Category: Roadschool

Factory Tours: Birmingham’s Golden Flake Factory Tour Tips & Review

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    The free samples the kids received from the Golden Flake factory tour. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The Golden Flake factory tour. Photo by Christie Dedman

One of the first factory tours we hit when the kids were younger was the Golden Flake factory tour in the industrial area of downtown Birmingham.  I was new to touring factories with kids...

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Tips for visiting Jesse Owens Museum & Oakville Indian Mounds with kids

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    Museum at Oakville Indian Mounds - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Oakville Indian Mounds - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Museum at Oakville Indian Mounds - Alabama Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Jesse Owens Museum Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Jesse Owens Museum Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Jesse Owens Museum Photo by Christie Dedman

If you’re passing through Alabama or you’ve lived hear all of your life, don’t miss one of the coolest things in our state – Jesse Owens Memorial Museum and across the street the Oakville Indian Mounds...

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Factory Tours: Free behind-the-scenes Publix grocery store tour for families

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    Publix behind the scenes tour. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Publix behind the scenes tour. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Publix behind the scenes tour. Photo by Christie Dedman

Did you know Publix will do educational store tours? They do and it’s an incredible tour for all ages. Actually I would say for ages 8 and up.  We recently got a behind-the-scenes tour that...

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Factory Tours: Bud’s Best Cookies – Free cookies, giant ovens, train ride & more

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    Free, hot and fresh out of the oven -Bud's Best Cookies factory -Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The cookie cutter in action, during Bud's Best Cookies factory tour. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Free vanilla wafer samples while touring Bud's Best Cookies factory -Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Inside Bud's Best Cookies factory -Photo by Christie Dedman

Factory tours can be so exciting for kids, but the Bud’s Best Cookies Tour in Hoover, AL will get adults excited too.  As soon as you get out of your car the sugar cookie...

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Factory Tours: Bluebell Creamery overlook + Ice Cream Parlor (floor tours are closed)

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    Photo by Christie Dedman

A few years ago we headed down US 280 to the Blue Bell Creamery in Sylacauga for tour. It was a short intro video and then you can overlook the factory from a large...

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National Park 2017 News: Free Parks Canada pass, US Senior Pass price increase & free admission dates

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    Battle in the Clouds NPS - Tenn. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Scotts Bluff NPS Nebraska - Photo by Christie Dedman

National Parks are my family’s go-to destination spots – we plan all of our road trips around them so we can continue our Junior Ranger badge tradition with the kids.  Every year in January I...

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Where to go in North Alabama: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Sci-Quest, Monte Sano, Jesse Owens, Oakville Indian Mounds & more

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    My three check out the water inside Rickwood Caverns looking for blind fish. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Horton Mill Bridge in Oneonta. It's fun to drive across with the kids. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Ivy Green in Tuscumbia - birthplace of Helen Keller (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Imagination Place in Gadsden (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Inside Jesse Owens Memorial Museum (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Little River Canyon falls (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Hiking at Little River Canyon and bird watching (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Long jump area at Jesse Owens Memorial Museum (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Noccalula Falls & statue Gadsden, AL (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Arrowhead display at Oakville Indian Mound museum free admission (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Climbing a mound at Oakville. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Inside Rickwood Caverns (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Stoney Lonesome OHV park in Cullman. (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Space and Rocket Center Huntsville (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Wheeler National Refuge (Photo by Christie Dedman)
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    Looking out from inside Russell Cave National Monument (Photo by Christie Dedman)

North Alabama has a wealth of places to go if you are new to the area or you have lived here all of your life.  I will define North Alabama by anything north of Jefferson...

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Earn Junior Ranger badges at Kennesaw National Civil War Battlefield & Etowah Mounds in Georgia

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    Etowah Mounds museum Photo by Christie Dedman
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    The Fall of Atlanta marker on Kennesaw Mtn -Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Wildlife at Kennesaw - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Jr. Ranger badge Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Atlanta Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Mound view - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Climbing Etowah Mounds - Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Working on Junior Ranger manual at Kennesaw NPS Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Walking towards the Etowah Mounds _ Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Weapons demo - Photo by Christie Dedman
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If you love Junior Rangering at National Parks as well as state parks then add Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield and Etowah Mounds State Park in Georgia to your list of places to see in...

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