Hey there, Thursday!
Today, it’s all about PART 2 of our Spring Break trip to Miami!
If you missed PART 1 make sure you check it out before you start scrolling.
A quick recap before we begin…we went to Miami and the weather wasn’t super great the first few days. We were a little nervous that the whole trip would have temperamental weather, but you know what? On DAY THREE things turned right around! When we looked into Miami we wanted to have time on the beach, but we also wanted to check out the relatively new J.W. Marriott resort with the cool waterpark. We considered changing hotels, but honestly, the pricing for us was better if we just stayed at one and made day trips to the other (instead of switching midway through the trip), so that’s why on Day Three, we woke up at our resort (The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour) and made the quick 20 minute drive to spend our first of two days at the Marriott’s waterpark (we purchased day passes online before we left Texas).
Friends, we had the BEST time!! Here we go…
After breakfast, we put on our swimsuits and headed over to the other resort.
I parked myself on a bench with a book and was one happy lady.
There were slides, a lazy river, a big pool area…it was really a great way to enjoy two days (you’ll see more tomorrow).
I don’t have any pics (who knows why?), but we had dinner on this night at Stripsteak and really loved it!
On DAY FOUR…we woke up extra excited!
We got in the car and headed straight to…
I hate gators.
I mean…if I had to pick between getting attacked by a gator or a shark, I would pick the shark EVERY TIME. Anyone else? Ugh! BUT, we were there for the Florida Everglades experience and wanted to check out the gators and glades.
Not going to lie…we were a little nervous.
Our family (in advance) reserved a private tour for the six of us on one of these air boats through the everglades. The ride was about 45 minutes total and then at the end, they did have a place where we could get up close and see the gators they had on their property as well
Friends, it was gorgeous! We were out (in what felt like) the middle of nowhere taking in the scenery of the gorgeous Florida Everglades.
It was a great day to see some gators 🙂 .
Doesn’t that look like a field? It’s on water! It was so cool!
Clearly, we have a gator sighting on the left. Hahaha!
I mean…I know God creates all things beautiful in his sight…but come on. I question this guy 😉 .
Every time we saw a gator is was crazy fun. I mean…look at them…out there living their life not knowing that if I fell in the water, I’d immediately have a heart attack. Our boat captain was a super nice guy and shared so much information with us about not just the alligators living in this area, but the area as a whole. I could have sat and listened to him talk for hours about wildlife in Florida. When our boat ride was over, they told us that we could go check out their gators on site that they have behind a fence. They said “be careful though because the gators in the wild like to come up and hang out with the gators in captivity”. Um, excuse me?
Andrew Shull took this as an invitation to get as close as possible.
Check out the three gators OUTSIDE the fence just hanging out.
Me too, babe.
This whole thing just blew my mind. Gators in the wild hanging out with gators in captivity (they’re there for many reasons…injury, health issues, etc). I mean. Look at them!
That’s enough alligator for one day! After our fun morning (and it REALLY was a great experience!!), we were ready to head back to…
…the Marriott for one last day of poolside fun!
I love this guy so much!!
And this guy too!! We must have gone down the slides at this park a bazillion times!
It was a great day in Florida 🙂 .
That night, we enjoyed dinner at Matador Room.
The last two days of our trip, we wanted to spend sitting at the beach.
So, that’s what we did…all day long.
We stayed on the beach right in front of our hotel.
I did play in the sand and get in the water, but I don’t carry my phone around for those occasions. Instead, all I have are a bunch of pics from my chair. Ha!
It was a crazy fun beach day!
For dinner on this night, we ate at Cecconis which we LOVED!
Any restaurant with g-free pasta and ambiance is in a win in our book!
The next morning, we woke up and…
…it was our 17th wedding anniversary!!
How did that happen?
We spent the day doing our favorite thing…
…hanging out at the beach with our kiddos.
That night, we got cleaned up and celebrated our anniversary dinner at Bourbon Steak which ended up being our VERY favorite restaurant of the whole trip!
Lots of smiles for 17 years of marriage!
That wraps up our Spring Break trip to Miami!
Again, if you missed PART 1, go back and check it out. For all the details on my swimsuits, coverups sandals, what I’m wearing…all of that is HERE in this post. All of the little girls’ swimsuits can be found HERE.
Our time in Miami definitely made us all ready for summer over here. We can’t get enough fun in the sun. xo