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Ride, Slide and Fall for New Rides in Central Florida This Summer

Thu, 29 May 2014 15:27:55 +00002014-05-29T15:27:55Z

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While Busch Gardens just announced that its expected opening late this month of Falcon's Fury — its new 335 ft drop tower — has again been delayed until later this summer, there are four more new attractions in store for those visiting Central Florida:

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Dr. Beach Names Florida Beaches Among Top in Nation

Fri, 23 May 2014 16:20:05 +00002014-05-23T16:20:05Z

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You know its Memorial Day weekend when you hear that Dr. Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) has released his annual list of the top beaches in America. The highly anticipated announcement gives the beaches bragging rights for a year and Florida can continue to brag about four beaches — three that have consistently made the cut over the last few years and one up-and-coming newcomer. Of course, there are the past Florida beaches that took top honors over the last decade and have been "retired" from consideration, but continue to be wonderful beaches — Sarasota's Siesta Beach (2011), Caladesi Island in Dunedin (2008), Fort DeSoto's North Beach in St. Petersburg (2005) and St. Joseph's Peninsula in Florida's Panhandle (2002).

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AAA Forecasts Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Thu, 22 May 2014 13:21:41 +00002014-05-22T13:21:41Z

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Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer travel season today and AAA is projecting a record number of Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday which runs from today, May 22 through Monday, May 26. AAA is forecasting the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend since the recession and in Florida that translates into a projected 1.6-million taking to Florida's highways. Over 138,000 are expected to crowd Florida's airports and another 61,000 may cruise or travel by train or bus during the holiday. Unfortunately, also up are prices — airfare about six percent, car rentals just one percent and lodging about two percent. Gasoline prices are about even or even slightly less compared to last year at $3.63 per gallon across the nation and slightly lower in Florida at an average of $3.61.

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Walk Up... Pay More at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando

Tue, 20 May 2014 15:40:43 +00002014-05-20T15:40:43Z

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld Orlando have announced a price increase of $3 for tickets purchased at the park entrance. Cha-ching... that means you'll pay $95 for a one-day admission at the gate. However, you can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Weekday tickets are $65 and "any day" tickets are $80 when purchased online. While both tickets can be used within one year of purchase, the weekday ticket may only be used Monday through Friday of any week. Of course, Florida residents can purchase a Fun Card for $95, but it is good for unlimited visits through December 31, 2014... just pay parking each visit.

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2014 Hurricane Season Starts June 1... Are You Ready?

Mon, 12 May 2014 08:00:44 +00002014-05-12T08:00:44Z

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The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, that's just two weeks away. Whether you live in Florida or will be traveling in the state, take the hurricane season seriously and begin making plans.

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They're Back... and They're Bugging Me!

Mon, 05 May 2014 14:00:07 +00002014-05-05T14:00:07Z

What's back? Love bugs, that's what! I just saw my first one yesterday. So, while I'm preparing for a trip this weekend, I'll need to pack something to get the crushed critters off my windshield. A couple of years ago, a reader wrote in response to reading my article "What's Bugging Florida?" where I wrote about the not-so-lovely love bugs: "Other than avoiding the peak hours for the 'bugs' flight, not much can be done to spare your automobile. Regular windshield wiper fluid often does not easily remove the bugs and the result of running your wipers is a streaked gooey mess that cuts visibility. Keeping a bucket in your car stocked with a bottle of water, a non-scratch pad, and baking soda is your best defense. The baking soda is known to make removal of the little critters easier."

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How to Beat the Florida Heat

Thu, 01 May 2014 19:00:23 +00002014-05-01T19:00:23Z

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If you blinked, you probably missed Florida's spring this year. After a longer-than-usual winter we had only a few comfortable spring-like days. Now, it's not even officially summer and we're experiencing temperatures in the mid- to-high 80s. Whether you're pounding the pavement at a theme park or basking in the sun at the beach, the heat can be a problem if you're not used to it and don't take the proper precautions. Remember these common sense and fun ways to keep your cool in the hot Florida sun. Also, if you're planning a trip this summer to Florida's favorite theme parks, try these great tips for overcoming the heat at Disney World.

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Florida Events Coming Up in May

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:57:35 +00002014-04-30T08:57:35Z

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Whether you're living in Florida or are here on vacation, you won't want to miss these marvelous May events:

What will the weather be like? Will there be lots of crowds? Learn what to expect in Florida during May:

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Car Masters Weekend Rolling Into Downtown Disney on Father's Day Weekend

Sun, 27 Apr 2014 21:20:25 +00002014-04-27T21:20:25Z

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If Dad is a car fan, then he'll enjoy Disney's Car Masters Weekend. In its fourth year at Downtown Disney, the automobile extravaganza features classic, muscle and exotic cars on display, along with appearances by automotive celebrities, character meet and greets, themed merchandise, live entertainment and more.

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Mother's Day Weekend Adventures and Getaways

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:00:42 +00002014-04-23T08:00:42Z

(image) Mother's Day — May 11 — will be here sooner than you think. If you can't decide what to get Mom, there's nothing wrong with flowers and chocolate... but why ...

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