Visiting Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia

Situated on the banks of the “River of Silver” Platte River is the capital city of Argentina – the amazing Buenos Aires which in Spanish means “fair winds.”
In the 1700s, cattle ranching in the expansive grasslands around this metropolis was an important tool for survival because trade in leather hides between Europe and Latin America had become standard.
Just like in other countries, the history of this predominantly Spanish-speaking country is wealthy and varied. Its people, including the farmers, have experienced dictatorships, coups, massacres, droughts, famines, floods, and recessions.

Over the centuries, its population have banded together and are proud of their accomplishments despite the hardships they endured. Nowadays, the country is doing much better and has become attractive to tourists from all over the world. The capital of Buenos Aires still has its fair winds, but the dramas and crises seem to be a thing of the past.

The city has become a hub of class and culture; there are museums, theaters, art galleries, restaurants and a very active nightlife with clubs, and bars.However, if you are willing to go off the beaten track for something a little bit different, you need to try to visit an Argentinian estancia.

 

Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip peacock


Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip cutouts

About Don Silvano Estancia

An estancia is a farm or ranch, and the ranch hands or gauchos being the Cowboys of the grassy plains or Argentinean pampas. In recent years, it has become standard practice for the ranchers to open up their homes to invite guests and tourists to experience a day on their estate as not only as a to spruce up diminishing profits but as a way to boost local tourism too.
Some owners have converted their estancia into flourishing resorts and destination getaways while others strive to introduce their guests to the more authentic parts of ranch day to day life in a ‘día de Campo – a day in the countryside.’
The Don Silvano Estancia has a long history, and the ranch has been handed down through the years and been kept in the family for four generations. The property is about 380 hectares in size and as renovated rooms for the guests who opt to stay there for a few days as well as a large hall that can comfortably seat over 300 diners, some of which come as day visitors.
Being a ranch, it, of course, has stables and other farm buildings which you can see when you arrive and do a tour. They encourage you to feel at home on the estancia and take part in various demonstrations like cow-milking, horse-saddling, and empanada-making! The staff offers tractor rides and have gaucho shows;  where the cowboys demonstrate how skilled and talented, they are on horseback.
The ranch even has its store for souvenirs and a museum detailing the history and development of the property that offers a lovely tribute to the family.

Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip barn


Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip kitchen

Our Estancia Experience

We decided to take the visitor day trip from Buenos Aires that offered a  chance to sample the Argentinian countryside.
The tour operator picked us up from our hotel for the hour long car ride which was very convenient since one can enjoy the scenery of the flat grasslands without needing to concentrate on the driving. 

On our arrival at the ranch, we were welcomed by the estancia welcoming committee farm;  the peacock strutting his stuff and a beautiful show rooster that made a point of staying in the bus loading area to watch the guests’ arrival.
Next, we were shown to one of the original dwellings where the hosts welcomed everyone with cold libations ( wine for the adults, sodas for the kids) and empanadas that were made right there in a makeshift coal oven.The staff also makes cookies and bread which compared with the farmyard smell outside smelled quite heavenly. I would have love to pocket the aromas from this kitchen as a souvenir to bring home.

 

Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip geese


Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip flamingo

As guests walk around the farmyard, they get to see the different aspects of farm life including the cooking and artisans making handmade tapestries and clothing items while traditional music is played in the background.The ranch featured miniature cows with their short, stumpy legs, plenty of foul in the form of chicken ducks and geese; even a hen and her cute chicks walking about nonchalantly on the BBQ coals that were scheduled to be used later on that day.We came across a pitiful-looking lone donkey twitching its tail and abdomen because of flies surrounding it and plenty of horses that were used both for the farm staff and the visitors. We couldn’t stop giggling at the farm dog who thought he was a horse and followed them around like he was one of them. 

Guests get seated for their fix menu BBQ lunch included in the tour price in the big hall at a set hour.   There are salads on the table as well as wine and cola. They have attractive décor with old children’s toys hanging from the ceiling which you look at while you wait for them to bring the traditional grilled meat. Following this is the dancing to classical music with guitars and an accordion. They bring out live entertainment, flamenco-style dancers, and singers all in traditional costume. They even had a comedy act in the form of an American song. They encourage all the guests and visitors to the farm get up and dance, join the performers on the stage. After the meal, the guests are free to go and enjoy the outdoors, take a leisurely walk by foot or horseback and be back in time for the shuttle to return them to Buenos Aires.

Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip turkey


Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip horses

 

Autism Travel Tips

  • Both the links to Don Silvano Estancia’s website and The Don Silvano Facebook page are in Spanish, but you can give your English-speaking child a good idea of what to expect by showing them the pictures.
  • Have everyone wear closed toe shoes and pack an extra pair of clothes for everyone since it is rather easy to land in the mud or get dirty from the different animals.
  • Pack plenty of hand sanitizer to use after touching the various farm animals as well as insect repellent and sunscreen!
  • The lunch hall is large with long tables that seat twenty some people each if your kid is noise sensitive make sure you sit at the end of the table away from the entertainment.
  • *For those who are sensitive to smells, it is critical to prepare them that it is a ranch with animals, and some of the smells in the farmyard are extremely potent and offensive.
  • For those who are sensitive to sounds, inside the dining hall with sometimes over 300 people and all the dancing and music, it can be overwhelming and loud. Tell your child to let you know if it is too much for them so that you can retreat to a quieter place outside or bring headphones to be able to block out the sound.
    No special menu is currently offered, but those on a GFCF  diet can eat the large meat dishes offered.
    Furthermore, the gaucho show is outdoors and can be noisy. If your child is sensitive, then don’t sit in the front rows since there is quite a bit of dust flying from the horses galloping about
  • The ranch isn’t wheelchair user accessible through the main areas to the entrance, the dining hall and restrooms are paved.Don Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip dogDon Silvino Argentinian Estancia Day Trip lunch

 

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton

 

The Sheraton Buenos Aires Convention Center Hotel, featuring 740 rooms and 33 suites, is located at 1225/1275 San Martin Street in the Retiro neighborhood of  Buenos Aires, Argentina, a twenty-mile cab drive from EZE Buenos Aires’ international airport.
The hotel is part of a larger complex housing another luxury Starwood property ‘The Towerz’ and boasts three restaurants, a coffee shop, and a mini shopping mall.

Several blocks from Puerto Madero for easy access to cruise ships terminals, the Buquebus system, and the city’s main shopping thoroughfare, Calea Florida; the Sheraton Buenos Aires is a sound choice for visiting families.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton clock tower

Fellow Guests

Most of those making a stop here are couples or business travelers, but families and other groups traveling together are not unusual guests at this establishment.

The chain’s policy of offering one child per family free accommodations if they will be using the beds that are already in the rooms and suites is helpful for families traveling with small children that are looking for budget friendly options.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton lobby
Décor

The hotel’s spacious lobby with comfortable furnishings gives the property an airy uncrowded feel even when it is full to capacity.
Moreover, the marble columns and flooring, granite counters and dark colored wood furniture as the backdrop to neutral colored sofas, lounge chairs, and curtains throughout the public areas give the establishment an elegant, classy and inviting look.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton beds

Rooms

We stayed in rooms 1807 and 1809, which were standard connecting rooms with lovely harbor views. The queen sized bed in our room was comfortable and clean.The room, decorated in dark toned browns, also contained a work desk area, an enormous flat screen television, a sitting area, and a nightstand beside the bed.Our sons’ connecting room held two double sized beds, but otherwise had much the same furnishings as our bedroom.
A family of four probably could get by with booking a room like our sons’ that had two doubles sized beds, if folks don’t mind doubling up and sharing with young kids to cut on lodging costs.

Each room came with a closet area and small safe and small coffee maker. As SPG members, we were given free water bottles for the rooms daily,  free wifi and access to the executive lounge.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton rooms

The moderately sized bathrooms came with a commode, bidet, sink and tub shower combo separated by a curtain, which unfortunately didn’t prevent the floors from becoming slippery after taking a shower. Parents should remember to ask housekeeping for extra towels to keep the floor dry!

Our tan marble bathrooms come with the usual amenities that included shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion. The bathrooms were equipped with the quintessential hairdryer and a small mirror that was helpful to apply makeup or shave.

The hotel does provide complimentary robes for guests to use during their stay however unlike other places we’ve stayed in; the robes were in the room closet.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton kit

Facilities

The reception desk, open all hours of the day and night, made it a breeze to arrange an airport shuttle or car rental at even the oddest times.
Guests staying here should keep in mind that they are in a Spanish speaking country and, as a result, not all of the hotel staff is fluent in English. However, most of them were quite happy to assist us in any way they could after we explained how our son with autism could be accommodated.

The hotel also has a heated swimming pool indoors and an unheated one outdoors, allowing guests the option of using whichever one they prefer. This hotel additionally features a tennis court, a sauna, a spa, and a gym. All these facilities were quite clean though we didn’t get a chance to use them since it was raining on the days we stayed.

Those hoping to dine onsite will be glad to hear that they can choose from international fare at the El Ajibe Restaurant or Italian style entrees at the Cardinale Restaurant. Likewise, the hotel bar is a great stop for cocktails and other adult beverages. For more budget friendly options guests should venture outside and try the many restaurants and pubs in the immediate area.

Travelers will additionally be happy to learn that the Sheraton has an onsite currency exchange and ATM, so they can stock up on pesos before leaving the building.Alternatively, visitors can exchange money in the nearest bank branch (a five-minute walk) to get a better rate.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton breakfast

Executive lounge

The lounge, on the twenty-fourth floor, is a combo of three connecting rooms with views of the St Martin clock tower.
The breakfast offering included; fresh fruit, cut vegetables, an assortment of cold cuts and cheeses, freshly baked pastries along with the regular American staples of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage ham, and potatoes.
The lounge also offered a delightful spread for their ‘Happy Hour’ as well as scrumptious cakes, mousse cups and petit fours for their afternoon time which needless to say were our kids’ favorites.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton cakes

Service

The service we encountered could be described as patchy at best.
Originally I had called to ask the hotel for connecting quiet and feather free rooms to accommodate our son’s allergies. When we arrived at the hotel after two long haul flights; we had to wait for the housekeeping crew to strip the beds and change the linens because there were feather bedding items on the beds which took over an hour.
Another issue that wasn’t adequately addressed by the hotel management was the fact we encountered several maintenance problems during our stay when the room door locks showerhead, and bathroom towel rack fell off the walls on their own and barely missed hurting us, on three unrelated incidents.It took multiple calls to the front desk to get the items put back, but hotel officials extended no apology.

Family Stay at the Buenos Aires Sheraton view

Autism Travel Tips

  • If travelers need to book a cab from the airport, they should know that many of the cars are small and will not accommodate more than three passengers.
  • The bathtub in our both rooms didn’t have a safety bar on its side, so travelers that have mobility issues may want to ask and see if this feature is available in other rooms before making a reservation.
  • No anti slip mats were supplied, so travelers who are are accustomed to using one should make sure to pack one.
  • Like many other countries, Argentina has both smoking and nonsmoking rooms in hotels so if your kid suffers from asthma or allergies make sure to call the property directly and reiterate your needs.

 

 

The Buenos Aires Sheraton is conveniently located near the city's main shopping areas and the cruise terminals for easy access.

Exploring Eva Perón’s Buenos Aires with Kids

Following Evita, the 1996 blockbuster musical starring Madonna in the lead role, there was a renewed interest in Argentina’s former first lady Eva Perón, commonly known by the diminutive form of that name – Evita.
She was a controversial figure who started out as a struggling actress before marrying President Juan Perón, becoming his second wife.
She was both loved and hated because of her political affiliations through him. Despite the controversy, what is clear is she managed to make strides in empowering women and helping the poor before succumbing to cervical cancer at the age of thirty-three.

We discovered that almost seven decades after her untimely demise Evita is still revered by many and has become a tourist draw for Argentina and Buenos Aires.
Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids CASA ROSATA

The Tour

We started our day trip with a tour of  Casa Rosada, which translates to The Pink House – the official offices of the President and their in-house museum established in 1957.
At ‘La Casa Rosada’, Spanish for the pink house because of its outside, we saw memorabilia from Argentina’s past presidents that proved fascinating, giving us a rare glimpse into Argentinean politics.
Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids IDWe did look for that famous balcony from which Madonna sang ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’ but got conflicting reports as to which one it was since the building has multiple balconies.

Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with KidsPORTRAIT
At the Labor Building in San Telmo, the whole second floor resembled a shrine dedicated to Evita, made by people who loved her and wanted to keep her legacy alive.
Turns out, she was not only the pioneer for women’s rights but the first woman in Argentina to cast her vote in a presidential election.
Seeing Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids: desk

And then is that story about her embalmed body secretly kept in the office for over two years before mysteriously kidnaped to Milan, Italy for two decades!

Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids AUDITORIUM

The Evita Museum in Buenos Aires, we explored next, provides visitors with a more personalized view of the icon’s life.
The exhibits are divided into the different periods of the legend’s life: her humble birth, her work as an entertainer, her time as First Lady up to her untimely death.

Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids DRESSES

Displays include stylish clothes, fashion accessories, officially received gifts and portraits of the first lady. There is even some earth brought from the town where she was born.
Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids SOIL

Our last stop of the day was the Recoleta Cemetery. It is the final resting place of many famous artists, painters, sculptors and the famous first lady.
In many ways, it looks like a miniature town with spectacular mausoleums and statues, closely resembling Paris’ Pere La Chaise cemetery but much better maintained.

 Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids CEMETERY

It is here, in the Duarte family tomb (separated from her beloved husband) that Eva Perón was buried after her body was recovered from Milan, Italy.
A clear indication of Evita’s ongoing popularity amongst locals and visitors are the almost daily fresh flowers placed there to show respect for this woman who left an incredible legacy.

Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids MUSOLEUMS

Autism Travel Tips

  • The official government buildings and museums have specific visiting opening times and are not always accessible to the public. Check with the related websites to make sure you don’t go on a day or at a time when they are closed.
  • Don’t forget to stop at the Mafalda (comic strip heroine for kids) that is close to Evita’s Office in San Telmo for a photo op.
  • This tour and subject matter are suitable for older children who are interested in the history of Argentina, the late Eva Perón, and her life achievements.
  • Prepare your child with an overview of what you will be seeing and doing during your visit.
  • You can rent the Evita musical (be aware it is PG 13 rated) and acquaint your kid with the tunes.

Exploring Eva Perón's Buenos Aires with Kids GRAVE

 

 

Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries

 

Exploring a cemetery may seem like an odd option to pass a morning or afternoon, but in the past decade, a growing number of families have discovered the benefits of becoming budding taphophiles*.

In fact, visiting a cemetery can be the perfect budget friendly way to interest school-age children in a city’s history and dignitaries as well as start the conversation about concepts of mortality and immortality.

Our sons went on their first cemetery excursion at the age of seven and have enjoyed visiting local cemeteries in the different countries ever since. After touring the world’s most intriguing cemeteries, we’ve compiled our top five family friendly cemeteries in the list below.

*A Taphophile -an individual who has a passion for photography, art, and history of cemeteries.

 

 Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries cemeteries-WWII

American  Cemetery in Normandy, France

Located east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer and northwest of Bayeux, Normandy the American Cemetery contains the grave sites of 9,387 US soldiers and a memorial to 1,557 others whose remains were never found.

The cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel showcases what seems like endless rows of white marble Latin Crosses and Stars of David surrounded by vast lawns and manicured trees.
Touring the D-day battlefields and cemeteries was one of the most emotional days we’ve experienced in our decade of travel and like many others, we stopped by the tombstones of Robert and Preston, the Niland brothers who inspired in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie to pay our respects.

Tips:
For a sensory and educational experience take your kids for a walk along the beach so they can see the area from the soldiers ‘ perspective.
Pack an extra set of clothes to change into since the ground is uneven and can become slippery during the rainy season.

 A Do-it- yourself tour is a good option if you can do some research on the internet and learn about the different areas in advance.The underground visitor center provides an exceptional multimedia presentation of the D-day stories told by actual survivors.

 

Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries la recoleta

La Recoleta  Cemetery in  Buenos Aires, Argentina

The immaculate 13.5-acre cemetery features impressive entrance gates, gargantuan mausoleums and maze-like paths that lead the visitors to an adventure of exploration.

Even though Eva Duarte de Peron is La Recoleta‘s  most famous resident, other tombs like Facundo Quiroga’s (buried standing upright) and the Argentinean politician Sarmiento are impressive too.
However, the real show stealers are the 70 plus feral cats that roam the premises undisturbed and follow the tourists around.

Tips:
If you are planning to visit in summer with a  heat intolerant kid, you should arrive early as possible since the cemetery doesn’t have shaded areas, and the cement structures make the place feel quite hot.
There are several coffee shops and restaurants across the street. If you need to take a break.
Free  English guided tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11, but you can also print a map off the internet and just walk around.

 

 Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries pere la chaise

Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

Located in Paris’ 20th district, Pere Lachaise is the final address for over 300,000 people, including some French and international dignitaries. The most visited grave site by far is Jim Morrison’s of The Doors fame who died at young age of twenty-seven, but the tombstones of painters (Modigliani, Delacroix), writers (Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde) and musicians (Edith Piaf, Yves Montaigne) are popular too.

The cemetery named after King Louis XIV’s  Jesuit confessor encompasses over 100 acres of cobbled avenues and tree-lined paths weaving around 19th-century monuments, making it one of the more romantic places to stroll in the city of lights.

Additional tips:
Enter by the Gambetta Gate to catch gorgeous city views and walk downhill since the ground is uneven (muddy and slippery on rainy days) and somewhat difficult to negotiate.

There are benches throughout so you can take a break, sit and enjoy a snack and drink of water.
You can tour on your own with a downloaded map from the internet or purchased one from the flower shop by the entrance.
Guided tours are given by City Hall for approx 6 Euros.

 

 Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries NOLA

St  Louis One in New Orleans, Louisiana (U.S.A)

Opened in 1789, St Louis One is the city’s first and best-known cemetery located a short distance from the French Quarter.Like all other New Orleans cemeteries, the tombs are built above ground to prevent the caskets from floating away after the rain storms.

Among the famous locals buried here are Etienne de Boré, pioneer of the sugar industry, Homer Plessy, the plaintiff from the landmark 1896 civil rights lawsuit, NOLA’s first African-American mayor ” Dutch ” Morial and infamous Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau ( believed to be resting in the Glapion family crypt).

Tips :
If your child is temperature sensitive go early in the morning since the cemetery has no real shade or benches to rest.
Forewarn your kids not to comment if they notice strange objects in front of Marie Laveau.
Touring on your own is not especially recommended for the area is a bit sketchy.Guided tours are available.

 

 Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries FOREST lawn

Forest Lawn  Cemetery in  Glendale, California(U.S.A) 

Dr. Hubert Eaton envisioned an uplifting cemetery where people came to remember their loved ones and enjoy art and life. So, he created Forest Lawn -a park filled with towering trees, sweeping lawns, and elegant fountains. But Forest Lawn also boasts a Chapel ( where Ronald and Nancy Reagan were married), and a museum filled with artifacts from around the world.
The museum ‘s permanently exhibit includes an extensive stained glass collection from medieval France and Germany, a bronze sculptures collection, a  wall mosaic depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence, replicas of the British crown jewels, and even an authentic Easter Island statue nicknamed Henry.The cemetery ‘s residents include many Hollywood icons like Sammy Davis, Clark Gable, and Elizabeth Taylor, but most visitors come to pay homage to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson whose grave site is not even accessible to the general public.
Tips:
Forest Lawn is by far the most autism-friendly cemetery providing visitors with many different outdoor and indoor options.

For a Do-it-Yourself tour, you need to do some extensive Internet research, especially if you are interested in visiting specific grave sites many of which are not accessible to the public.

Be aware the staff is not helpful or willing to moonlight as tour guides. Guided tours are offered but bundled with visiting other sites in L.A, so you end up spending a limited time in the cemetery.

Have you ever taken your kids to explore a cemetery- how did they like it?

 

 

 

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry

Buquebus is a relatively inexpensive ferry that we took to go from Buenos Aires to Argentina to Montevideo in Uruguay, and was probably one of the most relaxing laid-back experiences we have had in years.The ferries run daily, and a trip on the early morning non-stop ferry takes about 3 hours, making it an excellent option for those who wish to travel between the two cities for a day trip or longer. While we did have a couple of issues in the planning stage (likely due to my limited Spanish speaking skills), the overall process was quite easy. Here’s my guide to making it a smooth sailing experience for your family!

Purchasing the Buquebus tickets

I booked the tickets online and encountered a few glitches – partially I suspect because of language barriers, and partially because of my Internet server. I do have to say the company responded to both my Facebook and Twitter messages within hours and clarified the process, which was helpful.

After reviewing the different options for travel between the two cities, some of which were more budget friendly, we opted to take the pricier route since it was shorter (three hours versus eight hours) and would not tire out our special needs son.

We also chose to purchase First Class tickets, even though they were $20 pricier than economy class (at our time of booking) because they guaranteed wider seating with ample legroom, as well as a waiting lounge in case the ferry was delayed.

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry lobby

Embarkation

We were told to arrive an hour before departure time, which was 7:15 a.m. The company check-in was fast and efficient, so we did not have to wait in any line; however, it was a different story at the immigration gate. There were incredibly long unorganized queues and no one to ask for any help or disability accommodations. The Argentinian authorities require travelers to be photographed and fingerprinted each time you enter and exit the country, so it takes awhile to get through this process.

Once cleared by immigration, boarding the ferry went smoothly. Due to the long wait at immigration, we skipped the waiting lounge and headed straight to our First Class seats.

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry seats

Seats

The First Class boasts reclining, leather, captain-style seating with plenty of legroom and space to “park” individual carry-ons and bags though Buquebus offers a service to check your luggage if you wish.

The Economy class seats are fabric covered, which makes them look incredibly similar to an airline seat, but overall has more padding and leg space. There are additional seating areas on the boat for people who wish to look outside or sit and chat with friends.

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry first class

 

 

Food

In the morning, the crew welcomes you with complimentary coffee and cookies, but we were told they do offer drinks (including alcoholic beverages) during the rest of the day. Many travelers brought their own foods and snacks, but the boat has a cafeteria that offers an array of sandwiches, salads, cakes and snacks for purchase.

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry food

Entertainment

The ferry offers several expensive claw machines and video games consoles in case there are any antsy children on board eager to be occupied. There is also a Duty-Free store on board if you need to pick up a last minute toy. Most kids we saw had Game Boys, books or coloring pages to keep them busy, and in our case, we brought iPads for our children to play games.

Unfortunately, the Buquebus did not have WiFi or power outlets, so be sure your electronic devices are fully charged and get extra batteries before you get onboard.

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry games

Disembarkation

When the ferry reaches Montevideo, you will see crowds gathering at the exits, but don’t be tempted to join them since you’ll end up standing forever in a chaotic line. Per company regulation, passengers with cars are let off first, which is a process that can take up to 20 minutes.

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry queue

 

Autism Travel Tips 

Overall, the experience was a good one, and there are some additional considerations for the family with a child with autism. Though both Economy and First Class seats looked and felt comfortable, First Class has that waiting lounge that could become priceless if you have a need to wait for longer periods of time with your child.
When choosing a seat to opt for a window seat, all the way to the front especially if your child is sensitive to smells.
Unfortunately, people were still smoking on board despite several no smoking signs. If your child is a picky eater, you can bring your own food onboard (no one checks) or purchase items at the ferry’s cafeteria.
Remember to bring something to your travelers like coloring/reading books, games or electronic devices but be aware there are no outlets to recharge them.
Based on our experience, plan to arrive on the early side at the terminal and leave the ferry among the last if your child hates standing in lines.

 

Guide to Taking the Buquebus Ferry corridors

 

 

Have you and your family taken the Buquebus?
What was your experience like and what tips would you add?

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