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Top 10 Things to do at Universal Orlando Resort

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

  1. Diagon Alley

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, this addition to Universal Studios is THE PLACE for you to visit. You feel like you have walked into your very own Harry Potter movie! The world of Harry Potter is brought to life in an exhilarating way with all your favorite shops, treats, and characters.

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

Make sure to stop by the London shopping district, with lots of featured shops from the franchise, as well as the Hogwarts Express and some exciting rides.

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

When you are done having fun, grab your own wand at Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and curb your hunger with a chocolate frog.

2. Drink a Butterbeer

*this one gets its own number because it is such an experience.*

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

You have to drink a Butterbeer to really experience the whimsical Harry Potter world. It is delicious, and kind of impossible to describe! It is a must try in Universal Studios, if only for the experience and Instagram photo. This is one of my favorite of the Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida!

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

3. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

I am totally scared of wild rides, yet love them at the same time. The only thing that is a real deal breaker for me is when a ride is super bumpy and rocky!

That is not the case with the Hulk coaster!

This crazy fun ride includes reaches an intense speed of 67 mph, after a speed increase from 0 to 40 mph in just 2 seconds! It is so scary yet crazy exhilarating and will have you wanting to ride again and again.

4. Visit Volcano Bay

This BRAND NEW water theme park features a TapuTapu™ wearable so there’s “no standing in long lines, carrying rafts around the park, nothing between you and a full day of fun.”

Click the link to read more about Universal Studios Volcano Bay.

I haven’t been yet because it is so new, but I can’t wait to rocket down that Volcano water slide! It looks amazing.

5. Meet the Characters

While these characters differ a little from the princesses and mice that are found in the neighboring Walt Disney World, the superheroes and interactive characters you can find in Universal Studios make it an experience of its own.

*Especially if you have young boys and girls. There are so many more options to keep both happy!

6. Explore Knockturn Alley

For a great break from the sun head over to this eerie and enchanted area of Diagon Alley. You get to experience the darker side of magic and explore a different side of this magical world.

7. Hit the Water Rides

While water rides are often not a first choice because you will be wet for the rest of the day, it is an excellent option when visiting Universal in the summer! Not only is it a way to keep the kids entertained, but you can also stay cool when the temperature is exceptionally hot!

*Pack an extra set of clothes, but if you don’t want to bring extra clothes, you can pay for the air dryers. 

8. Hollywood Rip Rock RideIt Coaster

When you get into this ride, you choose from a wide selection of songs from all genres that play while you ride at speeds of 67 mph, with a terrifying 167 foot vertical drop and a non inverted loop.

9. Head over to Universal’s CityWalk for a delicious dinner after a long day at the parks!

Don’t fall prey to the ever-so-easy chain restaurants or insanely overpriced tourist traps. Head to CityWalk for a delicious meal that is convenient and fun!

*Try the Vivo Italian restaurant for a delightful ambiance and exquisite cuisine.*

10. Visit some of the more classic rides

While these older rides may be a tad more dated, more classic rides like Men in Black Alien Attack or ET can take you back to a nostalgic time. When you are done with the newer and more exhilarating rides, taking a slower ride back through some of your favorite memories can be a great way to relax and show your kids the classics.

Have you been to Universal Studios Florida? What is your absolute favorite thing to do out of the Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios?
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Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond*

Top Attractions in Boca Raton *and Beyond!*

Summer is almost here and as the kiddos finish school and the days get longer, you’ll want something to keep them busy! When you need to get out of the house, here are some of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond*!

Top Attractions in Boca Raton

    1. South Florida Science Center and Aquarium

      At the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, there is always something happening! And Summer is even more exciting and full of plenty of fun! From the Science Summer Camp to Nights at the Museum to the Amazing Butterfly exhibit, there is an endless array of things to do! For more information:

  1. Palm Beach Zoo

    This summer, the Palm Beach Zoo will not only feature animal experiences, educational programs and nights out, but they are also exhibiting some amazing seasonal event! For more information:

  2. Lion Country Safari

    Between the drive-thru safari and awesome entertainment park (hello giraffe encounter!), Lion Country Safari is a great way to get out of the house and have some WILD fun! Don’t forget about the 2017 Summer Savings Pass! For more information:

  3. PLAYMOBIL Fun Park

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  4. I-FLY in Ft. Lauderdale

    A super fun time for parents and kids alike; check out my full review HERE.

  5. Sugar Sand Park

    Featuring the NEW Science Playground, Explorium & Willow Theater, Sugar Sand Park is one of the best hidden gems in Boca Raton! (And one of the top attractions in Boca Raton *and beyond!*). For more information:

  6. Daggerwing Nature Center

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  7. Boca Raton Museum of Art

    From the finest in adult exhibits to the fun and interactive sights for kiddos of all ages, the Boca Raton Museum of Art has some of the most interesting fun and activities you can find. For more information on what is going on:

  8. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
  9. Boca Raton Children’s Museum

    The pinnacle of kids fun in Boca Raton, all you have to do is bring your imagination and flair for fun and games!

  10. CHALK Cafe in Delray Beach
  11. Monkey Joe’s

    A place for fun, families and Monkey-ing around, Monkey Joe’s is a ton of fun for your whole group!

  12. Bedner’s in Boynton Beach

    A farm fresh market where you can not only enjoy the outdoors, but you can also pick your own fruit and veggies when in season! For a list of what you can pick and when, look here:

  13. Butterfly World in Deerfield Beach

    Top Attractions in Boca Raton

  14. Green Cay Nature Center in Boynton Beach
  15. We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym

    A kids gym that is a safe, nurturing and sensory friendly environment. For more on fun events:

  16. Patch Reef Park

Which of these top attractions in Boca Raton and Beyond is your favorite? Which ones are you dying to try?! Comment below!

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MOMpreneur Monday: Soft Baby Shoes

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to our latest installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is designer and entrepreneur Zsofia Inhauzer of Soft Baby Shoes Boca Raton.

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Modern Boca Mom’s *Best Disney Trip Ever* Guide

Want to take the best Disney trip EVER? Here are Modern Boca Mom’s top tips and tricks for conquering Walt Disney World with your family…

Modern Boca Mom's 'Best Disney Trip Ever' Guide

10 Tips for the Best Disney Trip Ever:
  1. Take Comfortable Shoes  – This is likely my most important tip. From your personal walking-wear to your little one’s shoe of choice, making sure you have comfortable shoes is ESSENTIAL.  Be sure to choose a pair you have worn many times before without blisters or discomfort and that provide awesome support. Disney = lots of walking!
  2. Bring Snacks
    *PRO TIP* You can bring your own food and drinks into the park! 

    Bringing snacks can help keep your costs down and allow more time for play – instead of having to stand in long food lines with high prices.

  3. Bring H20 – Whether visiting in winter or in the dead of summer, I promise you and your family will get thirsty! Bringing your own water will save you big bucks in the park.
  4. Bring it all in a cute backpack – You’ll want to come prepared; snacks, water, sunscreen, Mickey ears – the works. But, you don’t want to lug it all around in a big, awkward bag! Splurge on a backpack. We also recommend bringing a stroller, especially if you have a baby or toddler who will inevitably get tired.
  5. Plan FastPasses in Advance – Plan your FastPasses well in advance and use them to organize the rest of your trek around the park. This will ensure you get on the rides you are dying to ride and see the characters you are dying to see! Modern Boca Mom's 'Best Disney Trip Ever' Guide
  6. Bring a Camera – Or, clear your phone so you have plenty of memory to snap pics! There are so many Instagram-able *and just downright cute* memories you’ll want to record when you are at the park.
  7. Don’t forget to put down your phone and your stress – You don’t want to miss any memorable family moments! Don’t be glued to your camera or your to do list– enjoy every second!
  8. If you are able, stay at a Disney resort– With so many amazing options, the confusion surrounding where to stay is oftentimes overwhelming. But, staying in a Disney hotel makes the experience all that much more amazing. Eat, breathe, sleep, Disney.

    *PRO TIP* Make sure your hotel (if it’s not Disney) has a shuttle. Parking can be expensive and oftentimes far from the park entrance.

  9. If you have little ones, make sure they have a segmented day. –  No one wants to spend 14 hours straight with kids under ten at “the happiest place on earth.” It can become not very happy at all! Go for a few hours at a time and don’t be afraid to break for your hotel pool.
  10. Use My Disney Experience – If planning isn’t your thing, this site/app can help you make an efficient and easy plan. It will help you to effortlessly manage the whole trip. Find it here: My Disney Experience.

Now that you have these tips for having the Best Disney Trip Ever, start planning your magical memories!

Here are some other Modern Boca Mom Disney Tips + Tricks!

Make a Day of it at the Newly Expanded Disney Springs

Best Places to Eat at Disney World- 2016 Update

My New Favorite Restaurant at Disney Springs


Modern Boca Mom's 'Best Disney Trip Ever' Guide