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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We have hundreds of videos, articles, reviews, and galleries from our adventures.  But there are some places that we’ve spent more time exploring.  We’ve combined those items into a single place called a Destination.  Choose a destination below to begin exploring!

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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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...

Fort Caspar Campground

Fort Caspar Campground, located just minutes from the historic Casper, Wyoming,  kisses the banks of the North Platte River.  There is a museum close by as well as an ample amount of walking/ hiking trails.   Fort Caspar Campground 4205 Fort Caspar Rd, Casper, WY...

New York Central Park

Just before the US Civil War, a plan was devised to set aside an area for open spaces, trees, and a refuge from the city.  Many looked to similar parks in London and Paris for inspiration. Over the years Central Park has become one of the most filmed locations in the...

Oak Alley Plantation

When you think of the Antebellum South with sugar cane fields and large homes with wrap around columns, Oak Alley is usually the home that comes to mind. After a half-hour drive from downtown New Orleans, you’ll turn off of the interstate onto sleepy southern roads....

Minuteman Missile

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is a piece of history not to be skipped or missed. I honestly didn’t think neither the kids nor I would be interested in a missile, but I was surprisingly wrong. We all REALLY enjoyed it and the kids were eager to share their...

John Pennekamp Coral Reef Florida State Park

When you think of coral reefs there aren’t many in the US.  In fact, the Florida Reef is the only living coral reef in the continental US (and the third largest in the world – next to the Great Barrier Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef).  While the reef is rather long,...

Martins Cove

As a kid, I heard a story about a pioneer handcart company that was so beaten and worn from their winter handcart journey that they couldn’t finish the last leg of their trip to the Salt Lake Valley. What makes this story different from the Donner party was the rescue...

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is seriously one of the most amazing museums we’ve ever seen!  The layout is unique and it’s interesting to all who walk through the gates.  It was refreshing to see how much fun the kids were having while...

Biosphere 2

Located about 30-45 minutes from the heart of Tucson, it is nestled in Oracle, AZ, among desert and mountain peaks. Don’t let the distance deter you though.  It’s worth the drive! Biosphere 2 University of Arizona Biosphere 2 32540 S. Biosphere Road, Oracle, Arizona...

Meteor Crater

There’s so much to see and do in Arizona.  Among those is a hidden gem located just outside of Winslow, AZ.  It’s not every day that you can say you’ve been to a meteor crater.  If you’re in the area, take the short drive (approximately 30-45 minutes) to the site-...

“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