New Year’s Things to do in Orlando

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Looking to ring in the new year someplace special? Why not consider spending the last moments of 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida? With plenty of exciting and unique ways to celebrate the last holiday of the year, Orlando is a great family-friendly New Year’s Eve destination that’s sure to please. Check out our list of suggested Orlando attractions, and share your own plans in the comments! What would a visit to Orlando be without a little bit of Disney? Celebrate 2015 at one of Disney World’s many themed parties, including events at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studies. … [Read more...]

Florida Holiday Attractions 2014

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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 … [Read more...]

Top US Cities to Visit for the Holidays 2014

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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 … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving in Florida 2014

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Halloween in Orlando 2014

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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 … [Read more...]

Visit SeaWorld Orlando with Smart Destinations!

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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 … [Read more...]

Orlando Vacation Tips

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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]