're going to FL I would just go to Orlando... but that's because I'm a Disney junkie! Either way, have fun!

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We just drove from MI to Miami. If you want to check it out, I just posted our trip "diary" on Large families Board.
Basically for us the magic trick is to drive through the night. It is just so peaceful. At least do the bulk of the driving the first night.
Myrtle Beach is a great place- warm and SO much to do there! We went there last year or 2 years ago.

Google where can you get from your house in 12 hours. That would be your first BIG stop. Plan some walking around activity there.
For us it was Atlanta GA. So much to do there:
Stone Mountain, World of Coke, CNN studios Aquarium ( to chose from).
Then either reserve a hotel around there or try to drive as far South from there as you can ( we drove).

Orlando FL is really fun for families. You have Disney, orange picking, beaches, SUN and lots more!
To plan a trip I recommend tripadvisor dot com.

Myrtle Beach has a lot Hotels right on the beach with waterparks in them- fun for everyone.There are a ton of hotels that have condominiums. You get a kitchen, washer and dryer, plenty of bedrooms ON the beach. Ripley's Aquarium is beautiful and fun. You have to take the kids mini golfing too.

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Fl will definitely be a lot warmer than SC. Myrtle might still be in the 60's where as FL might be 70's (but I have done FL top to bottom in April and it was still 50's, most areas and the keys were ~70) I went to Myrtle a lot as a kid and always had a great time. We stayed at resorts and didn't do much. I went as an adult (actually my first babymoon), stayed downtown, it was rednecky and I didn't enjoy it at all. It was loud and trashy. That was 4 years ago and I haven't been back since. I wouldn't want to go there with kids if it hasn't changed. Maybe try Hilton Head? We went there often when I was a kid, not as much going on as MB, and prettier.

I go to NoFL at least once/year. I like it a lot. To go the entire distance to the keys would be quite a journey from Can. Look into vacation rentals (I think home away is one) to save money on lodging. I don't think I would do Miami with kids, too far. PCB on the Gulf coast is nice and gentler than on the Atlantic.

Since #3 was born, we have taken a train vacation (took a train and went somewhere for a week) and we flew to an island off the coast of Africa, next month we will fly to the US West coast for 4 months. Once you get the hang of it, you will be addicted Smile don't stress about all the things you need to bring, bring the basics, if you absolutely can't live without something, there are stores everywhere or you can order it online.

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"lil96" wrote:

Maybe try Hilton Head? We went there often when I was a kid, not as much going on as MB, and prettier.

PCB on the Gulf coast is nice and gentler than on the Atlantic.

Since #3 was born, we have taken a train vacation (took a train and went somewhere for a week) and we flew to an island off the coast of Africa, next month we will fly to the US West coast for 4 months. Once you get the hang of it, you will be addicted Smile don't stress about all the things you need to bring, bring the basics, if you absolutely can't live without something, there are stores everywhere or you can order it online.

I second Hilton Head Island. We went last year in August and had fun.

Also I second the Gulf. We stayed at a beautiful place called Sea Grove Beach (it is where the movie The Truman Show with Jim Carey was filmed). It is half way between PCB and Destin. I love Destin more than PCB. They have a fantastic water park!

Having said all that if I had to pick between Hilton Head and Sea Grove I would pick Sea Grove. The Gulf water is way more calm and pretty than the Atlantic.

lil96- You sound like you lead an exciting, mysterious life.....care to fill us in??? Biggrin