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 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

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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 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!

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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 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

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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 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...]

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

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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...]

Orlando July 4th 2014 Attractions

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While it may seem early to be planning for the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the US is only a month away. Orlando, Florida is one of the most exciting places to be when the day arrives, as celebrations are plentiful and the spirit is jovial. From theme park extravaganzas to gazing at fireworks displays with your family, the mood is festive. Some of the most well-known Orlando attractions for the Fourth include Red Hot & Boom in Altamonte Springs, the raucous celebrations at Disney World, and the fireworks in downtown Orlando. Red Hot & Boom! is the most popular fireworks festival in the area, and it rocks central Florida annually on July 3rd—because Floridians need two days to celebrate. The event takes place in Crane’s Roost Park and features live music from … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]