Florida Holiday Attractions 2014


If you're headed to Florida over the holidays, you're probably already looking forward to the warm weather and a little R&R. From our Boston office, we might feel a tinge jealousy, what with the cold, blustery weather bearing down on us, not to mention Tuesday's wet Nor'easter. That's also why we don't blame you! Florida is a great place to visit over the holidays – even if it means you may miss a White Christmas that would have you huddled by the fire, muttering Bah Humbug about the frigid temperatures. Florida's sunshine and warmth are, of course, the main attractions this time of year. But there are many other Florida holiday attractions that you may not know about, and we're here to tell you about them. As I mentioned in a recent blog about the top U.S. cities to visit during … [Read more...]

Top US Cities to Visit for the Holidays 2014


What is the top U.S. city for holiday attractions? This was a question posed to me by a long-time Smart Destinations customer. Easy, right? Not so fast. Without question, New York City is a magical place to be during the most wonderful time of the year. However, after doing some research and asking some of our tour partners, I discovered there are other cities that rank right up alongside the City That Never Sleeps in terms of top-notch U.S. holiday attractions. Here are a couple of other great places to be over the upcoming holidays – and the special events they're holding in 2014. Orlando Beautiful, warm weather and endless attractions... how could you go wrong? Spending the holidays in Florida isn't for everyone, and may even seem counterintuitive, particularly to those who prefer … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Florida 2014


If you’re going to be in Florida for Thanksgiving weekend, we have one thing to say. Great idea! Being there during the off-peak season, you’re likely saving on airfare and avoiding crowds. This is to say nothing of the wonderful weather in Florida this time of the year. Now that you’re there, what should you do? We have some ideas we’d like to share with you. We’ll focus on Orlando and Miami attractions since they’re the two most visited cities in Florida. LEGOLAND Florida When you think of Orlando attractions, theme parks likely come to mind. With so many options, some are often overlooked. For instance, a great place to visit if you have kids is LEGOLAND. Less than an hour from both Orlando and Tampa, this elaborate theme park features over 50 rides, a waterpark, … [Read more...]

Orlando Attraction Tips

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Live in the Orlando area or traveling there sometime soon? We have some great tips to save you money and add to your overall experience. As you likely know, there are plenty of Orlando attractions for the entire family, so deciding which to visit during your stay can be daunting. We’re here to help with tips for enjoying your favorite attractions and suggestions for excursions that are a little off the beaten path. If you’re planning to visit SeaWorld, we have some tips for maximizing your experience. If you're interested in a photo op with Shamu and friends, plan to be at the front of the park between 9 am or noon. Also, if you want a front row seat on Journey to Atlantis, we recommend waiting until the end of the day since you will get pretty wet. With so many famous … [Read more...]

Halloween in Orlando 2014

San Francisco Attractions

It’s that time of year to get freaked or get freaky. If you live in the Orlando area or will be traveling there this Halloween, you’ll be excited to know that there is plenty to do to celebrate the holiday. In fact, in addition to some Halloween-exclusive events, Orlando attractions are joining in the festivities with some scary additions of their own. Read on to find out about some of the Halloween highlights happening in Orlando this year. Seaworld’s Halloween Spooktacular  October 25-26, 12 pm – 8 pm http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/spooktacular/ If you’re looking for a good time for adults and children alike, this is your ticket. At SeaWorld Orlando, kids get a chance to trick-or-treat, meet sea witches and other fun characters, and more, and you’ll love … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Orlando Labor Day 2014 Attractions


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...]

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...]

Orlando Summer Events 2014


If you are familiar with Florida, then you are already probably aware of all the stellar Orlando Attractions that are basically open and available throughout the year. That said, summertime ups the ante a bit and there are even more Orlando Summer Events to enjoy during the warmest months of the year. On June 22nd, the CAHM Festival will be celebrating the culture of the Caribbean community from 12pm - 8pm. Festival attendees will have the chance to sample Trinidadian, Guyanese, Jamaican and Haitian food before rocking out to music from the islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and the Bahamas. The New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra will also be providing steel band music. For the 21-and-older crowd, there will be an opportunity to taste the fermented flavors of Caribbean beers like … [Read more...]