Crawfish Town USA is in the state of Louisiana. It is a good place to eat fish and other sea foods. But, it is best known for crawfish; it supposedly is one of the best crawfish restaurants in all of the United States of America. All I had was the fried crawfish; the reason why is that the season for crawfish is a limited time. People are allowed to hunt crawfish during season, and that season is only 2 weeks long. I thought that since the name is Crawfish Town USA, they should have crawfish sold year round – even if that means that they have to freeze the crawfish. The place is like an old barn. The inside of the place is nice, but the waiters and waitresses were not helpful to those who are not from around here. My family and I got hush puppies, and they were the best I have ever had. Another good appetizer to get is the crab legs. They are deep fried and served with the tarter sauce. I thought it was really good and had a good taste to it. I would not likely go there again unless it is crawfish season cause I would like to try crawfish, and that was the main reason why we went.
Crawfish Town USA in Louisiana is a good place to eat, but the name of the restaurant is not correct. They don’t sell the 2lb. crawfish bakes year-round. They only sell it when it is crawfish season. When we got there we were disappointed that we couldn’t eat crawfish. The waitress wasn’t very helpful either. We asked what was good, and she couldn’t really answer. I got the crawfish erouffee and it was good, but wasn’t that good. It was really too spicy. You can still get dishes with crawfish, but not the crawfish bake or steamed crawfish. We also got hushpuppies and fried crab legs for an appetizer; they were both very good. The place looks like an old barn. It is red on the outside too. I would not go back unless it is crawfish season. It was a fun place to eat, but I recommend going during crawfish season.
Crawfish Town USA is in Louisiana. It has the best crawfish in Louisiana, but I didn’t get to taste any. They have gumbo, crawfish, hushpuppies, and crab legs. The time we went to Crawfish Town USA, the crawfish was not in season. Crawfish Town USA looks like a barn kind of on the outside. They have a deli next to the restaurant. They must sell some of their things there, but we didn’t buy any because most were really good enough to want to buy and take home.
Acme Oyster Bar – New Orleans, Louisiana
John – 13
The Acme Oyster Bar is in the city of New Orleans and is next to Bourbon Street. They have one of the best oysters on the half shell in the United States. They also served a lot of good food too. I got a Philli steak poboy, and it was one of the best poboys I had that week! The French Fries were good too. The oysters I had were fresh and some of the best I had ever tried in the whole United States. The French fries I got for an appetizer were covered in cheese and also had a lot of gravy on them too. Which they call poutine or boo fries. They were only $4.99 for an appetizer order of fries. If you wanted to eat good seafood at a good price I would recommend going there to eat. The oysters were $14.99 for a full dozen on the half shell. They were served with cocktail sauce, crackers, and lemon wedges. I thought that although it was on Bourbon Street, if you ate there early, you would be okay to bring your kids with you. I also thought that the inside of the Acme Oyster Bar was nice and family friendly.
The Acme Oyster bar is located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is on the street over next to Bourbon Street. The Acme Oyster Bar is kid-friendly and has really good food. The best thing to get there are the oysters. The oysters are clean and do not have a seafood taste. They also have a contest where you have to eat 12 dozen – the record is 42 dozen oysters.
We got six, and I ate 2; so did my brother and mom. For dinner I got the shrimp Po-Boy. The Po-boy was good, but it wasn’t the best in New Orleans. For an appetizer we got French fries that were covered in cheese and gravy. The fries were delicious and were very flavorful. Even as a meal – you can get them as a side.
Now back to the shrimp Po-Boy. I ate most of it, and it had a lot of shrimp in it. The shrimp was also tasty. My sister got the crab chowder, and it was a really good soup. The Acme Oyster Bar is a really good place to eat in New Orleans, and it is affordable. You will want to get there early because you will have to wait. By the time left, there was a line down the sidewalk. So if you are in town, eat at the Acme Oyster Bar.
John – 15
Going down to Key West, or any of the Keys, is a long and trying drive. But, on the way down is a great place to stop and take a break and stretch your legs. The amazing place to stop is a turtle hospital. The Turtle Hospital is located in Marathon Key. It is a great place for every age and enjoyable for all. The Turtle Hospital has a tour that happens every hour starting at 9am and running to 4 pm. The cost for children ages 4-12 is 9 dollars and for adults is 18 dollars. Throughout the tour you will get to not only see turtles but learn more about them and how to save them. At the beginning of the tour you will view a slideshow that shows how turtles end up in the hospital. After the slide show, you head into one of the bigger tank areas; they have two tanks that are filled up with water and these hold some of the turtles they have. Once you are done there, the tour heads out to the other areas to visit the more tanks. In this area there are around 23 individual tanks and the largest sea tank – which holds 100,000 gallons of water. The tank (which used to be a pool) is filled and circulated by the sea water that flows in and out of the pool. At the hospital you will get to see turtles ranging from 12 permanent to 60 injured turtles that are there for rehabilitation. All in all the Turtle Hospital is a great place to stop and view turtles and learn more about them.
Hadley – 12
The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida was a place where we stopped on our way down to Key West. This was a really good stop; it was fun and you got to learn a lot. The Turtle Hospital is a not-for-profit organization. You can take tours from 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm. The tours cost adults $18.00 and children (4-12 years old) $9.00; children under 4 are free. When you go, you get to watch a slide show at the beginning telling you the types of turtles you will get to see. The instructor will also tell you about some of the diseases these turtles are facing. Then they will take you outside and you get to meet the turtles. During the whole tour you will get to see about 40-60 turtles depending on how many they have. Sometimes they won’t have as many because they have released them. We got to see a lot because this winter some of the turtles didn’t get to warm enough water quickly. They were stuck in New England and sent to the Turtle Hospital to save them. If you are ever near Marathon, Florida, it is definetly worth the money and time. And it is a great cause.
Barnett – 10
When our family was traveling, we stopped at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida. If you go on a tour – which I suggest – the admission for four years and under are free, then four to twelve years old is nine dollars, then the cost for over twelve or adults is eighteen dollars. First they take your tour group into this room to see a slide show about why the hospital and turtles are there and the types of turtles that there are. Then they will take you to see some turtles and tell you their names. Plus they will explain why the turtles are there. For example, Bubble-Butt has bubble-butt syndrome. The Grinch got hit by a boat. After that there is Frumpy, which is sad, because he got hit by a boat and half his shell broke off. Two other turltes, Mickey and Tink, also have bubble-butt syndrome. If I ever got to drive thru Marathon, Florida again I would go to The Turtle Hospital again.
The Sea World in San Antonio, Texas, is a really fun family place to visit. My favorite thing to see and do there is the sea lions. The sea lion show is one of the best shows. The sea lion show is a comedy skit about a sea lion that is a detective and is trying to find out who stole all the fish from a fish company. The show includes a walrus, sea lions, and an otter. My second favorite thing there is the Great White roller coaster ride. The ride has a lot of upside down turns and other stuff like that. Another popular show is the water ski show. The water show has a lot of different tricks and stunts. They use three speed boats, jet skis, bare foot skiing, slalom skiing, and a lot of other tricks. It is also a really good show. The biggest and most popular show is Shamu Rocks. It is the best show to see the killer whales perform.
Rides: The rides at sea world were amazing. My favorite ride there is the Great White Roller Coaster ride. The ride does a lot of flips and other sharp turn type of things. The second best roller coaster is the Steel Eel. It has a lot of high sharp drops and is really fun and amazing to do. The big coasters require the riders have be 48 inches or taller. For the smaller rides they have to be 42 inches or taller. One of the water ones that is awesome to ride is called the Rio Loco. It is a ride that goes around a lazy river type of journey, but has a lot of different white water rapids and at the end of the ride there is a waterfall. Watch out ’cause you get soaked wet! Journey to Atlantis is another water ride. At first it sends you pretty high up then it shoots you down backwards! Then you go back up a small hill and then straight down. You come down with a huge splash. The people that get really soaking wet are the people at the bottom on an observation station. When the boat comes down, a huge wave of water hits you and gets you soaked.
I think that Sea World is a good family friendly place to visit. The prices are high, so when you are you going it is a good idea to bring a lot of money with you. They do let you in with a little bag, so if you want to bring water you can. I recommend everyone bring a bottle of water, because it was 110 degrees the day we were there. If you do buy a pass for the whole year, buy this special cup they have and you get a discount for refills. There are a lot of hands on things to see and do. So, if you are in the area, I recommend going there and seeing Sea World.
Sea World is a fun place to go. There are roller coasters and animals all at the same time. The best show to see – I think – is Shamu Rocks, which is the Shamu show at 8:00 PM. Shamu does a lot of cool tricks and flips. The best roller coaster is the Great White roller coaster. Even though it has all the twist and flips, it is really smooth. The Steel Eel, which is the other roller coaster, doesn’t have any flips, but it is not very smooth. Sea World also has a lot of rides for little kids and you can meet characters like Shamu. Even though you can’t feed the Dolphins (unless you want to pay $12.00 per person) you can feed the sea lions. It is really fun. We didn’t do the water park, but it also looked fun. We did some of the other shows and they were also really cool. So if you are in San Antonio I think you should really go. It is fun!
Lulus’s cafe is a really fun place to eat for any time of the day. They are open 24/7. The best things to get there is either the chicken fried steak or the cinnamon roll. We went to eat there for breakfast. My brother and I had the chicken fried steak, it was a big piece of chicken that is deep fried and covered with gravy. Although other places say they have the best in texas Lulu’s actually has the best in all of texas! The chicken fried steak tastes like a really good, crispy piece of flat chicken nugget with a lot of good tasting gravy. The second best thing they have to eat there is the three pound cinnamon roll. It has a lot of good homemade cinnamon flavor and was really good and tasty. I could only eat about 1/16 of the cinnamon roll – which tells you how big it is! It was really fresh and really good. Lulu’s cafe is a fun family place to eat. You have all types of society there eating – families, couples, old people, young people, people dressed up for work, and casual people. The prices are a good price, and if you do get the cinnamon roll – expect to take home extras.
Lulu’s is a really fun place to eat! They have a 3 pound cinnamon roll. The cinnamon roll is fun to eat, because it is so big. It is as big a round as a plate and is about eight inches tall. The chicken fried steak is the best though because it is really crispy. The chicken fried steak is really popular because it has even been on t.v. It is even served for breakfast. The cinnamon roll you can see baked if you go to Dinners, Drive ins and Dives on Youtube. The cinnamon roll is really hot and has a lot of icing all over it. We have 5 people in our family, and we did not even eat all of the cinnamon roll. The Alamo is located really close to Lulu’s, so you can eat breakfast there and then go to the Alamo. Lulu’s is a fun place to eat, but if you go get the chicken fried steak and the cinnamon roll.
Barnett – 8
I love Lulu’s cafe. When you pull up there is a drawing of a huge cartoon woman on the wind – she must be Lulu. It is not a fancy looking place. It is a medium sized restaurant that is not fancy inside. The morning we went there was only one waitress – she was working hard! Then, a few more waitresses came to work. We ordered our drinks and a giant cinnamon roll. The rolls are really big, soft, and fluffy. They are good! The icing and the cinnamon make them good. We also ordered regular breakfast stuff. It was OK. I would go again to Lulu’s, because I love the cinnamon rolls! You should go to Lulu’s Cafe and try their great cinnamon rolls. That is what they are famous for making!
John – 13
Rockin R River Rafting company is on the Guadalupe River. The day that we went rafting, the river was going really slowly. I recommend you not to take the inner tubes and take the larger river rafts. Even though it may cost more, you will spend less time slowly going down the river. Plus you can hold more than one person in one of the white river rafts. Our entire family of 5 easily fit into a raft. The company is a good friendly company to go rent your inflatable stuff from. The place is the average price in the area to rent from. The river doesn’t have that many rough rapids, and it is fine for kids of all ages (but I would recommend you not take a baby on the ride). Rockin R River Rafting is one of the better places to rent stuff from on the Guadalupe River.
The Rockin R River Rafting is a really fun trip down the Guadalupe river. There are different things you can rent to ride in. There is a raft for 5 people and a tube for 1 person available for rent. The tube takes a long time to float down the river. The raft allows you to paddle and move faster. There are different rapids, some aren’t that bad, but if the river is low you will get stuck sometimes. In the river there are catfish, and it has a rock bottom so the rocks are slippery. There are two places that you can stop at 1 hour and another is 2.5 hours if you are paddling in the raft. The one we did was the 2.5 hours, and it was really fun. So if you are ever near the Rockin R River Rafting it is worth a stop.
Barnett – 8
I love the Rockin R River Rafting company. It is fun to go on a river rafting trip. You can up to six people in a raft. You can bring snacks on the trip, but you are not supposed to take metal or glass containers. It is a good idea to take drinks along, because I got thirsty. I did not have to paddle the raft. Everyone else in our family had to paddle, but the little kids don’t have to paddle. We saw a lot of turtles on our trip. They are swimming along the river and up on logs on the river. There were two people in the river trying to catch turtles for turtle soup! The trip took over two hours. Explorers should go on a trip like this. You should go to Rockin R River Rafting because I recommend it.
John – 13
Rudy’s has one of the best barbecues in all of Texas – even though their slogan is “the worst BBQ in Texas”. Rudy’s is in a gas station and all though it looks like it wouldn’t be a great place to eat, it actually is delicious. The best thing to get a Rudy’s is the brisket. The brisket at Rudy’s. It is full of juice and has a lot of different flavorings that add spices and other flavors to it that make it really juicy. Another thing to get a ruby’s that is really good is their cream corn it has a lot of corn in it and is covered in a rich cream that has sugar and tastes really sweet. If you do decide to get the cream corn then I would add a hint of salt to it to take away from a bit off of the sweet taste from it. Another thing that I love to get at the place is there sausage. The sausage is full of spice and is really juicy. The sausage is packed full of spicies that makes the sausage really spicy. Since the place is in the a gas station I would go and get a drink at the gas station rather than at Rudy’s. I would like to go eat at Rudy’s again and I hope that u decide to too.
Hadley – 11
Rudy’s Barbecue is one of the best in Texas. The best thing I like is the brisket that the serve. They don’t put the barbecue on the brisket for you, and I don’t put any “sause” on it because it is so good without the sauce. The cream corn they serve there is also the best side they serve, and it is very good. I recommend getting a lot because you will eat a lot of it. Rudy’s is also located in a gas station, and they have a lot of different locations in Texas. You can also order ribs, sausage, and chicken. Other sides you can get potato salad, coleslaw, beans, and a big pickle. Also at Rudy’s they have pop and other drinks in glass bottles that are fun to drink out of. If you live or are visiting Texas look at eating at a Rudy’s near you it is delicious.
Barnett – 8
Rudy’s barbecue is one of the best BBQ in Texas. I like their brisket and creamed corn the best. Rudy’s is in a gas station. You can pick your own drink, and they sometimes give you samples of the creamed corn. The creamed corn is mainly corn with cream. I love it the best there. If I had to choose one thing to eat there. A lot of people love Rudy’s brisket and creamed corn the best. You should go to Rudy’s!