Summer vacation is all about creating family memories that last a lifetime. Some of my favorite memories of childhood centered around our vacations - playing on the beach, rides at the boardwalk amusement park, eating fresh steamed crabs at a newspaper covered picnic table, staying up late with cousins that I didn't see enough. These are some of the best family moments, and I want to help create these special times for my own kids and also help them capture them as well.
We're busy planning our summer vacation now, and as I'm deciding where we will go and what we will do I also wanted to give my kids something to capture their vacation memories. To help them along, I created a printable travel journal page - and I'm offering it as a free download for you to use too!
Planning the Perfect Vacation for Family Memories
As I'm researching options for our family vacation, I was so excited to discover all there is to explore in Ocala/Marion County Florida. I start planning each vacation by making a vacation bucket list (you can find it and more in my printable travel planner here). I list out everything that's on our must do list - golf for my husband, water fun and outdoor adventure for my kids, and shopping for me. As I'm exploring all there is to do in Ocala I'm finding it checks off most everything on our list!
We've been looking at Florida Travel, and I'm focusing on central Florida so we can hit the major theme parks too. I really want something that has outdoor water activities, and Ocala has freshwater lakes, springs, and rivers for lots of water fun. Plus, it's only about an hour from Orlando for theme parks and an hour and a half to Tampa for us to catch a baseball game! And there are so many Ocala/Marion County Activities to try too.
Silver Springs State Park looks like an amazing water destination - Florida's first tourist attraction and one of the largest artesian springs in the world, you can explore the spring from the comfort of a glass bottomed boat and see the aquatic life under the clear water. My boys would LOVE this!
I would also love to check out Lake Weir because there are so many activities for my family, including a beach, boating, and playgrounds to keep the kids entertained. Love this restaurant right on the beach!
There's also really great options for our family's lodging on vacation - with young kids, a hotel isn't always the best choice for us. I love the idea of staying in a cottage or a cabin, where we can spread out a bit, let the kids have their own room and space to run, and a bit more privacy. There's some really adorable choices for Ocala/Marion County Lodging - the hardest part is picking which one!
Ocala also has great golf courses for my husband to try out, and plenty of shopping for me. Plus lots of awesome dining options (because I am not cooking on vacation).
Capture Vacation Memories with a Printable Travel Journal
This printable vacation journal page is perfect to help your kids record their memories of each day of vacation - there's a place to mark the date, place, and the weather. It has open spaces for places that you went that day and things you did - be creative and draw a picture! Finally, there is writing space for what you want to remember from that day - a great meal, a fun outing, anything you want! This journal page is perfect for kids and adults of any age (my boys aren't writing yet, so I'm planning to let them draw in the frames and I'll help with the rest). You can print as many copies as you need to include them in a summer scrapbook, or put them in a three ring binder that you add to every year. It's all up to you!
You can download your free vacation journal page below - just click the Get It Now button.
Where will you take your travel journal? There is so much to explore in Ocala & Marion County - check it out for yourself here and start planning your family vacation today!