OGO Balls

Roundtop Mountain Resort, PA
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  Ages 6+, ages 6 and 7 must ride with a rider 14+
Restrictions:  Maximum rider weight is 275 pounds, maximum combined weight for up to 3 riders is 550 pounds
Recommendations:  OGO balls are great fun for all ages 6+.  The OGO Balls are part of an Adventure Package includes many other activities.  The sweet spot for the package seems to be families with kids ages 6 to around 14.  Teenagers and adults will enjoy the OGOs but may find the other activities to be oriented towards a younger crowd.

OGO Balls

Looking through an OGO Ball

(Updated 3/10/16) When it comes to weird outdoor activities, riding the OGO Balls at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania ranks right up there.  I had experienced their Vertical Trek canopy tour a year earlier and had a blast so I thought I would give OGOs a try.  They kept me entertained for a solid couple of hours.

OGO Balls consist of an 11 foot diameter ball with a second 6 foot ball suspended inside by 1,200 colorful cords.  Needless to say, the balls are pretty striking visually. Read more ›

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Condor Express Whale Watching

Santa Barbara, CA
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  All ages
Recommendations:  You will be on the water for at least 4 1/2 hours. If you have trouble with sea sickness, take appropriate measures before boarding.

On a recent visit to Santa Barbara, we enjoyed a great whale watching trip on the Condor Express. The crew, boat and experience were all first rate and a lot of fun.

We reserved our trip well ahead of time because we had been told that they do fill up during busy seasons. The reservation process was very easy and it was nice that they do not actually charge you until to arrive that day. Check-in was easy and quick.

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Humpback Tail Flukes

As 10:00 am approached, we were allowed to board the boat and we were directed to the upper deck seating. Two very knowledgeable volunteers gave a brief presentation on what we could expect to see and answered any questions we had. Read more ›

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Atlantis Submarines

Honolulu, HI
Family Friendly?:  Yes
Age Range:  No set age, but riders must be 36″ or taller
Recommendations:  The subs are fairly roomy and have large windows. However, you will be in an enclosed space with little room to move around. Be prepared if that bothers you.

Atlantis Submarines offers the opportunity to take a tour on a real submarine in a natural environment. That is not something most people get to experience! On a recent visit to Hawaii we just couldn’t resist and we were happy we did.

Atlantis submarine and Diamond Head

Atlantis submarine and Diamond Head

Most of the hotel concierge services and military ITT offices can set you up with a reservation in a couple of minutes. The meeting area is a dock located near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki. We were staying close enough to walk there, but they offer a shuttle service as part of the package so why not take advantage of it? Read more ›

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