Monthly Archives: February 2011

Entertain Family with a Mount Rushmore Excursion!

You can make a trip to Mount Rushmore this year and find plenty of attractions for you and your family to experience. South Dakota is covered with large groves of pine, cedar and red maple trees that stretch across the hills, providing you with plenty of scenery. Educational tours, dinner shows and sculptures of historic figures are present near the Mount Rushmore area to provide the perfect vacation for adults and kids. You can spend plenty of time experiencing some of these attractions with a few of the highlights below.

Holy Terror Mini Golf – Keystone, SD

The Holy Terror Mini Golf – Keystone, SD, is a favorite for families who can breathe in the mountain air while putting along the 18 hole course. There are several obstacles along the way, so make sure you avoid the water hazards, steep slopes, and even large boulders that may block your view. The course is guaranteed to appeal to all ages, and its a great way to bond with the whole family.

National Presidential Wax Museum

After your golf game, you might as well head over to the National Presidential Wax Museum, which sits right next to the golf course. Inside, you can identify some of the most important significant historical events in America, such as former President George W. Bush’s visitation to Ground Zero after 9/11, or Roosevelt’s trip to Yalta. You’ll have the chance to view these presidents up close, admiring the intricate detail of each one.

Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show

The Flying T is known for its friendly atmosphere, and you are welcome to sing along with these talented performers as they sing of the good ol’ days with traditional country music. The food is absolutely delicious, with a choice of tender barbecue roast beef or grilled chicken, Chuckwagon potatoes, and western baked beans. Entertain the family with this musical group of cowboys that play, dance and even add in their own style of comedy.

Satiate Your Artistic Appetite in Memphis!

Vacationers come to Memphis each year to experience the variety of exciting activities and attractions in the area, but you will find that there are a number of great rotating art exhibits in Memphis as well. At the Brooks Museum of Art, you can see a fabulous exhibit celebrating food called “A Feast for the Eyes,” which will be on display through May. “A Feast for the Eyes” premiered February 1st and features images of food, people gathering for meals, still life drawings of produce and kitchen scenes. This unique exhibit has art works ranging from eighteenth century caricatures to modern paintings, so you are sure to see some interesting works of art celebrating food!

 

While you are visiting Memphis, you are sure to notice that the town is characterized by musical culture, and you can see how Gibson guitars have contributed the establishment of Memphis as a musical center by taking a Gibson Guitar Factory Tour. On the tour, you will get to see all of the painstaking detail that goes into making these incredible guitars that are considered to be some of the best musical instruments produced in the United States. And since the Gibson Guitar Factory is located just off Beale Street, you can head over after your tour to hear some of these great guitars in action by catching a blues performance at one of the many clubs located there.

 

During your visit to Memphis, you will want to visit some of the famous historical landmarks in the city, and you will absolutely love your educational visit to the National Civil Rights Museum. This spectacular museum sits in the very spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and is full of important artifacts associated with civil rights. At the museum, you can see a variety of exhibits dedicated to events during the Civil Rights Movement like the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington. For a great educational experience that is inspiring as well, be sure to include a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in your vacation plans.

Experience Natural Beauty at The Orchids Show: On Broadway

If you are planning a vacation in New York, you will find that there are a variety of exciting natural exhibits to see in the city, and from March 5 to April 25, you won’t want to miss “The Orchid Show: On Broadway” at the New York Botanical Gardens. This fabulous show will feature gorgeous and rare orchids in beautiful displays reminiscent of classic Broadway theater architecture. Each exhibit is sure to be awe-inspiring, as the orchids are the true stars of the show!

Your New York City vacation won’t be complete without taking one of the many tours offered in the city, and the Manhattan Nights Tour is the perfect choice for seeing the best of the Big Apple at night. On the tour, you will board a luxury motor coach that will take you to the most popular hotspots of the city. Next, you will board a NY City Water Taxi to get spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty fully lit at night. This cruise includes a champagne toast before you move on to a walking tour and a journey to the Top of the Rock Observatory on the 70th floor of Rockefellar Center. The Manhattan Nights Tour will be an unforgettable experience that you will remember fondly for years to come!

While you are in New York, you will want to see some of the fascinating educational exhibits in the area. At Bodies… The Exhibition, you will have the opportunity to see actual preserved human organs, tissues and bones in amazing displays. This incredible exhibit will give you a unique view of the human body and how the various systems work together. Guests often find after seeing this exhibit that they have gained new respect for the wonder of human life, so you are sure to have a unique and interesting experience at Bodies… The Exhibition!

Festival of Nations Adds Culture to Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge

Celebrate all of the world’s unique cultures at the Festival of Nations in Dollywood. March 26th through May 2nd, Dollywood will be having this annual festival in order to both educate and entertain everyone who visits. You will see a number of fascinating shows and displays including a combination sword and ballet show from Caucasus, Argentinean folk dancing, and drummers and singers from Nova Scotia. The whole park will be a whirlwind of fascinating traditions, people, and food from other countries, so you can have an experience that is unforgettable!

Continue your exploration of other cultures with the Soul of Shaolin after visiting Dollywood. This show offers you a look into the world of China where acrobatics and martial arts play a huge part in life. The show focuses on the life of one orphaned boy who is taken in by martial arts masters and is trained to be one of the greatest martial arts masters of all time. With special lighting and effects, this story becomes one of the most dramatic and touching that you will see onstage in Pigeon Forge. It’s perfect for a family vacation or a night out with friends.

Finish off your cultural visit to the Gatlinburg – Pigeon Forge area with the Cirque de Chine Acrobatics Show. This show features 60 gold and silver award winning medalists from international championships. These renowned performers offer a choreographed acrobatic performance that is designed to stun everyone in the audience – and has time and time again! Originally, the popular show started out in the flash and dazzle of Las Vegas but has now moved on to be a part of the cozier Gatlinburg entertainment district. This show is certain to be one of your favorite activities during your time in Gatlinburg!

Las Vegas Celebrates its 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

During the month of March in Las Vegas, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in the Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, which takes place from March 17-20, marking its 45th year. You can attend this event displaying your green, and there are many activities for you and the entire family to visit and enjoy, including a luxury car show, fun entertainment and a carnival. You can make reservations at one of Las Vegas’ fine hotels while you’re here for the perfect vacation.

If you’re interested in additional entertainment to add to your vacation, you can choose from some of Las Vegas best shows, including the BeatleShow, which captures the incredible talent of the Beatles back in their heyday, and it even provides the antics of an Ed Sullivan impersonator during the show. This great performance features the same brand of instruments that the Beatles used during their performances to replicate their sound. You’ll be able to hear some of the Beatles’ greatest hits such as “Day in the Life.”

Vegas is known for its magical appeal, and you can be a part of the experience with Zen Magic, a performance featuring two lady magicians that will perform some of the most unbelievable illusions you’ve ever laid eyes on. Their charm, skilled acrobatic stunts and even martial arts will keep you on the edge of your seat until the curtain falls for the last time. This show is perfect for any age, and your family is sure to love it.

Boogie to the Blues in Nashville March 6th!

If you like the blues, you will absolutely love visiting Nashville for the Nashville Blues Festival on March 6. This exciting event, which will take places at the Municipal Auditorium, will be a full evening of great entertainment provided by notable blues musicians like The Manhattans, Marvin Sease, Shirley Brown and Mel Waiters. This exciting evening of blues is sure to keep you on your feet dancing the night away, and it will be the perfect compliment to your relaxing Nashville vacation. Be sure to plan ahead to attend this fabulous event that is sure to draw a crowd!

 

While you are in Nashville, you will want to have a relaxing evening of entertainment, and you can see a great show and satiate your appetite with a delicious meal by taking a General Jackson Showboat Dinner Cruise. This incredible cruise will take you aboard an authentic paddlewheel boat where you will enjoy a fabulous meal of rosemary roasted chicken, salad, and a delectable dessert while being entertained by talented performers. The General Jackson’s impressive show, Country Music USA, is sure to keep you tapping your toes all night to your favorite country hits!

 

Because Nashville is a music industry city, your visit won’t be complete without a visit to the Hard Rock Café. This fabulous restaurant is known for its impressive array of music memorabilia, and you can see valuable artifacts like Garth Brooks’ hat and Michael Jackson’s shoes while dining on terrific American fares like burgers and fries. This Hard Rock Café is located on the historic site of Nashville’s first brothel, and you are sure to be impressed by the variety of Nashville memorabilia that is housed in this great eating establishment as well!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Celebrates Spring in Orlando

If you love spectacular flower displays and have a garden that you enjoy working in, there’s no better place to be March 2nd through March 15th than in Walt Disney World Theme Parks. At Walt Disney World, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be ongoing for those dates, and a number of special garden related activities are planned for that time. Topiaries shaped like Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and Donald Duck will amaze you while the incredible butterflies in Bambi’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden will give you a colorful show to remember. After looking at each of the displays, you can meet with top horticulturalists to find out how they create these masterpieces and get the gardening tools you need to make your own. It’s an event that is not to be missed even for guests who prefer to look rather than work in a garden!

While you’re celebrating spring in Orlando with the Epcot festival, be sure to take advantage of some of the other great seasonal attractions the area has to offer like the Dolphin Encounter Tour. This tour will take you to the Gulf of Mexico where you can see dolphins in their natural habitat. During your time in the Gulf, you will get to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before continuing with your adventure. Between seeing the dolphins and experiencing the natural scenic beauty of the Gulf of Mexico, you’re certain to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Another activity you won’t want to miss while you’re in Orlando is the Saltwater Adventures of Central Florida Fishing Charters. This charter will take you out in the open waters off the coast of Orlando to allow you to do some serious deep sea fishing. Captain Keith will show you how to catch a number of fish like redfish, mackerel, tarpon, and even sharks, so you can have a dream fishing experience. From now until December 31st, there is even a family pass available for this fishing experience, so you can save money and still have an experience that the whole family will love!

Enjoy an Exciting Adventure in Branson with the Ozark Mountain Splashdown!

If you are planning a vacation in Branson this spring, you will find a lot of exciting activities that you will enjoy during your stay. You are sure to have a great time in Branson when taking the Ozark Mountain Splashdown themed adventure tour. This adventure, hosted by Ride the Ducks, begins March 5 and runs through May 22. On the tour, you will get great views of the Ozarks scenery while your guide tells you hilarious stories about the amusing characters that once roamed the Ozarks hills. You will then head toward the lake, where your vehicle transforms into a boat for an exciting cruise adventure! This themed tour is only available in the spring, and you won’t want to miss the Ozark Mountain Splashdown while you are vacationing in the area!

 

While you are visiting Branson, you will surely want to catch one of the many shows hosted in the area. If you are interested in martial arts, you will absolutely love attending a performance of The Legend of Kung Fu. This impressive production is about a young boy who strives to avoid distractions and dedicate himself to a disciplined lifestyle. He eventually becomes a warrior of peace. This incredible play features acrobatic feats and martial arts that will awe and inspire you. If you are interested in seeing a unique production that is unlike any other show you will find in Branson, be sure to include The Legend of Kung Fu in your vacation plans.

 

During your stay in Branson, you will find that there is a vast array of educational and family friendly attractions in the area, including the incredible Dinosaur Museum. By visiting the Dinosaur Museum, you can see a variety of displays about dinosaurs, including the notorious T Rex. The museum features a variety of interactive exhibits like a live fossil dig, a prehistoric tour and coloring stations as well. A fabulous attraction that children love, the Dinosaur Museum provides hours of educational fun that is perfect for any family!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for February 25 and 26

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.

The following performances will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House:

Friday, February 25th – Order Tickets

  • Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski
  • Oak Ridge Boys
  • Gretchen Wilson
  • Montgomery Gentry
  • Vince Gill
  • Neal McCoy
  • Mark Chesnutt
  • Marty Stuart
  •  and more

Saturday, February 26th – Order Tickets

  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski
  • Keb’ Mo’
  • Vince Gill
  • Joey & Rory
  • Sarah Darling
  • and more

Get Crazy Over Crabs in Myrtle Beach!

If you are planning a vacation to the Myrtle Beach area, you will want to learn about the interesting wildlife that calls the area home. You can learn interesting facts about the crabs that live in Myrtle Beach by attending “Crazy Over Crabs,” which takes place at the Myrtle Beach State Park on March 12. This family-friendly event will give you an interesting view on the life of crabs and how people can help keep crab populations in the area both healthy and sustainable. You will also get to see live crabs, and children will enjoy the silly crab costumes. This event is sure to be a great compliment to your Myrtle Beach vacation plans!

 

During your vacation in Myrtle Beach, you can enjoy some fabulous country music by attending a performance at the Carolina Opry. At the Opry, you will enjoy incredible musical numbers and dance routines that are sure to entertain and impress you. This exciting show features modern and old country hits performed by some of Myrtle Beach’s most talented crooners. If you are not interested in country music, the Carolina Opry also features a great show full of 60’s and 70’s hits called “Good Vibrations” which is sure to take you on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

 

While you are in Myrtle Beach, you will want to visit some of the exciting attractions in the area, and you will have a great time seeing fabulous marine life at Ripley’s Aquarium. At the aquarium, you will see fascinating sharks, snakes, sea horses and colorful tropical fish while you learn interesting facts about the different species housed in the aquarium. Ripley’s Aquarium also features several themed exhibits that will give you an interesting look into the natural habitats of these creatures. For a more in-depth look at the sea life, you can also experience a dive show or educational class at the aquarium, which take place several times throughout the day.