Visit SeaWorld Orlando with Smart Destinations!

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is everyone’s favorite sea life park. With everything from awe-inspiring animal performances and informative exhibits to thrilling theme-park rides, SeaWorld is a must-visit Orlando attraction. Of course, SeaWorld is more than just an entertainment destination, it’s a leader in conservation and rehabilitation efforts for marine animals from around the world. With more than 50 years of responding to wildlife crises big and small, SeaWorld Orlando has been able to save the lives of thousands of injured or endangered creatures, including sea turtles, manatees, and many marine birds. With a visit to SeaWorld you’re not only given the opportunity to learn about these animal rescue efforts, but you’re actually contributing to the resources that allow SeaWorld Orlando to successfully rehabilitate so many creatures. Today SeaWorld visitors can enjoy everything the … [Read more...]

Discount Miami Duck Tours

Miami Attractions

Looking for a unique and authentic way to explore sunny South Beach? Take the whole family on a Miami Land and Sea Pirate Adventure Duck Tour! These Miami Duck Tours feature all the best architectural, cultural, and natural landmarks of the area, and also include special extras like TV and movie sets! Of course, the best part is the tour boat itself. You’ve probably heard of Duck Tours before, but Pirate Duck Tours are a whole new fun thing. They can drive on land and sail the seas much faster than conventional Duck Boats, all with the added benefit of being narrated by pirates and mermaids! These expert tour guides will regale you with stories and important facts about all the sites on the tour and can tell you more practically anything in Miami. It’s definitely a top Miami attraction with first-time visitors to South Beach. Drive by beaches, palm trees, and tropical waters … [Read more...]

Tips for Visiting Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios

Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-see attraction in Los Angeles. A favorite of movie buffs and pop culture fans from around the work, Universal combines the best park of a theme park, a historical attraction, and a working movie studio into one fantastic experience. Here are a few insider tips for visiting Universal Studios from our destination experts – we hope they’ll make your next visit to this top Los Angeles attraction a fantastic one! Start with the Tour Begin with 45-minute tram tour through one of most famous working studios in Hollywood. Jimmy Fallon (SNL alumnus and new host of “The Tonight Show!”) will be your video guide through Universal Studios, highlighting the exciting bits of movie magic along the tour. Highlights include the site of the plane crash from the movie “War of the Worlds,” a block of Wisteria Lane from ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” … [Read more...]

Orlando Vacation Tips

Orlando Vacation Tips

Orlando has long been the place where special family vacations happen. Filled with great family-favorite attractions like SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida, The Kennedy Space Center, WonderWorks, and more, Central Florida has so much to offer kids of all ages that it’s hard to decide what to do during your vacation. Of course, big-name attractions like theme parks often come with a hefty price tag, meaning that you’re likely to start crossing things off the list on the basis of price alone if you’re paying gate price for these attractions. Fortunately, with an Orlando Attractions Pass, you don’t have to worry about exceeding your budget or missing out on the stuff the kids really want to see. Choose from more than 30 top attractions and explore for 2, 3, 5, or 7 days over a two week period. There’s no need for either/or choices, and no paper tickets to keep track of.  … [Read more...]

Inaugural Chicago Fire Festival Coming this October

Chicago Fire Festival

Coming this October, the latest and greatest Chicago attraction is the Chicago Fire Festival (no, it has nothing to do with the MLS team). Designed as a testament to Chicago’s growth, resiliency, and cultural diversity in the 140+ years since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, this brand new festival is going to really knock your socks off. From exciting fire sculptures to themed entertainment and kids’ activities, the Chicago Fire Festival has got it all. The Chicago Fire Festival will be held on Saturday, October 4th on the Chicago Riverwalk. The culmination of a series of neighborhood summer festivals, this event is going to be the icing on the cake. From performances and exhibitions by hundreds of entertainers (my favorite is the Steampunk-themed boat) to the eclectic and family-friendship River Bazaar (filled with local artisans, food, and drink), it’s an entire day of … [Read more...]

Puppy and Cheetah Friends at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

safari park

There’s always some pretty amazing stuff going on at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, but this summer, the friendship between a cheetah cub and a puppy is taking the cake as the cutest thing to come out of the Park. The cheetah cub, Ruuxa, was the only cub born to one of the adult cheetahs at Safari Park. Because he wasn’t born as part of a larger litter of three to five cubs, his mother rejected him. Ruuxa then qualified for the Park’s “animal ambassador” program, which pairs up young park inhabitants with other young animals to create a bonded pair, a relationship that fosters growth and development. At 6 weeks old, Ruuxa was paired with Raina, a 7-week-old puppy, and they’ve been best friends ever since. These cute critters are now about four months old, and their friendship is as strong as ever. They play together, nap together, and train together. With Raina by … [Read more...]

New – Sea Life Park Dolphin Encounter

Sea Life Park

Good news, Flipper fans! Smart Destinations is adding a new bonus attraction to our Oahu family of attractions – a special dolphin encounter at the popular Sea Life Park. It’s a rare, intimate chance to come face to, er, nose with one of the most iconic creatures of the sea – the gentle, playful bottlenose dolphin.  This encounter will be an amazing addition to your Hawaiian vacation, and is sure to be something you’ll never forget. The Sea Life Park Dolphin Encounter is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – so don’t miss out! Sea Life Park is a fantastic local institution chock full of opportunities to encounter both the familiar and the exotic. A particular highlight of the park is the 300,000-gallon tropical tank, filled more than 30 brilliant and beautiful reef species – including indigenous Hawaiian reef sharks. Survey the world’s oceans through a … [Read more...]

Visit the Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium

What do you think of when you picture Miami? Sunny days, tropical waters, sandy beaches…and an amazing variety of sealife! The Miami Seaquarium is the place to be if you’re looking for aquatic excitement and adventure. From Flipper the world-famous bottlenose dolphin and Lolita the iconic killer whale, to vibrant tropical birds and rescued sea turtles, all the denizens of the Miami Seaquarium have a special story to tell. The Miami Seaquarium is among the country’s foremost aquatic parks dedicated to animal rescue and rehabilitation. Since its founding in 1955, the Seaquarium has been at the forefront of animal rescue efforts in the Atlantic. Their conservation staff members are especially known for their work with manatees and sea turtles, and have dedicated decades to their work with these and other injured or endangered creatures. Many of the animals featured in their … [Read more...]

Visiting The Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo Ticket Discount

Operated by the Chicago Zoological Society, the Brookfield Zoo is an absolute must-see for animal lovers. Larger than the urban Lincoln Park Zoo, Brookfield is home to more than 2,000 creatures – great and small. A visit here is a great complement to time spent at Shedd Aquarium; both renowned centers of conservation and education are sure to delight and inspire kids of all ages. Brookfield, Illinois is a short drive from the heart of the city – just out north of Midway Airport – but you’ll be amazed at the massive greenspace nestled in the heart of the Chicago suburbs. The Brookfield Zoo is organized into several distinct habitats and exhibits that each tell their own important narrative about conservation and the natural world. It’s large enough that we recommend reserving at least half a day to spend in the zoo (and remember to factor in travel time when planning your … [Read more...]

American Museum of Natural History

New York Attractions

Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November 2, 2014 Featuring 20 species of live spiders and other arachnids, this exhibit is not for those of … [Read more...]