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2017 NASCAR Schedule, Track Links and Area Lodging

With the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Series is about to begin, The I-95 Exit Guide has just published it’s annual NASCAR schedule feature.

The new section lists the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy (formerly Sprint Cup) schedule with links to the individual track websites. The feature also includes information on lodging near each track as well as in the immediate area.

You can find the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy schedule feature at www.i95exitguide.com/nascar-weekends/.


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2017 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is just around the corner… and spring training is about to begin! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2017.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in late February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Below you’ll find 2017 Spring Training park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. more…


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Spring Break Road Trip 2017

Psyched for a Spring Break Road Trip?

After a long winter, we all deserve a good road trip and Spring Break couldn’t come soon enough for many of us. Here’s what we’ve found are the top 5 destinations where US travelers may be headed this spring.

Panama City Beach, Florida

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Gulf of Mexico view from Panama City Beach – Panama City, Florida

Panama City Beach is a city in Bay County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of “Panama City”, despite being a distinct municipality from the older and larger inland Panama City to the east, making Panama City and Panama City Beach two separate cities. Panama City Beach’s slogan is “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” due to the unique sugar-white sandy beaches of northwest Florida.

Panama City Beach has been a popular vacation destination, especially among people in the Southern United States. The city is also a very popular spring break destination, sometimes having been referred to as “The Spring Break Capital of the World,” due to about 100,000+ college and high school students who would arrive during the months of March and April.

South Padre Island, Texas

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Beach of South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a resort town in Cameron County, Texas. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Area. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast accessible via the Queen Isabella Causeway from the town of Port Isabel.

South Padre Island is home to many watersport activities, with personal water craft rental, kiteboarding and dolphin watches being the most popular. Other favorites are horseback riding adventures on the beach and ecological tours that explore Padre Island National Seashore.

In March, the island is a popular spring break destination for college students from around the world. The rest of the year it is a popular family resort destination, with July being the most crowded.

Disney World, Bay Lake, Florida

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Main Street of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, Bay Lake, Florida

The granddaddy of all theme parks, and the number one vacation destination, Disney World is a perennial favorite for Spring Breakers. Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake, Florida, near Kissimmee and Orlando, and is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide corporate empire. The resort opened on October 1, 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually.

Disney property covers 27,258 acres, housing 27 themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course for young golfers, two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom was the first and original theme park to open in the complex followed by Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened later throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

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Hogsmeade Village inside Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

Spring Breakers aren’t necessarily looking for an ocean view and sandy beaches. If you’re a theme park fan and yearn for state-of-the-art attractions and entertainment, this is the place. The Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. Universal Orlando is the largest property operated by Universal Parks & Resorts, is the largest resort in Orlando, Florida, and is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando after Walt Disney World.

Universal Orlando consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), a night-time entertainment complex (Universal CityWalk Orlando), and four Loews Hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort).

Cocoa Beach, Florida

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View of the Atlantic Ocean from Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida. It’s a destination year-round, and one of America’s favorite Spring Break locations. You’ll find 6 miles of ocean beaches with excellent beach access from one end of the city to the other, 3 oceanfront parks, a 27-hole public golf course on the Banana River, excellent hotel / motel accommodations , and a wide range of dining choices to fit the taste buds and budget of everyone.

Be awed – Watch a space launch from the Beach! Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Space Launch Centers are just a few miles to the north. Even the locals come out to watch the spectacular views of day and night launches. Or spend a day visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – less than 30 minutes away.

Cocoa Beach is just minutes from Florida’s fastest growing port – Port Canaveral. Embark from the world class cruise terminals aboard affordable cruises to exotic Caribbean destinations or take a day cruise aboard a casino ship. Deep-sea fishing boats and day sails are also available at the Port.

Source: Google Trends, Jan. 2011–Jan. 2015, Travel, United States.
Source: Google Data, Feb. 2015, United States.


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Awe-Inspiring Fountain Gardens Grand Opening at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens announced its Main Fountain Garden will make its grand return on May 27, 2017, following a two-year, $90 million revitalization.

The crown jewel of the most significant fountain collection in North America, Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden rivals the magnificent fountains of Europe with its beauty and ingenious application of leading-edge technologies and design. The Garden will premiere with a Summer of Spectacle delighting visitors with incredible fountain shows, fireworks, tours and programs to jump start a season of celebration.

The premiere Summer of Spectacle season, May 27– September 30, will include an array of special programming. In addition to daily fountains shows, guests will enjoy tours, concerts, and special events throughout the summer. The gardens will have extended visiting hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for evening illuminated Fountain Shows. In addition, the popular Fireworks & Fountains shows, featuring illuminated fountains and fireworks choreographed to music, will return with six exciting special shows on May 28, July 2, July 22, August 12, September 2, and September 16. General admission tickets and Fireworks & Fountains show tickets go on sale in the spring.

About Longwood Gardens

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, Pa., to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays, encompassing 1,077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and 4.5-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the performing arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.

Longwood Gardens is on US Route 1 near Kennett Square, Pa., 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Details can be found at www.longwoodgardens.org.


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Restaurants Open Christmas Day 2016

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

I-95 travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/19/16  –

  • A&W Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Au Bon Pain – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Auntie Anne’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bahama Breeze – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Baja Fresh – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve. Open Christmas Day.
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Benihana – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bennigan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Big Boy Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Blimpie Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bob Evans Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations may be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Carl’s Jr. – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrows Restaurants – Most restaurants are open 365 days a year.
  • Carvel Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Checkers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Open Christmas Eve. Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chevys Fresh Mex – Most locations are open 365 Days a Year.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Church’s Chicken – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cici’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Claim Jumper – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Culver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dairy Queen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dave & Buster’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Most locatiopns are open 364 days a year.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Pollo Loco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Famous Dave’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fazoli’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Firehouse Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fuddruckers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Hardee’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • HomeTown Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Houlihan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Huddle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • IHOP – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • In-N-Out Burger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jersey Mike’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Johnny Rockets – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • KFC – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Krystal – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Long John Silver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Luby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Marie Callender’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Melting Pot (The) – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Miami Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Miller’s Ale House – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • On The Border – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • P.F. Chang’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Panda Express – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Panera Bread – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Papa Gino’s Pizzeria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa John’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pollo Tropical – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Quiznos Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rainforest Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rax Roast Beef – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rally – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Round Table Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Roy Rogers Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sbarro – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open Christmas Evea Closed Christmas Day.
  • Shakey’s Pizza Parlor – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Shoney’s – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Sizzler Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smashburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smokey Bones – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Open Christm,as Eve. Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • TCBY – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Texas Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tijuana Flats – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tim Horton’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tony Roma’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • UNO Chicago Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Chrtistmas Day
  • Waffle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Wayback Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Whataburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • White Castle – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wienerschnitzel – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wingstop – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Zaxby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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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.


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Festivities Brighten the Holiday Season in North Carolina

Planning a holiday road trip? I-95 travelers can immerse themselves in parades, fireworks, holiday spirit and small-town moments that will create memories worth reliving this holiday season in North Carolina.

In the season of making lists, the holiday highlights we’ve listed below create a starting point for a holiday road trip… all within a short drive from I-95.

Holiday Flotillas
Nov. 25-26, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Wrightsville Beach launches the holiday season with the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, an extravagant boat parade on the Intracoastal Waterway. About two dozen boats, from personal watercrafts to yachts, channel their owners’ creativity into delightful light displays against the night sky. The weekend includes a Friday night party, an all-day festival Saturday and then the main event followed by fireworks. Other holiday boat parades include the Swansboro Christmas Flotilla on Nov. 25; the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla on Nov. 26; Edenton’s Dickens of a Christmas Tree Lighting & Flotilla on Dec. 2; the Crystal Coast Holiday Flotilla, running from Morehead City to Beaufort on Dec. 3; the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla at Carolina Beach on Dec. 3; the Cliffs of the Neuse Christmas Tree Lighting & Flotilla in Seven Springs on Dec. 9; the Southport Christmas Flotilla on Dec. 10; and Cornelius’ Lighted Boat Parade at Lake Norman on Dec. 10.



Battleship Ho Ho Ho
Nov. 25, Wilmington, North Carolina
The USS North Carolina, the most decorated battleship of World War II, combines its history and the holiday spirit with an event full of hands-on activities. Visitors can fly an American flag with Santa (he’ll give a certificate of authenticity to those who bring their own), create a retro Happy Huladays e-card, type a wish list on USS North Carolina radio message paper and call the North Pole from the radio room. In keeping with the Battleship’s role as a World War II memorial, Ho Ho Ho’ers can create Christmas cards for veterans in VA hospitals. www.battleshipnc.com 

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Colonial Christmas
Dec. 9-10, Edenton, Bath and New Bern, North Carolina
Three North Carolina State Historic Sites have devised a way to travel through time and space to explore holiday sights, sounds, smells and tastes from the 1700s. The route starts Dec. 9 in Edenton with the Wassail Bowl at the Cupola House as well as the Christmas Candlelight Tour. After an overnight stay, history revelers can head to Blackbeard’s stomping grounds for the Historic Bath Christmas Open House. A quick hour away, New Bern welcomes guests to the Tryon Palace Candlelight Celebration with holiday vignettes throughout the site’s historic homes and buildings. Note that additional dates are available in Edenton and New Bern. https://www.ncdcr.gov/things-to-do/trips-travel-ideas/colonial-christmas

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12 Birds of Christmas
Dec. 1-31, Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Get ready for a fresh take on the holidays’ most parodied song with a trip to Sylvan Heights Bird Park. Instead of parroting lyrics, you can scan the 18-acre park for swans a-swimming, geese a-laying and other birds chosen for a holiday scavenger hunt. Sylvan Heights is home to 170 species of waterfowl, many of them rare and endangered, from six continents, and the sight of a Scarlet Ibis alone turns a visit into a festive occasion. shwpark.com




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Must-See Holiday Attractions in Pennsylvania

Ready for a holiday road trip? The holidays have arrived and Pennsylvania has plenty to keep visitors and residents alike in the spirit of the season while providing a break from the usual hustle and bustle. Holiday travelers will find yuletide cheer across the commonwealth, thanks to a new list of unique holiday attractions in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office has released its “Sampling of Must-See Holiday Attractions”. make it a day trip, or plan an extended stay in Pennsylvania for the holidays. Either way, these are great destinations.

“Nothing shines like Pennsylvania during the holiday season. From lighted walking trails to glimmering shops, holiday spirit is bright across the Keystone State,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Marketing, Tourism, and Film, Department of Community and Economic Development. “So bundle up, hit the road, and pursue your happiness at the various charming attractions open now across the state.”

A sampling of Pennsylvania’s must-see holiday attractions includes:

Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights; York, York County

This half-mile walking trail – accessible to anyone – wanders through a forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop and includes 600,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes, train displays, and more. The event runs through Dec. 31, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Find your perfect hotel in York, Pennsylvania.

Shadrack Christmas Wonderland; Prospect, Butler County

The Shadrack Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized light and music show of its kind. Featuring hundreds of thousands of environmentally friendly LED Christmas lights, guests can sync their radio with the show. Shows are held nightly through Jan. 8, 2017. Find your perfect hotel near Shadrack Christmas Wonderland.

Winter Lights Spectacular; Schnecksville, Lehigh County

This winter wonderland boasts giant snow globes, “snowballs” for children to toss, and milk and cookies with Santa. The event is open Wednesday to Sunday through Jan. 1, 2017, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Hershey Sweet Lights; Hershey, Dauphin County

NOEL in Hersheypark, is a light show featuring more than 200,000 dancing lights synchronized to Christmas music. Nightly shows take place every half hour starting at 5 p.m. in The Hollow of Hersheypark. Hershey Sweet Lights is a two-mile wooded driving path with more than 600 animated displays. Find your perfect hotel in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Illuminaire Nights in Scenic Skippack Village; Skippack, Montgomery County

Hundreds of candles line the pathways and retail spaces of picturesque Skippack Village and are joined by carolers. See the spectacle Wednesdays and Fridays until Dec. 23.

Winter Flower & Light Show at Phipps Conservatory; Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

This holiday light display takes places throughout the Conservatory, and includes holiday decor illuminating the Outdoor Garden. The site is open until Jan. 8, 2017. Find your perfect hotel in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Koziar’s Christmas Village; Bernville, Berks County

Koziar’s Christmas Village is a seasonal attraction that includes displays, a train, a kissing bridge, and thousands of twinkling lights. It is open seven nights a week through Jan. 1, 2017. Find your perfect hotel in Bernville, Pennsylvania.

Overly’s Country Christmas; Greensburg, Westmoreland County

This event features a Christmas Village that includes an array of old-fashioned traditions like carolers, a bonfire, a model train display, shopping, and a horse-drawn sleigh. Greensburg Area Lodging.


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Driving From New England to Florida – A Detailed Itinerary

If you have the stamina or a few extra passengers that can share the driving, you can go nonstop… and this article is not for you. But if you’re the kind of road warrior that doesn’t want to spend the first day at their destination recovering from the trip, then read on.

Just to keep things simple, New England to Florida (let’s say Boston to Orlando) is about a 22 hour drive or about 1300 miles. That’s including stops for gas, meals and breaks. For most travelers, you can comfortably make the journey with two days of driving and one overnight stop.

That first day can get a little frustrating as you pass through “the northeast corridor” with mostly urban areas and heavy traffic. At the end of the day you’ll be somewhere near the Virginia/North Carolina border. Your next day of travel is much more rural and by the end of that second day of driving you’ll be in Orlando.

Here’s our suggested itinerary:

Day One: New England (Boston) to Roanoke Rapids, NC (638 miles)

Timing is everything on your first day. Scheduling to avoid urban areas during heavy traffic is important and will save you time and frustration. As you can see from the table below, leaving Boston at 6:00 am will get you through New York, Baltimore and Washington between rush hours.

Leave Arrive in
Boston New York City Baltimore Washington, DC
12:00 am 4:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am
3:00 am 7:00 am 10:00 am 11:00 am
6:00 am 10:00 am 1:00 pm 2:00 pm
9:00 am 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 5:00 pm
  • 6:00 am : With a full tank of gas and breakfast behind you, you’re on the road. Head down I-95 to New York City. An alternate route to NYC would be I-90 to I-84 to I-287, over the Tappen Zee Bridge to the Garden State Parkway south to I-95 (NJ Turnpike). Click here to view this route.

Travel Tip: Avoid getting gas in Connecticut if you can. They have some of the highest gas prices along I-95.


  • By 6:45 am you should be approaching Providence, Rhode Island
  • By 8:15 am  you should be approaching New Haven, Connecticut
  • By 10:30 am  you should be approaching New York City
  • By 11:30 am you should be south of New York City on the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95).

Travel Tip: There are some great service areas along the New Jersey Turnpike where you can stretch, gas up or grab a bite to eat.


  • By 12:00 pm you should be approaching the Delaware Memorial Bridge
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm: Stop at one of the Maryland Service Plazas, have lunch, take a break and gas up before you leave. You can allow up to an hour here, you’ll still be in great shape to hit Baltimore and Washington before the rush.
  • By 2:30 pm you should be approaching Baltimore, Maryland. Traffic may be heavy but still better than in an hour or two.
  • By 3:00 pm you should be approaching Washington, DC. Rush hour is just getting started but you can beat the worst of it by not stopping along the route here.
  • By 4:00 pm you are leaving the traffic mess behind you, just a few more miles and it should be smooth sailing.
  • By the time you get to Richmond, Virginia it should be around 4:30 pm. Gas up for the final stretch.

Travel Tip: Try I-295 around Richmond and Petersburg if the traffic is heavy. I-295 is a newer, more rural alignment with less traffic.


  • 5:30 pm: you should be crossing the Virginia/North Carolina state line.
  • 6:00 pm: Arrive in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Check into your hotel and head out for supper. I-95, exit 173 is a popular overnight stop for travelers and a halfway point between Boston and Orlando.


Click here to check out the hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shopping at I-95, exit 173 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.


Zoo Miami to Open “Florida: Mission Everglades” December 10

Locals and tourists alike will want to visit Zoo Miami to experience Florida: Mission Everglades and the grand opening festivities on December 10 & 11, 2016. This new, 4.5 acre, $33 million permanent addition will encourage residents, as well as out of town visitors, to connect with approximately 60 species of wildlife from our own backyard, many of which are endangered or threatened.

Florida: Mission Everglades will encourage residents, as well as tourists, to take a deeper look at wildlife and conservation efforts in our own backyard. This exhibit will be a unique “gateway” to experiencing the Everglades. Guests will journey through habitats of iconic Florida animals like the roseate spoonbill, the Florida panther, black bear, burrowing owl, gopher tortoise, bald eagle, American crocodile, American alligator, Florida box turtle and more. About 60 species of animals will be represented, and the exhibit will highlight the importance of conservation for animals listed as endangered or threatened in the wild. Adding entertainment to education, the exhibit will also feature a special Lostman’s River boat ride as well as interactive exhibits designed to give visitors an up-close look at the animals, such as a crawl-through “tunnel” at the crocodile habitat, a slide-through the North American river otter exhibit, a pop-up blind at the Florida panther/black bear exhibit, a brown and white pelican encounter, and a new children’s Cypress Landing Playground.

The goal of the Florida: Mission Everglades exhibit is to give our visitors a deeper understanding of the importance of the Everglades and to engage visitors in helping us save it. This exhibit will make visitors want to go out and visit the actual Everglades.


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.