Travel Blog Posts by Mariele Ventrice

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 artists had become popular oi the scene. This artists circle included the likes of Wayne Thiebaud, … [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 hello to Bronte, the bright red dinosaur standing nine tall and 34 feet long, made completely out of … [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 NYC Labor Day Parade along 5th Avenue in Midtown. In celebration of the working men and women who … [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 crowds. With 10 million annual visitors, the Bridge is pretty packed – especially in 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 Center discount tickets with a Go Orlando Card or Go Select Orlando pass, you’ll gain admission to … [Read more...]

Summer at Knott’s Berry Farm

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A Southern California vacation often involves a trip to one or more of the area’s top theme parks. However, summertime in places like Disneyland means lots of crowds and long lines – not to mention the astronomical prices. This summer, enjoy short lines and sweet rides at a theme park that maintains a hometown feel: Knott’s Berry Farm. Plus, with Knott’s Berry Farm discount tickets, the price is unbeatable. Billed as America’s first theme park, Knott’s Berry Farm boasts a long history of providing quality entertainment and hospitality in Southern California. What started as a highway-side fruit stand known for the creation of the hybrid boysenberry and delicious berry pies in the 1920s evolved into a “summer long county fair” by the 1950s and a theme park to rival the giants by the 1990s. Today, the park continues to grow, and while you can still get a slice of fresh … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket Discount

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With prime real estate on the Upper East Side of Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art exudes a grand presence in its Manhattan home. As the largest art museum in the United States, the Met, as it’s affectionately called, holds a special place in the heart of New Yorkers as well as art-lovers and sightseers around the world. Recently, the Museum was ranked one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor. While this is quite an accomplishment, it comes as no surprise to those who’ve seen the museum first hand. Housing two million works of art and artifacts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art boasts an ever-evolving collection in numerous galleries as well as expertly curated temporary exhibitions. One of the best things about the Metropolitan Museum of Art is that you can visit a dozen times and still see things you’ve never seen before. Use Metropolitan Museum … [Read more...]

Empire State Building Ticket Discount

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People may argue about which New York City attraction most embodies the city’s culture and history, but everyone can agree that you can’t leave New York without seeing the Empire State Building. Most tourists want to do more than just see the 103-story skyscraper—they want to feel on top of the world as they gaze from 1,250 feet high over the enormous city from the building’s observatory. If you’re the adventurous type or a diehard sightseer, you’ll be next to join the ranks! While a trip to New York City can be expensive, Smart Destinations can offer you the best prices on top New York attractions, including the Empire State Building discount tickets, so you won’t have to break the bank to see the best of the Big Apple. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to the Empire State Building: Visit early in the morning or late at night. It stands to … [Read more...]

Statue of Liberty Ticket Discount

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New York City’s most iconic landmark is a sight to behold in the summer. Tourists from around the world flock to New York to catch a glimpse of Lady Liberty or to climb the stairs to her Crown. The historic monument pays tribute to the immigrant history of our nation, and it’s moving to see the Statue of Liberty and think of those She welcomed into Ellis Island for so many years. There are many ways to see the Statue of Liberty, from the land and from the sea. The best option for you most likely depends on your family’s travel style. Are you okay with waiting in lines to get the ultimate experience. Would you prefer to see Lady Liberty from a bit further away to avoid the crowds? These are questions to think about before your trip to NYC. The most traditional and comprehensive way to see the Statue of Liberty is to take the ferry right to it. Your New York Explorer … [Read more...]

Cheap Miami Attraction Tickets

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If you’re vacationing in Miami this summer, you can expect the weather to be HOT! The best idea for a summer vacation to Florida is to balance your itinerary with some outdoor activities (preferable in or near the water) and some indoor activities to escape the sun. Luckily, Miami has an abundance of both, so you’ll never be short on things to do. To keep the cost of your vacation down, you’ll benefit from using Go Select Miami attractions discount ticket at some of the top sites. Here’s a sample itinerary to get some ideas for places to visit with your discount tickets. Start the morning on the water with the wind in your hair by way of the Biscayne Bay Sightseeing Cruise. From your vantage point aboard the luxury boat, you’ll have a fine first introduction to Miami. The 80-minute tour offers stunning views of the Bay, the Venetian Islands, and the city skyline. … [Read more...]