Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 25, 26, & 27 at the Grand Ole Opry

The Whites At Grand Ole OpryThe beauty of the Grand Ole Opry is the ability to hear country rock, bluegrass music, folk music, honky tonk, comedy, country pop, and more all in one grand show. From seasoned performers such as Mel Tillis and Jimmy C Newman to the fresh young sounds of Sarah Darling and Kristen Kelly, this weekend’s shows are packed with truly amazing country artists singing every country genre.  Who will be gracing the Grand Ole Opry Stage this weekend?!

Friday, April 26: Riders In The Sky, Chris Janson, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Jim Ed Brown, Jean Shepard, Montgomery Gentry, Jeannie Seely, Jason Crabb, Mark Chestnutt, John Conlee, Sarah Darling, Mel Tillis, and more to be added up until show time.

Saturday, April 27: Mike Snider, Morgan Frazier, Jimmy C Newman, Jim Ed Brown, The Whites, Rhonda Vincent, Jeannie Seely, Ray Pillow, Striking Matches, Opry Square Dancers, John Conlee, The Boxcars, Kristen Kelly, and more to be added up until show time.

Tonight, don’t miss the Opry Country Classics show at the Ryman Auditorium. If you only want to hear the classic country that made the Grand Ole Opry famous, then you’ll definitely want to check out the country classics show. The show is at Ryman Auditorium every Thursday through May 23. That means there are only 5 shows left! Check out who will be there tonight!

Thursday, April 25:

Host: Larry Gatlin

Spotlight Artist: Mel Tillis

Performers: Craig Campbell, Mark Collie, Sarah Darling, and Jan Howard.

For a full Grand Ole Opry schedule, check our website. The Grand Ole Opry doesn’t confirm performers until the week of the show and they begin announcing performers for future shows about a month before each show.  http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NashvilleTN/activity/GrandOleOpryTicket.cfm

If you can’t make it to Nashville to hear the show, just tune your radio dial to 650 AM WSM to hear full broadcasts of every show.

Summer is Drawing Near in San Antonio

Schlitterbahn Waterpark San AntonioStart your summer off with outdoor fun in San Antonio! Check out some of our favorite warm weather attractions!

Schlitterbahn Waterpark San Antonio

Voted the “Best Water Park in the World” by its patrons, Schlitterbahn is the perfect place to start your summer! The massive park is stretched out over 65 acres on the Comal riverfront. With slides, lazy rivers, wave pools, and more around every corner, you’ll have a hard time running out of things to do at this park!

The park is split into three sections, Blastenhoff, Tubenbach, Surfenbach, and Original Schlitterbahn. Trams and rides connect the parks. When you arrive, check out this year’s new ride – The Falls! It’s the world’s longest waterpark ride and it features raging rapids, careening waterfalls, and giant waves. Visitors can enter the continuous 3,600 foot long river ride from several locations within the park to ride round and round. Riders can also hop off the lazy river at any of the 4 separate parks. Hop on Deluge, a swift moving canyon with wild waves in Tubenbach. Plunge through 550 feet of eerie darkness in a black fiberglass tunnel that kicks off from a 6 story tower on the Black Knight Tunnels in Blastenhoff. Head to Surfenburg to enjoy the Squirt’n Sliden Kiddie Park with little ones. With more than 40 rides and attractions, you’ll have a blast hopping on rides all over this massive park!

The park is ideally situated between Austin and San Antonio, making it a great stop for anyone traveling through central Texas. Schlitterbahn’s summer season officially starts this Saturday, April 27, and lasts until September 22! Pick up your tickets for summer fun now! For more information about the park, visit this link.

Enchanted Springs Ranch

Spend a dry afternoon at the Enchanted Springs Ranch! The 86-acre working ranch is a burgeoning cowboy’s dream vacation spot. With live animals, re-enactors, authentic western style buildings, and a variety of old west activities, you’ll want to spend your whole day there! Originally, the ranch was designed as a film set but the owners decided that it would be a great family destination instead. Upon arrival, take a tractor ride through Wild Animal Park where you’ll see buffalo and horses munching on grass throughout the rolling hills of Texas. Watch demonstrations from blacksmiths and gunsmiths in town. Enjoy the entertainment of Pistol Packin’ Paula, The Stunt Show, or the Gunslingers. Before you leave, stop at the Trading Post for souvenirs and snacks. Don’t forget your camera; you won’t want to forget your trip to the Old West! For more info, click on this link.

See It All In San Diego

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak TourThis weekend, take advantage of the sunny skies to enjoy the Encinitas April Street Fair! Taking place on Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, April 28, the street fair combines delicious food, excellent entertainment on 5 stages, carnival rides for the kids, and more than 450 vendors selling plants, art, home décor, antiques, and more! The street fair will take place on South Coast Highway between D and J streets.  The best part? The fair is free! So pack up the family to enjoy some free family fun this weekend!

San Diego City Tour                           

The best way to take in the historic city of San Diego is with a grand tour! San Diego is characterized by its historic architecture and gorgeous harbor but the busy city can be difficult to navigate. So skip the frustration and hop on this city tour to see the city in style! The tour starts at the Embarcadero, the area along the San Diego harbor, where you’ll see the San Diego cruise ship terminal, the USS Midway Museum Ship at Navy Pier, and several historic vessels that are part of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Next, head to Balboa Park which is the home to the San Diego Zoo, 15 major museums and art galleries, several gorgeous gardens, and adorable cafes. Wander through the park on one of the many trails to see everything. Stop at La Jolla, known locally as “The Jewel of the Pacific,” which is a hilly seaside community with several cute shops and eateries. Finally, visit the historic Hotel del Coronado, which is one of the last surviving Victorian style beach resorts. In fact, it was the first of its kind to have electrical lighting and it was inspected by Thomas Edison himself. This well-rounded tour is an excellent way to see the best of San Diego! For more information, visit this link: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanDiegoCA/activity/SanDiegoCityTour.cfm

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Explore “The Jewel of the Pacific” from the water! The historic neighborhood of La Jolla features fun shops, yummy restaurants, and spacious parks but the beauty of the area is best experienced from the water. Before heading out, your guide will instruct you on the basics of kayaking in the ocean. The tour kicks off from the La Jolla Shores beach. You’ll paddle to the sea caves with your guide and, if weather permits, you’ll have the chance to paddle through the caves to see the incredible rock formations, massive kelp forests, and cave wildlife. You might even see sea lions, seals, dolphins, and orcas while you’re cruising around in the water. End the tour with a kayak surf ride back to the beach. This adventure should not be missed! For more information, click on this link: http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/SanDiegoCA/activity/LaJollaSeaCavesKayakTour.cfm

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Mountains, Monuments, and More in the Greater Mount Rushmore Area

The Journey MuseumIt’s a great time to visit the beautiful Mount Rushmore monument and the Keystone area, but isn’t it always!? You can experience this American icon and more while taking a trip to beautiful South Dakota. You can tour the Black Hills, take a 19th century train ride, visit the presidential wax museum and even play a round of mini-golf! Here are a few of our favorite attractions from the Mount Rushmore area to keep your vacation busy and exciting!

The Journey Museum

Located in nearby Rapid City, The Journey Museum tells the history of the area, as well as the story of the people who first came to the area and the scientists who study them. Some different collections and museums include the Museum of Geology, where you can touch a dinosaur bone and observe geologists at work, or the Sioux Indian Museum, which includes interactive stories and activities while you learn the history of the Lakota Nation. These collections are just a few of the amazing artifacts, stories, and arts that The Journey Museum has to offer. For more information, take a look at our page at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GreaterMountRushmoreAreaSD/activity/TheJourneyMuseum.cfm

Mammoth Site of Hot Springs

Check out this informative guided tour, where you will see the world’s largest mammoth research facility. You’ll learn all about the greatest creatures to roam the North American continent, the Mammoth. Unearth the history behind both the mammoths and how they shaped the culture of the people who inhabited this beautiful area. The site where the movie “Hidalgo” was filmed is available to see as well! See this historical museum and visit the paleontology laboratory. Check out more information at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GreaterMountRushmoreAreaSD/activity/MammothSiteofHotSprings1.cfm

Holy Terror Mini Golf

The Holy Terror Mini Golf course is tucked-away on the side of a pine-covered slope that is located in Keystone at the Presidential Wax Museum. Named after the last active gold mine in Keystone, the course takes you on a wild adventure as you putt around huge boulders, up steep hills, thru the mine slew, around the water wheel and bubbling stream that makes getting a ‘hole-in-one’ an exciting challenge. This 18-hole course will appeal to any age, making it an excellent choice for a break from all the fantastic sightseeing in Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills. It’s a family golf experience your family will never forget. Add an afternoon of fun to your itinerary by taking the challenge of the Holy Terror Mini Golf course today! View us for more information at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GreaterMountRushmoreAreaSD/activity/HolyTerrorMiniGolf.cfm

These are just a few of the options that are available in the greater Mount Rushmore area. Check us out at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/GreaterMountRushmoreAreaSD/ to see all of the other great attractions in the area.

Gators Galore in Fantastic New Orleans

Airboat Adventures Swamp Tours in New OrleansIt’s a great time to visit the bayou, but isn’t it always?! New Orleans is full of popular destinations, amazing culture, brilliant food, and deep history. Visitors can visit the famous Bourbon Street and French Quarter, or head out into the swamps and see all sorts of native wildlife including fascinating birds and alligators galore. So check us out at vacationsmadeeasy.com to see what all we offer in the New Orleans area. Here are just a few of the top options that we offer in this great city.

Airboat Adventures Swamp Tours in New Orleans

Get a taste of the south and see some gators with Airboat Adventures, Swamp Tours. You will tour a large tract of tidewater cypress swamp (20,000 acres), and see animals like alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, hawks, owls and bald eagles. Most tours last approximately 2 hours, and all take place on a sturdy airboat, of which there are plenty, so bring a big group! The tour is of a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, and you’ll get to witness some of the most beautiful scenery around as you go through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. So come watch the alligators get fed or sun themselves on a log. You’ll have an unforgettable experience in the Louisiana bayou with these amazing tours! Visit us for more information at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NewOrleansLA/activity/AirboatAdventuresSwampToursInNewOrleans.cfm

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and you can learn all about the underwater creatures of North and South America in a fun and interactive environment. The aquarium is home to the Caribbean Reef, which features a 30-foot long aquatic tunnel that brings you up close and personal with the aquatic creatures that call the aquarium home. You’ll also get to see animals such as seahorses, jellyfish, sharks, frogs, penguins, sea otters and much more. Other exciting attractions at the aquarium include a hurricane simulator, in which you can feel gusts of wind reach 79 miles per hour in 60 seconds, take pictures of your family members riding a wave, or a shark, and meet up with some of the slimiest, stinkiest, grossest creatures in the animal kingdom. There’s much to do at the Audubon Aquarium, you’ll struggle to find time to do it all! Visit us for more information at http://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/NewOrleansLA/activity/AudubonAquariumoftheAmericas.cfm

These are just a few of the great options that we offer in New Orleans. Don’t forget to check us out to see what else is available for you in this amazing city. You can also find great hotels as well, and make your own vacation package! Get started on your great vacation today!

Fun and Excitement in Memphis, Tennessee!

Elvis Presley’s Graceland ExperienceMemphis is a rockin’ place to visit, and what better time to come to everyone’s favorite southern city than now?! You can experience everything that is Memphis including Graceland, the Gibson Guitar Factory, and all sorts of amazing barbeque. So get started on your tour of Memphis and book an amazing attraction today! Here are just a few of the top sellers that we offer for the city.

National Civil Rights Museum

More than 35 years after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, this historic landmark in Memphis has turned itself into a tribute to the earth-changing Civil Rights Movement. On April 4, 1968 all eyes in the world turned to a small hotel in Memphis, TN. On a balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Today, this landmark has become a tribute to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and has ensured that at least part of Dr. King’s dream would come true. Exhibits featured inside the museum and its expansion cover events from 1619 to the present day and include Little Rock, Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, Booker T. Washington, The Assassination of Dr. King and much more.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland Experience

Get ‘all shook up’ with the Elvis Presley’s Graceland Experience as you walk in the footsteps of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The tour takes place at Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland Mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee. The full Graceland experience will take you from Elvis’ humble beginnings through his rise to super stardom. See how a rock ‘n’ roll legend lived and relaxed with family and friends. Enjoy video, photos, Elvis’ personal mementos, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and much more. Explore Elvis’ two custom airplanes, the automobile museum, the Sincerely Elvis Memorabilia Museum, the King and Pop Culture Exhibit, the ’68 Special Exhibit and more on your own with a self-guided tour of Graceland. You can see the 1955 pink Cadillac, artifacts from Elvis’ past, special displays highlighting Elvis’ impact on music and the world, the recognizable fashion of the King, and so much more to keep you entertained.

These are just a few of the amazing things that Memphis has to offer, so check us out and see the other great options available to you to make your vacation an unforgettable one!

Outdoor Adventures in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

1 Hour Smoky Mountain Horseback RideWith warm temperatures FINALLY on the way, it’s time to get outside in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge! The Great Smoky Mountains are lush, green, and filled with wildlife, so why not get out in the mountains to enjoy it?! Check out some of our very favorite outdoor activities in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area!

1 Hour Smoky Mountain Horseback Ride

Take in the beauty of the Smokies on a guided trail ride. No horseback riding experience? No problem! The ride is geared toward beginners and only stays on flat land. Your guide will narrate you through the ride by pointing out wildlife, points of interest, and beautiful flora and fauna. The ride is hosted by the smallest stable in the area, which can only mean a more personal, safe, and comfortable experience for each and every rider. Each horse is expertly trained, treated with love, and well-cared for. Because they are kept in pastures, rather than in stalls, the horses are able to stretch their legs aside from the rides so they are extremely gentle. With beautiful sights, gorgeous horses, and a calming atmosphere, you’ll want to ride all day long! For more information, visit this link.

Monster Truck Rides

After a calming ride on the mountainside, why not rev it up with some big fun? By big fun, we mean Monster fun! Your adrenaline will be pumping aboard one of these awesome monster trucks! With massive 66 inch wheels, these monster trucks tower over the track. Choose from the front seat for a smooth ride and a look at all kinds of gadgets or sit in the truck bed where there are 12 bench seats. The Wildcat Monster Trucks take 5 laps on the massive track which features four bumpy hills for a very bumpy ride. This is an exhilarating adventure for people of all ages! For more information, click on the following link.

Spectacular Activities in Las Vegas

A trip to Las Vegas is so much more than gambling. Sin City features amazing shows, exhilarating outdoor adventures, gorgeous hotels, fascinating attractions, and much more! Check out a few of our favorite Las Vegas activities that are perfect for a weekend getaway!

Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour

Start out your Las Vegas vacation with a big adventure – ziplining! Bootleg Canyon, which is located at the base of Red Mountain, offers a fantastically fun aerial trail featuring spectacular views. Guests are picked up from the Excalibur Casino before being whisked away to Bootleg Canyon. Upon arrival, the highly trained guides help you suit up in the gear before a short hike to the first platform. You’ll want to wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes because you’ll be climbing on a rocky mountain. Once at the top, you’ll be overlooking the beauty of the Nevada desert. From there, you’ll take your first of four zips while traveling at speeds up to 50 mph! The longest line is 2,545 feet. From the skies, you’ll see Las Vegas, Lake Mead, and the Eldorado Valley. Don’t miss this experience on your next Las Vegas vacation! For more information, visit this link.

La Reve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas

In this spectacular show, dreams and fantasies become reality! The audience surrounds a massive circular pool in the Wynn Las Vegas domed theater. Performers dive from impossible heights, synchronized swimmers fascinate with perfect choreography, and dancers splash through the water to create a captivating show for all ages. The stage rises and falls within the pool to create an interactive stage for the performers to swim, dive, and dance. You’ll even see high flying acrobatics. Watch out, if you sit too close you’ll get splashed! No seat is further than 40 feet from the stage meaning there is no bad seat in the house! This show must be seen to be believed! For more information about this dream show, visit this link.

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Enjoy A Night On The Town In Orlando

Arabian Nights Dinner AttractionThe bustling city of Orlando boasts hundreds of great shows, attractions, outdoor adventures, and much more! Check out some of our favorite shows in the Orlando area. You might just have to extend your vacation so you can see them all!

Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show

You’ll be blown away by the magic and comedy of Tony Brent at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show! Brent has been performing sleight of hand for more than 15 years and his experience definitely shines in this show. Like most magic shows, the show relies heavily on audience participation so get your assistant hat on for this show! Minds will be read, things will vanish and reappear, and predictions will come true at this fabulous show. At the show, enjoy unlimited pizza, salad, popcorn, beer, wine, soda, and dessert for dinner. You’ll love the food, the comedy, and the magic at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show! For more information, click on this link.

Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort

“Yo, listen up, here’s a story about a little guy that lives in a blue world and all day and all night everything he sees is just blue like him…” Eiffel 65 penned the song but three men are living the blue life in Orlando. The Blue Man Group Show is described as avant-garde performance art. It’s a combination of music, comedy, science and much more that captivates audiences again and again. Using experimental instruments, cutting edge technology, multimedia, and silent comedy, the three men wow the audience with their stunningly visual show. The group stays in character as silent performers throughout the show and even after when they sign autographs using a smudge of paint from their face. This is a must-see show! For ticket information, visit our website.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

Embark on a tale of adventure and romance at the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction. The show is about an all-American girl and champion rider who discovers that she is a princess. Along with her genie, Abracadabra, she decides to travel the world in search of her true prince, who must love horses as much as she does. So she sets her sights on Europe where she comes across military-style quadrilles. Next, she heads to Latin America to see garrochas in actions. With no luck, she makes her next stop at a Gypsy camp to see fascinating horseback riding acrobatics. Finally, she returns to America to see the fabulous talent in the USA. Will she find her true love in any of those places? Find out at the American Princess show at the Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction in Orlando! For ticket prices, visit this link.

Nifty Attractions, Tours, & Activities in Nashville

Nashville Nightlife Dinner TheaterSpend your vacation in the Country Music Capital! Check out some of our favorite activities in the area!

Opry Country Classics

No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to the Grand Ole Opry. With regular shows on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, there are plenty of chances to catch your favorite country stars when they’re in town. However, because country music has changed vastly in the modern era, you won’t always get to hear that classic country that made Nashville famous. Never fear, the Ryman Auditorium is bringing classic country to the stage every Thursday through May 23! This week’s show will be hosted by Bill Cody, the host of GAC’s Master Series, who will share great stories and even better songs. Performing country classics and a few of their own songs will be Charles McCoy, Chuck Mead, Riders In The Sky, Daryle Singletary, and Striking Matches. Headlining the show will be Pam Tillis, daughter of country singer Mel Tillis. The 2 hour show takes place at the Ryman Auditorium. Pick up your tickets before they sell out! The show is every Thursday in April, May, and October. For more information, visit our website.

Grand Legends Tour

Looking for a way to see everything on your Nashville vacation? The Grand Legends Tour is the best way to see all the best in Nashville. The tour begins at the Grand Ole Opry House where you’ll have the chance to tour the theater and backstage. Next stop, the Gaylord Opryland Resort! The gorgeous hotel features a massive atrium with 4.5 acres of indoors gardens and waterfalls. The tour even includes a ride on the World Famous Delta Boats. Don’t forget a camera because you’ll have the chance to snap some gorgeous shots in this hotel. The tour lasts about 3.5 hours. For more information, visit this link.

Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater

Before you leave town, catch the dinner and show at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater. Featuring an endless buffet of southern home style cookin’, you may want to come to the show every night that you’re in town! The show, dubbed “The Best of Country” Dinner Show, is a celebration of country music, past and present. You’ll hear music from classic country artists such as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr., but you’ll also be treated to hits from the country artists of today such as Sara Evans and Toby Keith. Don’t miss “Nashville’s #1 Dinner Show!” For more information, visit this link.