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October 21, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover the Treasure Coast

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. You can also check out the previously published features on Amelia IslandBradenton Gulf Islands, and Florida's Historic CoastPlease note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference.


-OVERVIEW-

Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast on the Atlantic Ocean, the communities of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere are the geographical starting point for the Florida tropics, with winter temperatures rarely dipping below 70° (21°C). The county is centrally located 70 miles south of the Kennedy Space Center and 135 miles north of Miami. The destination resides at the intersection of green and glamorous, with 100,000 conservation acres, 26 miles of pristine beaches and a treasure trove of cultural attractions. Hotels and resorts with rooftops no higher than swaying palm trees support the destination’s motto “Sunrises, not High Rises.” 

October 20, 2018

TOP FESTIVALS IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

Events for the entire family are celebrated in 2019

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- What do frog legs, pelicans, and craft brews all have in common? They are all festivals held throughout the year that connect locals and travelers alike to art, food, Mother Nature and yes, even beer. Festivals bring about a sense of community, where thousands of like-minded strangers become friends sharing in the celebration while introducing visitors to the unique personalities of Vero Beach, Fellsmere and Sebastian.

Here a few upcoming festivals to add to your calendar of events:

  • Sebastian Clambake – In 2002, a nonprofit corporation started a November festival that deeply affected the local community and has continued to make waves to this day. Past events raised more than $600,000, which were then distributed to local nonprofit organizations. The organizers believe that exceptional eats, soul-stirring music, historical re-enactments and plenty of family fun make this festival a wonderful way to give back to the community. The clambake takes place from November 2-4, 2018 and around the same time in 2019.
  • If frog legs and gator tails are your thing, then you’re in good company! Every January for the past 25 years, the Fellsmere Frog Leg Festival puts Fellsmere, Florida, on the map. This festival has become a huge draw for visitors who want to experience homespun, Florida-fun, and of course locals who want to join their family and friends enjoying the best the sunshine state offers. Hop to the festival from January 17-20, 2019.

October 17, 2018

New male rhino stomps into Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 17, 2018 — Brevard Zoo welcomed 5,200-pound, 16-year-old Frankie earlier this month. The southern white rhinoceros came from a private facility in central Florida.

Frankie made his appearance in a big way: he was transported into the Zoo on a massive trailer provided by Four C’s Nursery. Guests will be able to visit Frankie in the upcoming weeks when he joins females Uzuri and Kibibi in Expedition Africa. Male Howard will alternate being visible to guests with Frankie.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Announces Del Frisco’s Grille to Open in Fort Lauderdale


The stylish and contemporary restaurant is slated to open on renowned Las Olas Square Nov. 14

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Oct. 17, 2018 — Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DFRG) is slated to open a new Del Frisco's Grille in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 14. The restaurant marks the 23rd location for the Del Frisco’s Grille concept. The stylish, modern restaurant will have a vibrant ambiance where life is celebrated around the table. It is located in the heart of downtown in the Las Olas Blvd Square building, at 501 Las Olas Blvd, Suite 150, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

“We are thrilled to bring Del Frisco’s Grille to Fort Lauderdale this fall,” said Brandon Coleman III, President of Del Frisco’s Grille. “The Las Olas Boulevard area is a must visit destination in Florida with incredible restaurants, shopping and art. Our approachable, high-end atmosphere creates an incredible dining experience featuring fresh seafood, Prime steaks and social menus that are a perfect match for the lively Fort Lauderdale vibe.”

CALIFORNIA - BOOKING.COM TO OFFER POSITIVELY CHILLING OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE SAN FRANCISCO DUNGEON THIS HALLOWEEN... IF YOU DARE


Underground Attraction’s “Ghosts of Alcatraz” Suite to Offer the Ultimate Spooky Stay Experience

SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK (October 2018) — Brave “souls” looking for the ultimate Halloween experience this year need not look further as Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, will again offer a spooky sleepover at The San Francisco Dungeon. A private stay at the popular underground attraction will become bookable starting Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. PST/ 12 p.m. EST for the evening of Monday, Oct. 29; Tuesday, Oct. 30 or Wednesday, Oct. 31 for fearless thrill-seekers daring enough to slumber amidst the eerie darkness and haunting walls of the dungeon. 

October 16, 2018

Brevard Zoo opens registration for winter camps


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 15, 2018 — Elementary schoolchildren are invited to explore the history of Florida wildlife and animal adaptations as part of this year’s winter break camps at Brevard Zoo.

This winter, the Zoo is offering two themed camps: Florida Wildlife Expedition and Amazing Animals. Both are broken up for children in kindergarten through second grade and third through fourth grade.

The first camp, which will run January 2–4, invites children to uncover secrets of Wild Florida as they compare local critters to animals of the past and around the world. The second camp will run January 7–9 and allow campers to explore a variety of habitats and discover what adaptations animals need to survive in their environments.

More information and registration is available at www.brevardzoo.org/zoo-winter-camps.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Reveals Three New Ride Experiences to Debut in THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD


Featuring the nation’s first 180-degree ride with full-dome virtual screen!

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2018) – Have you ever fancied a flight aboard a Triple Decker Couch? Aspired to ascend the heights of Cloud Cuckoo Land? Fantasized fighting against a DUPLO®alien invasion? 
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort delivers all this and more at THE LEGO® MOVIE WORLD where guests can step into THE LEGO MOVIE universe and onto the streets of Bricksburg.

“THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is the only place in the world that you can experience the pure wonder and imagination inspired by THE LEGO MOVIE universe,” said Rex Jackson, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort. “We’ve been hard at work, building brick-by-brick, to create state-of-the-art experiences that bring THE LEGO MOVIE to life.”

October 14, 2018

REVIEW: UNDead in the Water - Tampa Bay


Thanks to the resurgence in mainstream popularity of zombie culture, the apocalypse is a topic we're able to ponder from a sort of "fantasy" slant. After all, the rise of the undead for a human harvest couldn't really become a realistic event... right?

But, what if...

Work with me here. Even if you haven't considered your survival plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse, haven't we all had a moment to wonder where we would go and what we would do if an apocalyptic event were to unfold? Let's face it - we Floridians have emergency plans embedded in our brains thanks to hurricanes anyway, so maybe it's not a huge leap to throw the potential for flesh-eating monsters into the mix - just in case. (Right about now, you are raising an eyebrow at me, but let me profess - I actually took a course through UC Irvine: 'Survival Lessons From The Walking Dead'... it's a thing, people! But I digress...)

It just so happens - in the case of a zombie apocalypse, those lucky folks near Tampa's Channelside District have a pretty nifty escape option... the American Victory Ship!

October 13, 2018

International Sand Art Competition to Bring Master Sculptors to Key West

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy creativity, unique “art supplies” and playful beachside fun characterize the International Sand Art Competition, set to provide an intriguing experience for spectators over Thanksgiving weekend in Key West.

Visitors can watch nine leading U.S. and international sand sculptors construct and display large-scale creations Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 21-25, on the Atlantic Ocean beach at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, at 1500 Reynolds St.

Scheduled competitors are Jakub Zimacek from the Czech Republic; champion sculptor Joo Heng Tan of Singapore; international award winner Fergus Mulvany of Ireland; Canadian-born master Abe Waterman; defending champion Morgan Rudluff of San Francisco, California; competition veteran Dan Belcher of St. Louis, Missouri; Boston, Massachusetts’ Deborah Barrett-Cutulle; and husband-and-wife team Adam Russell and Kelly Lever, Key West residents and sculptors of functional pottery who are turning to the medium of sand.

According to competition organizer Marianne van den Broek, owner of Key West’s Just Sand And Water LLC, each entrant is to receive approximately 7 tons of sand. They have four days to craft their sculptures out of only sand and water, using hand tools such as trowels and brushes but no electric tools, molds or glue.

October 11, 2018

TENNESSEE - HOLIDAYS BEGIN AT CELEBRATION DINNER SHOW IN PIGEON FORGE ON OCT. 19


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Oct. 10, 2018) – At the Christmas Celebration Dinner Show, the joys and wonders of winter and the holidays weave a special tale as the attraction’s yuletide show returns for its second season. Opening Friday, Oct. 19 and continuing through Jan. 5, 2019, families are invited to create new holiday memories as holiday classics are combined with breathtaking acts and acrobatics, heart-warming music, merry décor and a festive, delicious feast.

This one-of-a-kind, “must see” show combines spectacular holiday music, a live nativity, and millions of dollars in special effects. An exciting variety of acrobatic feats and an ice skating spectacular provide thrills that will last long after the show. Set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, the audience is taken on a journey with the cast to discover if these Christmas festivities will be cancelled, or whether the storm has set the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever. 

Hundreds of tiny sea turtles find refuge at Brevard Zoo


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 10, 2018 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center is caring for nearly 300 green and loggerhead sea turtle “washbacks” pushed ashore when Hurricane Leslie disrupted their habitat. 

“When sea turtles hatch, they rely on energy stores from a yolk sac to make the multi-mile swim to offshore weed lines—floating masses of Sargassum seaweed that provide shelter and food,” explained sea turtle program manager Shanon Gann. “If the seaweed is disrupted by a storm or strong winds that wash them back to shore, the little turtles do not have the energy to make the long swim again.”

Healing Center staff and volunteers are caring for the washbacks for a few days until open ocean conditions improve; at that time, they will be transported offshore in a boat and placed in weed lines.
Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) volunteers are transporting the turtles to the Healing Center. Individuals who find washbacks should immediately call STPS at 321-676-1701 or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-888-404-3922 for rescue instructions.

Brevard Zoo is home to more than 900 animals representing 195 species from all over the world. As a not-for-profit organization, it is a leader in the fields of animal wellness, education and conservation. More information is available at www.brevardzoo.org.

Treetop Trek features five aerial obstacle courses that whisk guests above parts of the Zoo and through lush Florida landscapes. More information is available at www.treetoptrek.com.

Brevard Zoo building home for rescued bears


MELBOURNE, Fla., October 9, 2018 — Brevard Zoo is working diligently with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) to provide a permanent home for bears who cannot remain in their natural habitat due to unfortunate circumstances.
A 20-month-old, as-yet-unnamed Florida black bear arrived in August and will make her appearance to guests in early 2019. The bear has already formed bonds with keepers, who have been providing her with daily interactive enrichments. They report that she is very smart, curious and attentive. The Zoo’s veterinary and animal care staff conducted an overall wellness check and found her to be in good health. 

October 8, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover The Historic Coast

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. For now, please enjoy our previous features on Amelia Island and Bradenton/Gulf Islands. Please note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference. 


-OVERVIEW-


Promising “Culture Around Every Corner”, Florida’s Historic Coast is represented by St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and 42 miles of Atlantic Beaches in St. Johns County - nestled midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. Among the area's many claims to fame, it is the first continuously occupied European settlement, a military outpost, the first port, a key Civil Rights location, a beach resort area, and generally a hub of "arts, culture and heritage". For more than 450 years, Florida's Historic Coast has been widely acknowledged as a valuable and worthy destination appealing to an array of interests and vacation styles. Some of the region's recent acknowledgements include: USA Today 10 Best - Top 10 Attractions in Florida (January 2018), US News & World Report - Top 50 Most Romantic Places in the World  (December 2017), AARP - Nights of Lights #1, 10 Top Holiday Light Displays in the US  (December 2017), Jetsetter Magazine - 9 Cutest Small Towns in America (May 2017), Money Magazine – number 1 Best in Travel for destinations that deliver the most value for your dollar (March 2017),  and TripAdvisor - St. Augustine Beach a Top 10 U.S. Beach three years in a row (2015-2017).

October 7, 2018

TENNESSEE - DOLLY PARTON SELECTS THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS FOR SECOND PIRATES VOYAGE DINNER AND SHOW

The Water Spectacular is Slated to Open in Spring 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn, (Thursday, October 4, 2018) – Keep an eye to the spyglass, mateys; Dolly’s pirates will be searching for treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains, next summer!

After nearly a decade of rave reviews and financial success on the Carolina coast, Dolly Parton’s newest Pirates Voyage dinner attraction is slated to open in the spring. “The show has been so successful in Myrtle Beach that we kept looking at Pigeon Forge and wondering why we didn’t already have a Pirates show there,” Parton said. “We have the perfect location, in one of the hottest areas of Pigeon Forge, and the time is now for my pirates to stake claim to the Great Smoky Mountains!”

When complete, the 21,000 square foot arena, adjacent to The Island in Pigeon Forge, will be the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky above their full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon. Spectacular acrobatic competitions, live animals and an original music score by Parton and Mark Brymer creates an immersive adventure experience all while guests enjoy a spectacular four-course pirate feast.

“We’re glad we can finally share Dolly’s exciting news,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO said.  “For some time, we have been working on set and costume designs, unique show elements for this theater and animal and staff training. We’re all looking forward to opening in 2019.”

Additional details about the project will be released soon.  Site construction is slated to begin in early January with an opening projected for spring.


About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast.

October 5, 2018

Key West’s Goombay Festival to Blend Music, Food and Island Spirit

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — High-energy family fun, entertainment and multicultural taste treats await revelers Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, during the annual Goombay street festival.

The lively festival runs from noon to midnight both days, with the action centered on Petronia Street in the heart of Key West’s historic Bahama Village neighborhood. Attractions include live music, food and a spirited celebration of the cultural connection between Key West and the Bahamas.

Goombay weekend marks the beginning of Fantasy Fest, Key West’s 10-day masking and costuming gala. The 2018 festival is themed “Oh … The Games We Play!” and is scheduled Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 28. 

Each year Goombay attracts thousands of people ranging from national and international visitors to Florida Keys residents who have made attending the event a local tradition. 

Against the vibrant backdrop of Bahama Village, they view and purchase island arts and crafts, savor the flavors of vendors’ delicacies and spend two rocking evenings dancing in the streets.

October 2, 2018

All-New Seasonal Play Pass Allows Guests to “Test Drive” an Annual Pass at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort


Three Months of Awesome for One Low Rate

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2018) – LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has announced an easy way for guests to make the last few months of 2018 the most awesome yet. The Seasonal Play Pass will grant guests nearly three months of admission for the low rate of $54.99 + tax.

This all-new pass is the perfect way to “test drive” an annual pass as the theme park revs up for the grand opening of THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD in spring 2019, the only place where THE LEGO®  MOVIE™ comes alive. Until then, brick fans can start their engines at The Great LEGO® Race which invites guests into a virtual world where they’re the star of a rollicking race against several LEGO minifigure competitors – all while taking an exciting roller coaster ride.

Exclusive to Florida residents, the Seasonal Play Pass is only available for a limited time. It can be purchased online or upon arrival.  The pass is valid through December 21 and block out dates apply, including special event weekends. Full details are available at www.legoland.com/seasonal-play-pass.

September 29, 2018

Tour of Florida - Discover Bradenton Gulf Islands

Our recent attendance at the 2018 Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism was inspiring, to say the very least. Based on the information we gathered at the event, we have selected a few highlighted locations to spotlight on a virtual "tour" of Florida. These articles will be released in a series - each featuring a different location. For more information on the destinations we're featuring, please click here. For now, please enjoy this second feature segment - on Bradenton Gulf Islands or refer to the first feature - spotlighting Amelia IslandPlease note - information contained in this feature is not based on firsthand experience, but from promotional materials put out by representatives of the featured location at the 2018 Governor's Conference.


-OVERVIEW-

The Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key area is located on Florida’s west coast between St. Petersburg and Sarasota. It is bordered on the north by Tampa Bay, and to the west by the Gulf of Mexico. Recent rewards and accolades include: Top 10 Island Beaches for Perfect Sand, Conde Nast Traveler: Coquina Beach on Anna Maria Island; Ten Best Little Beach Town in Florida, Coastal Living:   Anna Maria Island; Best Beach for Families, Family Vacation Critic /Trip Advisor: Manatee County Beach; Top 30 Island in the World, Conde Nast Traveler: Anna Maria Island; Top 25 Happiest Cities in the US, National Geographic: Bradenton.

September 26, 2018

THE AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP PRESENTS A CINEVIEW STUDIOS PRODUCTION UNDEAD IN THE WATER: AN INTERACTIVE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE IN A FRIGHTENING NEW LIGHT


Tampa, FL (September 20, 2018)   The American Victory Ship has hosted numerous Halloween events for nearly ten years. This year, guests will experience an elevated, unique and Hollywood quality production as the ship is partnering with some of the most talented and experienced directors, cinematographers, and special effects professionals to bring you UNdead in the Water – An Interactive Zombie Apocalypse in a Frightening New Light.

Hours for all event nights are from 8pm to 11pm, and include Friday, October 5; Saturday, October 6; Friday, October 12; Saturday, October 13; Thursday, October 18; Friday, October 19; Saturday, October 20; Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26; Saturday, October 27, and Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31.

KeysCaribbean Resorts Offer Special Discounts for an October Getaway to the Florida Keys


KEY LARGO, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2018) – This October, the Florida Keys offer many events to be found only in the beautiful tropical islands off Florida’s southern tip. KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas salutes these events by featuring special offers to enjoy an upscale resort vacation experience in the Florida Keys in October.

KeysCaribbean’s special discounts include "The Longer You Stay in Paradise, The More You Save,” which offers a lower nightly rate for each additional day booked, and guests can receive generous rates of up to 50 percent off, or complimentary night stays at all KeysCaribbean luxury Florida Keys resorts all season. There is also an advance booking special that requires no deposit until two weeks prior to arrival date, plus a 100 percent cancellation guarantee.

TENNESSEE - DOLLYWOOD’S GREAT PUMPKIN LUMINIGHTS GROWS IN 2018


Popular event expands after last season’s glowing reviews

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, October 24, 2018) — The glow grows during the return of Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana. An overwhelming guest-favorite last season, Great Pumpkin LumiNights returns with several new immersive displays, exciting activities and an expanded footprint more than twice the size of 2017’s version. Additionally, the Harvest Festival itself grows with six additional operating days for families to enjoy.

Dollywood opens every day Sept. 28- Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. giving guests more time to enjoy the festive fall fun of harvest time in the Smokies. After the glowing reviews of last year’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood officials knew the event was ripe for growth. Last year’s popular pumpkin displays—like the pumpkin spider and the pumpkin dance party—are joined in 2018 by a number of elaborate, new additions, including a couple of Dolly Parton-inspired displays.