The crew and I hit the road this Thanksgiving. This was our first out of state travel with the kids since my son was 2 so it made for quite the adventure. While I love my little Kia Soul dearly I was so glad that I had the Mazda CX-5 for this road trip.
The most notable features with the CX-5 includes:
Handling on the road – While GA is very pretty, if you are not used to it, those hills and curves like to sneak up on you. Weather and road conditions can change in an instant. That’s why available i-ACTIV AWD predicts when all-wheel drive might be needed, monitoring everything from outside temperature to throttle input and braking patterns.
Fuel Efficiency – Now while I do like to save on fuel (prices aren’t too bad here in Florida, in my area at least, the average is around $2.10/Gal). I was able to get about 2 hours away (out of an 8-hour lone drive) from my sisters’ house Mazda CX-5 without having to stop at the gas station, which was definitely hard to come by at almost midnight on the backroads of GA.
Spacious – While it was loaded down with suitcases, bags, blankets, and kids. We had more than enough room for everyone to ride in comfort. We were the big kid car for most our travels around town and the 2-hour drive to Atlanta. I think they were pretty cool with that.
Overall Mazda has been pretty consistent with how they are building their cars and their brand with families like mine who are looking for something roomy with our growing family but also something fun to drive even with the kids along.
Our Mini Guide for Places to See in GA
The Elachee Nature Science Center
Elachee, which is located in downtown Gainesville, incredibly close to many other attractions in town, offers many interesting attractions, all in one place. Hiking trails, an interactive museum, and nature walks are just a few things on offer here, so if you’re looking for hours of fun for your children, The Elachee Nature Science Center is a place you really shouldn’t miss out on.
Downtown DraftsDowntown Drafts is an incredibly trendy and family-friendly bar in downtown Gainesville (you can even take your dog in if you happen to be traveling with your pets). While you kick back and relax with one of Downtown Drafts’ signature craft beers, you can allow your kids to play with one of the many board games stacked about. Just make sure they stay away from some of the more risque ones, like Cards Against Humanity. They could even connect their tablet or phone to the free wi-fi and simply entertain themselves. There isn’t much to offer food wise, besides free popcorn, but it’s fine because I’ve got that sorted too.
Once you’ve had your fill of the best craft beers from around the world, why not pop around the corner to 37 Main, where you’ll encounter some of the best classic American food that Gainesville has to offer. Check out their mouthwatering menu on their website, if you don’t believe me – https://gainesville.37main.com. 37 also offer live music and their unique “Duelling Pianos” show every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.
The Funtastik Family Entertainment Center
Formally known as The Gainesville Bowling Center, The Funtastik Family Entertainment Center offers you more than just your typical game of ten-pin bowling. The FEC also has a bar, serving food and drinks all day long, which allows the adults to have a little extra fun too. As well as the bowling alley, there is also a newly refurbished arcade. A huge 3,500 square foot, jungle themed laser tag arena is also on site, with prices available here https://funtastikfec.com/jungle-laser-tag/. But the fun doesn’t stop there because the bowling itself is an entirely unique experience too – FEC offers a glow in the dark bowling experience every Friday and Saturday night, so this place is really one you can’t miss out on.
If you want to keep your little ones entertained while in Gainesville, then all you need to do is follow this short guide, and you can’t possibly go wrong. And with attractions as great at this, who knows, you may end up having more fun than the kids.