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Where We’re Headed, 2012 Edition

See, the problem with taking frequent family road trips is that it gets to be a part of you, and you end up needing to hit the road as frequently as possible. We didn’t travel anywhere this month. It’s killing me.

However, staying put gave me the opportunity to plan out our next several adventures. Travel planning is almost as fun as the travel itself; without all the back seat fight refereeing. (“Stop singing in your brother’s ear. Let your sister pick the DVD. Give him back the pretzels. Did you just take her last sip? LET’S ALL PLAY THE QUIET GAME!!”)

In a few short weeks, the Go BIG family is wheels up! Here’s what the next few months look like:

FebruaryPittsburgh, PA

The world’s largest permanent robotics exhibition – “roboworld” – at the Carnegie Science Center

The world’s largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History


Credit: Joshua Franzos for Carnegie Museum of Natural History

MarchPhiladelphia, PA

The Philadelphia International Flower Show, the world’s largest indoor flower show.

(reminder to self: refill Matt’s Zyrtec prescription.)

The World’s Largest Clothespin (outdoor sculpture)

The 9th Street Italian Market, the largest outdoor market in the U.S.

AprilWilliamsburg, VA

The world’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg. (We went last summer, but didn’t cover much ground as the temperature was hotter than the surface of the sun. So we’re going back, this time with Grandma and Grandpa!)


"Let us out so we can go find some air conditioning!"

MayCleveland, OH

World’s largest collection of rock memorabilia, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

World’s largest rubber stamp, the “Free” Stamp in Willard Park

If you know of any other “world’s largests” in these cities, spill it!


  1. January 27, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    Just had to pop in and say that I totally understand how not going anywhere is a drain after you’re used to traveling all the time. We went to Alaska in August and that was pretty much the last time we’ve been on the road- coming from a family that lived on the road- that is tough. This past week my son told my husband and I that he really needs to go somewhere and when he told his friends how he felt they just didn’t get it. He said “Dad, if you haven’t lived how we lived, you just don’t understand”. I thought it was too funny- but clearly, you “get it”. We’re hitting the road next weekend- haven’t decided where or what, but we need a bit of a break. Have fun on your road trips!

    • Traci Suppa said,
      January 30, 2012 @ 8:56 am

      I knew you would understand! My kids have gotten to the point where they see a large roadside attraction and they instinctively strike a pose for the camera.
      Hope you have fun this weekend, wherever you go!

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  3. Mike said,
    January 30, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Philadelphia sound interesting. The International Flower Show sounds cool, would probably pass on The World’s Largest Clothespin, but I wouldn’t miss the 9th Street Italian Market……..cured Italian meats…mmmmmm.

  4. January 31, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    We’re hopefully heading to the Philly flower show this year as well, as I totally want to see how they tiki it up because of the Hawaiian theme- maybe we’ll see you!

    • Traci Suppa said,
      January 31, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

      I’ve read an intriguing mention of lava, and I really can’t wait to see how they pull that off! It would be cool to meet you…I’m a fan!

  5. Mara said,
    January 31, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    You *do* realize that the flower show is about a half hour from my doorstep don’t you? I’ve been feverishly racking my brains to think of what DE might have that is the biggest of something to lure you down here.

    • Traci Suppa said,
      January 31, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

      I don’t suppose you’ve ever brought your kids to the show? My son is not at all enthused.
      The only “world’s largest” we found in DE is Miles the Monster at the Speedway! It was a quick visit: http://gobigorgohomeblog.com/1341

  6. Josh said,
    February 3, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Are you ever going to make it out to the west coast??!!

    • Traci Suppa said,
      February 7, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

      Well, we’ve been, but not since starting this blog! In 2008 we headed to Anaheim to see Disneyland, and then Carlsbad to see LEGOLAND. One of The Boy best memories, however, is the taste of an In n’ Out burger.

  7. SH said,
    March 7, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    The World’s Largest Basket in Newark, Ohio, corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company. About 2hrs from Cleveland though.