My husband’s birthday is next weekend and I have a dilemma on what to do to celebrate. Sure, we could enjoy a type date night, but I’d really like to do something special since once this baby arrives, I realize we will not have much going-out time nor money anymore.
The few ideas I have come up with have been ruled out by our pocketbook or doctor’s orders. We cannot go to theme parks given the fact I cannot go on any rides and I may fall over from heat stroke in Florida’s 90 degree weather. Plus we’d like to do the Disney thing with our three-year-old and so that’s really not a celebration for my hubby. I thought creatively and booked an airboat ride in Everglades City, but the doctor ruled that out because it was too bumpy. We can’t stay at the beach because of the flesh-eating bacteria swarming our waters, plus it’s not that special.
So, my conclusions: I’ve come up with three alternative ideas.
First, John Pennekamp snorkeling in Key Largo. Although, we probably won’t go with this idea, snorkeling trips are around $30 out of the state park. Hotels in the area are pricey though and the trip down takes a while. It’s a gorgeous reef surrounding a Jesus statute and really something all Floridians should take the time to see.
Second, a ride down the Rainbow River in Dunnelleon. This is north of Tampa and about 3 hours from Charlotte County. The hotels are around $70-80/night. The KP hole is where you launch a tube. Entrance and rental fees are about $15/person and the water is a consistent cool temperature of 72 degrees. The float down the river takes approx. 4 hours. This sounds awesome to a pregnant woman seeking relief from the hot summer days.
Lastly, Weeki Wachee. Same distance of 3 hours. Mermaid shows, animals and a fun little water park for the kids. Hotels are around the same as above and entrance fees are about $15/person and free for younger kids.