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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

VIDEO: SkyCoaster at Fun Spot America

Published:   |   Updated: May 21, 2015 at 09:10 AM

If you’re in need of a thrilling vacation, look no further than Fun Spot America, with locations in Orlando and Kissimmee.

From wooden roller coasters such as White Lightning to family rides like Bumper Kars and the Paratrooper, there's a ride for everyone, no matter your level of courage.

And, for little ones, a few of the most popular rides include the Kiddie Slide, Tea Cups and Frog Hopper.

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7 Things for Families to Do in Pensacola

Published:   |   Updated: May 19, 2015 at 02:14 PM

If your family is looking for a fun getaway, look no further than the Pensacola area to soak up the sunshine, surrounded by historic places, adventures and sugary sand beaches.

Here’s a look at some of the things your family can do this spring:

To get a real-life feel for the Pensacola’s past, visit Historic Pensacola Village. Whether you decide to explore on your own with a walking tour or prefer to see the area with a guide, don’t miss seeing the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, built in 1908.

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6 Ultimate Experiences at Universal Orlando's Diagon Alley

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The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida puts families inside London and the famed stories of Muggles and Wizards.

Here’s a look at some of the experiences you can take part in at Diagon Alley:

Magical Wands – Step inside Ollivander’s to choose from a large selection of wands. With an interactive wand, cast spells, say a few magic words and create magic throughout the land. Be on the lookout for gold medallions along the walkways to bring the stories to life.

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Family Must-Sees

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Is it any wonder that Florida is the Number One dream vacation spot for kids? After all it's the home of Walt Disney World  Universal Orlando Resort  Busch Gardens Tampa and other thrilling theme parks. And Florida has 1 800 miles of coastline translating to sandcastle-building fishing and family fun.In the Sunshine State your kids can meet Shamu and Mickey Mouse for sure. But they can also meet an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center and a professional baseball player at a spring training game.

Experience the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex– Peter W. Cross for VISIT FLORIDA

Here kids can swim with dolphins and manatees see real live alligators and snorkel surrounded by colorful tropical fish. They can experience fun hands-on exhibits at kid-friendly museums aquariums and zoos.Here are some places that just shouldn't be missed while in Florida. Alluring Amusement Parks Beloved cartoon characters exotic animals and killer whales. Scream-inducing stomach-turning roller coasters magical fairylands and realistic simulators. Fireworks parades and light shows. Stunning costumes and talented dancers and singers. This is the world of Florida theme parks -- sensory overload and excitement like nothing your kids have ever experienced.The Orlando area is theme park central home to the Walt Disney World Resort (including Magic Kingdom Park  Epcot  Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom)  Universal Orlando Resort (including Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) and SeaWorld Aquatica and Discovery Cove

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6 Things for Families to Do in Key West

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Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States, is known as a party town, and rich in history and charm.

It's also a great place to have fun with your kids.

Here’s a look at some of the hotspots around the city for families:

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4 Ideas for the Perfect Summer Vacation

Published:   |   Updated: May 18, 2015 at 05:00 PM

Planning a summer vacation for the family in Florida? Here are some ideas to help:

For thrill-seekers – Don’t miss the 150-foot Doctor Doom’s Fearfall at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, both in Orlando. The Tower, which opened in 1994, drops riders 13 stories, and back up -- just to drop them straight down again, all in the dark.

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall – Universal Orlando Resort

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5 Ways to Celebrate Summer in Daytona Beach

Published:   |   Updated: May 18, 2015 at 04:58 PM

Here’s a look at some ways you and your family can celebrate the warm weather and sunshine in Daytona Beach.

Main Street Pier -- At 750 feet long, the pier offers spectacular views of the beach and is a prime spot for fishing. Don’t forget your bait and pole – fishing from the pier is free. And if you’re hungry, check out Joe’s Crab Shack located right on the pier. The top deck of the restaurant is "the" spot to go with seating overlooking the ocean. 

Explore the shore in Daytona Beach – Daytona Beach Area CVB

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Above and Around Florida: Planetariums Perfect for Families

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Florida's planetariums are a great way to learn about space and the stars that fill our skies each night, offering hands-on fun and educational experiences for the entire family.

Here’s a look at some of the Sunshine State's planetariums: 

Frost Museum of Science 

South Florida Museum – Bradenton
The South Florida Museum’s planetarium in Bradenton is home to stadium-style seating and frequent ‘star talks’ by experts. The Bishop Planetarium is currently home to five rotating shows, including "Passport to the Universe" and a nighttime musical show called "The Rock Hall of Fame."

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Around Florida: Perfect Places for a Picnic

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When we travel my family and I love packing a picnic and finding a scenic spot to enjoy lunch.

Picnics are a great way to slow down soak up your surroundings and just take a time out. We usually find that our family picnics are a great change of pace from the traveling and exploring – a chance to enjoy one another’s company.

Here are a few favorite spots around the state perfect for a picnic:  

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Universal Orlando Resort's Superstar Character Breakfast

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One thing my girls love at theme parks is meeting characters. 

Character meals - whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner -- are a great way for kids to meet their favorites and get some personal attention.

Say hello to Spongebob Squarepants – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA

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