Monthly Archives: July 2011

Have an Interactive Experience in Gatlinburg This Weekend!

If you’re headed to the Smoky Mountains in the Pigeon Forge area, make sure to check out these exciting attractions that have made this Tennessee hotspot an incredible destination. The different shows, museums, and rides listed below allow guests to interact with the fun of Gatlinburg rather than just admire the sights. The whole family will enjoy the opportunities that are available for your vacation this weekend.

WonderWorks Interactive Experience

This “amusement park for the mind” is a fun and educational museum for everyone in the group. Visitors can participant in exhibits such as Hurricane Hole, a powerful wind tunnel equivalent to what being in such a storm would feel like, or another option is to land a shuttle in the space simulator. You can even discover what the 1989 San Francisco 5.3 magnitude earthquake felt like at the Quake Café recreated disaster zone. If you haven’t been to this adrenaline rich attraction, then make sure not to miss it in Pigeon Forge this weekend.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater

The South is rising again at this fun, interactive dinner show that splits the audience into Confederate and Union sides as races, duels, and competitions will force the crowd to wave their flags and cheer for their colors. This production features pyrotechnics, live animals, singing, dancing, and much more that all comes together to deliver an entertaining and memorable experience. The full home-cooked meal of rotisserie chicken, corn on the cob, biscuits, roasted potatoes, creamy vegetable soup, and dessert is a delicious addition to this high-quality dinner theater.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

The breathtaking ambiance of the SmokyMountains is even greater from the Sky Lift experienced offered by this attraction. The lift will take your family above the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, over the trees of the mountainside, and to the 1,800 ft. peak of a clearing. Once reaching the top, you are welcome to walk around, take pictures, or even sit down for a picnic lunch. This is a spectacular and fun scenic activity that will open up visitors’ eyes to the beauty of the Smokies.

Gatlinburg this Weekend!

There are Gators Galore Waiting for You in Orlando!

The sunny city of Orlando has a lot to offer with Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios, but that’s not all. A lesser heard about attraction of Orlando is the area’s alligators! These guys are chomping at the bits to see you. There are all kinds and sizes, and even though they may look scary, you’re bound to get attached. Book a fantastic hotel in Orlando and check out these incredible alligator activities.

Looking for gators? Big ones with lots of teeth? Gatorland has exactly that, especially with “Alf” a 15 foot long, 1,000+ pound alligator. If the swamp creatures are getting to you, there are plenty of tropical birds and slithery snakes to see. Allie’s Barnyard has a petting zoo for the kids, and there’s a train ride for the whole family to enjoy. Don’t miss the amazing crocodile show. There are so many things to do in this park that you are guaranteed to have a great time.

As if Gatorland isn’t enough, the Gatorland Tours with Transportation and Airboat Combo gives you the chance to both go to Gatorland and take an airboat ride through Orlando. You’ll see the cypress trees of the area, the natural wildlife like birds, fish, and even alligators! The beauty of Orlando will come to life with this trip. Pick up the combo and experience the excitement.

Win Big with These Las Vegas Attractions!

During your high rolling trip to Vegas this weekend, don’t forget about the numerous activities, tours, and shows that are taking place away from the poker table or slot machine. In addition to throwing the dice or trying your luck on roulette, make sure to check out some of these popular attractions that will be a winning choice every time.

BeatleShow 

John, Paul, Ringo, and George are back and sound as good as ever with this tribute band that brings the revolutionary hits of The Beatles to life at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino. Sing along with your favorite tracks, and laugh to the comedy of an Ed Sullivan impersonator. This show is reasonably priced and will bring back memories of the 60s as this talented cast of musicians and actors put on an incredible performance.

LV See the Lights! Tour

When the sun goes down, the lights of Las Vegas turn this city into a spectacular sight. Make sure that you visit all the famous nightly attractions with this See the Lights! Tour. Featured as a hop on, hop off tour, guests will stop at the Bellagio Fountains, Mirage Volcano, Sirens of TI, and so much more. You don’t want to miss out on these amazing hotspots, so let a seasoned guide help you explore the magnificence of Vegas after dark.

Aussie Improv Comedy Explosion

An afternoon inLas Vegashas never been this hilarious as a troupe of comedians takes the stage without scripts to put on a truly unique production in which no two shows are the same. Performers at this attraction are interactive with audience members, and will often bring people to the stage to take part in the fun. If you’ve never seen an improvisation show before, then make sure to attend the Aussie Improv Comedy Explosion this weekend for an incredible and side splitting afternoon.

Live It Up in Vegas This Weekend!

Join the Festivities Happening in Nashville This Weekend!

Dear Nashville Visitors,

The home of the country music industry wants to welcome you for another fun weekend getaway to this cultured city. July 30th is the final day of American Beer Month in Nashville, and festivities will be taking place at Hilton Park. Make sure to join the celebration, and don’t forget to stop by popular area attractions featured below.

Annual Music City Brewers Festival at HiltonPark

American Beer Month is almost over! July 30th will be the final day of this beer festival in which 35 different breweries from across the nation as well as some international blends will be set-up for tastings and purchase. Regional favorites such as the Olde Towne Brewing Company and Thomas Creek Brewery will be in attendance, as is their tradition. Live music and great food from local restaurants will also be on-site to make an event that you cannot pass up. 

Home of the Stars Tour

Not only isMusic Citythe home of country music, but it’s also where many of your favorite performers actually live. On this tour, you’ll explore the luxurious neighborhoods that feature the houses of stars such as Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, and more. You may even be lucky enough to see Martina McBride unloading her groceries, or Garth Brooks working in his yard.

The Nashville Zoo 

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited your animal friends at the city zoo, then make sure to spend a day at the Nashville Zoo this weekend. With exhibits such as “The Unseen World,” featuring animal species that use camouflaging techniques, and “Bamboo Trail,” a path strewn with leopards and lemurs, this zoo is truly spectacular. Bring your kids to the massive “Jungle Gym” playground that can accommodate up to 1,000 children.

Enjoy Nashville this Weekend!

Grand Ole Opry Performances for July 29 & 30, and August 2

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

Friday, July 29 – Order Tickets

  • Steve Holy
  • Pam Tillis
  • Jesse McReynolds
  • Jimmy Dickens
  • JuiceNewton
  • And more

Saturday, July 30 – Order Tickets

  • Loretta Lynn
  • James Otto
  • Riders in the Sky
  • The Whites
  • Mark Wills
  • And more

Tuesday, August 2 – Order Tickets

  • Suzy Bogguss
  • The Grascals
  • And more

Makes Plans for the 29th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival in Myrtle Beach!

This year Myrtle Beach marks the 29th year of the award-winning Craftsmen’s Classic Arts & Crafts Festival on August 5 – 7. Artists and craftspeople across the nation come to display their work. Some will be giving demonstrations of the process that creates their art, while others will simply have their items out for you to browse and purchase. This is a special event for Myrtle Beach, so you don’t want to miss it. But while you’re in the area, you’ll want to book an accommodating hotel and check out a few of these popular attractions!

A 750,000 gallon tank, ten foot long sharks, and diving shows are only the beginning of what Ripley’s Aquarium has to offer. You’ll get an excellent view of wild sea creatures from squids to seahorses. Once you’ve had your share of looking at the underwater life, you can check out the hands-on experiences at the aquarium. This is a Myrtle Beach activity that no one in the family will forget.

Loaded with movie memorabilia, Planet Hollywood is a cinema lover’s dream. You can have a delicious dinner here amongst set pieces, costumes, and all sorts of other film paraphernalia. Plus, with your meal card, you can skip the line and get seated at the first available table! This sets you up for a easy and extraordinary dinner in Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Waves Waterpark’s 20 acres of escape from the hot sun makes it the largest water park in South Carolina. The park has everything you’d expect and more for wet and wild fun. Waterslides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and water squirters all contribute to the excitement. From relaxing waves to thrilling slides, everyone will have an incredible time!

Make the Most of Washington DC with These Attractions!

Come to America’s capitol this weekend for a summer getaway that the whole family will love. Much of our country’s history resides in this city, and its museums and attractions are fun as well as educational. Also, make sure to visit the activities listed below to ensure a well-rounded extraordinary experience inWashington D.C.

Six FlagsAmerica

In addition to the numerous high-flying roller coasters featured at this theme park, you can beat the summer heat with the Six Flags’Hurricane Harbor located inside the premises. Tony Hawk’s Half-pipe waterslide,CastawayCreekLazyRiver, and the Hammerhead enclosed waterslide are rides that will make it a wet ‘n wild afternoon. Many areas of the Six Flags amusement park offer family rides as well.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Make dinner an unforgettable event for the whole family and visit the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament where you’ll cheer on your favorite knight in jousting, sword, and javelin competitions. A decadent meal of roasted chicken, tomato bisque, spare ribs, basted potatoes, and dessert will make the evening delicious as well as entertaining.

WashingtonD.C.PowerPass

Check out the savings of both time and money that you’ll receive with the Washington D.C. Power Pass. The pass will get you either free or discounted admission to 20 different attractions including Mount Vernon, Woodrow Wilson House,Dulles Golf Center, and much more. Passes are available from one day up to five days.

Williamsburg Gets Better and Better this Summer!

You’ve got to get to Williamsburg soon to experience all that’s going on at the many attractions the historic city holds. From live music to new thrills, there’s a lot happening so you will never run out of fun. Spend a couple of days in the Colonial Williamsburg area, and then check out some of the other exciting places around like Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, and the Jamestown Settlement. Just grab a room at a terrific Williamsburg hotel and stay for as long as you would like! Here’s just a few of the many special activities happening soon.

The incredible and beautiful theme park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, is having a summer concert series full of talented performers. After spending a day in the park riding thrill rides, watching fun shows, and looking through wonderful shops, catch a concert as the sun goes down. Colbie Caillat will be there July 23-24, and July 30-31 Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) will be performing. Purchase some park passes and don’t miss these exclusive events.

Water Country USA has all kinds of slides, rafts, and tubes, but the newest one, Vanish Point, takes it to the top! The drop slide is the most thrilling ride yet, giving you the option of two different wave paths. One path sparks anticipation as you stand in a tube and wait for a surprising platform to drop out from underneath you, sending you soaring down the tube slide. The other is a 300’ speed slide that brings the excitement as soon as you get on. This attraction will probably give you the greatest water ride experience you’ve ever had!

Take in the more historic side of Williamsburg by visiting the Jamestown Settlement, an educational journey through an original Pilgrim area. Throughout the month of August (which is coming soon!) the “Tools of the Trade” exhibition will be taking place. This special event includes programs and activities that allow you to learn and experience skills used by colonial Virginia, such as farming, fishing, hunting, defense, navigation, and building. This is only happening in August so start planning your Williamsburg trip today.

Experience Music City with These Favorite Nashville Attractions!

Dear Nashville Visitors,

Every weekend is a fun getaway when you spend it in Nashville, TN, the headquarters of America’s country music industry. For the upcoming July 22-24th, there are several different attractions that your whole family or group will love. Check out some of the options below and get tickets to ensure an awesome vacation.

PlantationCulinary Tour

If you haven’t yet participated in thisNashville tour, then make this weekend an interesting and fun occasion with the Belle Meade Plantation Culinary Tour. This historic 1800s landmark will take you through the grand kitchen to make corn bread, the largest smoke house in the region, and a winery to sample the local favorites. This is a unique tour that will bring you an interactive, informative, and delicious afternoon.

 Europa Go-Karts and Golf

Feel the wind blow through your hair as you race around a 1,000 yard go-kart track speeding toward the finish line. The three-acre hillside location of Europa Go-Karts and Golf is packed with fun that the whole family will enjoy. Two miniature golf courses are featured, both of which are landscaped with dark caves, splashing waterfalls, and more daunting obstacles.

 Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour

Visit the country’s oldest registered distillery located in the quaint town ofLynchburgthat boastsTennessee’s Jack Daniel’s Distillery. This tour will guide you through the process of whiskey production from start to finish as well as inform you of the rich history surrounding the distillery. Don’t miss out on seeing where the world’s most well-known whiskey has its roots.

Have a Blast in Music City!

Come Join the Branson Fun this July Weekend!

This city is always a great destination for an exciting getaway, and this weekend increases the fun with the car shows, children’s festivals, and other activities that are scheduled to take place. So if you’re headed to the lake this weekend, be sure to check out these Branson events and attractions as well.

National Impala Association Convention 

If you’re a Chevy enthusiast or just a car buff in general, then this is an event that you cannot miss. Showcasing classic cars from the years 1958 to 1970, the GrandPalacein Branson will feature around 250 different vehicles. Saturday July 23rd will be the first day of the convention and it will last until the 28th.  Times and events vary, so be sure to do a little looking into the scheduled events before showing up.  

National Kids’ Fest atSilverDollarCity

If you haven’t made it to the Kids’ Fest at Silver Dollar City this year, time is running out! The festival will end on Sunday July, 24th so if you’re headed to Branson this weekend, then make sure to get your SDC passes today. This event puts an extra emphasis on kids’ as special guests and performers bring extreme sports, fun activities, exotic animals, and more to this favorite Ozark theme park.

Branson Landing Cruises on the Landing Princess

Experience the serene atmosphere of the 2,000 acre Branson Landing area onLakeTaneycomoby booking an evening cruise on the Landing Princess. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, you will be served a delicious dinner, and be taken to different hotspots around the lake. The night will conclude with the beautiful yacht stopping by the Branson Landing Fountains so that passengers can watch the $7 million synchronized light, water, music, and pyrotechnics in action. 

Enjoy Branson this Weekend!