Welcome to Wesley Adventures Travel Blog where we share our family’s adventures and money saving tips that makes traveling with kids affordable and fun for your family.  Traveling with four kids can be difficult.  Brian is an Engineer and Tammy a school teacher and together they explore caverns, rainforest, hotels, restaurants, national parks, beaches, Mayan ruins, and theme parks!  The Wesley’s share their family’s adventures and money saving tips that can make traveling and urban exploration affordable and fun for any family with the “go bug”.  

The Field Museum Chciago

The Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Fantastic presentation of gems, on par with the Smithsonian, fantastic dinosaur exhibits, and the animal exhibits are organized by continent.  However, one of the best exhibits is the...

Top Family Friendly Activities in New York

Our kids love New York.  We've found excuses to visit several times over the years.  Here is a video we've compiled highlighting out top family-friendly activities in New York: UPDATE: Yes, this video has the Time's Square Toys R Us in it. It has since closed.  My...

New York Bus Tours

If you’re traveling in a small group, there are few better ways to see NY than by a hop-on-hop-off New York Bus Tour.  Being in the open air at the top of these buses is a fantastic way to see the city. My mother was along on this trip and her feet got tired.  A sales...

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is the fourth largest in the world and second only to the Library of Congress here in the US.  It is a private collection consisting of 87 branches scattered throughout the Manhatten, Bronx, and Staten Island. The largest branch is located...

New York’s Grand Central Terminal

A trip to Midtown Manhattan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Grand Central Terminal.  But, since the late 1800’s everyone calls it Grand Central Station even though the station was replaced by this remarkable building. Grand Central Terminal is the largest rail...

New York Federal Hall

NYC’s city hall served as our nation’s first capital.  The original building burned but this memorial was built in its place.  The stone steps represent the location where General George Washington took the oath of office as the US’ first president.  Today, it's known...

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Urban Exploration

Our family has always enjoyed exploring the world around us.  Tammy and I grew up in Mississippi and spent much of our youth under the shade of pecan and pine trees.  When we moved to UT we were excited to have Salt Lake City and the surrounding suburbs to explore. There’s so much to do from hiking, children’s museums, photography classes, old mills, and pioneer history.  Tourism, generally speaking, is when you’re visiting a city while traveling.  But what do you call tourism in the city you’re living?

We like to call “tourism in your own city” Urban Exploration.  Sure, Urban Exploration usually means sneaking into an old abandoned building or trespassing and taking photos of something most people don’t see.

I guess we could always call it “A Detailed Analysis of Your Indigenous Urban Anthropology”…. But I think “Urban Exploration” will work just as well even if we’re not trespassing or sneaking into an old building that’s about to fall down. From museums, parks, hikes, and activities; get out and do some Urban Exploration in your own neighborhood!

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The Field Museum Chciago

The Field Museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Fantastic presentation of gems, on par with the Smithsonian, fantastic dinosaur exhibits, and the animal exhibits are organized by continent.  However, one of the best exhibits is the...

Top Family Friendly Activities in New York

Our kids love New York.  We've found excuses to visit several times over the years.  Here is a video we've compiled highlighting out top family-friendly activities in New York: UPDATE: Yes, this video has the Time's Square Toys R Us in it. It has since closed.  My...

New York Bus Tours

If you’re traveling in a small group, there are few better ways to see NY than by a hop-on-hop-off New York Bus Tour.  Being in the open air at the top of these buses is a fantastic way to see the city. My mother was along on this trip and her feet got tired.  A sales...

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is the fourth largest in the world and second only to the Library of Congress here in the US.  It is a private collection consisting of 87 branches scattered throughout the Manhatten, Bronx, and Staten Island. The largest branch is located...

New York’s Grand Central Terminal

A trip to Midtown Manhattan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Grand Central Terminal.  But, since the late 1800’s everyone calls it Grand Central Station even though the station was replaced by this remarkable building. Grand Central Terminal is the largest rail...

New York Federal Hall

NYC’s city hall served as our nation’s first capital.  The original building burned but this memorial was built in its place.  The stone steps represent the location where General George Washington took the oath of office as the US’ first president.  Today, it's known...

New York Empire State Building

Whether you’re King Kong or one of the other 110 Million visitors that have come to the Empire State Building’s famous open-air observation deck this is a must-see in NYC.   Started in 1930 the Empire State Building is one of the tallest buildings in the world and the...

White Sands National Monument

A co-worker and I were once crossing southern New Mexico when we saw White Sands National Monument nearby.  We were ahead of schedule so we decided to stop for a quick break.  When we entered the park it was flooded so we only got to see a tiny portion of the park. ...

Tombstone

Tombstone, Arizona If you’re in the Tucson,  Arizona area and looking for something to do for the afternoon, pay a visit to Tombstone.  There is plenty of history and entertainment for kids and adults alike.  It is THE historic town where western gunfights took place....

Mt Rushmore

Mt Rushmore is one of those places that should be seen at least once.  The first time I visited was during a work-related trip in the area.  Interestingly enough, the city I was working in had to be evacuated because of a fast-moving fire.  My co-worker and I...

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak is the largest collection of optical and radio telescopes in the world and has been for over 50 years. Here, about an hour and a half from Tucson, they study stars, galaxies, magnetic fields, Dark Matter, and even our own sun.  Every volunteer-lead tour is a...

The San Antonio Riverwalk

When visiting the San Antonio area, you must plan an afternoon (or more) at The Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk.  There's not too much to say besides walk around, take a boat tour.  Enjoy the architecture, culture and food. Here is a video highlighting our...

The Alamo

When I was young my grandma took me and my parents on a road trip to see the amazing Western US. One of our first stops was to visit The Alamo. Back then, I had no idea the significance of this shrine.... what was lost here... what was gained. Here's a photo of me...

San Jacinto

After the defeat of the Alamo, Santa Anna’s Mexican Army retreated East and was chased into a corner by General Sam Houston’s army.  The battle was quick as the Texan’s screamed: “Remember the Alamo”. Santa Anna was captured and forced to sign over Texas as an...

Chalmette Battlefield – Jean Lafitte National Park

When the British returned a second time to America to retake the rebel colonies the war became known as the War of 1812.  Some of the war’s notable events included, major naval battles,  the burning of Washington DC, the siege that encouraged the writing of the Star...

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely…” – Mark Twain
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

– T.S.Eliot