Travel Blog Posts by Jenai Engelhard

The Stonehenge of Florida

From museums and aquariums to boat cruises and jungle tours, there are so many things to do in Miami that it is difficult to narrow down the list! Yet there is one lesser known destination that you should add to your itinerary. Most people have never heard of "The Stonehenge of Florida," also known as Coral Castle. Coral Castle, a sculpture garden made of stone, was built by a single man named Edward Leedskalnin. From 1923 to 1951, Edward secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock. This feat is amazing in and of itself, but even more mind boggling is that the process he used is unknown. The website calls Coral Castle "one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments." Apparently, Edward was a small man, weighing just 100 pounds and standing a little over 5 feet tall. In 1940, he … [Read more...]

The Cloisters Museum in Spring

Spring has officially arrived, opening up all sorts of possibilities for outdoor activities in New York. With a New York Attractions Pass, you can see the best of New York: from the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building to the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. Many visitors make it a point to visit the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses more than two million works of art from all over the world. The Met Museum is housed in an iconic building on Fifth Avenue, and is a comprehensive collection of European, Asian, Near Eastern, African, Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as art of Oceania, Australia, and the Americas. Yet as amazing as the Met is, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Where do you start? Impressionists? Ancient Egypt? The European art alone could … [Read more...]

New York Things to Do in Spring

Spring in New York City is one of the most magical times to visit the Big Apple. Tulips are blooming, people are picnicking in Central Park, New Yorkers are dining al fresco and enjoying the city's incredible food scene, and people are strolling and biking along the river. Here are some of the best ways to fully enjoy a gorgeous spring in New York City: 1. Get on a bike! What better way to enjoy this massive city than on a bike? Better yet, take advantage of a guided tour and learn about the sites as you exercise. Bike and Roll offers some excellent bike tours, such as the Central Park and Greenway Tour. With a knowledgeable tour guide, you will ride along 843 acres of bike-friendly lanes that run almost the length of Manhattan. You will stop at such sites as Strawberry Fields, a two … [Read more...]

NYC Easter Parade History

If you are in New York on Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013), you will have the chance to see people decked out in Easter bonnets and dresses strolling along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. The NYC Easter Parade and the Easter Bonnet Festival start at 10:00  in the morning and ends around 4:00 in the afternoon. The New York Easter Parade is not as organized as some other festivals and parades in the city, and is a decidedly more casual event. The area that runs along Fifth Avenue from 49th Street to 57th Street is closed to vehicles during the parade. People put on hats, bonnets and Easter dresses, pets are in full costume, and others just come to watch the action. The area around St. Patrick's Cathedral is the best place to get a good look at the parade. For anyone taking advantage … [Read more...]

Orlando for Kids: Top Three Attractions

  Orlando is one of the best possible trips to take as a family. There are so many exciting things to do in Orlando for kids, so how do you narrow down the choices? If you take a trip to Orlando in the near future, here are three things your kids absolutely cannot miss: 1. Kennedy Space Center What is it about space, stars, planets, and the thought of being an astronaut that captures that the imaginations of children and adults alike? If you are going to Orlando with kids, it would be a shame not to experience the Kennedy Space Center. You can see exhibits such as the Astronauts Hall of Fame, where you'll witness the sights and sounds of the famous astronauts who first ventured into the great unknown, and have the chance to look at some of their memorabilia and personal … [Read more...]

Oahu Rainy Day Things To Do!

It is pretty safe to say that if you are spending a vacation on this island, you are going to encounter an Oahu Rainy Day. The excellent thing about rain in Hawaii is that it tends to be a gentler, more tropical rainfall, which often does not thwart your outdoor plans. However, an Oahu rainy day presents the perfect opportunity to experience some of the indoor destinations on the island that are well worth the trip. Iolani Palace and the Honolulu Academy of Arts are located within a mile of each other, giving you a chance to relax, absorb some Hawaiian culture, take a break from the beach, and take advantage of the peaceful rainfall. Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. This National Historic Landmark was home to the Hawaiian kingdom's two … [Read more...]

March Madness Things To Do on Vacation

We can all feel it in the air: spring is almost here! One of the best signs that spring is coming is March Madness, which gets everyone in the mood for the national basketball championships! The NCAA tournaments are a uniquely American tradition, sending millions of fans into a chaotic, adrenaline-infused frenzy. March Madness has even affected British Prime Minister David Cameron. What better way to welcome the prime minister than to take him to watch his first basketball game? President Obama took Cameron to watch the kickoff game of March Madness in Dayton, Ohio, and it was reported that the two politicians munched hot dogs while Obama gave Cameron some pointers. Perhaps no other city is quite as affected by March Madness as Los Angeles (at least as far as the west coast goes!) … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day in New York!

No other city in the United States quite compares to St. Patrick's Day in New York. The city is alive with St. Patty's Day fever, and if you are fortunate enough to visit New York during this festive holiday, there are a few places you should be aware of when planning your trip. 1. St. Patrick's Day in New York is not complete without witnessing the official St. Patrick's Day parade. This parade is often said to be the most popular parade in New York City, over even more popular than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. The St. Patrick's Day parade dates back to 1766, when Irish military men serving in the original American colonies first celebrated the holiday. Today, the parade goes up 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th streets, passing St. Patrick's Cathedral and the American Irish … [Read more...]