Monthly Archives: June 2014

Wonderworks – Interactive Amusement

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in a hurricane?  Or an earthquake?  Or maybe you’ve always wanted to be an astronaut, or a soldier, or professional athlete.

Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge has over 100 mind-blowing interactive exhibits so you can do all that and more.  Experience a Tesla Coil, or try resting on a bed of nails.  Enter the Hurricane Shack to experience category 1 hurricane winds.  Earthquake Cafe lets you relive the 1989 San Francisco quake.

Wonderworks If you’re up for a physical challenge, see how you measure up against professional athletes, or climb the rock wall.  You can ‘land a space shuttle’ and test your survivor instincts and skills in a virtual battlefield.

Experience some of our favorite toys in larger-than-life versions.  Create bubbles big enough to stand in, or design pictures on the giant lite-brite.  Maybe you’ll create beautiful music jumping from key to key on the giant piano.

Incredible illusions, light and sound experiences, and Mind Ball, a challenging bio-feedback game, a ropes challenge course, magician performance, and so much more to see and do.Wonderworks

An amazing amusement park for the mind, Wonderworks will bring out the kid in everyone.

Prepare to have your mind blown.

Canyonlands by Night

What could possibly be better than a filling cowboy dinner, and a Colorado River cruise under the stars?

A cowboy dinner, a cruise under the stars, and a sound and light show!

First, load your plate with dutch-oven cowboy dinner of BBQ, corn and rolls.  Then hop aboard the Moab Queen II for a cruise up the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park.  As you journey through the canyon, your Canyonlands by Nightguide will share stories of area history, accompanied by lights and sounds to really make the tales come to life.

Then you’ll enjoy the natural light show of the stars lighting the majestic beauty of the canyon walls before returning to your port near Moab, Utah.

Canyonlands by Night Dinner Cruise.  Its a night to remember.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – It’s a Big Party

We all know every thing is bigger in Texas.  And we know ‘Fiesta’ means ‘Party.’

Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  Sounds like a big party.
Just minutes from downtown San Antonio you’ll find Texas-size fun on epic thrill rides, family rides, kids rides, entertainment, and events.

‘Lone Star Nights,’ every night through August 10, lights the Texas sky with an enthralling laser light show set to music, and fireworks, all to celebrate the history and culture of Texas!Six Flags Fiesta Texas

And what’s a party without food?  San Antonio Six Flags has food for every taste;  American, Mexican, Italian, Asian, Sweets, Gluten-free.

More than 50 amusement rides, great food, spectacular shows.  Just add your family, and its a Fiesta!

 

Witness a Tournment of Knights at Myrtle Beach

While you are visiting Myrtle Beach take a voyage back to Medieval Spain where you will witness a magnificent Tournament in which six noble knights battle to be champion, and fight for the heart of Princess Catalina.

During this exciting tournament, feast upon an 11th century meal fit for a king. Everyone will enjoy watching flawlessly trained horses, high-energy performers, and more while the unforgettable medieval story unfolds.

You will be seated within one of the colored sections that will match one of the Tournament of Knights’ competitors after arriving at the theater. Watch as your knight engages in sword fighting, intense hand to hand combat, impressive jousting, and many different games that will test the skill and courage of the knights. Guests will also take part in an ancient ceremony which includes the Royal Falconer and his birds of prey. Gaze at the magnificent royal falcon as it soars over the crowd and back to its keeper during this exciting show. After the Tournament of Knights is finished, find out if your knight wins the heart of the princess.Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, SC

Some of the most talented performers in the show are the noble Pure Spanish Horse stallions, which are trained to be precise during battle. These highly trained horses are raised to be a part of Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, and the Master of Horse continually impresses guests with his show of superior horsemanship.

The four course feast includes a variety of foods specific to the time period, and will be enjoyed without silverware! Indulge in tomato bisque soup, garlic bread, delicious oven roasted chicken, tender spare rib, an herb-basted potato, the pastry of the castle, and two rounds of beverages during the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

See the Falls From Both Sides

See the Falls from both sides.  There’s no need to choose the American side or the Canadian side for your tour of Niagara FallsVacations Made Easy is inviting you to see both sides with our Deluxe Combo Tour.

Feel the sheer power of the Niagara Falls on the world-famous Maid of the Mist boat, at the Cave of the Winds, and in the Journey Behind the Falls. This tour will also give you access to choice viewpoints that provide wonderful vistas for appreciate the Falls’ grandeur.

Deluxe Combo TourYou’ll experience all the sights and activities included on our All-American Tour, and our All-Canadian Adventure Tour.  On the tour, your guide will take you to the best places to view and experience the Falls in two countries, the U.S. and Canada –  more than two dozen tour stops in all.  And the best part is, you can schedule the tours at your convenience, doing everything all in one day or spread it over two days.

See all the best of Niagara Falls!

Shipwreck Museum and Light Station Tour

Just an hour from Mackinac Island on the shore of Lake Superior you’ll find the Great Lakes Shipwreck Coast Museum and the Whitefish Point Light Station, filled with artifacts from the historic shipwrecks and the bygone days of maritime transport on the Great Lakes.

The museum’s gallery is a testament to the sailors, ships, and history of our maritime heritage.  View artifacts from the wreckage of famous ships such as The Comet; a steamship that sank in 1875 carrying 70 tons of Montana silver ore, The Sagamore; a whaleback barge which was rammed by a steamer in the fog in 1901, and whose wreckage is part of an under-water museum, and  the Edmund Fitzgerald, immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot.Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station

You can also tour the Whitefish Point Light Station, where the Whitefish Point Light Tower has remained in continuous operation for more than 165 years.  From its early days, operating on whale oil, to its modern use of LED.  See the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters and the Coast Guard Crew Quarters – all restored to turn-of-the-century appearance.

Journey through this fascinating maritime history as a day-trip from Mackinac Island!

Excitement and Education at Stone Mountain Park

What is your family’s ideal summer vacation?  Adventure?  Entertainment?  Thrill Rides?  Nature?  History?

You can get all that and more when you visit Stone Mountain Park.  With 3200 acres of adventure and entertainment, you can please the whole family.

Ride the Summit Skyride.  A Swiss cable car that takes you up 825 feet in the beautiful Applachian Mountains for an amazing view of the Confederate Memorial Carving and the Atlanta skyline.  At Geyser Towers, three towers that surpass the treetops are accessible by suspended rope tunnels and bridges. To the delight of overheated children, several fountains of water shoot into the air over the exposed bridges, effectively soaking everyone who isn’t under a tower roof.

Stone Mountain ParkTake a ‘Tree-top hike’ as you adventure safely through the canopy at the Skyhike attraction.  The park offers shows like the Lasershow Spectacular with state-of-the-art digital graphics displayed on one of the world’s largest outdoor screens.

Get some nature time hiking the more than 15 miles of trails, fishing in the 363-acre lake, or a relaxing picnic in one of the park’s picnic areas.  You can even get in a round of golf on one of the two 18-hole courses.

Learn history the fun way at The Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard.  The plantation is a collection of original buildings that have been restored. Filled with period furniture and classic 18th and 19th century southern decorations, each building is an accurate portrayal of lifestyles past. The plantation also features a working cookhouse, traditional southern Stone Mountain Parkgarden, and a farmyard where kids can pet the animals and learn the role of livestock in the old south.

There is so much to do at Stone Mountain Park, its a perfect mix of excitement, education, and relaxation.

‘Hop-on Hop-off’ Savannah Trolley Tour

See all the best sights in Savannah at your own pace when you take the Savannah Historic Trolley Tour.

For an overview of sights and history in Savannah, you can ride through the 90 minute tour.  But we recommend you take advantage of the ‘Hopper Pass’ and spend as much time as you like at any of the 16 stops on the tour.  With either a one-day or two-day pass, you can hop off and on the trolley as you like, and see the Savannah historic sights your way.

Savannah Historic Trolley TourThe trolley ride itself is a treat of historic flavor, and a delightful way to travel to  the many fascinating and historical stops on the tour.  Its good to start at the Visitor’s Center, which is housed in an historic railway station.  Hop off and on as you visit places of architectural and historical significance, such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, dating to 1840, built in the Antebellum Greek Revival/Regency style, the Owen Thomas House completed in 1819 and now open as a museum showcasing the English Regency design and displaying antiquities from 1750 – 1830.  Learn the history of the Girl Scouts at the birthplace of Founder Julliette Gordon Lowe.Savannah Historic Trolley Tour

You’ll see parks and markets and the oldest theater in the US, the Historic Savannah Theater which is still producing nightly shows.  There is so much to see on this tour, you will probably need two days to see it.  The two-day Hopper Pass will give you plenty of time.

A Patriotic 4th in Washington DC

Can you imagine a more patriotic way to spend the Fourth of July, than celebrating Independence right in our Nation’s Capitol?

Neither can we.

One of the biggest events in America, The 4th of July in Washington DC brings people together in celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The sparks ignited by our forefathers have grown to the patriotic Washington DC fireworksexplosion of the fireworks we all love and recognize as a spectacular finale to this holiday of freedom.  Across the country citizens show their appreciation and patriotism with the raising of flags, but in Washington DC its done in epic proportion.  Be a part of this national community and join in honoring the members of our armed forces, past and present.

While you’re in town take advantage of Vacations Made Easy’s DC in a Day tour and see famous attractions such as the FBI building, Federal Triangle, and the Supreme Court.  Stop in at Washington DC fireworksFord’s Theatre, the US Capitol, National Air and Space Museum, and much more.  In all, you’ll see or visit 25 of the most popular DC attractions!  Our Washington DC Weekend  Getaway includes two nights lodging at your choice of more than 90 locations, and the DC in a Day Tour.

Schedule your most unforgettable Fourth of July in Washington DC and get ready to celebrate.

Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade

Spend this Independence Day in Gatlinburg for the annual Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade!

As the name suggests, the Midnight Parade, touted as the ‘First July Fourth Parade in the Nation’ begins exactly at midnight on July 4th.  This year the parade will be honoring Women Veterans and other US Heroes.  Featured in the parade will be the 572nd US Air Force Band, members from all service branches, and vintage military vehicles.

GatlinburgOf course there will be fireworks.  Beginning at 10pm and visible from just about anywhere in town.  Gatlinburg really puts on a show.  So grab your spot on the parade route early and see it all.

The 4th is on a Friday this year, so you can spend the whole weekend enjoying all the other fun attractions of the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area.  Treat the family to a day at Dollywood, or The Dixie Stampede.

Vacations Made Easy has great vacations packages, so you can take it easy and celebrate this holiday!