St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago!

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Looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Chicago? Here's our breakdown of this year's traditional Chicago celebrations as well as some nearby attraction suggestions to fill your day: The Parade & The River This year's parade begins at noon sharp in Downtown Chicago, making its way north on Columbus Drive from Balbo to Monroe with a viewing stand located in front of Buckingham Fountain. Expect large crowds, bagpipes, traditional Irish dance, and even a few local celebrities. Make sure to secure your spot early for the best viewing experience, and wear your brightest greens to show your spirit. Just before the parade, at 10 AM, Chicago will celebrate another St. Patrick's Day tradition: dyeing the Chicago River Green. This year, organizers suggest settling on a spot between Columbus and Wabash to secure the best view of the action. This 40+ year old tradition of dyeing the … [Read more...]

Spring Break Miami Attractions

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There are so many Miami attractions to keep you busy during spring break - and more than just sun and sand. Here's a look at some top attractions in the area to get you moving, exploring, and maybe even learning something new about Miami: Jump Into the Water Let's face it - no Miami vacation is complete without a trip to South Beach and an exploration of Florida's warm waters. Sea Experience's Miami Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling places you right in the middle of it all with a trip to one of Florida's natural coral reefs. Snorkelers can dive right in and explore the tropical fish and marine life native to the reef, while those that prefer to stay dry can still enjoy the view from inside the glass bottom boat. The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi is another option for adventurers who love the water. Hop on the taxi in nearby Ft. Lauderdale and hop off at any of the area's beaches, … [Read more...]

Spring Break Oahu Attractions

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Each year, thousands of people travel the globe to celebrate one thing: SPRING BREAK! If your spring break destination this year is Hawaii, we've put together our list of top Oahu attractions to fill up your week.   If You Want Some Sun... Get on the beach! Oahu is a destination known for its shores and warm waters. The island is home to more than 125 distinct beaches, which means plenty of room for volleyball, snorkeling, and of course, tanning. Stop by Ala Moana Beach for some stand up paddle boarding and cheap rentals on chairs, umbrellas, and coolers for the beach. You can also visit Haleiwa Beach Park for a kayaking adventure along Oahu's north shore. Here kayaking in Oahu is at its best. Keep an eye out during your four hour tour through scenic Waialua Bay - you may see a roaming pod of green sea turtles, locally referred to as "Hanu". If You're Sun-Burnt... Put some … [Read more...]

Things to Do in San Diego Waters

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Anyone putting together a list of things to do in San Diego should take care to include attractions by San Diego's waters. With over 70 miles of coastline, it's easy to spend a day (or two!) exploring the waters with family and friends. Here's a look at San Diego's best beaches and attractions that get you closer to that pristine Pacific water: Beaches & Boardwalks Start your exploration of San Diego waters with a stop at the beach. A walk or bike ride along one of San Diego's many coastal paths and boardwalks will give you a good sense of San Diego beaches. The Oceanfront Boardwalk is one of San Diego's biggest, stretching three and a half miles along Mission and North Pacific Beaches. Besides its picturesque  views, the boardwalk offers up a number of shops, restaurants, and even a roller-coaster in Belmont Park. Belmont Park is also home to the Wave House, an all-in-one … [Read more...]

Best of San Diego Museum Month

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February is the month where the best of San Diego museums are offering half of admission - for everyone! This marks the 24th year of the San Diego Museum Council's popular month long museum extravaganza. Just visit any of the fourteen Macy's participating in the greater San Diego area for your free Museum Month Pass for half off admission to a whopping 42 San Diego museums and attractions. The passes are a great value - just one will cover half off admission for up to four guests! Museum Month passes are good throughout the rest of the month, which means you only have about a week left to take advantage of the deal before it's gone. San Diego's Museum Month passes draw tens of thousands of visitors to its museums each year -  take a look at our top three favorite museums so that you can start planning ahead to avoid lines and make the most out of your trip:   San Diego … [Read more...]

Things to Do in Miami on Valentine’s Day

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Miami has plenty of things to do on Valentine's Day this year. So many, in fact, that you may have a tough time picking just one. I've put together a list of my favorite events in the area to help you decide before the deadline this Thursday: Dining with Dolphins at the Seaquarium If you're looking to impress an animal lover, treat your date to a night with the dolphins at the Miami Seaquarium. From 8-10 PM this Thursday, the Seaquarium will keep its doors open for couples to enjoy a candlelit dinner overlooking the Dolphin Harbor. Here's a look at the menu from the Seaquarium's website: 1st Course Share a Valentine’s Day Dinner for two and bottle of wine on the terrace overlooking our playful dolphins. 2nd Course Two certificates to come back and swim with our dolphins. 3rd Course Two certificates to experience our new Sea Trek Reef Encounter. Dessert Two Annual Passes … [Read more...]

Things to Do in Orlando for Valentine’s Day

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Looking for new things to do in Orlando this Valentine's Day? We've come up with a quick list to get you started - but hurry! There's only about a week left to plan. Here's a look at what you can do to wow your date in Orlando this Valentine's Day: Make the Most of Your Park Pass Most Orlando vacations typically include a visit to a top-rated amusement park like Disney World or Universal Studios. Grab your date and your park pass and head over to your favorite park for the night, no reservations needed. You'll never run out of things to do or see, and a walk through the park after sundown may prove pretty magical. Think of the fun you'll have trying to hunt down a secluded spot to steal a kiss, or the thrill of riding a roller coaster holding the hand of someone you love. If you don't have a park pass this vacation, you can still take advantage of the free shopping centers for parks … [Read more...]

Things To Do in San Diego: Get a Move On

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Looking for new things to do in San Diego? Well get a move on! San Diego's mild climate and 300+ public parks make it the perfect winter destination to explore outside. Whether you walk, bike, kayak, or even go-kart, here's how to get going in San Diego: Walking Tours of the City in Motion San Diego is ranked in the top 20 most walkable large cities in the United States, and for good reason. Neighborhoods like the Gaslamp Quarter are easily navigable with big open streets, and provide a number of shops, restaurants, and clubs to entertain you while you make your way around. The Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour offered every Saturday will introduce you both to the area and its significant history as the first settled area of modern San Diego. While you will hear about the Quarter's more than 90 historical buildings dating as far back as the early 1800s, you'll also be party to some lewd … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Top Attraction: The Oscars

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One of the most popular of all Los Angeles attractions is also its most exclusive - the Academy Awards, more commonly known as The Oscars, will hold its 85th awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24th. Less than 4,000 people attend the ceremony, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, while more than 30 million viewers tune in to see who will take home awards for Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Best Director, and of course, Best Picture. Luckily, you can still walk the red carpet, grab a photo of an Oscar-winner, and watch the live ceremony for much less than the cost of a ticket to the Dolby Theatre. Here's a look at how you can celebrate the Oscar season in Los Angeles: Celebrate with the Academy The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has come up with a set of events that celebrate everything Oscar, from the glamor of the red carpet to the films themselves. Oscar … [Read more...]

Orlando Attractions for Sports Fans

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It's no surprise that there are plenty of Orlando attractions for sports fans; Florida's warm weather and leisurely attitude make it a perfect spot to practice your golf swing or take a spin around an outdoor race track. And speaking of race tracks, let's not forget that Florida is the headquarters of NASCAR. Here's a look at how you and your fellow sports fan can get the most out of your next Orlando vacation: Go Karts, Games, and the Great NASCAR Track Channel your favorite NASCAR driver at Fun Spot's two Florida locations in Kissimee and Orlando! Each Fun Spot Florida location offers its own unique Go-Kart tracks, with multilevel racing and track challenges like hairpin turns and 30 foot hills. The Vortex track at Fun Spot USA even has a 32 degree banking curve - steeper than any on the Daytona Speedway. Best of all, many of tracks feature double-seater go-karts so that you can … [Read more...]