Monthly Archives: June 2010

Marine Adventures in Orlando, FL

Have a real adventure during your next vacation and swim with the endangered manatees or observe playful dolphins in their natural habitat. There are three incredible options that each give you a unique views of these fascinating creatures that you won’t want to miss on your next vacation.

Florida Manatees Adventure Tour

An all you can eat breakfast starts out your tour experience to give you energy for the fun and excitement ahead of you. After breakfast, a team of manatee experts will take you on a guided tour of Crystal River. Your tour is also narrated so you will learn fascinating facts about the manatees as you travel. When you reach the area where the manatees live, you will be given snorkeling gear and allowed to explore the area and watch the manatees with the assistance of certified Dive Masters. A picnic style lunch as well as an airboat tour will complete your exciting manatee adventure experience.

Swim Where the Manatees Live

Your tour begins in Homosassa State Park which is home to the endangered manatees you will be seeing. At the park, you will be taken to Crystal River where you will take a relaxing cruise up to the area where the manatees live. A tour guide will tell you about manatees and your destination during your cruise, so you will be prepared to explore when you reach your snorkeling area. You will have plenty of time to watch the manatees swim and play right in front of you. This unique experience is something you will remember for years to come.

Dolphin Encounter Tour

Take the time to experience the glorious Gulf of Mexico on this tour where you will see the playful dolphins. Nothing could be better than seeing these lovely creatures in their natural habitat. It will be quite a treat to watch them swim and play in freedom in the Gulf. A picnic lunch is part of the fun planned for you during the tour, so you can come hungry. After lunch, it’s time for more exploration and more views of the incredible Gulf of Mexico and dolphins.

Grand Ole Opry Performances for July 2nd and 3rd

The Grand Ole Opry will be having all performances at the historic Ryman Auditorium until further notice.

Please Note: The Grand Ole Opry does not release final lineups until the Wednesday prior to each performance. This list will be updated weekly as new performers are confirmed and added to the lineup.

Friday, July 2nd – Order Tickets

  • Emmylou Harris
  • Kathy Mattea
  • Emily West
  • Riders in the Sky
  • Bill Anderson
  • and more

Saturday, July 3rd – Order Tickets

  • Wynonna
  • Emmylou Harris
  • George Hamilton IV
  • John Conlee
  • Thom Bresh
  • and more

Make Myrtle Beach Your Summer Vacation Destination

If you are looking for the perfect destination for your fantastic summer vacation, search no farther than Myrtle Beach. Here you will find several attractions including four presented by Ripley’s including Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, Marvelous Mirror Maze, and Ripley’s Moving Theatre. You will be able to stay indoors out of the hot sun to enjoy these cool places. Whether you are bringing the whole family or just taking a trip for two, Ripley’s is sure to provide a great time for everyone.

Ripley’s Believe It of Not Museum is well known for having some of the most obscure and interesting things like a roller coaster that is made out of over 30,000 matchsticks and also a vampire killing kit. Even the building looks like it has been cracked by the force of a hurricane. Enjoy many more odd and highly entertaining things as well as interactive displays that could only be found at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum.

Another fantastic Ripley’s attraction is Ripley’s Aquarium where you will discover thousands of fish and a massive 750,000 gallon aquarium. The tank is filled with creatures such as 10-foot long sharks, piranhas, and many more inhabitants of the sea. There are many other exhibits including the freshwater Rio Amazon exhibit, Rainbow Rock, Sea-For-Yourself Discovery Center, Ray Bay, and more!

The Marvelous Mirror Maze is a great Ripley’s attraction that includes a walk-through maze with hundreds of mirrors from floor to ceiling. Try to navigate your way through 2,000 square feet of mirrored hallways to find the right way. Throughout the maze, you will encounter dead ends, crazy circles, and surprise corners. Multiple paths ensure you will have a new experience each time you go through the Marvelous Mirror Maze.

Prepare yourself for an experience unlike any other and come to Ripley’s Moving Theatre in Myrtle Beach. The theater is equipped with hydraulic seats that move and shake to complete your movie experience. Watch in 3-D as you feel every movement shown on the big screen. Feel the thrills of a roller coaster, race around the desert, and dive into fun with Ripley’s Moving Theatre.

Attend the World’s Largest Block Party Hosted by Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago

Old St. Patrick’s Church is hosting the 26th annual World’s Largest Block Party from July 9-10. Old St. Patrick’s Church is the oldest public building in Chicago and is treasured by the whole community. Come party for a great cause that supports the Outreach Group, Education Center, Global Alliance for Africa, Career Transitions Center, and Horizons for Youth. While attending the block party enjoy several concerts by artists like Kris Allen, Barenaked Ladies, White Rabbits, and many more great entertainers. Come out and support this great cause at the World’s Largest Block Party.

If you need a hotel for your trip to Chicago, we have a great selection of lodging choices located in the Chicago area.

Chicago is also host to many great activities. One great choice is to take a cruise on Spirit of Chicago Lunch & Dinner Cruises. Hop on board and enjoy beautiful sights of the wonderful Chicago skyline as you have lunch or dinner. From the ship’s deck and dining room you will see McCormick Place, Adler Planetarium, Sears Tower, and more landmarks in Chicago. Have a fantastic meal and enjoy beautiful scenery on the Spirit of Chicago Lunch & Dinner Cruises.

A great way to experience popular landmarks in Chicago is the Chicago CityPass. With the CityPass, you will receive admission to five popular landmarks in Chicago including the Field Museum, Hancock Observatory or Skydeck Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Alder Planetarium, and the Museum of Science & Industry. Save time and money by purchasing the Chicago CityPass for your vacation to Chicago.

Chicago is a great place to explore and with the Hop On and Off Trolley Tour, you can see Chicago at your own pace. The trolleys in Chicago make rounds that stop at popular landmarks continuously throughout the day. The trolleys stop at landmarks like the Field Museum of Natural History, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Sears Tower, and many more. This Hop On and Off Trolley Tour is a great addition to the Chicago CityPass for a fantastic experience in Chicago.

Go Green at San Antonio’s Summer Literary Festival!

Head on down to San Antonio to engage in the Summer Literary Festival, “What Would Nature Do? ” from July 9-25. During your time at this “green age” event, audiences will be able to attend workshops and readings promoting the environment through both artistic and literary means. The season is perfect for participation in this summer excursion, where you may join students, artists, and activists for a fun way to learn about the world around us. You may choose from any of our lodging options while you’re in the area. In addition, there are several other fun activities you may want to look into while you’re here.

The Rio San Antonio River Walk Cruises are perfect for the San Antonio visitor, as it showcases its most famous attraction. Float down this manmade waterway and learn about its origins, construction, and current condition. The San Fernando Cathedral, La Villita, and the age-old Alamo are just a few of the highlights of this beautiful tour, bringing the heart of Texas alive. The River Walk is approximately 2.5 miles, and it will last approximately 40 minutes.

Finally, for some true Texas’ wranglin’, make your vacation complete with a Saturday visit to the Open Pro Rodeo, boasting the most professional cowboys in the business. Some of the most famous rodeo stars like Trey Martin and Alfredo Iglesia will be entertaining you as bulls and calves run and kick up dirt. Put on your cowboy hat for this traditional Texas sport!

Have a Hauntingly Good Time in Savannah, GA

For those who enjoy an exciting vacation experience, Savannah, GA offers an unusually large array of thrilling ghost and haunting activities for visitors. Check out these four haunted activities for some thrills and chills on your getaway to Savannah to see why this city is considered one of the most haunted cities in the nation.

Ghost Tour Trolley

Get your first haunting experience aboard the Ghost Tour Trolley. This night tour will take you through Savannah while your driver tells you about the past of the city. This tour will include not only ghost stories but interesting tales about the darker side of Savannah throughout history. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, so prepare for an evening of uniquely Savannah ghosts and stories.

Savannah Scary Ghost Tours

Explore the dark side of the city with Savannah Scary Ghost Tours. These tours start out at the haunted Pirate’s House and continue through Savannah stopping along the way at other eerie venues. Visit Colonial Park Cemetery where the remains of yellow fever victims were burned as well as Hampton Lilibridge House where it is rumored that possessions took place. This tour is not for the faint of heart, so prepare for some real excitement when you go.

Evening Haunted Trolley Tour

The Evening Haunted Trolley Tour allows you to experience the fascinating past of Savannah to decide for yourself if the numerous ghost stories circulating in the city are true or false. Your guide will tell you some of the more famous ghost stories along the way like the tale of Alice Reily who suffered a tragic fate. You never know what you will see or hear on this adventurous tour!

Hauntings Walking Tour

Stroll through the streets of Savannah savoring the atmosphere and culture that came from the wild ghost stories and rumors of hauntings in Savannah with the Hauntings Walking Tour. With visits to three of the most haunted areas in the city, you’ll be feeling chills up and down your spine. Paranormal encounters and sightings of the resident ghost Anna have made the area you will be touring one of the most famed areas in Savannah.

Keep Cool with Hot Activities in Washington DC

When the weather is almost as hot as your vacation destination, you need to find ways to keep cool while still enjoying the lovely city of Washington DC. Madame Tussauds Washington DC, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, Tyson’s Corner Shopping Tours, and the Hard Rock Cafe will help you beat the heat with their indoor activities.

Madame Tussauds Washington DC

Political figures, hot celebrities, and sports legends await you at Madame Tussauds Washington DC. Madame Tussauds is the hot, new wax museum in the heart of Washington DC that has everybody talking with their incredible wax replicas. At this wax museum, you get to study the likeness of some of your favorite legends and marvel at how lifelike they appear. Madame Tussauds doesn’t just show you incredible wax figures though, it also shows you how the museum makes them. You can see how they made the likeness of Jennifer Lopez or the Jonas Brothers. It’s your chance to get some pictures taken with the stars and enjoy the art of wax figure making.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

If you’ve never been to jail, taken a lie detector test, or been in a high speed chase, you finally get your chance to do all these things at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. This incredible museum is full of interactive fun like Wild West shooting for guests to enjoy. You can learn all about law enforcement and dealing with crime throughout the ages in a unique way at this museum. It’s an experience that makes the law fun and interesting for people of all ages.

Tyson’s Corner Shopping Tours

While you’re on vacation, get yourself some souvenirs to remember your time in Washington DC with Tyson’s Corner Shopping Tours. There’s nothing like retail therapy to get rid of stress and have some fun on your vacation. Visit over 300 specialty stores like Bloomingdales, Victoria’s Secret, and L.L. Bean with this fun shopping activity. This activity includes several little “extras” to really enhance your shopping experience like a complimentary trend consultation, a deluxe sample bag from Sephora, and much more!

Hard Rock Cafe Washington DC

After the adventure and excitement of your other activities, relax at the Hard Rock cafe where there is a fantastic atmosphere and delicious food. This cafe is known for its music and music memorabilia at various locations around the nation. This particular Hard Rock has several features that set it apart from the rest though. Beautiful stained glass windows and a bar shaped like a Fender guitar make this Hard Rock especially incredible to visit. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to visit a Hard Rock unlike any other.

Experience True Southern Charm with the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Charm and old fashioned values are a huge part of what make the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area such a popular place to visit. Experience both and have the chance to take a bit of that charm back with you when you visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center in July from the 16th to the 24th for Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. The fair features over 200 booths set up by craftsmen who are selling a variety of wonderful things for you to browse. Many of the craftsmen are considered to be the best in the nation, so you know you’re getting quality as well as a great souvenir when you choose to buy some of their wares!

After your fun at the fair, enjoy some of the other wonderful attractions that Gatlinburg is known for. Get a taste of the great country entertainment of the area with the Blackbear Jamboree Dinner and Show. A fantastic show featuring everything from bluegrass to oldies will have you tapping your toes throughout the show. The show even includes a delicious meal, so you can eat while you watch. Southern-style favorites will have your taste buds tingling. It’s a wonderful dinner and show experience for the whole family.

You can’t visit Gatlinburg without taking the time to appreciate the Smoky Mountains. Get the Blue Ridge Activity Pass in order to have many options for exploring the area. The Asheville Historic Trolley Tour, Wildwater Rafting Trip, and Great Smoky Mountain Fish Camp with Tubing are just a few of the fantastic opportunities for fun in the Smokies that you can take advantage of. You will have over 30 options for fun and excitement with the pass. It’s an activity pass you must have for your vacation.

Make Las Vegas Your Destination for an Independence Day Celebration

If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day, look no farther than Las Vegas. Offered for the Fourth of July celebration are several exciting activities including many fireworks displays, patriotic parties, and several great entertainers including Kenny Chesney, Sugar Ray, Little River Band, Mike Epps, and more that will be playing throughout the city. No matter what way you celebrate the Fourth of July, you’re sure to have a great time in Las Vegas.

While in Las Vegas, there are several shows and activities to enjoy. One show in particular is Jersey Boys. This story is about four New Jersey kids who had a rough start but rose to the top and became the great American entertainers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Hear favorite songs such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more as the cast plays out this amazing story. The set is filled with wonderful rock and roll memorabilia that creates the perfect setting for the show.

For an experience unlike any other, fly high above the ground and enjoy beautiful views of Las Vegas as well as the Grand Canyon with Maverick Helicopter Tours. There are several offered tours that allow you to witness the beauty of the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, and more! Choose the tour that fits your schedule and experience a trip you’ll cherish forever.

No matter how long you plan on staying in Las Vegas, there is a Las Vegas Meal Ticket that will work perfectly for your needs. Purchase a 1, 2, 3, or 5 day ticket that will pay for meals at participating restaurants which include Planet Hollywood, Pampas Brazilian Grille, La Salsa Cantina, Tacone Flavor Grill and Daiquiri Bar, and many more scrumptious dining choices located throughout the city.

Ride, Row, or Hike into Grand Canyon Adventures!

These upcoming weeks are perfect for a trip down into the Grand Canyon, whether you’re pursuing a scenic hike or a rafting expedition. Deep into the canyon’s ravine, the painted deserts come alive with gorgeous waterways off the Canyon Dam and florid rock formations that are present as far as the eye can see. Grab your gear and book a hotel in some of the comfortable lodging near the park. You’ll be ready for the experience of a lifetime as you try out these activities!

Put your oars in the water as you take the Grand Canyon Smooth Water Bus Trip along the winding Colorado River. The trip starts at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where you’ll be transported on a scenic drive out to your raft for an all-day river tour, as well as a delectable lunch along the coast around noon. Bring your friends, as the river raft can hold up to 22 passengers!

For a look at the Grand Canyon from land, try the Grand Canyon Explorer Hike, which takes visitors on a three mile hike around the rim of the canyon, giving you a picturesque look at the historical indian dwellings and bright red rock formations. Grab your camera for a moderate walk with provided lunch in the afternoon.

Finally, for a different watery excursion, you may be interested in the Canyons Adventure Tour, where a yacht will take passengers through the intricately detailed Navajo Canyo, with colored painting and designs on the jutting rock formations. Enjoy refreshing drinks and listen to your tour guide as he or she tells the stories and legends behind the origins of the canyon.

Step into adventure with these exciting activities around the Grand Canyon area. There are plenty of sights to capture on camera to take back with you!