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I’m not sure there is anywhere in the world quite like Orlando. The place that used to be quiet citrus groves is now the theme park capital of the world, attracting over 66 million visitors per year — more than anywhere else in the United States. From theme restaurants to amusements parks to quirky attractions, Orlando has it all — bigger, brighter, and some might say better. They even have the world’s largest “entertainment” McDonalds. Over 18,000 square feet of food, arcade and play structures — talk about super-sized!

Of course families come for the theme parks and water parks — of which there is no shortage. And these theme parks are constantly adding new rides and attractions to keep families coming back again and again and again — from the new “Frozen Ever After” ride at Epcot,; to SeaWorld’s Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest,and longest roller coaster; and Universal Islands of Adventure’s “Skull Island: Reign of Kong.”

But still, the more families come back to Orlando, the more they want to experience something outside of the waterparks as well. And let’s face it, a giant McDonalds just isn’t going to cut it for everyone. After my recent trip to Orlando on a press trip with Visit Florida, I wanted to put together a guide to what to do in Orlando outside of the theme parks. So here you go, my guide to off the beaten path Orlando. Read More

If ever a wine destination was aptly named, it is Grapevine, Texas. This charming little town, just minutes from the sprawling Dallas-Fort Worth airport, is an unexpected throwback to a time of main streets and steam trains. Although these days, that main street is lined with cute shops, restaurants, and wineries, and the train is the Jazz Wine Train on the historic Grapevine Railroad. This combination of wine, food and shopping makes a great destination for a girlfriend getaway. I recently visited with a few gal pals and fellow writers for the Travel Media Showcase conference and had a chance to sip my way through Grapevine and have some recommendations for wine tasting in Grapevine. Read More

Can you believe that we have lived in Rhode Island for almost fourteen years and never made it to Six Flags New England until this summer? Ok, I admit that I’m not a rollercoaster fan and spinning rides bother me more and more the older I get. BUT…I now have a thrill seeker in the making and she has hit quite a few of the local regional theme parks so it was time to check out the granddaddy of them all — Six Flags New England. Of course, the way to do it was to go with friends so she would have plenty of ride buddies and I could be the dedicated bag holder. Oh I miss the days when Looney Tunes town was enough to satisfy her!

Six Flags is definitely thrilling it up this year, with new coasters including SUPERMAN The Ride, the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest virtual reality coaster. On this coaster, riders wear wireless VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, high speeds, powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action in a remarkably realistic 360-degree virtual reality world. 2016 also saw the introduction of Fireball, a 7-story looping coaster with over 6 inversions and epic speeds. Ugh, bring on the Dramamine! Even the world’s tallest Sky Screamer makes me quake. Read More

I’ve taken a few sunset cruises (like in Orange Beach, Alabama), and they rarely disappoint. There is just something special about being out on the water during those magical hours as the sun makes its descent below the horizon. If you are vacationing down in Southern Delaware, I’d highly recommend a Delaware Bay Evening Cruise with Cape Water Taxi and Tours. Captain Dave has perfectly timed his tours to arrive at the East End Lighthouse, just as the sun is dipping to the horizon behind the lighthouse, creating the perfect photo opportunities.

This 90-minute cruise on the 54-foot Discovery pontoon boat is not narrated, but you get to see some of the most popular attractions, including the East End Lighthouse, Cape Henlopen Point, the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal, Lewes Beach, and Cape Henlopen State Park. Read More