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Connecticut Offers New and Unexpected Experiences This Summer

This summer, Connecticut is offering new and unexpected experiences for visitors of all ages — from higher zip lines and year-round skiing to oyster farm excursions and Viking exhibits. There are also new reasons to visit Connecticut’s well-known destinations along the shoreline, countryside and city centers, and hidden gems to add to any summer bucket list.

A quick trip from major Northeast cities, Connecticut offers all the traditional charms of a New England summer — including waterside attractions and top-notch seafood — as well as destinations that offer a chic edge or country flair. From restaurant recommendations to hotel picks and itinerary ideas, detailed information about visiting Connecticut can be found on www.CTvisit.com.

Settle in:

  • Experience modern country luxury at the recently transformed GrayBarns in Norwalk, a boutique inn featuring six luxurious king suites and on-site Tavern.
  • Act like a kid again at Club Getaway in Kent, an adult summer camp set on 300 acres of wilderness in Litchfield Hills, where activities include camp favorites with an adult twist. Family and youth camps are also available.
  • Stay in a converted landmark at The Goodwin in Hartford. The boutique hotel just debuted a Spanish-style restaurant and bar, Porrón and Piña, led by acclaimed chef Tyler Anderson. Or, opt to stay at the Delamar West Hartford nearby, which opened last fall.
  • Transport to a different time at Spicer Mansion in Mystic, a luxury boutique inn paying homage to the Gilded Age of refined hospitality alongside contemporary touches, including exclusive fine-dining and bespoke experiences.

Power up:

  • Soar above the trees at 60 miles per hour on Foxwoods Resort Casino’s new thrill ride, HighFlyer Zipline, in Mashantucket. Or, try the six new zip line trails at the Adventure Park at Storrs.
  • Plunge into new adventures, and celebrate Quassy Amusement Park’s 110th anniversary, on three new “Category 5 Rapids – Extreme Waterslides” in Middlebury. Or, try axe throwing at Pine & Iron in Hartford, the first venue of its kind in Connecticut.
  • Gear up for Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort’s new-and-improved mountain bike trails, plus year-round skiing, boarding and tubing in the 365 Synthetic Snow Park in Middlefield.

Recharge:

  • Book a beach or camping getaway at one of Connecticut’s 107 state parks; parking is now free for residents with a valid license plate.
  • Take in Connecticut’s natural beauty with a hike along the Blue-Blazed Trails, spanning more than 825 miles. Or, stroll the lavender fields at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth.
  • Treat yourself to a day or weekend at the Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, now featuring luxurious summer treatments, or visit the new Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. Try salt cave yoga at Salt of the Earth spa in Woodbury.

Indulge:

  • Sip and savor through the state’s Specialty Trails, including the renowned Connecticut Wine Trail (don’t miss the popular Merlita wine slushies at Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen) and Connecticut Beer Trail, which boasts more than 68 operational breweries. Leave the driving to Connecticut Beer Tours or Elm City Party Bike, the state’s first pedaled party and sightseeing bike.
  • Have an unforgettable agritourism experience on a Hummock Island Oyster Tour in Westport, which includes a boat tour, shucking lessons and tasting. Or, tour Red Bee Apiary in Weston and taste honey straight from the beehive.

Rediscover:

  • Revisit Connecticut’s most iconic attractions, including the Mystic Seaport Museum, showing two rare Viking exhibits. Or, see the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford from a different perspective — with a new Living History House Tour.
  • Get wild at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport and visit the two Amur tiger cubs born last winter, now on exhibit. Or, visit the Sea Turtle Nursery at Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk before the baby loggerhead sea turtle is released this fall.
  • Tour 21 world-class museums and historic sites, including the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield and Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, along the Connecticut Art Trail with the Art Passport.

“This summer, we’re proud to offer visitors even more of what makes Connecticut a unique New England destination — more opportunities for adventure, relaxation, food and self-discovery — all within close proximity,” said Randy Fiveash, director, Connecticut Office of Tourism.

To learn more about Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com. For additional travel inspiration, follow Connecticut on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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Celebrate the Summer During Myrtle Beach Days

As the summer heats up, it’s time to head to the beach. With its 60 miles of coastline, there are endless activities, adventures and excitement to be had for the vacation of a lifetime in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. From live entertainment and fun-filled attractions to amazing outdoor activities and delicious dining options, the entire family will enjoy a special summer getaway in the Grand Strand.

This year, visitors can take advantage of special discounts on hotels, restaurants and attractions, ensuring an enjoyable – and affordable – vacation trip.

More information on how to book the exclusive deals and discounts available during Myrtle Beach Days can be found at https://www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/hotels/deals/myrtle-beach-days-deals/.

For more details on planning your new Myrtle Beach getaway, go to www.VisitMyrtleBeach.com.


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Living the Salt Life in Jacksonville

Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, and if you’re looking to catch some waves and catch some rays, Jacksonville has the perfect beach for you.

For Fitness Junkies

Home to more shoreline than any other city in the nation and 80,000 acres of green spaces, Jacksonville is where fitness meets adventure:

  • Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park at Atlantic Beach: With 1.5 miles of sandy beach, 20 miles of trails and 450 acres of natural woods and dunes, this is ideal for runners, swimmers and both, leisure and mountain bikers.
  • Huguenot Memorial Park: Locals have nicknamed the park the “Big Jetties” because the park offers access to the jetties used to guide ships from the ocean into the mouth of the St. Johns River. Adventure seekers can enjoy surfing, windsurfing, kayaking and swimming at “The Jetties.”

For Party Animals

  • Jacksonville Beach: The busiest of Jacksonville’s beaches, this is a great place to get in on all the action. With waterfront restaurants, live music, and beach shopping, this is the place to be when you’re looking to soak up the sun.

For Surfers

  • Jax Beach Pier: This popular spot for locals offers a variety of breaks to both the left and right of the pier, which helps thin the crowd. Incoming and high tide is best for those looking to ride the waves.
  • The Poles at Hanna Park: “The Poles,” which mark the formal barrier between Hanna Park and Naval Station Mayport, offer impressive breaks year around. This is a local spot for expert to mid-level surfers.

For Nature Lovers

  • Timucuan Preserve: Comprised of 46,000 acres of wetlands and waterways, the Preserve is ideal for enjoying a variety of water-based activities including boating, fishing, Yoga Paddleboarding/Kayaking, and eco-tours.
  • Big Talbot: An unspoiled barrier island, don’t miss Boneyard Beach, famous for the live oak and cedar tree skeletons resting on the shore.

For Sunbathers

  • Little Talbot Island: Located on the picturesque Heckscher Drive, away from the hustle and bustle of other Jacksonville beaches, this State Park is a peaceful escape filled with white sands, dunes and salt marshes, perfect for getting a tan and enjoying the ocean views.

Come surf, kayak, paddleboard, swim, dive, boat, fish and relax on Jacksonville’s beaches. To learn more about Jacksonville’s beach scene go to www.visitjacksonville.com.


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There’s Something New for Thrill Seekers at U.S. Theme Parks and Water Parks in 2018

Record numbers of theme park visitors are preparing for thrilling and memorable new experiences as the unofficial theme park season opens Memorial Day Weekend.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ IAAPA Global Theme and Amusement Park Outlook Report (2017 to 2021), in 2018 the anticipated U.S. theme and amusement park attendance estimate is 398.5 million and guest spending will grow to an estimated $23.58 billion.

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Battle for Eire Virtual Reality Ride Opens at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

An exhilarating new adventure is underway at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg with today’s grand opening of its innovative virtual reality attraction, Battle For Eire™—Action VR Ride.

“With Battle For Eire and the 360-degree virtual reality, riders can have a unique experience each time they ride,” said Kevin Lembke, park resident for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “That’s what’s going to keep people coming back over and over again.”

Battle For Eire is the story of a heroic fairy warrior, Addie, and her quest to rescue the Heart of Eire from evil villain Balor. This one-of-a-kind ride is a marriage of a motion-based theater simulator with state-of-the-art 360-degree virtual reality headsets, creating a thrilling experience unlike any other in the theme park industry.


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Riders will be completely immersed within the story and be able to see, hear and feel actions happening all around them, both through the virtual reality headsets and within the motions of the simulator.

“Battle For Eire is a phenomenal new experience. It’s something that has never been done before,” said Larry Giles, vice president of design and engineering at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. “You really feel like you’re there. You’re not just watching it. You’re part of it.”

Busch Gardens is open April 13-16 for an extended Battle For Eire Fest weekend. Join us for fun and activities in Ireland throughout this four-day opening weekend of our newest thrill ride.


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Unwind Oceanside at Cocoa Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival

Showcasing Central Florida’s most-renowned chefs, restaurants and breweries, the second annual Cocoa Beach Uncorked Food and Wine Festival takes place April 28-29 at Alan Shepard Park.

The two-day celebration of food, wine and craft beer offers attendees a chance to indulge in the finest tastes the region has to offer, while unwinding along Cocoa Beach’s spectacular oceanfront.

Doors open Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. VIP ticket holders will have the opportunity to enter one hour earlier and exclusively experience the Moet & Chandon bubbly bar in the Grand Tasting Village, where they also can have access to additional seating for relaxation and mingling.

Guests at the 2018 festival will be treated to a variety of interactive experiences, tastings, and cooking demonstrations and competitions, as well as a special appearance by celebrity chef and cookbook author Doreen Colondres.


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“Cocoa Beach Uncorked provides attendees a delicious culinary experience that highlights the different cuisines the Space Coast has to offer,” said Eric Garvey, Executive Director of Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism. “After a successful inaugural event a year ago, we look forward to further spotlighting the area’s culinary scene. And there’s no better place to enjoy some sweeping Atlantic views while sampling all this magnificent food, wine and beer.”

“Cocoa Beach last year was the ideal launching pad for the first ‘Uncorked’ festival on Florida’s East Coast,” said Tammy Gail, the event’s producer. “This is a one-of-a-kind showcase for the culinary treasures of this region. We’re excited to be back for another unforgettable weekend and we look forward to a sellout event.”

Cocoa Beach Uncorked is sponsored by Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism, the City of Cocoa Beach, Publix, and the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel. General admission tickets for each day of the event are available for $55 per person, while VIP tickets for each day are $75 per person.

Alan Shepard Park is located at 299 East Cocoa Beach Causeway, at the east end of State Road 520. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocoabeachuncorked.com/cocoa. For more information about Florida’s Space Coast, go to www.visitspacecoast.com.


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Kings Dominion Debuts New “Hybrid” Roller Coaster Twisted Timbers

Kings Dominion is now opened for its 44th season!

The wait is over for guests looking to get their thrill fix on Kings Dominion’s newest roller coaster, Twisted Timbers. Wood and steel intertwine into twisting barrel roll drops, dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness on the park’s newest coaster, which opened to the public on Saturday, March 24.

Twisted Timbers is an innovative hybrid coaster that uses the latest technology to combine wood supports with a steel track to give riders an exhilarating experience with maneuvers previously unimaginable on a traditional wooden coaster. The coaster was designed and built by Rocky Mountain Construction of Idaho, a company renowned for reimagining wooden coasters. Features of the ride include:

  • 109 foot tall barrel roll drop
  • Over 3000 feet of track
  • Top speed of 54 miles per hour
  • Three loops
  • Three overbanked turns
  • 20 airtime moments

Twisted Timbers is located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park and is themed to an abandoned apple orchard on the edge of town. The story behind the coaster is that an unknown force – supernatural or natural– destroyed the harvest years ago and froze the orchard in time; now the strictly “off-limits” orchard has reopened for tours, with the twisted ride as its highlight.


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To learn more about Twisted Timbers, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit www.kingsdominion.com.


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