Taking Your Kid with Autism to Medieval Times

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Our autism travel experts get questions about Medieval Times quite a bit. For those who don’t know, Medieval Times is a two to four-hour long dinner/show found in nine US locations and themed after a medieval knight jousting tournament. Visitors enter a replica castle and experience a night of fighting, food, and merriment. One can see live horse tricks and falconry at many of these events.

So should or shouldn’t parents take children to Medieval Times? It honestly depends on the child.
Parents who decide to go should make sure to plan ahead and ensure their child knows what to expect.  Here is a list of factors that parents of children with autism should consider before experiencing Medieval Times.

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Noise

The show itself involves lots of noise, often magnified by microphones, from the actors and live animals. For example, one of the most distinctive loud noises is a whip cracking used several times near the end. The show itself also utilizes incredibly loud music. Finally, there is also the sound of the crowds to consider. There’s often hundreds of people sitting in a close, indoor space, many of whom get incredibly excited about the show. While the show isn’t consistently loud, the sounds of the crowds and the show combined can rise to surprisingly high levels.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents of children with noise sensitivities should ask for a table all the way in the back of the stadium. This table should ideally also be away from the center of the loudspeakers and “King’s Booth.”
  • Parents should bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones.

Lighting

The show does frequently use strobe lighting, as well as sudden changes in lighting and light color. The arena can change quickly from fully lit to nearly pitch dark, which can be disorienting. Throughout the show, most frequently at the beginning, lights move fast over the crowds, which can mean that people watching the show will have a light shine in their eyes at some points.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents of children with light sensitivities can have their child wear sunglasses to help with sudden light changes.
  • Children who have sensitivities to strobe lights could wear special strobe glasses.
  • Several vendors walk around the area selling light up items. Parents of children who might be afraid of suddenly being in the dark should consider purchasing one of these as a fun mini nightlight.

Food

The food at Medieval Times is a huge part of the experience. Guests eat food off of metal plates and bowls with no utensils. The Medieval Times menu usually offers tomato soup, garlic bread, half a chicken, corn, potatoes, and a pastry. However, there is a vegetarian menu as most locations, offering various meals such as bean stew with carrot sticks and hummus. Each meal comes with a tankard that “wenches” fill and refill with the drink chosen by guests as they sit down. Unfortunately, there’s nothing outside of the regular or vegetarian options regarding food offerings. Those observing limited diets or tastes might run into problems at this establishment.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Bringing a little light, or purchasing one of the light up objects sold by the wandering vendors, might be an excellent idea for parents with children who have not eaten in the dark before and might swallow a small bone.
  • Be sure to request the vegetarian option during booking for family members who need it, and ask about exactly what will be in the meal as it is subject to change.
  • Parents of children who deal with OCD or would otherwise be uncomfortable with eating food with their hands can pack plastic utensils. They should also make sure their child has quick and easy access to a napkin at all times. Near the end of the show, the “wenches” will bring moist toilettes around so everyone can clean their hands.

Crowds

As mentioned before, there are often hundreds of people packed into the “theater in the round” arena space. Guests are seated in long rows on benches, and getting people in and out of the area can take a long time. Those who have to go to the bathroom and get stuck between two people usually have to hop over the chairs, involving a lot of physical dexterity. Once seated, everyone is very close to one another and often cheering, laughing, or booing loudly.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents should sit as far back as possible. They should also sit their child at the end of the row so that the child isn’t stuck between two people and can quickly leave if they need to go to the bathroom or decompress.
  • Parents might want to research times when the tournament is less busy, as there will be fewer people there and the chances of being in a row with no other families are much higher.

Etiquette

Medieval Times is a show that involves live animals and actors. The show both lists on their website and frequently reminds patrons on the site that no one should bang their cups or throw items into the arena for risk of upsetting the horses. Some of the shows include a falconry portion where a falcon will fly over the heads of the audience members. Guests are frequently reminded that they should not reach up for the falcon as it flies overhead or otherwise confuse it, as the falcon has sharp talons. And of course, while many guests heckle the Knights as part of the show, several of the same rules of watching a theater production still apply here in regards to treatment of actors.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Parents should be watchful of flighty children, particularly during the falconry segment.
  • Children should sit at the end of the row in case the parent needs to take them outside of the area for a moment to calm down.


Have you taken your kid with autism to Medieval Times? What are your tips?

 

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Visiting Graceland in Memphis Tennessee with Family

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A trip to Memphis Tennessee is not complete without a visit to Graceland. Most Americans know Graceland is the home to the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. Fans of the King and Rock n Roll history buffs will love walking around Elvis’s home. Here they can learn about his life and career through stories and commentary by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. On the site, headphones narrate notable events of Elvis’s life and introduce relics adorning the rooms and corridors.

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History

Graceland is a 13.8-acre estate. Located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in the vast Whitehaven community, about nine miles from downtown and less than four North from the Mississippi border, the estate still stands proudly. Graceland opened to the public on June 7, 1982, for fans to come and pay their respects. Later, the National Register of Historic Places listed the location on November 7, 1991. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark on March 27, 2006. To this day Graceland is one of the most-visited private homes in America with over 65,000 visitors a year.

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Design and Decor

The Memphis Architectural Firm Furbringer and Erhmanis created Graceland. The firm designed the two-story house in the Colonial Revival style with a side facing gable roof covered in asphalt shingles accumulating to 23 rooms including eight bedrooms and bathrooms. As we walked through, we noted the many TVs spread throughout the house. This apparent obsession with TVs would seem odd in a modern day house, but back when the house was built the number of TVs one had was a status symbol.

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Probably one of the most iconic features of Graceland is the décor. People often criticize the décor, including Albert Goldman who stated: “nothing in the house is worth a dime.” Other critics include Professor Goldman, who said, “…it appears to have been lifted from some turn-of-the-century bordello down in the French Quarter of New Orleans.”

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What struck us was how surprisingly modest the home was. Yes, the gaudy yellows popular in the 70s decorate most of the house, but it very much looks like a house that people could still conceivably live inside. It didn’t feel like a museum – it felt like a home.

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Jungle Room

Of course while in the Presley household, nobody should miss infamous Jungle Room, a family favorite due to the reminiscent atmosphere of Hawaii. Hawaii held a special place in Presley’s heart where he would often vacation, filmed and performed. The room features an indoor waterfall of cut field stone on the North wall. In 1976 Elvis converted the Jungle Room into a recording studio where he recorded the bulk of his final two albums, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis Tennessee, and Moody Blue.

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Trophy Building

During the mid-60’s, Presley expanded the house and converted the new wing, which formerly housed a slot car track, into the Trophy Building. There, guests can see the many walls that display records, movie posters, and old-time memorabilia. They’ll also see more personal items, like the famous gold lame suit, Priscilla and Presley’s wedding outfits, and Lisa Marie’s baby clothes. As visitors continue through the Trophy Room, it winds down through a display of his 68 Comeback. The Comeback features his leather suit, copies of his movie script, costumes he wore in his movies, and a few of his trademark jumpsuits.

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Meditation Room

Elvis died on the estate on August 16, 1977. Those wishing to pay respects the King then can take a final stop at the Meditation Room. Architect Bernard Grenadier designed this room. Elvis used the Meditation Room to reflect on any problems or situations during his life. It is also the final resting place of Elvis, his parents, his grandmother, and his stillborn twin brother.

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In Conclusion

For many of the hundreds of thousands of people who visit Graceland each year, the tour takes on a quasi-religious perspective. They may plan for years to journey to the home of the ‘King’ of rock and roll. Some visitors pray, kneel, or quietly sing one of Elvis’s favorite hymns. Graffiti covers the brick wall enclosing the mansion’s grounds, expressing admiration for the singer as well as petitions for help and thanks for favors granted.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The house has some uneven terrain. Because of this, wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes as you tour the place.
  • We recommend this location mostly for older kids, especially kids interested in music history.
  • Visitors to Graceland have several options for tours, depending on their wants and needs. You can even get a VIP tour, a three-hour experience that allows you to skip most lines with an all day ticket.
  • An iPad “guides” most of the tours, something that many technologically inclined kids will enjoy. The iPad guide also allows you to walk around the mansion at your own pace, which is another bonus for families.

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Best Family Activities in Memphis Tennessee

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In the South, nestled within the state of Tennessee, lies the city of Memphis. Memphis is a place full of Southern United States traditions and history. Lovers of music, history, and Elvis will all find something in the largest city along the Mississippi River.

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National Civil Rights Museum

It is no secret that America has a turbulent history when it comes to the lives of African Americans. Historically, the Southern United States has had the most controversial history with the African American community. With this in mind, Memphis recognizes the prejudice and injustice that has happened in the city. Memphis has a museum dedicated to educating visitors on the past and present fight for human rights.

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The National Civil Rights Museum traces the history of the Civil Rights Movement from the 17th century to modern times. There, guests will find 260 artifacts, oral histories, interactive media and external listening posts. All of this media serves to guide visitors along the five-century journey for civil rights. The museum maps the events out from the resistance started in slavery, the Civil War, the rise of Jim Crow, all the way to the seminal events of the late 20th century that helped inspire people around the world to stand up for equality and freedom.

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Graceland

Of course, those planning on traveling to Memphis absolutely cannot miss Graceland. Home to the one and only king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, visitors can walk through the King’s abode and learn about his life and career. Armed with a multimedia Ipad tour narrated by John Stamos featuring stories and commentary by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie, guests will enter the living room where Presley would greet his guests and provide entertainment.

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While in the Presley household, travelers should visit the famous Jungle Room. This area is often a family favorite due to the reminiscent Hawaiian atmosphere. Hawaii, where Presley often vacationed, filmed, and performed, held a special place in his heart. Visitors can also stop by the Trophy Building and admire Elvis’s gold and platinum records as well as other memorabilia from his movies and charitable accomplishments. Those wishing to pay respects to the King can take a stop at the Meditation Room, the final resting place of Elvis Presley and other family members.

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Sun Studio

Music is an essential part of Memphis, so strongly integrated into the city’s identity that it is almost a tangible force that can be felt and heard throughout the streets. Lovers of music must visit the Sun Studio. Sam Philips opened this studio back in 1950. Within these studio walls, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats “Rocket 88” recorded the world’s first rock and roll single. This historical moment allowed Sun Studios to claim the status as the birthplace of rock and roll. The studio is still in use to this day, and lucky guests might catch a living recording while there.

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Stax Museum

To continue with the music theme, travelers can visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. The museum, built as a replica of the Stax recording studio, opened in May 2003. The building is 17,000 square feet with more than 2,000 videos, photos, films, stage costumes, original instruments, and interactive exhibits. The museum is one out of a handful of museums in the world dedicated to soul music. Here, guests can learn about the roots of soul music and celebrate the legacy of Stax Records. They can also learn about artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, and many others.

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Memphis Zoo

Travelers should not leave the city without checking out the Memphis Zoo. The zoo holds 3,500 animals and over 500 different species. What’s lovely about this zoo is that there always seems to be something happening among its great exhibits. Cat country, for example, is an open area that focuses on the predators and prey of the cat world. Visitors can witness tigers and lions share a common space with fennec foxes and meerkats. The zoo also hosts a night exhibit devoted to nocturnal animals, which allows visitors to see these animals at their most active. Another fun area is the Dragon’s Lair where visitors can go and meet the zoo’s three Komodo Dragons in either their outdoor or indoor homes.

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Memphis is definitely a city that anyone should visit while traveling the United States. The city has a plethora of culture, history, and entertainment. It would be a shame to pass up on the opportunity to learn and live within the city’s walls.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Like in most parts of the Southern United States, Memphis Tennessee can get very hot and humid in the summer. Parents should make sure everyone is wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing. Also, it might be a good idea to pack a water bottle or portable mini fan for kids with temperature sensitivities.
  • The National Civil Rights Museum is a great place to teach kids about the history of civil rights and racism in America.
  • While some parts of the Stax museum are interactive, there are quite a few things that kids are not allowed to touch. Make sure that kids know the difference as you travel through the museum.
  • When traveling to the Memphis Zoo, make sure everyone wears comfortable, closed toe shoes as it is certainly a walking destination.
  • It can be difficult to get to the Stax Museum, and it is actually recommended to take a taxi.
  • For families who want to get a lot out of their visit, they can book a guided Memphis music tour that includes transportation through the city. The groups, who travel by bus or coach, are usually small and each group gets their own highly knowledgeable guide.

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Family Fun in Nashville Tennessee

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Most of the time, when people think of traveling or vacationing, they tend to think of far away spots in Europe, South Africa, or Central America. But there are so many interesting corners to explore within the United States. One of these interesting places is the iconic city of Nashville in the southeastern part of the country.In fact, Nashville has a lot of quality entertainment and fun for the entire family.

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Parthenon at Centennial Park

The first place many travelers to Nashville see is the Parthenon at Centennial Park. In 1897, as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, a full-scale replica of the original Greek Parthenon was built in Nashville. It was not meant to be a permanent structure, but it proved both costly to tear down and popular with the locals. What’s even more amazing is that this Parthenon, unlike the original, has a recreated Athena Parthenos statue as its focus. The Parthenon is an art museum with paintings from many 19th and 20th century American artists, and it frequently hosts exhibitions.

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Nashville Zoo

Another lovely place to visit is the Nashville Zoo. The zoo was originally a historic plantation farmhouse owned by the Croft family. The two daughters, Margaret and Elise, left the house and family farm at Grassmere in the hands of the city when they passed away. They requested for the house to be turned into a nature center. With their wish granted, the city decided to expand the nature center into a zoo, officially opened in 2001. The zoo is famous for being the largest community-built playground in the U.S, spreading 66,000 square feet. At this zoo, children can explore a 35ft. Tall treehouse along with super slides, incredible swings, and a giant snake tunnel. The zoo also has many activities and events to help children learn more about their resident animals, during events such as National Veterinary Technician Week.

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Adventure Science Center

After the zoo, travelers can visit the Adventure Science Center. The Center is an independent, nonprofit institution with the goal of kindling curiosity and motivating the lifelong discovery of science. Established in 1944 by John Ripley Forbes, his ultimate vision was to create opportunities for children to grow and learn in a fun and exciting way. What is awesome about this center is that it has 175 hands-on exhibits focused on such topics as biology, physics, and earth science. Also, there are daily scientific demonstrations and plenty of workshops, activities, and lectures for children to attend.

The science center has a few permanent exhibits. One of these is the Adventure Tower, which is entirely interactive and incorporates the museums six scientific concepts: Earth science, sound/light, air/space, health/energy, and creative innovation. There is also the BodyQuest exhibit that will take visitors on a journey through a day in the life of the human body.

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Ford Ice Center

After the museum, travelers can head over to the Ford Ice Center for some ice skating. The Ford Ice Center is open daily and allows you to rent hockey gear and figure skates. The center has fun music and light shows for people to skate to, and beginners can sign up for lessons. Guests who get too cold or don’t want to skate can go to the upstairs viewing area while they wait.

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Cannonsburgh Village

Those interested in history should drive over to the Cannonsburgh Village. At the village, guests can walk through a representation of Tennessee life from 1830-1930. Visitors can see the old schoolhouse, University, and still working blacksmith’s shop. There’s also a wedding chapel that’s available to rent for modern day weddings.
Performers walk around Cannonsburgh Village daily and show visitors how people lived and worked back in the 19th and 20th century. Visitors can take either a self-guided tour for free or pay for a guided tour. The site also offers guided school tours in the early parts of the day which run for about a half hour each time. Families should check out the Visitor’s Center for souvenirs before leaving.

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Nashville offers many surprising activities and events for travelers. Families looking for music, food, history, and fun in a safe, kid friendly environment should definitely visit. There’s something for everyone in this great American city.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Temperature sensitive children might not enjoy the cold of the Ford Ice Center for extended periods of time. As mentioned above, there is an upstairs viewing area for those who want to get out of the cold.
  • Energetic kids will love the Nashville Zoo community playground. A visit to this playground is an excellent way for kids to release a lot of pent-up energy.
  • When visiting outdoors areas such as the Cannonsburgh Village or Nashville Zoo, make sure everyone wears weather appropriate clothing and comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Bring a water bottle if you are visiting in the hotter months, as Nashville summers can get hot and humid.

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Five Activities at Niagara Falls for Families with Autism

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Niagara Falls is composed of three waterfalls along the border of Canada and the United States. The Falls are known not just for their natural beauty but also as a source of hydroelectric power. During the summer, Niagara Falls is a popular destination for visitors from all over the world looking for iconic sights. If you are thinking of visiting Niagara Falls with your family, here is our list of five things to do!

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Maid of the Mist

The Maid of the Mist boat cruise is the oldest way to see the Falls, in operation since 1846. The company operates on both the Canadian and the American side of the Falls. They get visitors up close to the waterfront. With everyone from British royalty to Hollywood celebrities, visitors never know the guests that one might meet on board! Of course, travelers will be sprayed with water and hear the deafening thunder of the Falls. However, it is a once in a lifetime experience, so it should be on everybody’s bucket list.

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Cave of the Winds

Another popular way to visit the Falls is walking next to them through Niagara Falls State Park. Visitors take an elevator down into Niagara Gorge and then travel the walkways to Hurricane Deck, a few feet away from the water. Much like the Maid of the Mist cruise, visitors should expect to get wet, and the walkways may be slippery on certain days or times.

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Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

Just a two-minute walk from Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, Fallsview Indoor Waterpark has sixteen waterslides, an indoor wave pool, Hot Springs, and an outdoor pool. Travelers can buy daily passes to the waterpark or purchase a resort package with a pass. Towels, tubes, mats and double tubes come with the pass, and this is highly recommended for families who have never experienced an indoor waterpark. For parents who want to enhance the experience, beach balls and life jackets are also available for a charge. Guests should know that there are several restaurant options on site to choose from as well.

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Hersey’s Chocolate World

If you have a chocolate lover in the family, definitely make time to stop by Hershey’s Chocolate World. On the Canadian side of the Falls, next to the Crowne Plaza hotel, visitors will find everything from traditional Hershey favorites to freshly made chocolate delights such as chocolate dipped strawberries and pretzels. Our kids thought they landed in chocolate heaven as they tried free samples and when we purchased a large sized Hersey’s bar for each of them to snack on. They also got a huge kick out of taking selfies with the chocolate mascot.Five Activities at Niagara Falls for Families with Autism mascot

Aquarium of Niagara

This aquarium features friendly seals, penguin or shark feedings, and a daily magic show. The Aquarium of Niagara is on the smaller side and houses some fascinating animals. If your kid with autism likes animals interactions, this is the place to go, since the place is small and you can get close to the action.

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Bridge Connecting Canada to the US

Call it strange, but our son with autism thought that crossing the bridge between the two countries was the coolest thing he had ever experienced. So he decided to walk from Canada to the US across the bridge several times, back and forth, and knock on the immigration door buildings on each side. A fun fact about this bridge is that its proper name is the Rainbow Bridge, which some pet owners might recognize as the name of the bridge that pets “travel” after death. For kids in elementary and middle school, this might be a good way to explain borders between friendly countries, where there are no soldiers or guards with weapons, just a bridge that you can safely walk across and knock on doors to get in.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Prepare kids for the splashing water and deafening noise of the falls.
  • Pack ponchos for all family members or purchase them on board, because as the boats go near the Falls, you will get wet.
  • Parents should look into purchasing the Niagara Falls Discovery Pass to get admission to several attractions at a discounted price. Look for the pass on its website and on discount travel sites like Travelzoo, Groupon, and Travelocity for updates.
  • For a truly magical experience that your kids won’t forget, try to get a hotel room facing the Falls on the weekend in the summer. During this time, officials light up the Falls with different projected colors for a fantastic display.

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Family Friendly Christmas Activities at Gaylord Opryland Resort

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For close to a decade we had meant to visit Nashville, Tennessee, but for some reason the opportunity always eluded us. Hence, the capital of country music remained on our bucket list for years. This all changed this year when, after hearing so many exciting reviews about the Gaylord Opryland Christmas celebrations, we decided to spend the holidays there.

Just like in many parts of the US and the world, Yuletide is an extra special time at the hotel.
The resort’s 172-acres get lavishly decorated and filled with family friendly holiday attractions, appealing to all including guests with autism.

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Our Welcome

The excitement and awe started before even setting foot in the resort. From the highway, we could see some of the ornamentation including the giant Christmas tree. As we drove by, we saw the life-size nativity scene and magnificent decorations that covered the hotel’s grand entrance. The trees on the front lawns were all decked in glistening bright lights that continued along the multiple pathways. It looked magical, a real winter wonderland.

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The hotel’s building itself also got a major holiday makeover. All four areas had meticulous decorations with a plethora of ornaments and lights. Our favorite areas were the Delta and Garden Conservatory. The Delta area, with a little mini river running through it, had multiple Christmas trees several stories high. The Delta also featured the “Brightest Star” fountain show with the Bible read story of the miracle Christmas on the hour. Apart from the lit up floating air balloons and stars, there were several areas for families to take pictures with Santa and snowmen.

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The Garden Conservatory displayed over fifteen unique Christmas trees decorated by celebrities which guests could bid on for charity. In addition, the conservatory featured spectacular hung up lit musical notes and instruments.

Holiday Activities

ICE!

By far the highlight of the holiday activities was the Lone Star Christmas ICE! Exhibit. It had become a hotel tradition over the years to host it, and this year’s display used a whopping 2 million pounds of ice to recreate a Nutcracker theme. It included elaborate ice sculptures and carvings by artisans from Harbin, China, a city world famous for its winter festival.

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The fun started at the entrance where we each received a thick warm coat. The temperature inside the exhibit was below freezing, and spending over fifteen minutes inside without a thick coat could result in severe frostbite. Patrons got to walk through a vividly colorful fantasy land of nutcrackers, sugar plum fairies, and candy canes. Our son with autism especially enjoyed the slide entirely made out of ice in one of the rooms, while we (the adults) had an alcoholic beverage at the ice bar. We later explored the behind the scenes section. Here, we learned how the displays were made and colored, and even got to chat with someone there demonstrating carving techniques. Our favorite area was the nativity scene at the very end of the exhibit.

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In the compound at the back of the hotel next to the ice sculptures, there was a room where you can make and decorate a gingerbread house. To our disappointment, we discovered that the day after Christmas when we visited they had run out of kits.

Outdoor Attractions

Right outside the ICE! show, there was a whole outdoor section for kids to explore that offered an Arctic Plunge snow tubing experience; ice skating, snowball tossing and various delicacies from local stores for purchase.

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Special Tip: Parents interested in taking the kids to these activities may want look into buying a discounted day pass for the ICE! exhibit and the outdoor activities.

Other Hotel Attractions

The holiday magic didn’t end with our visit to the ICE! show. As we discovered during our stay, the hotel also offered romantic carriage rides around the property and special themed breakfast buffets with the Nutcracker or Santa. We wanted to experience the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt or dinner show with the Gatlin Brothers. However, these attractions proved so popular that they were sold out.

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Guests wishing to splurge should check out the Grand Ole Opry Theater with its Christmas shows next door for a memorable evening. When we visited, the theater showed Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch that Stole Christmas’ musical, which also turned out to be popular, at least for the budget seating.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Families wanting to see these attractions without an overwhelming rush of guests should consider staying at the hotel the first week of December. When we were there Christmas weekend, the resort was mobbed with hotel guests and locals coming to experience the ICE! attraction.
  • Parents who want to see the ICE! exhibit should teach the kids some basic safety rules, including the fact that the ice sculptures can only be touched for a short period since the kids’ fingers can get hurt.
  • Since the ICE! show is kept frozen, make sure all family members wear socks and closed shoes when visiting, even if the outside temperature is warm.
  • For kids with autism wishing to try the snow tubing or ice skating, long pants and a change of clothing are in order in case they get wet and uncomfortable.
  • Since the ICE! exhibit is not a continuous operation, there is no way to provide front-of-the-line passes or accommodate kids with autism on the different attractions. This means that guests might need to sit in long lines. The best time to encounter shorter lines is in the early afternoon.

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Taking the Kids to San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation

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San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation should be on every parent’s bucket list when visiting California’s Silicon Valley. With its entertaining and educational exhibits, the museum engages visitors of all ages.

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What to See

At the Tech Museum, visitors learn about the importance of technology in the modern world, turning its guests into curious kids. There are various displays on subjects such as computer technology, robotics, DNA testing and genetic engineering, where modern technology plays an important role.

This museum is an inspirational destination for older kids and adults, especially for those interested in the workings of modern technology. Though some of the computer concepts discussed might be a bit too advanced for smaller children,  they will probably still love playing with the exhibits.

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Why We Liked It

In this tech ‘shrine’ of sorts, every interactive section strives to educate guests about tech concepts while encouraging them to seek their own solutions to problems. Patrons can build their own hand prosthesis and understand the mechanical difficulties associated with making their invention work. Participants can also grow bacteria in Petri dishes, create security layers to protect accounts from internet hackers, and keep their balance through a major earthquake simulation.
We liked the dance floor that mirrors the dynamics of social media, and the excellent exhibit on cyber security.

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But the highlight for us wasn’t the digital tech (surprisingly) but the biotech. Our son with autism enjoyed the lab that taught him the process of splicing bioluminescent DNA. It gave him a feel for what it’s like to do some real lab work.

Unlike other museums we’ve visited over the past decade, this one had signage with detailed explanations that helped guests understand the concepts and importance of each topic presented. Furthermore, we loved the fact there were many museum docents ready to answer questions.

The Exhibits

The museum consisted of three floors, each with different presentations.
The main, ground level floor, housed the admissions booth, cafe (surprisingly healthy and tasty sandwiches), and the museum store.

The lower floor was dedicated to Space Exploration,  body weight and other topics that engaged the kids.
On this floor, we saw the Exploration Gallery, with the earthquake simulator and a section about planets in the solar system. The highlight of the gallery was a space jet pack simulator where visitors could get propelled across the room in bursts of air.

Next to the Space area, there was a section on “Social Robots,” where patrons could build their own robot. Probably the most memorable exhibit on this floor was the Cyber Detective gallery, a series of interactive exhibits that teach kids about cryptography and cracking passwords.

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The top floor had two primary displays.One about silicon and semiconductors detailing the timeline of the integration of the silicon chip tech in computing.
The other featured the innovations in the global health care industry that focused on cost-friendly solutions for third-world countries. On display were inventions such as water-powered contacts (liquid vision), water filters to make polluted water drinkable in Africa, and material-friendly pouches for prematurely born babies that need heat to survive.
Our sons thought the section on Robot Design basics, where patrons can have either have the robot spell their name out with letter blocks or stencil their picture very ‘cool.’

Though we tried to get into the Bio design Studio, we didn’t get to it since the line was quite long. Guests, apparently need to make a reservation for this section in advance.

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Amenities

The building has an excellent gift shop with lots of educational, kid-friendly products available for purchase. Continuing the hands-on theme, the kids can play with the toys before buying them. The museum also has an onsite café where guests can dine in or take their meals to go.

The facility includes an IMAX theater that shows various educational films. The day we visited we enjoyed a 3D movie about the city of Jerusalem, Israel, as seen through the eyes and perspectives of three women who were Jewish, Christian and Muslim.

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Getting there

Located on 201 South Market Street, the museum is easily accessible by The VTA Light Rail line as well as several of the local buses. Travelers arriving by car will want to take either the exit for the Paseo de San Antonio or the Convention Center Station to get to the building from the interstate. Visitors can park across the street from the building for about $5 USD.

Ticket Information

Patrons can pre-order tickets online. Tickets can be printed at home or picked up at the special kiosk in the museum. Admission to the museum costs about $16 for children and $21 for adults. Travelers should also note that the Tech Museum only ever closes for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Light sensitive individuals should be aware that the entryway is brighter than some of the other areas in the museum. However, the building has plenty of overhead, electrical light.
  • There is an elevator in the building, so people with mobility issues don’t have to use the stairs.
  • The Tech Museum is an entirely indoor venue. Therefore, the museum is not affected by outdoor weather conditions and is an excellent destination any time of year.

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  • If you are a student, you get a discount as well! Bring your student IDs!
  • We highly suggest getting the IMAX and Museum combo tickets. More to explore for one day!
  • There are lockers on two different levels that cost approximately 50 cents to rent.
  • Although the building was full of people when we went, it was not overly crowded, and it was easy to get around.
  • Visitors should  be aware they  need to hold on to their entry ticket throughout the course of their visit since the tickets have to be scanned at each of the exhibits’ interactive features.

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Trekking with the Family through Canada’s Capilano Park

Trekking with the Family through Canada's Capilano Park pinThe Capilano Park is one of the most popular attractions in Vancouver, Canada, and for a good reason!
When most people think of rainforests, they think palm trees and tropical weather. However, this pacific temperate rainforest is filled with evergreens in a mild climate. Visitors get to see the forest firsthand by visiting the park and walking along the suspension bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and is 450 feet long and 230 feet above the Capilano River. There is so much to do in the park for both adults and families, so prepare to spend some time here!

Trekking with the Family through Canada's Capilano Park forest

What to Do

The first thing most visitors experience at the park is the suspension bridge. This rope bridge takes visitors right through the forest, among the cedars and firs. After walking along the bridge, visitors can check out the Story Centre to learn more about the early history of both the bridge and the city of Vancouver. At the end of the suspension bridge, travelers get a certificate stating they made it across, a great keepsake for your family.

Guided history and nature tours are given every hour. These tours provide visitors with the story of the creation of the bridge and provide details about flora and fauna of the forest. In fact, the guides explain why there is a rainforest on the West Coast in the first place!

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The Cliffwalk is a newer attraction, having officially opened in 2011. This walk gives visitors access to otherwise inaccessible areas of the park through a series of walkways that wind through granite cliffs above the river. The Cliffwalk is high and narrow, and a part of the walk formed is a glass platform, which could get your blood pumping!

Another exciting attraction, the Treetops Adventure takes visitors among 1300-year-old Douglas firs across seven suspension bridges, some as high as 100 feet above the floor. This is a great option for those who might be a little afraid of the other bridges and is kid friendly. Kids will love exploring the treehouse at the beginning of the adventure!

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The Kids Rainforest Explorer program is a self-guided, interactive tour for kids to help them get to know the rainforest better and collect research data at the same time!

Throughout the park, look for totem story poles that describe the lives of the First Nations native Canadians in British Columbia and their culture. Visitors can also see the owl exhibit and get right up close and personal to the local owls.

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Details

This park is located at 3735 Capilano Road in North Vancouver, Canada. Visitors can park in the car lot for five Canadian Dollars per car. They can also take a free shuttle directly to the suspension bridge from the Vancouver waterfront. The hours vary by the season, so be sure to check the park website ahead of time. Tickets range from $12 CD for children to $40 CD for adults, but they offer discounts for seniors, students, and BC residents.

Our Take

Our kids wanted to see the suspension bridge most, and it didn’t disappoint. They had fun jumping up and down trying to sway the bridge enough for other patrons to feel unsteady. They were unsuccessful in this endeavor, a credit to the construction of the bridge.

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The Cliffwalk was a little less successful. Both of our kids don’t appreciate heights and this Cliffwalk is akin to walking between the trees at a high level. The floor in some areas is just glass, so it was a little bit frightening. They did somewhat get used to the height and enjoyed the rest of their time.
They especially liked the different interactive stations where you meet rangers that tell you folk stories and trivia about the fauna and flora in the area.

All in all, the visit to the Capilano Park was a complete success. Families who like nature and outdoor activities will love exploring the various attractions of this rainforest while learning about the native wildlife.

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Autism Travel Tips:

  • The best time to visit is in the spring or summer. Around this period the weather is perfect, and the forest is exceptionally beautiful.
  • Walking conditions are typical of a forest. If you want the best experience, you and your family need to stick to the paved path. Prepare your kid for a lot of walking on uneven territory.
  • There are quite a number of stairs up to the Cliffwalk.
  • Since your family will be outdoors, be sure to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a poncho in case of rain. Wear long-sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes on this trip.
  • Be especially aware if your child with autism happens to be an escape artist. Make sure your kid walks beside you at all times.
  • The walks can get crowded midday. However, only the two main attractions, the suspension bridge, and the Cliffwalk, get especially crowded.
  • Traversing the park takes anywhere between two to four hours to traverse, including the Cliffwalk and the suspension bridge.
  • If you get hungry after exploring, there is a grill and a coffee shop. Do try the famous fudge at the Trading Post gift shop.
  • Prepare your child for the fact that the suspension rope bridge does sway slightly and is pretty high. Parents should be aware it could be scary for some kids and adults. During crowded times it could be frightening for a child to get “stuck” in the middle.
  • You can get free WiFi in the park.
  • Parents and caregivers should understand no strollers, wheelchairs or crutches permitted into the main attractions of the park. However, patrons in wheelchairs or on crutches will receive complimentary admission to the park and can go on selected tours on the paved paths only.

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Riding the Catalina Express with Autism

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Back in 1988, the Beach Boys wrote “Kokomo,” a song about an island off the Florida Keys. Brian Wilson, the lead singer, credits his influence to an older band and their song about an island off the opposite coast. Written by The Four Preps, “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)” reached the 2nd spot on the Billboard R&B in 1958 and was all about a romantic island off the west coast of the USA. The island mentioned, Santa Catalina is one of California’s Channel Islands and relies heavily on tourism. With its scuba diving, snorkeling, glass bottom boat tours, flying fish and other fantastic sights and activities, it is an exciting place to visit. Because of its location off the coast of LA, the most economical way to get there is by ferry.

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Why We Chose the Catalina Express

We could have gone by helicopter or by plane, but the Catalina Express was our choice of transportation. Founded in 1981, the company have fine-tuned the service of shuttling tourists, especially families, between the mainland and the island. The one-hour journey is literally smooth-sailing.

Booking

The booking process is rather simple. You can make a reservation for a trip online, or you can show up and see if they have seating availability to accommodate you. There are two types of ticket – the Regular Seat otherwise known as Economy, or an Upgraded Seat in the Commodores Lounge for $15 more. Unlike in Economy where the seats are less padded, the seats in the lounge are leather and more comfortable. Also, it is a bit less crowded, and you get a mini snack and a drink included in the price.

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The Terminal

We were surprised to find the terminal was large, well-organized, well-staffed and readily accessible from the central locations in Long Beach.

As you come in, the terminal has a ticketing booth on the left-hand side and a sit-down restaurant on the right. There is also a fast-food deli-type counter where you can grab a snack. Additionally, there are places where you can book some of the Catalina activities or rent a golf cart since those are the only cars allowed to drive on the island. The terminal also has plenty of seating for passengers to sit around until their boat arrives.

As we discovered, the ferry had set hours for arrival and departure advertised accordingly. When we visited over Memorial weekend, we received our boarding times, so we knew exactly what time to be there. The boat arrived at Long Beach and departed punctually at the specified time, which in our case was 10 am.

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At the gate, we saw three lines for people with Regular tickets. The right line was for those upgrading their tickets to the Commodore Lounge. The middle line was the special needs/physically challenged line where people with different disabilities could board first. The third line was for economy class passengers.

I must say that the staff was highly attentive and not only did they let us pre-board before everybody when they heard our son had autism, they also lead us to our seats.

Seating

The seating on the Catalina Express is surprisingly comfortable. Even with pre-booking, seating is on a first-come, first-serve seating arrangement with no assigned seating in your designated area. This principle applies to both Economy and the Commodore Lounge. Passengers can sit in rows of four to six – sometimes around mini tables where there is more leg space. For those traveling with suitcases there is a storage place for baggage, and if you only have a small bag or hand luggage, you can quickly put it under your chair.

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Food and Drinks

For refreshments, travelers can get a free drink and a snack in the upgraded lounge. There is also the option to purchase snacks and drinks including alcohol and soft drinks in both seating areas. The staff comes around and serves you in the Lounge. In the Economy area, you can walk up to the bar and make the purchases yourself.

Entertainment

As far as entertainment goes, the Catalina Express doesn’t offer any TV, movies or even wi-fi, so you’re pretty much on your own when it comes to that. You can always look out the window and wave goodbye to the Queen Mary cruise liner, or watch for marine life like whales and dolphins on the way. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure you bring some coloring books, reading books, DVD players, and movies or other devices to keep your kids occupied if they are less interested in the ocean views.

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Bathrooms

There are two surprisingly clean bathrooms on the boat for the couple of hundred passengers on board. Especially if you’re traveling with kids, make sure that you don’t wait until the last minute to use the facilities since you will encounter a line.

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Arrival on Catalina Island

The Catalina Express staff manages the process of getting on and off pretty well, so we had short a line with no delays or people pushing and shoving like we experienced on other boat trips abroad. Right off the ship in Avalon, there’s a small terminal with souvenir shops, additional restrooms, and places to eat for those who wish to have a sit-down meal or start their shopping early.

Pricing

The price for going to Catalina from Long Beach is around $80 per adult which might be a bit steep for families who have two or more kids but visitors can find discounted rates on Groupon.com or LivingSocial.com. Best of all, if you decide to go on your birthday, you travel for free.

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Overall taking the Catalina Express was a very pleasant experience that I recommend to everybody especially families.

Autism Travel Tips:

  • Make sure you ask for pre-boarding. This way you can grab a small table area away from the other passengers with plenty of legroom.
  • If your kid likes window seating, I recommend sitting at the very front of the boat. There you can see not only out of the side window but from the front as well.
  • When traveling with younger kids, parents need to make sure to watch them at all times since this is a boat at sea. Also, some of the boats have a second story open space which might be dangerous to kids.
  • Bring snacks aboard if your child is on a gluten-free diet or has any other dietary needs and restrictions.
  • Parents should bring entertainment to occupy their kids even though the ride is only an hour long.
  • There are some uneven walking areas to negotiate and steep stairs that lead to the lounge. Help your child get assistance if he or she has balance, stability or mobility issues.

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Spooky Times at Knott’s Berry Farm

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Knott’s Berry Farm originally started as a berry farm owned by Walter and Cordelia Knott in California’s Buena Park. In the early 1920s, the family sold berry products at a roadside stand by Route 39, later expanding to boysenberry products.

During the 30s Cordelia opened a small fried chicken dinner restaurant on their property to supplement the family income. By the mid-1940s, Walter constructed a replica ghost town to entertain the patrons that lined up to eat the chicken dinners.

For years, Ghost Town was free to the public, until 1968 when the family built several expensive rides to compete with its neighbor, Disneyland and started charging an entry fee. As Knotts Berry Farm evolved into a theme park, it added the Charles Shultz inspired ‘Camp Snoopy’ in 1983 to entertain kids and has since strived to become a theme park all family members can enjoy.

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How Knotts Spooky Farm Started

As a way to attract visitors, Knott’s Berry Farm started its Halloween tradition in 1973 with entertainment evenings called Knott’s Scary Farm. The event was planned originally to feature fake, static figures from a local Hollywood prop house.However, Bud Hurlbut, creator of some of the rides in the park, decided to dress up in a gorilla suit and scare guests.
Though an exciting and iconic feature of Knott’s Berry Farm in the Fall months, Knott’s Scary Farm often proved intense for younger children. Thus, Knott’s Spooky Farm was started in the last few years to cater to children aged three to eleven.

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Since we decided to attend both Knott’s Scary Farm and Knott’s Spooky Farm celebrations with our son who has autism, we spent the night at the Knott’s Berry Hotel.
Our experience with Knott’s started as we entered the Lobby of the hotel. Our son was excited to see Snoopy walking around and got to take a picture with him.

As it was around Halloween, they had some scarier zombie characters walking around for picture taking as well, in the weekend evenings.

Staying at the hotel proved to be a perfect choice for us since it is a less than a five-minute walk from the actual park. In fact, it also enabled us to take short, brief rests during the day and not carry many items with us into the park.

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The Marketplace

Right by the entrance near the hotel, visitors walk through the California market that includes the farm bakery, Chicken to Go, and Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. As we soon found out, Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is the only place to sample the famous fried chicken with its original recipe from decades ago. The marketplace is also a good place for visitors to sample boysenberry drinks which one can get at the local Starbucks, and Icees at multiple stalls, of which our son couldn’t get enough.

Adults can try a boysenberry martini or boysenberry wine at the restaurant. The marketplace also boasts several stores for shopping for patrons of all ages. Guests can shop for food items to go, Christmas ornaments and a plethora of souvenirs.

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Ghost Town

The park is divided into four main sections.
The first is Ghost Town, the original area inspired by the town of Calico and built by Walter Knott.
The ‘Town’ features a couple of great rides like the newly revamped Ghost Rider, Silver Bullet, Timber Mountain Log Ride and Big Foot Rapids which can be perfect on a hot day when riders don’t mind getting soaked.

There is also the Pony Express and Screaming Swing attractions, which are both high-intensity rides. For little kids, the Calico Railroad, Calico Mine Ride, and Butterfield Stage Coach are a good fit.

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What’s unique about Ghost Town are its interactive features where kids can learn about the early 1900s mining towns. Here, children can visit the Western Trail’s museum, blacksmith, old school house and even the Ghost Town Jail.
Our son got a kick out of chatting with Joe, who has been in ‘prison’ for over seventy years, and standing on Hiram McTavish’s grave to feel his “heartbeat.”

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Fiesta Village

The next area over is Fiesta Village that is somewhat modeled after a Mexican village. It has some high-powered rides for the thrill seekers, like Jaguar, Montezuma’s Revenge, and some less intense rides like the Hat Dance and Merry Go Round. The Fiesta Village is also famous for its foods like the Carne Asada fries which should be on your bucket’ list of foods to try.

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The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk section, like its namesake, has some of the most exciting trips and is geared for the older kids and young adults.
Here, you will find the high powered coasters like Boomerang, Coast Riders, Xcelerator, Riptide, and our son’s favorite Supreme Scream.
Along with the rides and attractions, it also features plenty of arcades and places to eat and or have fun, like Dippin Dots, Johnny Rockets, Laser Tag, and the Child’s Schultz Theater where guests can see shows several times a day.

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Camp Snoopy

By far the best section for the younger kids is Camp Snoopy, which has multiple low intensity themed rides like Rock Mountain Trucking, Flying Ace, Grand Sierra Railroad, and Huff n Puff. Camp Snoopy is also the area that you’re most likely to meet Snoopy for a brief selfie.

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Knott’s Spooky Farm  Halloween Celebration

Knott’s Spooky Farm features hands-on fun with live entertainment. The Spooky Farm is the perfect event for kids aged three to eleven. It takes place during the day, as compared to the adult themed nighttime Knott’s Spooky Farm.
The festive atmosphere starts right at the marketplace with ornate window stores and continues in the park with the different Halloween decorations, meeting friendly monsters and stopping at treating stations around the park.

Spooky Times at Knott's Berry Farm pumpkin patch

Young children can participate in a costume contest in Camp Snoopy, have fun dancing in Camp Snoopy Theater, or navigate a maze patrolled by the Headless Horseman. They can also watch live shows featuring Peanuts characters in scary stories, which, of course, includes a story about the Great Pumpkin.

In Ghost Town, there’s a cute pumpkin patch that provides great photo ops for families to take holiday pics with the Peanuts characters.Spooky Times at Knott's Berry Farm car

We enjoyed the Dia de Los Muertos exhibit in Fiesta Village the best. The event showed death as a celebration of life, rather than something to fear. The exhibit is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the importance of life and how death is commemorated in many cultures.
The Dia de Los Muertos activities included a mini puppet show, make your own bead bracelet and cookie decorating.
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Before you leave, be sure to try a slice berry pie made with fresh boysenberries from the marketplace. With the berry pie washing down some of the original Mrs. Knott’s fried chicken, your family can experience the original Knott’s Berry Farm experience from back in the mid-1900s.
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Autism Travel Tips:

  • Knott’s Berry Farm is incredibly autism-friendly! After you enter the park, go to guest services and ask for a disability pass. Just like in other theme parks you can go to the actual ride, nd if it’s busy the staff at each attraction will write down a slotted time that you can come back.If the ride is not too busy, as we discovered, the staff was more than accommodating and let our son bypass the line and go right in.
  • We loved the park because, unlike other famous theme parks, this one is a lot more manageable and smaller. There’s less walking involved, a lot more shade, and plenty of places to sit down to catch your breath.
  • The park has free wifi. Need we say more?
  • The signage in the park can be somewhat misleading. If you have an autism pass, you want to look for the wheelchair icon on the posted signs. Sometimes you have to walk around the attraction to the exit or different entrance to go for the ride. If the staff does not understand that you’re asking for an autism accommodation, just address it as a disability pass because they know this better.
  • Make sure you download the Knott’s Berry Farm app on your phone because navigating the park is a bit of a challenge for people who don’t know the park well. Spooky Times at Knott's Berry Farm disclosure

 

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