Day Trip # 4- Outlet shopping

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We decided to take advantage of the nice weather we were getting after Hurricane Arthur. We didn’t take a direct hit or anything but we certainly got rain and wind and lots of it! It unfortunately messed up a lot of things that were planned for the 4th of July, not just our plans but everyone’s. The local fireworks shows were all put off until delay dates but it became too difficult to keep track of which city was having their fireworks show and when. But now onto the calm after the storm, shopping at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, located in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

We had never been to the outlets before and since we are on the hunt for vacation clothes and luggage we thought we would check out the luggage. It doesn’t take us too long to get to so mid morning we decided to hop in the car and venture out. The traffic wasn’t bad at all which leads us to think that most people haven’t come home from their 4th of July extravaganzas.

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The shopping outlet itself is a really nice set up. It is essentially outdoor walking to each store, perfect for the weather we were having. It is really clean and set up in an easily accessible fashion. We didn’t think that the prices, since it is outlet shopping, were much different than the local stores we have at home. We did hear a lot of French speaking people which leads us to believe that many Canadians were visiting the area. We also noticed this in Kittery, Maine outlets too. For them, the prices are much cheaper than in Canada.

They did have a few luggage places but we didn’t see anything that the Mrs. has been searching for. The prices were not really any better than our local malls so there was no rush to purchase anything. We’re all about the research, as we’ve shared a lot, it’s all about getting the right price even if that means waiting a little bit. Thank goodness we have no kids, that wouldn’t go over well.

There were plenty of stores to check out. Here are some of the ones we looked in: Under Armour, Skechers, Reebok, Lindt Chocolate, Aeropostale and many many more. They also offer a small food court to have lunch inside or outside.

Let us know what day trips you have planned this summer!

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Day Trip #3~ Mystic Connecticut

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We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary last August. We went and spent the day in Mystic Connecticut. It’s only a few hours drive from us so off we went on a beautiful but warm August day to see what Mystic had to offer. We were excited to visit the aquarium, the little shopping village and of course the seaport.

To start our day we visited the Mystic Aquarium. We were thrilled to find the weather held up and was perfect. The aquarium is set up in a way that you have to walk outside at some points to get to some exhibits and other exhibits were completely outside.
Here are some of the outdoor animals we found.

There were many tanks displayed inside as well. They have a large array of different fishy animals set up.

Here are pics and a video from their jelly fish exhibit, Jellies in Motion.

They also offer a sting ray exhibit that allows you to touch the them. You can even purchase sting ray food and feed them.
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They also offer a Spongebob Square Pants movie available for a separate admission than the aquarium admission price in their 4-D theatre. They have a fairly decent sized cafe offering various sandwiches and lunch type food and a souvenir shop that had lots of fun trinkets.

We found the aquarium to be quite enjoyable. It definitely has a lot to offer for anyone that is interested in seeing marine life, especially ones they wouldn’t normally get to see. It is a great place for kids and families and we look forward to getting to visit again.

We briefly walked throught the Mystic Village. It is a little area you can walk around in that has a lot of cute and unique shops. We enjoyed checking out everything there was to trying out the fudge at various shops. It isn’t a place that we could spend an entire day but we surely enjoyed the experience.

We also walked along the Mystic Seaport which was really nice. They also offer tours along the water and through the old historical houses for additional fees. We didn’t actually do this as we were way too tired from walking around all day long. On our next trip we intend to start at the seaport.

Let us know about your summer day trips or new places in New England we should visit!

Day Trip #1~ The Beach

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Today was a slow Sunday with not very much going on. We decided to head down to the beach and check it out. We took off with the new camera and the old camera in search of a great picture. We are by no means true photographers but we both enjoyed walking the shore line snapping pictures and playing around with different camera settings.

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At one point, while we were standing on the beach two giant military helicopters flew over us. It was really cool and quite loud!

We were surprised that there wasn’t more people there, although we did get there fairly early. The weather was beautiful and the beach was really clean, just some sea weed.

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Leave us a comment below about any day trips you just did or that you have upcoming!