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Busch Gardens in '5 Highlights in & around Tampa, Florida'

Pixabay One of the USA's oldest theme parks, this 335-acre spread a 20-minute drive north of downtown offers is a mix of rides, events/performances, and more than 200 species of wild animals in realistic, nativelike habitats, and all with an African theme. You can see many of these critters up close; go on safari; in some cases hand feed them; and observe keepers taking care of them. Animals include the exotic likes of kangaroos, sloths, hippos, giraffes, and rhinoceroses. It goes without…

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5 awesome Orlando theme parks for a thrilling vacation this summer

This small central Florida city is without a doubt the world's theme-park capital. In and around Orlando there are as many as 15 parks for a variety of ages and tastes - and if you rent a car, in a week you could manage to visit nearly half of them (including if you're a driver under 21). In order to make this work, you of course need to decide in advance which parks you want to visit (and in some cases also reserve ahead). The main half dozen or so are of course the ones operated by Disney…

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Silver Dollar City a key attraction in Branson, Missouri

As our car crested the last hill overlooking the town ahead, I rubbed my eyes to make sure they weren’t deceiving me. The first thing I spotted was a giant King Kong clambering menacingly up a building. Another roof was topped by a helicopter which appeared to have just landed or was about to take off. Among other hard-to believe visions that came into view were a huge chicken, an equally oversize fork piercing a large meatball and a half-size replica of the Titanic nestled against the iceberg…

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Have a blast with your kids at Orlando's famous theme parks

What would the perfect family getaway look like for you? For many, the perfect answer is a vacation filled with theme park fun, where your kids can meet some of their favorite cartoon characters and enjoy thrilling rides. And of course the theme-park capital of the world is the city of Orlando in central Florida, with nearly a dozen theme and water parks large and small which attract millions of families - as well as just adults, mostly traveling in couples and groups of friends - per year;…

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  • I've found that many people know that the Legoland theme park chain has U.S. outposts in Florida and perhaps California, but less widely known is that there's also one in New York State's Hudson Valley, in the town of Goshen, two hours north of NYC (no doubt partly because it's so new, having opened just in May of 2021). Its website is https://www.legoland.com/new-york, and here's an article about its reopening for the season this past spring: https://www.nny360.com/artsandlife/artsandentertainment/legoland-ne...
  • Have you heard about the 14-year-old who fell off a the world's tallest drop tower and died at ICON Park outside Orlando (I admit I'd never heard of that park). They should never have let him on; he weighed 383 pounds, nearly 100 over the ride's weight limit - at age 14, for crying out loud . They had to have seen that and just decided to let it slide. What a horrible way to go. https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/13/us/tyre-sampson-autopsy-icon-park-or...
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  • I've found that many people know that the Legoland theme park chain has U.S. outposts in Florida and perhaps California, but less widely known is that there's also one in New York State's Hudson Valley, in the town of Goshen, two hours north of NYC (no doubt partly because it's so new, having opened just in May of 2021). Its website is https://www.legoland.com/new-york, and here's an article about its reopening for the season on April 8: https://www.nny360.com/artsandlife/artsandentertainment/legoland-ne...
  • In San Sebastián we visited the amusement park on top of Monte Igueldo. It was a bit outdated, but the views from the mountain were amazing!

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  • I love amusement parks, and my favorite in California is Magic Mountain, and my favorite ride is the roller coaster X2.  For all those other roller coaster fans out there, when you are visiting check out our site http://Bescover.com there are Bed and Breakfast locations near all the parks.  After a long day of thrill rides, get some hospitality.

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  • Toronto, Niagara Falls, Cleveland...where will this long road trip on The World on Wheels take us next? To the greatest amusement park in the world, it's Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio with a side trip to the country's scariest city...Detroit: http://tinyurl.com/2fqeszr
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    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Now in our blog: tips for surviving a day at a theme park.

  • One of our members is seeking resort recommendations in Orlando. If you can help, please click on this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forum.

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  • Thinking Orlando/Central Florida in the coming months? Check out the report on the new Legoland, now in our blog!

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