Give the Gift of Fun! Best Travel Gifts for 2014

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Sooo… how did your Black Friday and Cyber Monday go? Ready to throw in the towel? As much as we grumble about holiday shopping, the truth is that we do it because we want to show our loved ones how much we care. Next time you're circling the parking lot or trying to find the end of the line, ask yourself, Will the gifts I’m buying be valued and treasured? Or does it just feel like "more stuff?" If it feels like "stuff," maybe it's time to change it up. So many of us already have everything we need. Dad doesn't really want another tie, and Grandma doesn't need another gadget in the kitchen. Make this the year you give something truly unique instead. Give memories. Smart Destination’s Go City Cards offer all-inclusive access to the some of the most unforgettable attractions … [Read more...]

American Museum of Natural History

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Visit a place of wonders, great and small, a place where the past comes alive, a place where science shines – the American Museum of Natural History! This iconic New York attraction is one of the best places in the country for you and your family to explore the marvels of the planet, from pre-history all the way to the modern era. Some highlights of the permanent collection include the Hall of Human Diversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Dinosaur Wing, and the Rose Center with its beautiful Hayden Planetarium. Of course, the American Museum of Natural History also runs a number of special exhibitions and shows that rotate throughout the year; here are a few of our favorites currently on display. “Spiders Alive!” – A Special Live Animal Exhibit July 4 – November … [Read more...]

Cheap New York Attractions Tickets

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The prospect of going on a summertime trip to New York City can seem like a daunting one. Finding somewhere to stay can be difficult, getting around is almost always an adventure (at least a small one) and almost everything in NYC costs a little bit more than it does in other places – or does it? There are plenty of  New York Explorer Pass attractions discount tickets available in the City That Never Sleeps - you just have to know where to look. If you want to get into a Carnegie Hall concert for the cost of two Subway sandwiches, grab a $10 partial-view ticket and see a show at the iconic venue’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Same-day tickets go on sale at the box office beginning at noon and there is a two-ticket limit per person. Students and seniors also qualify for $10 tickets … [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 … [Read more...]

SeaWorld San Diego Discount Tickets

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SeaWorld San Diego is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. A unique blend of theme park and animal conservation, SeaWorld features a variety of family-friendly activities and events alongside captivating marine life exhibits. While San Diego is generally temperate year-round, a number of the most popular attractions are recently reopened with the advent of warmer spring weather. Here’s a look at some of the perennial favorites and newly re-opened attractions that you’ll find this spring and summer at SeaWorld San Diego. Theme Park Rides SeaWorld San Diego has a bunch of classic rides, like roller coasters and waterslides, but with a special twist. So you like roller coasters? Hop on the Manta Coaster, which explores the world of manta rays in a ride that’s both exhilarating and … [Read more...]

San Francisco Family Fun Pass Discounts

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You deserve to relax and unwind on your vacation, while still fitting in plenty of attractions and activities. Peeling through tour pamphlets and guidebooks and web sites to find attractions at competitive pricing can be time-consuming and exhausting. With Smart Destination's San Francisco Family FunPass, you don’t need to stress over your vacation itinerary - or your budget! By combining these amazing attractions into one Family FunPass, you’ll be saving 41%! So, get your nose out of that dated guidebook, because the stellar Family FunPass package is an exhilarating San Francisco vacation made easy.    Aquarium of the Bay: Founded on the principles of conservation, San Francisco’s official aquarium brings you through three diverse environments that show off the riches … [Read more...]

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

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For film nerds or classic cinema buffs, the annual Tribeca Film Festival is the place to be this spring. An annual tradition in New York since 2002, the Festival has become a prestigious and widely popular event for professionals and fans alike. This year’s Festival runs from April 17 – 28 and film showings are held through each day in various theatres across Tribeca. One of the premiere New York attractions to visit this spring, the Tribeca Film Festival is approaching fast. Take a look at our survey of some of the great stuff happening at the Festival this year. The Tribeca Film Festival is a diverse international film festival that supports both emerging and established directors. Invested in promoting New York City’s reputation as a center for film production world-wide, the … [Read more...]

The Stonehenge of Florida

From museums and aquariums to boat cruises and jungle tours, there are so many things to do in Miami that it is difficult to narrow down the list! Yet there is one lesser known destination that you should add to your itinerary. Most people have never heard of "The Stonehenge of Florida," also known as Coral Castle. Coral Castle, a sculpture garden made of stone, was built by a single man named Edward Leedskalnin. From 1923 to 1951, Edward secretly carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock. This feat is amazing in and of itself, but even more mind boggling is that the process he used is unknown. The website calls Coral Castle "one of the world's most mysterious accomplishments." Apparently, Edward was a small man, weighing just 100 pounds and standing a little over 5 feet tall. In 1940, he … [Read more...]

The Cloisters Museum in Spring

Spring has officially arrived, opening up all sorts of possibilities for outdoor activities in New York. With a New York Attractions Pass, you can see the best of New York: from the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building to the Guggenheim Museum and Central Park. Many visitors make it a point to visit the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, which houses more than two million works of art from all over the world. The Met Museum is housed in an iconic building on Fifth Avenue, and is a comprehensive collection of European, Asian, Near Eastern, African, Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, as well as art of Oceania, Australia, and the Americas. Yet as amazing as the Met is, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Where do you start? Impressionists? Ancient Egypt? The European art alone could … [Read more...]

Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo

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Looking for an inland adventure? Well, you’re in luck! March brings around the largest, and one of the most beloved Florida fairs. As a dedicated not-for-profit, the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo generates over $8 million in scholarships, awards, and grants to students and exhibit participants. The 18-day extravaganza runs from March 14th until March 31st, so take some time away from the beach and head to the fair grounds! So, what can you except to see at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo?   Live Entertainment One of the biggest features of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo is its bevvy of options to explore. You can fill up your days with musical, multicultural, and comedic experiences! Click here to find showtimes and additional entertainment … [Read more...]