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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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Columbia, S.C. Hosts 4-Day Weekend of 50+ Eclipse Events

One of the Southeast’s most vibrant mid-sized cities, Columbia, South Carolina is home to the longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast for a metro area and will host Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., a long weekend of more than 50 eclipse-related festivals and events, from Aug. 18 to 21, 2017. Plan your trip at http://www.totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com.

Dubbed the “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast,” where viewers can experience totality for up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds, Columbia, S.C., has been identified as one of the top places in the nation to watch the total solar eclipse by astronomy experts and media such as Fodor’s Travel, USA Today, Forbes, the Washington Post and more.


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Composed of walkable lifestyle districts with hotels, restaurants, shopping and public art, Columbia, S.C., is the third largest city on the centerline of the “path of totality.” Darkness will fall in Columbia, S.C., at 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21. NASA has estimated that South Carolina could see up to 1 million visitors. View a Columbia, S.C. eclipse map.

Highlights from 50+ Columbia, S.C. area eclipse events:

  • Large-scale Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival and Eclipse Eve Drive-In Movie at Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce, S.C.
  • New laser light art installation over Congaree River, “Southern Lights”
  • Total Eclipse of the Park – Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball game
  • S.C. State Museum viewing event w/observatory and appearance by astronaut Charles Duke
  • Solar 17 viewing festival at Lake Murray dam
  • Paddling on Saluda River during eclipse; 5K; kids’ activities at Saluda Shoals Park
  • Ranger-led eclipse hikes in Congaree National Park
  • Eclipse viewing/camping at Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Historical tours of 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce
  • Eclipse viewing party with luxe food & drink at Motor Supply bistro
  • Lowcountry Boil & Paella Party at City Roots urban farm
  • Solar Fest West with music, food trucks/beer garden at riverfront amphitheater
  • Eclipse Tailgate festival w/4,000 parking spaces and urban RV camping at S.C. State Fair
  • The Grape Eclipse festival at Mercer Winery
  • Family-friendly viewing festival at Robert Mills House & Gardens
  • S.C. Philharmonic “Star Wars Musiclipse” concert
  • Arts & Draughts party at Columbia Museum of Art
  • Eclipse viewing at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Plan your summer solar eclipse vacation and experience the unexpected, urban south in Columbia, S.C: http://totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com/plan-your-trip/


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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 Connecticut Getaways for Spring and Summer

Connecticut invites visitors and residents alike to kick off the warm weather travel season with new and improved attractions for families and adults, a new centrally located luxury hotel and plenty of arts and foodie events. Whether planning a romantic weekend getaway or family fun vacation, a day of adventure or retreat, travelers can find all the information they need, including suggested trip itineraries and travel packages, at www.CTvisit.com.

This spring and summer, there are even more reasons to visit Connecticut. Here are just a few top seasonal highlights:

New this spring and summer:

  • Experience luxury at the Delamar West Hartford this June, Connecticut’s newest boutique hotel, offering a full-service spa, fine dining and even complimentary bicycle rentals. Other unique lodging experiences, including B&Bs, inns and campgrounds, are featured on www.CTvisit.com along with special travel deals.
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Connecticut Science Center’s new exhibit, “Butterfly Encounter,” opening this June in Hartford; see an exotic array of species at Mystic Aquarium’s “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit, opening Memorial Day Weekend; explore the Maritime Aquarium’s expanded jellyfish exhibit in Norwalk, opening this summer; and, visit Changbai, a female Amur tiger on exhibit now at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
  • Reach new heights at Skydive Danielson thanks to its new airplane that allows skydivers to jump from 14,000 feet; visit Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, where youngsters can experience two new rides this spring; or, try the two new 75-foot-high zip lines at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, opening Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Pick your own bouquet at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth on select dates this summer, to be announced; and, use the new “See & Sip Itineraries,” designed by the Connecticut Wine Trail and Connecticut Art Trail, to pick and pair wine tasting locations with local museums.
  • Learn something new at Mystic Seaport by visiting the Thompson Exhibition Building, currently showing its inaugural exhibit, “SeaChange;” and, learn all about minerals at Nature’s Art Village’s new state-of-the-art miniature golf course opening this summer, joining the 40 life-sized dinosaurs, pristine nature trails and indoor activity center.

Timeless favorites:

  • Explore 216 miles of Connecticut shoreline: soak in the rays at public beaches, including Hammonasset Beach State Park, home to the Meigs Point Nature Center; kayak around the Thimble Islands; take a lighthouse boat tour; and, devour a hot-buttered lobster roll at one of Connecticut’s legendary seafood shacks.
  • Hit the hiking and biking trails that crisscross Connecticut for hundreds of miles, including those in The Last Green Valley, a National Heritage Corridor that runs through 26 towns in Connecticut’s northeast corner.
  • Hunt for treasures along the Connecticut Antiques Trail. Make your first stop the town of Woodbury, the “Antiques Capital of Connecticut,” with more than two dozen shops to discover.
  • Play and stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville; enjoy gaming as well as renowned hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping, and live entertainment.

Don’t-miss events:

  • Enjoy the blooms at any one of Connecticut’s major flower festivals, including the Meriden Daffodil Festival (April 29-30) and Dogwood Festival in Fairfield (May 12-14).
  • Cheer on the pros at the Northeast’s only PGA tour event, Travelers Championship, in Cromwell (June 19-25) or the Connecticut Open in New Haven (August 1-4), featuring tennis great Martina Navratilova; and, music fans won’t want to miss the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz in Hartford (July 14-16), the largest free jazz event in New England, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen (August 5-6).
  • Experience the arts at the Greenwich International Film Festival (June 1-4) and take in more than 60 events, screenings, premiers and educational panels; then, enjoy the work of more than 180 nationally recognized craft artists at the Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo (July 14-16).
  • Indulge in seasonal delights at the Milford Oyster Festival (August 19), featuring the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the United States; and, don’t miss all the special events at breweries along the renowned Connecticut Beer Trail.
  • Try something new on Connecticut Open House Day (June 10), when Connecticut residents enjoy discounted or free admission, giveaways or special offers at 150+ attractions.

“Connecticut’s prime New England location makes it the perfect destination for visitors looking for a quick weekend escape from metro areas like New York and Boston, or an extended vacation,” said Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “We welcome visitors to come and experience Connecticut for the first time, and encourage those who have visited before to discover what’s new.”

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com.


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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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Maine Expects Incredible Whitewater Rafting Season This Spring

Looking for something a little different as you plan your spring road trip? How about whitewater rafting in Maine?

After a winter that brought heavy snowfall to the state, Maine is expecting an incredible spring rafting season. The Penobscot, Kennebec and Dead rivers all offer challenging and thrilling whitewater.

Outfitters like Northern Outdoors, Northeast Whitewater, North Country Rivers and Penobscot Adventures offer a variety of river trips, day long and multi day. Given the great snowpack that Maine has received, you can expect the whitewater season to run from early May all the way through October.

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TIGERS Myrtle Beach Season Opens With A Roar

TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari welcomed March in like a tiger, with the grand opening of its 34th season March 4, 2017.

Founded in 1983 by wildlife conservation expert Doc Antle, TIGERS (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) is a wildlife education organization that promotes global conservation through its interactive Myrtle Beach Safari Wild Encounters Tour and Preservation Station.

TIGERS has been a hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, but once discovered, the experience is life-changing for our guests. Here at TIGERS, you can reach out and touch, hold and feed from the more than 130 wild animals, including 60 tigers and their cubs, that live on the grounds of this 50-acre wildlife preserve. In the three-hour Wild Encounters Tour, you will meet the rare liger, the world’s largest cat; Bubbles the African elephant; our resident orangutan; apes; wolves; leopards; chimps and tigers as they swim, run and play in their natural habitat.


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Not only will you be forever fulfilled from this experience, but you will also be contributing to the future of this wildlife through TIGERS’ international conservation programs, including the RARE Species Fund (RSF). Over the last decade, TIGERS has donated more than $1 million and countless hours of professional expertise to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. All thanks to each Wild Encounters Tour you book.

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About TIGERS:

The TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari is home to more than 130 wild animals, including 60 big cats. The animals here are center stage in this fully interactive, hands-on experience, where you can cuddle up to tiger cubs, join the wolf pack, share a laugh with our apes, witness adult tigers running at full speed, and feed Bubbles, our African elephant. Plus, this is the only place in the world where you can meet the liger, the world’s largest big cat weighing in at more than 900 pounds. Go ahead, reach out and touch the jungle and create a lifetime of memories.


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Spring 2017 Travel Inspiration for a Road Trip to Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has released 5 Things: Spring in Massachusetts, an inspiring collection of activities, experiences, and events taking place during springtime in the Commonwealth.

From nature’s warming welcome to the re-opening of the Bay State’s most beloved attractions, the spring story in Massachusetts is all about regeneration. Features include gardens in bloom, trails for fitness buffs, and outside-the-box ways to celebrate moms and dads.

Visitors are encouraged to try out blossom chasing – a spring alternative to the ever-popular leaf peeping – with a vibrant garden tour or stroll through a flower show. And with longer stretches of daylight, active travelers can spend more time outdoors with scenic hikes for all levels of fitness and challenging road races to kick things up a notch.

Mother’s Day treats go beyond basic brunch with innovative arts and culture outings and shopping excursions. For honoring the patriarchs, classic favorites like auto shows, deep sea fishing, and craft brew tastings are highlighted. Patriot’s Day and Memorial Day take center stage on the holiday roster with a variety of festivities and events across the state.

Other special happenings this spring include Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, the 121st Boston Marathon, JFK’s 100th Birthday, the Boston Pride Parade, the 73rd New England Folk Festival, and the 2017 Tall Ships Regatta.

For more on the light and bright offerings of spring in Massachusetts, visit massvacation.com/spring.


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