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Hi Ladies! I could really use some help. We are taking our first family road trip, headed to Florida from Oklahoma. It’s a 20 hour drive so we are giving ourselves 2 ½ days to do it in. What I need help with is good places to stop and play for a two year old and 10 month old along the way. Either a neat attraction or just a great local park – just places we can all get out and stretch our legs along the way. Any replies are appreciated. Thanks!<br><br>
This is the main highways on the route we are taking (I think). Anything in the whereabouts is great. I 40 through Arkansas, US 78 through Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, to US 280 into Georgia, to I 75 into Florida. Thanks again ladies!<br><br>
These are the cities we will be going through, but would love to hear about places to stop in smaller towns in between. Also are there any areas you would recommend we avoid?<br>
Little Rock, AR<br>
Memphis, TN<br>
**********, AL<br>
Columbus, GA<br>
Gainesville, FL
 

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For a real quick break, my 2.5 yo son always loves to stop at the Florida welcome center when you hit the state line on 75. I know it is just a state rest stop and not exactly what you are asking for, but at least it is a nice one. He honest to goodness remembers that they give away orange and grapefruit juice. It is a good halfway point for me when I am traveling to see family, so we always stop there: get some juice and a coloring book and maybe look at brochures and then eat a picnic lunch and feed the little birds that hang out at the sheltered tables. He is thrilled that someone will just give him juice -- the joys of a simple life!<br><br>
Have a great family trip.
 

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We took a road trip when our son was 11 months old and he has always disliked the car seat. It was total around a 12 hour trip, we split it up into 2 days. We had a portable dvd player that helped some and we stopped about every 2 hours for a 1/2 hour or so and nursed , went into the store, sat down and ate, crawled in the grass. I don't have any tips for places to stop, we just stopped when we knew he had to get out of the car! Have a good trip!
 

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That is mostly our plan, we have split the trip up into 2-5 hour incriments w/ the longer incrimnets likely to fall into nap time. Just trying to find fun things to do and make the whole thing an enjoyable vacation.
 

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In Columbus, GA, there is a nice Riverwalk along the Chattahoochee. My girls love to go there. There are some nice parks-we especially like <a href="http://www.visitcolumbusga.com/businessDetails.aspx?id=398" target="_blank">Lake Bottom Park.</a><br>
There is an indoor attraction called Hollywood Connection. It is a movie theatre, skating rink, arcade, indoor putt-putt, carousel, HUGE play area (like the kind in fast food places-tunnels, slides, etc.). I couldn't find a website for it, but a google search does pull up a map of how to get there. It's just off the interstate.<br>
About 20-30 minute drive north of Columbus (north on I-185 to US 27) is the town of Pine Mountain. <a href="http://www.callawaygardens.com/" target="_blank">Callaway Gardens</a> is there and is one of our favorite places in the state. It is beautiful and very kid-friendly. The butterfly house is especially cool. The town is cute and has a a great sandwich/ice cream place (The Purple Cow, I think). Very nearby is Warm Springs where FDR's Little White House is. Your kids might be too young for that though.<br>
If I think of anything else, I'll let you know. Good Luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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