Road Trip I-95 Michigan to Florida : Fun Places to Stop Along the Way

En route to Florida along I-95, a path trekked many times by frozen people looking to escape the cold, harsh northern winters and thaw under the bright sunshine and palm trees. Like these people, I have made this road trip many times. I know from experience that this trip is a long one, however, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a boring one. Step off the route by only a few miles and weird, fascinating and fun adventures await. 
In preparation for our last trip along I-95 we made a list of all of the places we’d like to stop and see along the way. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see everything on our list because frankly, there weren’t enough hours of daylight in our day’s. We were able to see a few of them and let me tell you, it was worth it! I mean, seriously, when else will you have a chance to see a giant pencil? Probably never. 

Giant Pencil

This 30 foot long pencil, found in Wytheville, Virginia, was constructed in the 1960’s by the original owner of Wytheville Office Supply. Over the years it has had a few face lifts to keep it in pristine condition and I feel is still worth the quick stop to see it today.  Plus, this roadside attraction is moderately easy to find and positioned well within a quaint, small town area. 

Giant LOVE Sign

This quick stop was a no brainer for us to stop and see because it can be easily found right off I-95 northbound at the Lambsburg Welcome Center and rest area in Lambsburg, Virginia. Not only did this rest area have a giant LOVE sign worth posing with, but it also had picnic tables, bathrooms and a tourism information area. Nice place to take a break and use the restrooms.

Giant Elephants

If this isn’t a cool photo op, I don’t know what is! These two elephants can be found directly off I-95 in Hardeeville, South Carolina standing tall in a fireworks store parking lot directly across the street from a gas station. Super quick stop, easy to find and a great place to fill up.

Other Places on our List (that we just didn’t have time to see, but look totally cool)

Field of Corn (Dublin, Ohio)
Worlds Largest Gavel (Columbus, Ohio)
Worlds Largest Fire Hydrant (Columbia, South Carolina)
Forsyth Park (Savannah, Georgia)
Find even more fun places to stop by using one of my favorite website, Roadtrippers. This site allows you to type in a starting point and destination and it gives you points of interest along your route. Love it!
Remember these idea’s later. Go ahead, PIN IT! 
Do you know of a fun roadside attraction along I-95? Which one of these stops would you most like to make, why? Share with us!


Spring Break is Not Just for the Kids: Carousel Comes to the Lyric Opera of Chicago {April 11- May 3} + GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: Ticket Giveaway provided by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. All opinions are my own. 

A few months ago I had the pleasure of taking in a performance by the Lyric Opera with my six year old daughter at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. We went to see The Sound of Music and decided to make a “girls weekend” out of the show. We booked a room at a local hotel and headed out towards Chicago from Michigan with a little extra time before the production started so we would have time to explore the city. Luckily, we found several fun things to do within our short 24 hour stay. Read more about our past Chicago trip here: 24 Hours in Chicago

That short weekend together was such a great little getaway for the two of us and an evening at the Civic Opera House was the icing on the cake! The Civic Opera house is a beautiful historic building with tall ceilings, ornate details and an upscale feeling. Plus, the Lyric Opera puts on amazing performances with all-star casts. I would love to make another trip into Chicago to enjoy even more performances from the Lyric Opera soon and definitely plan to add it to my “date night” adventures list.

Rodger & Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL {APRIL 11-MAY 3}

Are you planning to take a weekend getaway to Chicago or would you like to take in a show at the Civic Opera House with someone you care about? Now is your chance! The Lyric Opera of Chicago has offered to give one of my readers two FREE adult tickets to see Rodger and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL for their preview performance on April 10th. You’ll get to see it before the public! (Transportation, lodging and food are not included.) Enter below!

CAROUSEL is a musical about love and loss and features recognizable songs such as “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. The production stars Steven Pasquale (CBS’s The Good Wifeas carousel barker Billy Bigelow and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes as his true love. It’s a great date night type of story! I mean, who ever said spring break had to be just for the kids?


CAROUSEL ACTORS / Photo Credit: Lyric Opera
Find more information about this performance as well as other performances from the Lyric Opera of Chicago by visiting http://lyricopera.org/carousel

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