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Ormond Beach Seafood Festival Returns… and Admission is Free!

Ormond Beach’s biggest and best free festival will return to Rockefeller Gardens on November 18 & 19, 2017!

Local seafood leads the way at this year’s Riverfest Seafood Festival in Ormond Beach. The 9th annual festival sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet will have fifteen food purveyors serving up everything from fresh shrimp to grilled octopus and fried fish to lobster mac-n-cheese. Of course, there’s a healthy helping of draft beer, ice cream, local barbeque, fried oreos and kettle corn to keep every eater full and happy.

The festival is about much more than food, however. Held in Rockefeller Gardens and Fortunato Park right along Ormond’s sparkling riverfront, the event features two days of water activities, a 5K race on Sunday, an extremely popular kid’s fishing clinic, chef demonstrations, a kids’ zone, vendors and, of course, great music.

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Edaville Family Theme Park Hosts Famous Annual Christmas Festival of Lights

Edaville Family Theme Park, just south of Boston, has evolved into a newly branded major amusement park where there is even more fun to be had and treasured memories to be made this winter season! Edaville has announced what their famous “Christmas Festival of Lights” event for the 2017 season will entail! As New England’s most memorable holiday tradition, Edaville takes you into an enchanting wonderland where you can experience millions of lights, unlimited Christmas train rides, unlimited use of all 90 plus rides and attractions, AND the chance to make priceless memories with your family and loved ones!

Opening November 17th to January 1st (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas), Edaville has something fun for everyone during this Christmas Festival of Lights spectacular!

Edaville’s Thomas Land brings the famous Island of Sodor to life while being decked out in gorgeous white lights. This Thomas Land is the only one in the United States, and has eleven themed rides that feature favorite characters like Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, Winston and so much more! This part of the park also hosts an amazing live show in front of the famous Tidmouths Shed with Sir Topham Hatt himself! Kids can interact and engage with Topham Hatt, Percy, Gordon, and James during this fun holiday show!

Take as many rides as you’d like on the Christmas Festival of Lights train ride that started this renowned theme park back in the late 1940’s. Soak in the stunning views of the millions of lights and mini Christmas sceneries Edaville has created while circling around the out bounds of the theme park on this 20-minute train ride excursion. Feel the history as you sit in the restored locomotive that graciously guides you on this magical holiday journey!

Go back in time while shopping in Edaville’s stunning Dickens Village for old-fashioned candy, hand crafted ornaments, children’s toys, handmade chocolate, Children’s Books, decorative soaps, and so much more!

In addition to the Christmas Festival of Lights, guests who want a VIP experience can make a reservation on the Edaville Express: Where’s Santa? Train! Join Mrs. Claus, Santa Claus & all their elves on the Edaville Express, where park goers embark on a 45-minute interactive train ride adventure to find either Mrs. Claus or Santa! Which character is missing this year? You won’t know until you reach the boarding station!

About Edaville Family Theme Park

Serving over one million people in New England and beyond since 1947, Edaville Family Theme Park is a highly-recognized amusement destination in Carver, Massachusetts. Built by the late Ellis D. Atwood, Edaville transformed from a 220-acre working cranberry plantation, to an unexpected tourist attraction. Due to the magnetism and demand for recreational train rides on the arresting land Edaville resides on, the lands purpose was changed forever. 70 years later, Edaville Family Theme Park has evolved into the eminent 3 parks in 1! For the price of one admission ticket you can ride through Cran-Central with over 20 restored amusement rides, roar throughout Dino Land with 21 animatronic dinosaurs (seasonal), and explore with Thomas & Friends through the magical Island of Sodor!


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Airlie Gardens, Fireworks, Flotilla to Launch Carolina Holidays

Thanksgiving week, known as flotilla week in Wrightsville Beach, will launch the Carolina holiday season with two long-running traditions, both distinguished as *Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Flotilla week, packed with festivities and family activities, highlights the 34th annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, including a massive 20-minute Zambelli Fireworks display, and the 13th annual Airlie Gardens’ Enchanted Airlie. Both events combined attract over 100,000 spectators during the holidays.

Located on the flotilla parade route and providing transportation and tickets to Enchanted Airlie, host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort begins the celebration with a traditional and coastal feast on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017. During flotilla week the Holiday Harbor Island Tour departs the docks three times per day with Cape Fear Naturalist Captain Joe Abbate, and features a history narrative of the Wrightsville Beach Harbor and surrounding barrier islands.

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Smithsonian Announces Plans To Revitalize the National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian has announced plans to revitalize the National Air and Space Museum and transform its exhibitions. The project, which will take approximately seven years, will be done on a phased sequencing schedule that will keep many exhibitions open during the construction process. The building will undergo complete refacing of the exterior cladding, replacement of outdated mechanical systems and other repairs and improvements. The visitor experience will also change when all of the museum’s 23 galleries and presentation spaces are updated or completely redone.

“Transformation of exhibitions begins a new era for the museum,” said Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the National Air and Space Museum. “We’re developing innovative ways to experience America’s favorite museum through exhibitions that merge modern technology and design to highlight legendary aircraft and spacecraft.”

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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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