SeaWorld Orlando Tourism

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If you are planning to visit a theme park in Orlando that is home to one of the world’s largest mammals instead of just an over-sized rodent, then chances are you are planning on heading to SeaWorld Orlando. With rides and attractions, live performances and animal exhibits galore, that certainly sounds like a wise decision. Beginning last month, SeaWorld Orlando started throwing itself a 50th anniversary party that will go on for 18 months – quite a celebration! As part of the spectacular 50th anniversary celebration, SeaWorld Orlando has added new wrinkles like an innovative Shamu Show, a mobile bubble lab vehicle, fresh-faced animal ambassadors and seasonal firework finales that will take place when possible. Even in the hot summer months, the Wild Arctic Ride offers guests at SeaWorld Orlando a cool thing to do. Take a motion-simulated helicopter journey across the … [Read more...]

Kennedy Space Center Tourism

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For an out-of-this-world experience in Central Florida, blast off with a tour of the Kennedy Space Center while you are visiting either Orlando or Miami. Since 1968, every single human space flight from the United States has launched from the Kennedy Space Center, a phenomena that makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Florida. The first thing guests will want to experience at the Kennedy Space Center is the Shuttle Launch Experience. The SLE provides a realistic simulation of a space shuttle’s 8 1/12 minutes ascent into orbit by using HD audiovisual effects and realistic seating effects that help wannabe astronauts experience what it would really be like to blast off from Earth at 17,500 mph and then look down to see the planet far below. The KSC also gives visitors the opportunity to break bread with some of the men and women who have gone into space as … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Summer Vacation

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While a summer vacation may seem light years away—especially if you’re reading this from somewhere in the Northeast that’s still occasionally pummeled with snow—in just a few short months school will be wrapping up, the days will be long and sunny, and you’ll be wishing you started planning your summer vacation earlier! While planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable summer vacation, it also gives you something to look forward to as you wait for winter to say its final adieu. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding and re-energizing, but too often families find their vacations to be just as stressful, if not more so, than their daily routines. This can be due to lack of planning, chaotic itineraries, unhappy family members, and the number one cause: overspending. Whatever your budget, your summer vacation … [Read more...]

School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [Read more...]

Orlando Attractions List

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When it comes to Florida attractions, Orlando has it all, from theme parks to museums and everything in between. In fact, there are so many things to do in Orlando that some tourists are scared away by a fear of high admission prices and chaos—the last thing you want on your vacation! However, planning a vacation to Orlando can actually be fun and affordable if you know what Orlando attractions are available to you. All 44 of these Orlando attractions are yours to explore on one convenient Orlando attractions pass when you travel with the help of Smart Destinations. Take a look at what we offer! Orlando Attractions List SeaWorld Orlando LEGOLAND Florida Kennedy Space Center WonderWorks Orlando Ripley's Believe it or Not! Orlando Gatorland Boggy Creek Airboat Tour Titanic the Experience Fun Spot Action Park Dolphin Race Speedboat Jungle Island Florida Winter Park … [Read more...]

Orlando Tourism Discounts

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Orlando, Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the country—in fact, it was voted the fourth best American destination in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers Choice awards. However, for some of you it might even be number one. With warm weather, a unique landscape, renowned attractions, and a bustling nightlife, Orlando is an ideal family vacation spot because there’s something for everyone. And while it’s certainly possible to spend a lot of money going to all the big parks, it’s not necessary when you take advantage of Orlando tourism discounts. From outdoor adventure attractions like Boggy Creek Airboat Tours and Jungle Island to amusement parks like LEGOLAND® Florida, discounts are easy to come by with Smart Destinations’ Orlando attractions passes. For those who prefer a flexible schedule and have a “see-it-all” mentality, the Go Orlando Card is the best … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Orlando

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The lovebirds are in luck this year, as Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday—the perfect timing for a romantic night out. Of course, you don’t have to be head over heals for someone to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Orlando. Whether you’re heading out on a first date, relaxing or letting loose with friends, or enjoying a weekend with the love of your life, there are plenty of things to do in Orlando this Valentine’s Day. This year, we want to step out of the mold and share some unique and creative ways to enjoy Valentine’s Day. We’ve rounded the coolest ideas and events in Central Florida so that you won’t be left hanging at the last minute. Romance on the Water The tranquil stretches of lakes and canals in Winter Park make for the perfect backdrop to a first date or a relaxing urban escape. A Winter Park Boat Tour leads you through lush landscapes with exotic vegetation, … [Read more...]

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Orlando

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While Orlando may not host their own professional football team, it’s none-the-less riddled with NFL enthusiasts, sports bars, and highly anticipated Super Bowl celebrations! If you’re in the Orlando area when the final showdown kicks off, get exploring and make the February 2nd face-off between the Seahawks and the Broncos one for the books!   Super Bowl Block Party: Head on down to the Wall Street Plaza for a FREE showing of XLVIII on their massive 16ft LED big screen. You’ll enjoy musical entertainment by What2Hot.com and Power 95.3, enjoy game-day fare, and take advantage of their generous drink specials. What’s more appropriate than watching the Super Bowl on a big screen, drinking a Coors Light, and chowing down on some wings? Wreckers Sports Bar: Located in the Gaylord Palms Resort, this classed-up sports bar overs one of the best screen displays for … [Read more...]

Top Orlando Winter Attractions

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Orlando, Florida is the go-to winter vacation destination for so many families because of its warm, sunny climate and the amazing variety of Orlando attractions. Of course, Orlando is home to many theme parks, which are fun for kids yet expensive and chaotic during the prime winter months. However, beyond Disney World, Orlando hosts numerous attractions that you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for, and there’s a good chance you and the kids will enjoy them just as much if not more than a over-crowded theme park. Just take a look at some of the many adventures upon which you can embark this winter, from feeding alligators and swimming with manatees to hopping on roller coasters at some of the smaller parks. LEGOLAND® Younger kids will go crazy for this unique theme park devoted to everyone’s favorite colored building blocks—but parents will likely be in awe as well when … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]