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...]

Los Angeles Summer Discounts

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While there are obvious perks to visiting Los Angeles in the off-season, there’s really no better time to visit Los Angeles than the summer. Why’s that? Warm beach weather, late hours at attractions, outdoor music and festivals, and ample opportunity for outdoor activities are at the top of the list. With a Los Angeles attractions pass, you’ll get the best LA summer discounts on all the top attractions—which is a big deal in the touristy summer months when prices are on the rise. Check out some of the 37 attractions on the Los Angeles attractions pass to see what it’s all about! Universal Studios Hollywood A day experiencing the movie magic at Universal Studios Hollywood is free with your 3, 5, or 7-day Go Los Angeles Card attractions pass. This summer’s newest feature attraction is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a comical and heartwarming 3-D ride. Next door, you’ll … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Tourism Discounts

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Picture yourself sprawled out on a beach towel in the sands of Santa Monica while LA natives bike or jog on the paved trail behind you and off in the distance a camera crew captures footage that could wind up on your favorite television shows. There’s probably a street performer nearby, strumming a guitar and belting out tunes that everybody knows, and as he plays on the docks, a pelican waddles past him and steals the some bait from the group of fishermen angling off the pier. Undoubtedly, there are several high-tech looking cameras around, in the hands of cameramen with black-rimmed glasses, snapping photos of Hollywood hopefuls. You look up to see the big Ferris wheel turning against the sky, and in the background, jagged cliffs lean precariously over the Pacific. Something about Los Angeles makes you feel like you’re on vacation all year round. For tourists, this is great, … [Read more...]

Southern California Attraction Discounts

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Northern California can be a great place to visit. San Francisco is beautiful, Oakland has lots to do and if you go even farther up, Redwood country looms tall. That said, the North can’t really keep up with all the Southern California Attractions in the bottom of the state. California’s most famous park might be Disneyland, but Knotts Berry Farm was open for business long before the Magic Kingdom even existed. This historic park is chock full of rollercoasters, family-friendly rides, water rides and the world famous Timber Mountain Log Ride. (Warning - you may get wet!) The parks newest ride, Coast Rider, brings the ultimate family coaster experience to the next level. Riders will begin with a 52-foot ascent to the top of the rollercoaster before being swept down 1,339 feet of track filled with hairpin turns, twists and spins. The ride last two-and-a-half minutes and maxes out … [Read more...]

Visit Knotts Soak City

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What do you do as the fall draws near and weather starts to cool? Head to California, of course! Make your summer last with a visit to California’s popular Knotts Soak City in Buena Park, available through both of Smart Destinations’ budget-friendly options in Los Angeles. This famous local 13-acre waterpark has everything from the perennial favorite – the tube slide – to a separate section for the little ones called Gremmie’s Lagoon. Other popular rides include the terrifying Banzai Falls, the Laguna Storm Water Tower, the Pacific Swim raft ride, the lazy Sunset River, and more! Plus, for all of you future surfers out there, the Toyota Beach Water House is the place to be. Soak City is the sister waterpark of Knotts Berry Farm, a one-of-a-kind theme park in the LA area. Since both parks are directly adjacent, your family could fill up an entire day between the two. The … [Read more...]

Welcome the Newest Panda Cub to San Diego Zoo!

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Exciting news came from the San Diego Zoo on July 29th in the form of a new panda cub. Bai Yun, a panda at the zoo, had her sixth cub a little after 2 PM, allowing the San Diego Zoo to now boast the largest number of births at a breeding facility located outside of China. Additionally, this new birth makes Bai Yun one of the eldest panda’s in the world to have birthed a new cub. Zoo officials hope that this will be her last cub, due to her age, but ultimately the decision will be up to Bai Yun herself. The zoo officials will wait several months before examining the new cub in order to determine its gender. The public will also have to wait a few months before the new panda cub will start to develop some of its black and white patches. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo will be able to contribute their input as to what this new cub should be named, per tradition of naming the … [Read more...]