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September 17, 2019

More Zombies…Tampa’s Nautical Halloween Event Is Back!

UNDead in the Water is Tampa’s only authentic nautical haunted attraction. Traverse multiple decks of this historic WWII cargo ship armed only with a blacklight flashlight. Avoid being eaten by the infected zombie stowaways as the merciless Ripper Squad do what they were trained to do, SEARCH AND DESTROY! The attraction opens October 4th and runs through November 2nd on Friday and Saturday nights, plus Halloween.

September 9, 2019

Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders Now Open In Daytona Beach


Central Florida’s Greatest Tasting Chicken Tenders Brand Celebrates Its First Location In Volusia County, Florida

Orlando, FL (September 9, 2019) – Following nine successful restaurants in Central Florida and major plans to expand to multiple cities throughout the Southeast, Huey Magoo’s celebrates the grand opening of the first location in Daytona Beach, Florida today, President and CEO Andy Howard announces.  The 2,000 square foot store, which seats 60 guests, is owned by skilled new Huey Magoo’s Franchisee Evan Klingman, who brings 27 years of management experience in the food service industry to the fast-growing brand.  Daytona Beach is the first of three Huey Magoo’s restaurants that Klingman plans to open in Volusia County over the next two to three years.

September 6, 2019

Premature sea turtle hatchlings find refuge at Brevard Zoo

MELBOURNE, Fla., September 6, 2019 — Brevard Zoo’s Sea Turtle Healing Center has taken in 20 premature green sea turtle hatchlings following Hurricane Dorian. Beach erosion caused by the storm left their Melbourne Beach nest exposed and more vulnerable to predators such as raccoons and foxes. Some of the hatchlings arrived with their yolk sacs still attached.
Upon admission, each sea turtle was visually examined, comprehensively cleaned to ward off infection and placed atop damp paper towels to rest.

August 27, 2019

MISSOURI - A Silver Dollar City September Features Labor Day Family Fun & New Country Music Festival

(Branson, Missouri 8/26/19)        Extended family hours for family fun are set for this Labor Day weekend at Silver Dollar City, with the park’s 40 award-winning rides and attractions running from 9:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on August 31 and September 1. Launch and spin through the Ozark Mountains on Time Traveler, the world’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning coaster, drop into the night on the Guinness World Record-holding wood coaster Outlaw Run or hop on the ten family adventures at both Fireman’s Landing and The Grand Exposition at the internationally-awarded 1880s-style theme park.

        With extended hours until 10 p.m. during the holiday weekend, this Labor Day Weekend is the last opportunity for families to grab night rides for the summer. 
Plus, this is the final weekend in 2019 for lunch and dinner at the House of Chicken & Fixin’s, featuring firecracker chicken, the park’s famous southern-style fried chicken and an all-new Bavarian icebox cake.

August 24, 2019

Treetop Trek offers fall savings for Florida residents

MELBOURNE, Fla., August 23, 2019 — Florida residents are invited to soar through the skies while saving some cash at Treetop Trek this fall. From September 3 to December 20, state residents can take 30% off all Canopy Walk, Challenge Reloaded, Black Diamond and Zip Only courses. This promotion, which cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, is subject to blackout dates.

To receive this discount, participants must visit and print out the Florida resident discount flier or present it on their phone. A valid Florida state-issued photo ID or utility bill with address and matching photo ID is also required.

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

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

The Aquarium Project is a plan to construct a world-class aquarium and conservation center at Port Canaveral. More information is available

August 22, 2019



ST. PETERSBURG, FLA (August 22, 2019) – Many vacationers travel for the experience to “live like the locals,” and in many Florida destinations, for an out of the box experience, you can experience the quirky side through your choice of lodgings.  Here are just a few examples…

Have you ever considered reserving a room at an Inn with it’s own airplane hangar, man cave, yurt, treehouse and classic car hangar?  In Orlando North, Seminole County, FL there’s a small but very unusual property that features all this and more. The rural Danville B&B, 5-star AirBnB-rated, is self-contained in an airplane hangar that looks like a country porch upon arrival, then magically transforms into a mini-town with the flick of a switch. It features a cozy inn with two guest rooms, an Irish Pub, theater, photo booth and wedding pavilion. Guests can enjoy a stay in the master suite, with access via a private residential elevator or the dramatic oak staircase. Additional hangars house planes, a man cave, and classic cars.  There are also yurt and treehouse accommodations too.  The owner/pilot will fly guests for an aerial view of the area in his private plane and guests can tool around in vintage vehicles from the classic car hangar or roam the property on Segways.    232 N. Jungle Road, Geneva, FL 32732. (407) 349-5724www.danvillebnb.comPHOTO GALLERY:


JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (August 2019) – Top-rated river outfitter Mad River Boat Trips offers the earliest access available for scenic float trips and whitewater rafting excursions on the Wild and Scenic Snake River. Mad River’s first trips begin with a 6:30 a.m. arrival at the boat house for a 7 a.m. launch on the river. Being first on the water means enjoying the tranquility of being the only rafts on the river—not to mention enjoying the best opportunities for spotting wildlife. 

On Mad River’s scenic float trips, everyone—including family members as young as four years old—can enjoy a leisurely rafting excursion on a 13-mile-long, smooth-water section of the Snake River. Perfect for shutterbugs looking to capture photos of wildlife and the majestic scenery, these float trips are relaxing and spectacular for capturing wildlife—especially the numerous bird species that call the area home. 

Meanwhile, Mad River’s whitewater raft trips take place on the portion of the Snake River surrounded by steep granite canyon walls, tall trees and picturesque alpine meadows abounding with wildlife. Professional, experienced river trip guides navigate rafters through the twists and turns of Snake River Canyon while pointing out all the distinctive flora, fauna, geology and aspects of the region’s history that make the area unique. Mad River Boat Trips offer runs through class II and III rapids, making them appropriate for guests ages six and older. Guests will grab their paddle and shoot the rapids with Mad River’s experienced and professional guides. Mad River offers Go-Pros, enabling rafters to enjoy the scenery and capture all the exhilarating memories along the way. 

August 20, 2019

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Announces Event Details for a Fun-Filled Holiday Season With Brick or Treat and Holidays Presented by Hallmark Channel


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (August 20, 2019) – LEGOLAND® Florida Resort kicks off the festivities in October with Brick or Treat and a spirted lineup of LEGO® festivities. The kid-friendly Halloween event will feature brand-new themed entertainment, more candy than ever before and ghoulish treats. In honor of LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel opening in spring 2020, kids (ages 2-12) who come dressed as pirates for the first weekend of Brick or Treat will receive a complimentary ticket to visit the theme park before the end of year.   

Brick or Treat activities include trick or treating along a LEGO trail complete with lightly frightful character interactions, larger-than-life LEGO builds and meet-and-greet opportunities with seven event exclusive LEGO characters. Joining the spooky squad this year is LEGO Scarecrow inside DUPLO® Valley. Guests can sip in style with an event-themed Coca-Cola Freestyle® collector’s cup, indulge in Granny’s Apples Fries with Pumpkin flavored ice cream and nibble on a variety of Halloween-themed snacks. Experience the tale of Captain Dreadbeard’s adventure to defeat the Imperial Navy during a unique fireworks spectacular, A Tale of Pirates’ Cove, each night of the event.

August 19, 2019

Joey Fatone Embraces All Things Rainbow and Unikitty with Daughters Inside THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD

Pop Star Dad Spends Time with Family at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to Celebrate
the End of Summer and Return to School

WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (August 17, 2019) – Before his kids head back to school, Joey Fatone, member of the world-famous musical group *NSYNC and popular TV host, visited THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD with his two daughters, Briahna (18) and Kloey (9), to experience the ultimate Unikitty-themed weekend full of rainbows, positivity and theme park thrills. The second-time visitors and huge LEGOLAND® Florida Resort fans flew on Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch, soared to Cloud Cuckoo Land and battled DUPLO® aliens inside the theme park’s newest and largest expansion.

Fatone’s family was welcomed into THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD by the star of THE LEGO®  MOVIE™ films and youngest daughter’s favorite theme park character, Unikitty, before they reveled in each detail of the newest addition to the resort built for kids.

“All my little one wanted to do this summer is to go to Legoland, and I finally got some time off to come and enjoy,” said Fatone. “Can’t wait for Pirate Island Hotel opening next year.”

To keep the fun going Joey and his daughters enjoyed the ultimate slumber party just steps away at LEGOLAND® Hotel.

August 16, 2019


DALLAS (August 2019) – Guests can now spend the night at the famed Southfork Ranch—made famous in the long-running “Dallas” TV series—and live like a Ewing with full access to the entire mansion and pool. 

The legendary Parker, Texas, ranch--home to countless Ewing family showdowns—provides the perfect place to reminisce about the many memorable moments J.R., Sue Ellen, Bobby and Lucy Ewing delivered to captivated fans around the world during the show’s 1970s and 80s heyday. Of course, this overnight stay makes an unforgettable romantic getaway, proposal, wedding night, anniversary or other special-occasion opportunity.  

August 13, 2019

MISSOURI - The Tallest Raft Ride Drop in the Western Hemisphere 4.5 Stories to The Wettest Splashdown in the Park’s 60-Year History!

(BRANSON, Mo. 8/13/2019) Mystic River Falls will be the highlight of a new themed area of the park, Rivertown, where 1880s townfolk are caught up in a high-spirited celebration, representing Silver Dollar City’s Diamond Jubilee. The all-new Rivertown Smokehouse, the largest dining investment in the corporation’s history, will serve the park’s famous BBQ plus new favorites, providing 450 viewing seats along the banks of the Mystic River. (Investment $4 million)

August 6, 2019

Late Summer is Easy Season on Florida’s Historic Coast

St. Augustine, Fla. (August 5, 2019) - August and September is the perfect time of year for taking life easy and relaxing along Florida’s Historic Coast.  This is Easy Season® in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach - when the crowds thin out a bit, the deals are sizzling hot.

The best part of Easy Season is the free Sing Out Loud Music Festival from September 6-29. Hundreds of performances will take place throughout the greater St. Augustine area over four weekends in September in an epic celebration of local, regional and national singers, songwriters and musicians.

Visit for a complete list of concerts and events, and to take advantage of great deals on lodging, attractions, tours and dining.

August 3, 2019

TENNESSEE - Alcatraz East Crime Museum to Display Alcatraz Island-Themed Prison Artwork

Alcatraz East Crime Museum, located in Pigeon Forge, is opening a new exhibit that features prison art with an Alcatraz theme

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (July 30, 2019) –Each year, tourists visiting San Francisco make the journey across the water to the must-see Alcatraz Island. Since it’s closing in 1963, the former federal penitentiary continues to intrigue people of all ages, and likewise, there is a huge fascination with the artwork of prison artists. This summer, the two subjects are being brought together at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. The new temporary exhibit, called “Alcatraz Art Escape,” will feature artwork inspired by Alcatraz Island and created by incarcerated artists. The exhibit opens to the public on August 23, 2019 and will run through the spring of 2020.  

“Our visitors are always interested in learning more about Alcatraz, so this will be a unique way to combine that with giving them a glimpse of the beautiful artwork created by prisoners from around the country,” explains Rachael Penman, director of artifacts and exhibits at Alcatraz East Crime Museum. “We’re excited to share the work of these artists who have discovered amazing talents they didn’t know they had and are doing what they can to give back to the community. Both crime history enthusiasts and art lovers will want to be sure to see this exhibit.”
Alcatraz East Crime Museum has teamed up with the California-based P.A.T.H. (Prison Arts Touching Hearts) to make these artworks available to the public. The organization focuses on providing a platform and voice for incarcerated artists. Their efforts help to support prison art rehabilitation programs and provide opportunities for artists to sell their work to support community causes. The exhibit will also include some never displayed Alcatraz artifacts from the museum’s collection. These objects include handcuffs from Alcatraz, a guard’s ID and prisoner roster pamphlet with handwritten notes, Al Capone’s rosary, and rare artwork made by an inmate while incarcerated at Alcatraz. 

July 29, 2019


Voting for award runs through Monday, Aug. 26

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Monday, July 29, 2019) — Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights, one of the region’s premier harvest-time events, has been nominated as part of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Theme Park Halloween Event. The contest, which now is live, runs through Monday, Aug. 26 at noon ET. Winners will be unveiled on Friday, Sept. 6.

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 27-Nov. 2) provides fabulous fall family fun with Great Pumpkin LumiNights serving as everyone’s favorite new Smoky Mountain tradition. Dollywood stays open until 9 p.m. every evening allowing families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park.

July 16, 2019

SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego Launch First Responders Salute With Half-Off Admission to Parks

Now through July 31, first responders and three of their guests can share all the parks have to offer this summer

Orlando, Fla. (July 15, 2019) – Now through July 31, SeaWorld Parks are proud to offer first responders and three of their guests half-price admission to its award-winning SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego parks as well as $25 tickets to SeaWorld San Antonio.
We have always taken immense pride in honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping others,” said Gus Antorcha, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “This summer, we’re especially excited to welcome first respondents and their families or friends to parks across the country as they make lifelong memories on our newest attractions. Offering first responders discounted entry is a simple way for us to show just how grateful we are.”

July 10, 2019


LAS VEGAS (July 2019– ICEBAR, a brand-new project created by Noel Bowman of Minus5 Ice Experience, will open this November at The LINQ Promenade. Replacing Sprinkles Cupcakes next to the Promenade’s fountain, ICEBAR will offer the unforgettable frozen ambience and frosty cocktails familiar to fans of Minus5, while also featuring new, immersive features such as dynamic projection mapping. 

“We are presenting Las Vegas audiences with another exciting ice experience,” said Noel Bowman, owner, ICEBAR. “We know this coveted location will be attractive to leisure visitors strolling the Promenade, as well as corporate groups utilizing the nearby convention facilities, including the new Caesars Forum.”

Construction on ICEBAR begins this week to transform the existing space. ICEBAR will have cool, blue and green décor elements and signage on the exterior, as well as a 1,000-square-foot covered patio facing the Promenade’s fountain and a “warm space” devoted to a warm bar and lobby at the front entrance. Of course, the majority of the space will be devoted to the ice attraction, which will be 1,200 square feet and encompass more than 100 tons of hand-carved ice. The space is maintained at 32 degrees Fahrenheit by a sophisticated, state-of-the-art refrigeration system.

BOCA GRANDE, FL - The Gasparilla Inn & Club Named Florida’s #1 Resort by Travel + Leisure Magazine

Boca Grande, Fla. resort kicks off 106th season with a special package
 to celebrate prestigious honor

BOCA GRANDE, Fla. (July 10, 2019) — The Gasparilla Inn & Club is pleased to announce that it has been ranked the #1 Resort in Florida by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. To celebrate this honor and thank guests, the resort is offering “The Gasparilla Experience Package” that will run October 3-31, 2019. 

Whether seeking outdoor fun or a relaxing escape, guests can select one of the following complimentary experiences each day:

Father and Son Visit All LEGOLAND® Theme Parks Throughout the World In Less Than Two Weeks

LEGOLAND World Tour - Eight Parks, Eight Cities and Seven Countries in 13 Days
WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (July 10, 2019) – Dieter Deussen and his five-year-old son Julian just completed the trip of a lifetime. 

In a span of 13 days, the duo from Germany visited seven different countries and eight different cities on their way to visiting all of the LEGOLAND®  Parks throughout the world!

“The key to this trip was to have fun and enjoy extensive time with my son,” said Deussen while embracing Julian. “It’s a memory that we’ll have forever.”

Deussen simply wanted to create a special experience for his young son before starting school for the very first time in September. Knowing that his son is a big LEGO® fan, Deussen suggested a “LEGOLAND World Tour.”

"It didn’t take more than a few seconds for Julian to say yes," said Deussen.

July 6, 2019

NASCAR Driver Aric Almirola Celebrates Independence Day With Visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Popular NASCAR Winner Enjoys Family Time at the Theme Park Built for Kids
WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (July 5, 2019) – NASCAR driver Aric Almirola typically enjoys life in the fast lane. However, the two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner and Florida native slowed down this week to spend some much beloved family time at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

With his wife and two young children by his side, Almirola took in the sights and sounds of the park’s newest expansion, THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD. The family took to the skies on their triple decker couch while riding THE LEGO MOVIE: Masters of Flight, bounced in delight on Unikitty’s Disco Drop, climbed to the top of Benny’s Playship and finished with a family portrait taken directly from inside Emmet’s Super Suite.
“The new LEGO MOVIE WORLD was incredible. It makes you feel like you’re in the movie,” said Almirola. “That was one of my personal favorites and the kids loved it too.”
This weekend Almirola will be racing in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway against many of the world’s best drivers. And while the winning driver will live in triumph, Almirola will forever have the glory of placing ‘minilanders’ alongside his family inside the Daytona Speedway model.

Tickets on Sale Now! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Announces Final Roster of Apollo 50th Celebrations and Events

CAPE CANAVERAL (July 5, 2019) – KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – What do Moon Trees, Corvettes and Duran Duran have in common? They will all be part of the exciting roster of events, celebrations and activities planned at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to commemorate one of the most important human accomplishments in history:  the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission.  To honor the historic 50th anniversary launch, Moon landing and successful return to Earth, guests will have the chance to re-live the events through exciting live programing, archival footage viewings, interactive exhibits, astronaut appearances, never-before-seen artifacts and much, much more! Tickets are now on sale for general admission and these once-in-a-lifetime celebration events.

July 12, 2019  Moon Tree Garden Opening at Apollo/Saturn V Center
10 a.m.

Almost 50 years ago, when Apollo 14 Astronaut Stuart Roosa carried seeds from loblolly pine, sycamore, sweet gum, redwood, and Douglas fir trees around the Moon as part of a joint U.S. Forest Service/NASA project, his dream was to have the seeds germinated on his return and planted throughout the United States. Now known as "Moon Trees" and in their second generation, they have been planted around the world. On July 12th, 12 of the trees will be unveiled at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as part of the Apollo 50 celebrations. The Moon Tree Garden at the Apollo/Saturn V Center will include the 12 trees, each of which represents a crewed Apollo mission to the Moon. The trees will form a crescent around a stunning bronze statue honoring the legendary crewmembers of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. The seven-foot-tall statue, set upon a four-foot-tall concrete base, is a gift to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from Rocket Mortgage.  The event is included with daily admission, and tickets can be purchased here 

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