Travel Blog Posts by Mariele Ventrice

Orlando Labor Day 2014 Attractions

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For those of us who relish in the summertime sun and beach vibe, the end of August doesn’t seem appealing. However, the end of the summer does bring something to look forward to: Labor Day weekend! The last holiday weekend of the summer is an opportunity for Americans to have one last hurrah before it’s back to the grind. Orlando is one of our favorite Labor Day weekend destinations because by this time of year, the summer tourist season is winding down, the weather is starting usually starting to get a bit more comfortable (though annual temperatures for September 1st still average in the upper 80s (Fahrenheit). Plus, there’s simply a lot to do in Orlando, and with three days to utilize an Orlando attractions pass, you can really get to know the area and have a lot of fun. One of … [Read more...]

Discount Hollywood Attractions Pass

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Wondering what’s going on in Hollywood these days? August is a wonderful time to be in Los Angeles, as the summer is wrapping up and autumn is just around the corner. Of course, the weather is still generally hot and sunny around this time—and well into September—and Hollywood is always hopping with big-name attractions, lesser-known gems, and a hip and glamorous night life. Spend the day in Hollywood familiarizing yourself with the attractions you’ve heard so much about, from the Hollywood sign to the Walk of Fame, then make sure to explore the other myriad Hollywood attractions the area hosts. See the lifestyles of the rich and the famous without breaking the bank by taking advantage of a discount Hollywood attractions pass, your all-inclusive ticket to the city. While … [Read more...]

Top New York City Tours

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With five boroughs, 304 square miles of land, and 8.5 million inhabitants, there’s no doubting New York City is a big place. It’s no wonder that tourists have so much trouble deciding what to do and see in the city—it’s hard to even know where to start! From the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty to cultural enclaves like Chinatown and Spanish Harlem, the sights are endless and as diverse as they can be. One of the best ways to see the most of the city is to take a tour! New York tours are as diverse as the city itself, and there’s no shortage of options. Plus, tours offer a unique way to see the city, learn about it’s culture and history, and get to know your way around. Bus Tours One of the most popular bus tours in NYC is the CitySights All Around Town … [Read more...]

Shark Week at the Shedd Aquarium

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Deep in the waters of the earth’s massive oceans, more than 300 species of sharks live in a shroud of mystery and myth. From coral reefs in the Indian Ocean to Caribbean Sea, sharks hunt their prey, scavenge for food, and stealthily roam the waters enjoying their status at the top of the ocean’s natural food chain. However, there’s a lot about sharks that you may not know. According to the experts at the Shedd Aquarium, there are a lot of misconceptions out there surrounding these feared creatures. That’s why—just in time for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week—the Shedd Aquarium is hosting the Shark Week “Shedd-ule” of Events. In fact, the Shedd Aquarium’s events are already underway. On July 5th, Shedd launched Shark Feeding Tour: Behind the Scenes in Wild … [Read more...]

Cheap Oahu Attraction Tickets

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It’s hard to believe it’s already August, but with only a month left before the inevitable start of the school year, we’ll all soon be wrapping up our summer vacation plans. However, as the days get cooler and shorter in most of North America, down in the Hawaiian Islands, life is as carefree and casual as it ever was. September is largely a warm, dry, and sunny month on the island of Oahu, and even the winter season in Hawaii is likely to see temperatures in the mid 70s. September through December is a great time to visit Oahu because airfare and accommodations can be found for cheaper than they can during the pricey tourist seasons. You’ll also have fewer crowds to deal with! Why not brighten up the darker months with a Hawaiian vacation? There’s so much fun to be had on … [Read more...]

Art in San Francisco: de Young Museum Ticket Discount

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San Francisco’s thriving arts scene is one of the biggest draws of this vibrant and eclectic city. The Bay Area’s first big manifestation of its artistic prowess came in the 50s and 60s at the height of the Beat Generation. While Eastern philosophy was gaining popularity through Alan Watts and his contemporaries, Allen Ginsburg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and their posse were taking the poetry world by storm. Meanwhile, artists in the visual realm began to enter the West Coast’s thriving cultural arena. Influenced by Abstract Expressionism movement on the East Coast, visual artists such as Bruce Conner and Jay DeFeo set out to experiment with cross-disciplinary approach to art. Collages, experimental films, and sculptures assembled with “found” materials. By the 60s, many other … [Read more...]

Adventures at LEGOLAND San Diego

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Looking for an attraction that will keep kids entertained all day in San Diego? Perhaps one that you’ll enjoy as well? LEGOLAND San Diego, an entire theme park dedicated to the colored building blocks we all knew and loved as children, may be just what you need to complete your San Diego vacation. With 30,000 LEGO models, over 60 amusement park rides, and dozens of shows and building zones spread over nine themed park areas, LEGOLAND San Diego is the perfect place to let your imagination run wild. With a location conveniently just 30 minutes north of San Diego in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND has become a favorite of Southern California tourists. Here are just a few of the cool things you can expect to find at the park this summer. Bronte, the Welcome Dinosaur As you enter the park, wave … [Read more...]

New York Labor Day 2014 Attractions

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Labor Day weekend is the last chance for a summer getaway for many Americans. As August comes to a close, we tend to hop in our cars and head to the lake or the beach for a last hurrah. However, while it might not yet be on your radar for Labor Day plans, New York City is always a fun and festive place to be on this long weekend. If you’re a New Yorker, you might consider staying in the City this time; if you’re not, start planning a trip to NYC for the weekend when the crowds are on their way out! There are a myriad of things to do in New York over the holiday weekend. Whether you’re looking for something uproarious or restful, family-friend or friends only, you'll discover why so many people love New York! Parades & Festivals Kick off your weekend Saturday with the annual … [Read more...]

Summer in San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge

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The San Francisco Bay area’s attractions are plentiful and varied, but by far the most well-known attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge. Declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the art deco-style suspension bridge is known around the world as the symbol of San Francisco. On your trip to the City by the Bay make sure you get the best view of the awe-inspiring attraction by taking a voyage aboard the Golden Gate Bridge Cruise. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge from the water is an incredible and unique experience. On this Red and White Fleet cruise, you’ll sail right under the 742-foot tall Bridge, providing ample opportunities for interesting photographs – the perfect souvenir! Not only does a San Francisco Bay cruise offer the best view of the Bridge, it also helps you avoid the … [Read more...]

Kennedy Space Center Ticket Discount

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When planning Orlando vacations, many tourists are looking for fun attractions their kids will love other than the giant theme parks. Whether you’re avoiding Disney World and its contemporaries because the prices are too high, the lines are too long, or the crowds are too dense, a solution to your itinerary woes is simple. A low-stress, entertaining, and educational trip to the Kennedy Space Center is an alternative that will impress the whole family. Every year, millions of visitors travel to Cape Canaveral to visit the Kennedy Space Center, located on Merritt Island amid a huge wildlife refuge eight times the size of Manhattan. You can plan to spend a whole day at KSC, encountering impressive history and fascinating new technology at every turn. When you opt for Kennedy Space … [Read more...]