Heidi Gollub

Heidi Gollub

Heidi Gollub is the founder of the award-winning website Free Fun in Austin.com. When not running around on adventures with her five children–ages four to 16–she volunteers for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and creates content for the local news. She frequently appears on television and was recently a speaker at Mom 2.0 and the Texas Conference for Women.


Norway in a  Nutshell: Explore Fjord Norway by Train, Boat and Bus

When visiting Norway, the popular Norway in a Nutshell tour provides the perfect way to see much of the country’s stunning scenery in a single day! Travel from one side of Norway to the other by train, bus and boat, enjoying spectacular Scandinavian sights along the way. Norway is a verdant land of mountains, waterfalls, islands, and fjords. Bergen, on the west coast, is a delightful harbor town with quaint shops and mountain troll folklore to enjoy. Oslo, in the east, boasts urban luxuries from international cuisine to hot stone massages. Both are well worth a visit, but how to...

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How to Host a Magnificent Multi-Family Getaway Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you have the daunting task of planning a multi-family vacation with friends or relatives, a vacation rental is the place to start! Read about our Big Family TravelingMom’s experience with a luxury cabin rental near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Multi-Family Getaway: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Every year, I take a mini vacation with my childhood best friend. She travels from Maryland, I head out from Texas. We meet somewhere amazing in the middle for a kid-free weekend of relaxation and reconnection. This means our children rarely see each other, and we’d love for them to be friends as well....

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11 Reasons to Take Your Kids to The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beaches, a pristine 47-mile stretch of Atlantic Ocean coastline, is an ideal spot to vacation with kids. Incorporating 39 South Florida cities and towns, The Palm Beaches has plenty to entertain kids and families. Take Your Kids to The Palm Beaches The Palm Beaches in South Florida offer endless possibilities for family fun. From animal encounters to water adventures, there is so much to do! I recently spent a week in The Palm Beaches with my 4-year-old and we discovered 11 great reasons it’s an awesome vacation destination for kids. Loggerhead Marinelife Center Want to see baby sea turtles?...

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How to Make Your Strollers at Disney World Easy to Find

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, you know that keeping track of your stroller can be a real challenge. Stroller parking lots fill quickly, strollers are moved to accommodate newcomers, and unless you’ve decorated yours to stand out from the crowd, it can be difficult to locate your stroller in a sea of lookalikes. Before your next visit, consider some of these DIY ways to make strollers at Disney World easier to find! When it comes to travel, I’m not usually much of a planner. I pack my suitcase a few hours before heading to the airport and I...

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Adventure in Grand Cayman: Stingrays, Snorkeling, and Jet Skis

Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, is a 76-square-mile slice of paradise. Swim with stingrays, snorkel, jet ski, or just enjoy your beautiful surroundings. A summer day spent in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea is not one you will soon forget. Last summer, I took my five children on the adventure of a lifetime: a Carnival Cruise to the western Caribbean, with stops in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. I didn’t think anything could possibly top our first excursion in Jamaica, which included jumping out of trees and hiking up the incredible Mayfield Falls, but our day in Grand...

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5 Exciting Reasons to Explore Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas

When vacationing along the Texas gulf coast, don’t miss Moody Gardens, an educational amusement park on Galveston Island that the whole family will enjoy. From rainforest and aquarium pyramids to a water park and a paddleboat cruise, attractions at this unique non-profit destination entertain while teaching about conservation and wildlife. On the eve of our very first Carnival cruise, my family of seven enjoyed a mini vacation on Galveston Island, getting a tiny taste of tourist fun along the Texas gulf coast before heading out to sea. First on our agenda was a visit to Moody Gardens for a few hours of edu-tainment. We had seen...

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9 Fun Things to do in Grapevine, Texas

Grapevine, Texas, located near Dallas/Fort Worth, is home to several exciting attractions, including Great Wolf Lodge, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, and SEALIFE Aquarium. Designated the official Christmas Capital of Texas, this small town is also an amazing vacation destination for the holidays. If you’re on the lookout for a fun Texas getaway, there is a wide range of family-friendly things to do in Grapevine! Grapevine, a cozy community located a stone’s throw from the DFW Airport, prides itself on being a small Texas town that is big on charm. Always fun to visit, Grapevine really comes to life over the holidays, when the...

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3 Don’t-Miss Family Adventures in Central Florida

When planning a trip to Central Florida, it’s easy to focus on big name attractions and forget to look for lesser known local favorites. Mixing in a few quiet mornings of exploration can be well worth the effort. Look beyond the amusement park hoopla to discover that Central Florida is full of easy-going adventures that can be both relaxing and enjoyable for the whole family. Family Adventures in Central Florida After several amazing/exhausting vacations to Walt Disney World, I decided it was time to broaden my family’s horizons and explore a little more of the Sunshine State. Our ultimate destination was LEGOLAND Florida which is, admittedly, still an...

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A Dreamy Florida Gulf Coast Getaway at Hilton Sandestin

A stay at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in South Walton is the stuff that dreams are made of:  sweeping views of the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, delectable dining, year-round heated pools, and beach service on the sand. Add sunny Florida skies to the equation, and you’ve got the perfect beach getaway.   A Dreamy Florida Gulf Coast Getaway For years, I’ve heard tales of the sugary white sand that blankets beaches along Florida’s northwest coastline. Several friends in my home state of Texas frequently vacation there. And they always return saying it is worth the 11-hour drive from Austin just to dig their toes into the powdery soft...

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10 Reasons Monarch Mountain is Ideal for First-Time Skiers

There are a lot of factors to consider when planning your child’s first ski endeavor. But the most important is selecting a destination that sets your young skier up for success on the slopes. Monarch Mountain, a secluded Colorado ski area located along the Continental Divide, offers the perfect setting for an introduction to skiing. With easy, stress-free entry from the parking lot, an efficient check-in system, no lift lines, uncrowded trails, and friendly staff, you are in good hands when you visit Monarch Mountain! This winter, I drove my five kids, ages three to 16, from Texas to Colorado so they could give skiing a try...

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