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Late September is Peak Fall Foliage in Northwestern Vermont, Central and Northern New York

Start making plans… It’s fall foliage roadtrip time! Late September is prime time for fall foliage in Northwestern Vermont, Central and Northern New York. Now’s the time to plan that perfect fall foliage drive!

The country’s most panoramic fall vistas can be seen from the Northeast’s Interstate highways. In New York “The Adirondack Northway”, Interstate 87 has some of the best views anywhere. Beginning in Saratoga Springs and northward thru Glens Falls, Lake George,Plattsburg, and on to the Canadian border.

Vermont’s I-89 is a beautiful drive anytime of year, but fall is especially breathtaking. Late September in Northwestern Vermont means peak autumn colors along I-89 northward from Montpelier, thru Stowe,Burlington, St. Albans, and on to the Canadian border.

What’s cool about viewing fall colors from the Interstate? The experience is totally different in either direction. Drive north on I-89, turn around and head south and you’ll see a whole new perspective right before your eyes! You can easily spend several days exploring small towns and villages directly off the Interstate exits along the way.

Check out our fall foliage maps to find peak colors in your area.

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A New England Tradition, The Big E is in Full Gear

The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast and fifth largest in North America, has just kicked off its 101th year with big talent, phenomenal food, animals, rides, shopping and more! The 17-day event will feature a Mardi Gras Parade and The Big E Circus Spectacular.

Some of the biggest names from the past and present, as well as those on their way to the top, have played before crowds at The Big E. From legendary entertainers, like Bob Hope, Roy Rogers and Liberace, to the musical talents of Johnny Cash, Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child, Reba and Blake Shelton, the Fair has been the venue to introduce these icons. This year top name talent like Grand Funk Railroad, Smashmouth and Night Ranger take the stage! Concertgoers are in for a ton of great shows at the xfinity arena and Court of Honor Stage, sponsored by xfinity®.

And what is a Fair without food! Our vast selection of food will have your mouth watering. Eat your way around the grounds, find unique gifts and check out interesting exhibits! Bring the kids to the petting zoo or take them on fun-filled rides in Kiddieland. For those looking for more excitement, the Midway is full of exhilarating rides! There is something for all ages to enjoy at the Fair, Sept. 15-Oct. 1, in West Springfield, Mass.


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DATES:

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 1, 2017

HOURS:

  • Gates: 8am
  • Avenue of States: 10am – 9pm
  • Storrowton Village: 10am – 9pm
  • Most Exhibits & Buildings: 10am – 10pm
  • Midway: Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm; Friday, 10am-11pm; Saturday, 10am – 11pm
  • Craft Common: 10am – 10pm
  • Agricultural Events: Agricultural activities begin early in the morning and are open to the public in the Mallary Complex.
  • Many food concessions are open to serve breakfast:
    • Sit Down: Captain Nemo’s Galley – The Firehouse – West Side Grille – Ultimate BBQ – White Hut – Yankee Boy
    • Grab-N-Go: Big EZ Café – Cinnamon Saloon – The Coffee Break – Cream Puff Bakery (9am Window service) – The Donut Family – F&W Caterers – Idaho Taqueria – Omar Gourmet Coffee – Scirrotto’s Cinnamon City – Subway

GENERAL ADMISSION:

All prices are subject to change. Advance purchase admission ticket will be accepted for admission any day. Midway rides, exhibits, games and admission to paid concerts at the xfinity arena are not included with a general admission ticket.

  • Regular Gate Admission
    • Adults $15/Children ages 6-12 $10; Children five and under are free.
    • 17-Day Value Passes are $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 6-12. Value Passes are available online now through Oct. 1 and at Big Y® World Class Market® Aug. 24 – Oct. 1.
  • Midway Magic Passes
    • $25 Advance / $30 Full Price – valid any one day Mon. – Fri.
    • Gate tickets and Midway passes sold online at TheBigE.com and Big Y® World Class Market®, Sept. 14 – Oct. 1.
    • Gate Discounts
      • Six-After-Five – Admission is only $6 after 5pm Mon. – Thurs.
      • Senior Days – Age 60 and over just $12 Mon. – Thurs.

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Five Amazing Maine Beaches a Short Drive from I-95

Maine is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and by mid-summer, they’ve warmed up enough to beckon swimmers off the sand and into the waves.  Here are five of the best beaches in Maine, and all conveniently located just a short drive from I-95.

Old Orchard Beach

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Old Orchard Beach, Maine

Old Orchard Beach is a seven-mile strand with a classic pier and a waterfront amusement park, arcades and fireworks. Located on the inner side of Saco Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, the town is a popular summer beach destination. The downtown contains many tourist-oriented businesses, including clam shacks and T-shirt shops. A wooden pier on the beach contains many other tourist businesses, including a variety of souvenir shops. Find Your Perfect Room Near Old Orchard Beach

Directions: from I-95, exit 36, take I-195 east to ME 5 to Old Orchard Beach. Approximately 5 miles (9 minutes)


Scarborough Beach State Park

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Scarborough Beach, Maine

Scarborough Beach State Park: Scarborough Beach offers some of the best swimming in New England with water temps in the high 60’s through out July and August. Rip Currents do occur on a daily basis and we firmly recommend swimming in the designated lifeguard area. Parking is limited, so plan to get here early on the weekends. Find Your Perfect Room Near Scarborough Beach

Directions: from I-95, exit 42, take Haigas Parkway east to US 1 North to Black Point Road ( ME 207) east to Scarborough Beach State Park. Approximately 7 miles (13 minutes)


Ogunquit Beach

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Ogunquit Beach, Maine

TripAdvisor rates Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine as one of the Top 25 Beaches in the United States. This long peninsula of sandy beach and grassy dunes stretches for three and a half miles, forming a natural barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Ogunquit River. You can swim, bodysurf, search for shells and driftwood, and rent chairs, umbrellas and floats. Find Your Perfect Room Near Ogunquit Beach

Directions: From I-95 northbound, exit 7, take US 1 north to Ogunquit. Approximately 8 miles (15 minutes). From I-95 southbound, take exit 19 to ME 109 east to US 1 south to Ogunquit. Approximately 9 miles (20 minutes)


Goose Rocks Beach

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Goose Rocks Beach, Maine

Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport has three miles of soft sand and moderate surf, ideal for a family day out at the beach. A barrier reef offshore known as Goose Rocks, visible at low tide, helps protect the soft, white sands of the beach. This is a perfect spot for you to spread out the beach blankets, chairs and umbrellas for a fun day of sunbathing, relaxing, swimming and combing the shore for sand dollars. Find Your Perfect Room Near Goose Rocks Beach

Directions: From I-95, exit 25, take ME 35 east to Ross Road, to US 1 north to Old Post Road, to Lombard Road to Goose Rocks Road to Goose Rocks Beach. Approximately 10 miles (19 minutes)


Popham Beach

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Popham Beach, Maine

Popham Beach is a wilder beach in Midcoast Maine in Phippsburg, a beach with offshore islands. Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine’s rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. Sunbathers relaxing on Popham’s sands can see Fox and Wood islands offshore, and the Kennebec and Morse rivers border each end of the beach. Find Your Perfect Room Near Popham Beach

Directions: I-95 to exit 52, then the Falmouth Spur to I-295 north to exit 28, then, US 1 north to Bath then ME 209 south to Popham Beach. Approximately 48 miles (59 minutes)


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The Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2017

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has just named the Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2017 – naming the best parks in the U.S., and sharing the year’s newest attractions and highlights for every age group.

“Amusement parks are one of the most quintessential summertime activities for families,” explains Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. “But for those traveling with family members of various ages – including kids-at-heart – finding a park that caters to thrill-seekers and the younger set isn’t always so easy. This list includes parks that successfully cater to both, and those that also have exciting new features for the 2017 season.”

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A Battle is Brewing at Kings Dominion Theme Park

Step into a brand new virtual world at Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia, I-95, exit 98) as the park debuts an interactive, competitive gaming experience – “The Battle for Kings Dominion.”

This immersive gaming app combines augmented reality with traditional gaming and will take the in-park experience to the next level, allowing guests to declare their loyalty to a coaster alliance and then “battle” against each other to take control of the Kings Dominion realm.

“We are excited to introduce our guests to an entirely new digital layer of the park experience,” said Gary Chadwick, Kings Dominion’s Vice President and General Manager. “Being able to gamify the park through the Battle for Kings Dominion, from interactive queue lines and midways to the personification of rides, will make for an even more engaging day.”

The cutting-edge Extended Experience game was developed by experiential design experts Holovis. Gamers will be able to choose from five coaster alliances: Dominator, Flight of Fear, Intimidator® 305, Avalanche or Volcano. Each alliance has its own unique character avatar and a custom battle shield. Guests will compete against each other and attempt to defeat the other alliances for dominance of the park throughout the day. Players can earn points in various ways including playing augmented reality mini-games in special parts of the ride queue lines, taking over territory from competing teams, answering trivia and riding roller coasters. Augmented reality moments from the experience will also come to life on the guest’s Apple® or Android™ device and can be shared with friends and on social media.


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“Extended Experiences are the future of entertainment,” explains Amy Steele, VP of Development at Holovis. “This is where every element is connected together allowing guests to discover hidden narratives and gamify what are traditionally passive moments. They can even continue to customize their Coaster Alliance avatar from home as people prepare for their next visit.”

The Battle for Kings Dominion will be available for download on May 19. To complement the game, Kings Dominion has added free park-wide Wi-Fi, making it even easier to play and connect while visiting. A new mobile app complete with an interactive park map and ride wait times is now available. For the full calendar of 2017 operating hours, visit www.kingsdominion.com.


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West Volusia’s Wildlife and Parks: The Best of Florida’s Great Outdoors

Ready for your next road trip? The winter doldrums are gone, replaced by the pleasant temperatures offered by Central Florida’s Great Outdoors. Each year, guests from all over the world flock to the West Volusia area, experiencing the area’s abundant wildlife, tropical plants, natural springs and unique eco-environments and habitats. To help you enjoy the new season, here are just a few of West Volusia’s top spots.

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New Fun Debuting At Dorney Park as it Opens For Its 134th Season

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the center of summer fun and family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley, will officially open the gates for the 2017 season on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 AM. Season Passholders will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a Special Preview on Friday, April 28th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. New rides, new shows and new fun will debut this season, including two new family rides, new live entertainment, a new catering pavilion, new food & beverage offerings and enhancements to Wildwater Kingdom.

Back by the popular demand of Dorney Park guests….bumper cars! Get behind the wheel of this midway classic and take a crash course in family fun. Dodgem is located next to Talon and will be ready for riders Opening Weekend!

Guests can also test their thrill level with a spin on the all new Kaleidoscope, a circular ride sending guests on a counter-clockwise trip of weightlessness and acceleration. Riders will experience weightlessness, strong accelerations, and side-to-side movement. This new ride is located on the main midway next to Coasters.


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Guests will be mesmerized as they witness the breathtaking stunts and aerial performances of Cirque Imagine! This thrilling 30-minute live show, perfect for families and guests of all ages, features acts including Trampolines, Cyr wheel, Aerialists, Hand Balancing and Bikes. Performances will begin June 17th in the Good Time Theatre and will run multiple shows per day Thursdays through Tuesdays.

Dorney Park continues to enhance the guest experience by expanding the dining services offered within the park, after all a day at the park can work up quite an appetite! New for 2017, guests can enjoy the Perfect Pretzel every time at Auntie Anne’s, Wildwater Kingdom guests can enjoy fresh-dough pizza made with fresh toppings and Philly Cheesesteaks at Papa Luigi’s, and can quench their thirst at the parks additional Coca-Cola® Refresh Station.

As part of its opening weekend, Dorney Park will open its doors on Friday, April 28th for a special Season Passholders Preview Night, an exclusive benefit to passholders. Our most loyal fans will be able to enjoy their favorite rides and experiences before the park opens to the public. Passholders can also join us for a Preview Night Tailgate, with Season Pass processing to begin at 3:00 PM and plenty of excitement led by the Park Ambassador Team, as well as appearances by the PEANUTS Gang.

Throughout the 2017 season, guests can enjoy an array of special events in addition to all the thrills and spills of the park. Visit Fridays in May (May 5th, 12th and 19th) for a brand new event – Food Truck Fridays, giving guests the opportunity to try unique food offerings from local food truck vendors. Join us May 13th – 14th for Mother’s Day Brunch and celebrate Mom at Dorney Park by treating her to a delicious brunch, and the opportunity to make memories as a family and enjoy world-class thrills all in one place! Dorney Park will offer several special promotions over Memorial Day Weekend to celebrate the official start of summer! From May 27th – 29th, guests can chow down at the Memorial Day Cookout, take advantage of special ticket offers such as Season Pass Bring-A-Friend and Military Appreciation Days, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display!


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ng returning events include Lemonade Days featuring a Lemon Run 5K and special Everyone Pays Kids admission pricing (proceeds to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation), Food Truck Rally in August and Dollar Days over Labor Day weekend.


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New Theme Park Attractions to Open in 2017

As amusement parks and attractions open for the 2017 season, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) releases its annual compilation of what is new at parks and attractions in the United States and Canada. The 2017 list includes more than 170 fresh experiences at 75 amusement parks and attractions, including new parks and land areas, rides, roller coasters, slides, games, and more.

Trends highlighted in the 2017 line up include the additions of water parks and water-based attractions, family-friendly attractions, vintage/classic rides, and the continued merging of technology and attractions…

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Start Planning for an Outdoor Adventure Road Trip on Florida’s Space Coast

With winter having kept most of us cooped up indoors, the idea of getting away to somewhere warm and sunny is coming more into focus for many.

Luckily, the current downtime does provide families an opportunity to start planning their upcoming vacations – trips to more-hospitable locales offering plenty of energizing fun and a much-needed change in the weather.

“Planning your vacation now is a great way to find budget-friendly deals. It also helps you beat the winter blues by giving you something to look forward to,” said Eric Garvey, Director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “For families, couples and adventurers who love to have fun outdoors – from sports and recreation to exploring nature – the Space Coast is an out-of-this-world destination.”

The Space Coast’s plentiful beaches are a magnet for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts from parts far and wide. Many of them stop first in Cocoa Beach (known as the surfing capital of the East Coast) to visit the flagship Ron Jon Surf Shop – a 52,000-square-foot store featuring an eye-popping selection of surf boards, swimming attire and other surf-brand apparel. And at the nearby Ron Jon Surf School, anyone can arrange a surfing lesson or rent a stand-up paddleboard.

For nature lovers, the options are as broad as the horizon. The 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is home to at least 1,500 species of plants and animals, including alligators, manatees and a wide variety of birds. If the time of year is right, guests can take guided nighttime walks to observe sea turtles as they lay their eggs. In addition, both Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach offer nighttime “bioluminescence” kayak tours, allowing you to get close to some of the glowing creatures inhabiting the region’s myriad waterways.

A paradise for birds, the area hosts the annual Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival in January each year, which combines some serious birding activities with entertainment, unique dining experiences, special events and more.

Coming soon, Titusville will be the starting point for a Coast-to-Coast Bike Trail that pedals through the region’s vibrant wildlife areas and historic sites. This Coast-to-Coast Trail will connect Canaveral National Seashore on the Space Coast with St. Petersburg on the Gulf Coast, a distance of about 250 miles.

To really get your adrenaline pumping, Brevard Zoo’s Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. You can zip line, climb, crawl and careen your way through the courses, which accommodate various skill levels and provide a bird’s-eye perspective of the facility’s wild animals. On certain dates, nighttime zip lining also is available.

Renowned for its ties to the U.S. space program, the Space Coast is one of the few places one can personally witness a breathtaking rocket launch. Come see, hear and feel one of the most dramatic events on earth. Rockets carrying satellites into orbit or transporting cargo to the International Space Station blast off periodically throughout the year. A launch schedule is available at www.SpaceCoastLaunches.com.

To learn more about Florida’s Space Coast and plan a spring or summer getaway, head to www.visitspacecoast.com.


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Why Not Take a Holiday Road Trip to the Miami Seaquarium

Here’s another great holiday road trip… Waddle over to Miami Seaquarium this holiday season for penguin-perfect celebration. The holidays will feature the park’s newest interactive animal experience, a Penguin Encounter, informative presentations at the park’s penguin habitat, ‘Penguin Isle’, daily visits by the park’s new penguin costume character, a free penguin plush with the purchase of an online ticket package and more surprises!

Led by the park’s animal training staff, the new Penguin Encounter program provides a unique interaction with one of the world’s most beloved birds. Guests will experience African penguin behavior up-close and in an intimate setting. The ‘Penguin Encounter’ experience includes an interactive educational segment, penguin feeding and a 15-20 minute individual ‘Meet and Greet’ with the penguins inside the park’s new Penguin Isle exhibit.

“Miami Seaquarium is excited to be able to offer this new and highly-anticipated animal encounter program where visitors can interact with our African penguins in this unique and intimate setting,” said Andrew Hertz, General Manager at Miami Seaquarium.

The opening of the new ‘Penguin Encounter’ program will launch ‘Penguin Holidays’ at Miami Seaquarium. Starting Dec. 12th through Jan. 8th, when guests purchase a Family Four Pack online, they will receive a free penguin plush. Then in celebration of the holidays, the penguin festivities will continue at the park starting Dec. 24th through Jan. 9th, with Penguin costume character meet and greets, free penguin poster and t-shirt giveaways and daily penguin presentations.

The ‘Penguin Encounter’ program is an addition to the park’s current animal encounters including swimming with the dolphins, Seal Swim and Sea Trek Reef Encounter, an underwater helmet diving experience bringing park guests up close to reef aquarium residents. Beginning December 19th, the ‘Penguin Encounter’ program is offered once daily at 1:45 p.m. The cost is $105-$120 (plus tax) for participants ages 10 and older, and $85-$100 (plus tax) for participants ages 5-9. The program fee includes admission into the park and the penguin encounter. Participants must be five years or older and children under ten years old must be accompanied with a paying adult at all times. For more information or to register for the ‘Penguin Encounter’ program, please call (305) 365-2501.


For more I-95 travel information, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit Guide, I-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.