Archive for July, 2012

Cocoa Beach Fantastic Fall Events

With so many events happening in the area of Cocoa and Cocoa Beach over the next few months, it's a fantastic time to plan a visit. Whether you love surfing, art, festivals, frothy beverges or music – there is an event for you:

NKF Surf Festival at the Cocoa Beach Pier, Sept.1-3, 2012

Brevard Caribbean Festival at Cocoa Village, Sept. 2, 2012

Cocoa Village Oktoberfest, Oct. 13, 2012

Rods n' Rockets Car Tour, Oct. 12-14, 2012

Space Coast Arts Festival, Cocoa Beach, Nov. 24-25, 2012

And, if you want to stay right on the beach, Royal Mansions Resort on Cape Canaveral has special rates happening like pay for four nights, get two free through the end of the year. Call 1-800-346-7222 for questions or reservations. Great place – full kitchen, condo-style, happy hour with snacks daily, pool, right on the sand. Enjoy!

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Pre-Pay And Save: $109 at Hutchinson Island Marriott

This is one of those early-bird-gets-the-worm deals so act fast if you need a beach vacation – on beautiful Hutchinson Island.

The Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina has a “Book Early and Save” offer, available through August 30, 2012, boasting a savings of 27% with a nightly rate of $109.

That’s a great deal for this AAA Three Diamond Resort! It’s a 200-acre island oasis, complete with unspoiled beaches, deluxe accommodations and a relaxing atmosphere that’s great for families or a romantic escape.

You just have to book in advance and pre-pay in full. Be committed! Save a bundle! Only $109 a night! For reservations, call 1-800-228-9290 and mention “Pay Now and Forever Hold Your Price” or visit their website and use the promotional code ADV.

The deal is available for travel Sundays through Thursdays, through August 30, 2012. No cancellations or refunds and black out dates apply.

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Imaginarium’s 17th Birthday Bash

The Imaginarium in downtown Fort Myers is turning 17 – and to celebrate, they're having a birthday party with a live radio remote, prizes, half-price admission for the day and more. The event is Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (special activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Everyone in your family will love the Imaginarium – even teenagers. We were here a few weeks ago with a large crew and I had to drag them out at closing time. It’s so fun on a normal day, so I can only imagine how much fun it will be on this special day!

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Sneak peek at new Be the Dinosaur outdoor exhibit
  • Cat Country Radio live remote with giveaways from 10 a.m to noon
  • Science shows
  • Live animal encounters
  • Dinosaurs! 3-D movie
  • Half off admission for the day (under 3 always free)

In addition to the birthday party fun, check out some of our hottest new programs in the Nanoscience Lab; broadcast live from the IMAG-TV Studio and email your video creation to friends; try the Dinosaur survival simulator; and get blown away in the Hurricane Experience.

Outside, you can feed the fish, turtles, ducks, and geese, then check out the interactive Caloosahatchee Experience exhibit and the beautiful butterfly garden.

For more information about the Imaginarium call 239-321-7420 or visit their website at www.i-sci.org.

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Imaginarium’s 17th Birthday Bash

The Imaginarium in downtown Fort Myers is turning 17 – and to celebrate, they're having a birthday party with a live radio remote, prizes, half-price admission for the day and more. The event is Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (special activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Everyone in your family will love the Imaginarium – even teenagers. We were here a few weeks ago with a large crew and I had to drag them out at closing time. It’s so fun on a normal day, so I can only imagine how much fun it will be on this special day!

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Sneak peek at new Be the Dinosaur outdoor exhibit
  • Cat Country Radio live remote with giveaways from 10 a.m to noon
  • Science shows
  • Live animal encounters
  • Dinosaurs! 3-D movie
  • Half off admission for the day (under 3 always free)

In addition to the birthday party fun, check out some of our hottest new programs in the Nanoscience Lab; broadcast live from the IMAG-TV Studio and email your video creation to friends; try the Dinosaur survival simulator; and get blown away in the Hurricane Experience.

Outside, you can feed the fish, turtles, ducks, and geese, then check out the interactive Caloosahatchee Experience exhibit and the beautiful butterfly garden.

For more information about the Imaginarium call 239-321-7420 or visit their website at www.i-sci.org.

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Tax-Free Weekend Means Shop And Save

Hey moms and dads – get ready to save with the Florida Sales Tax Holiday. This is one weekend that you should make plans to go shopping! The dates are August 3-5, 2012 and it’s a great time to get those back-to-school clothes for the kids.

The Premium Outlet Centers throughout Florida invite you shop over the tax-free weekend and save by paying no tax on clothing and footwear under $75 – in addition to their everyday savings of 25% to 65%!

Here are their six different outlet locations in Florida:

  • Ellenton Premium Outlets
  • Orlando Premium Outlets
  • International Drive & Vineland Ave
  • St Augustine Premium Outlets
  • Florida City Outlet Center (at the gateway to the Florida Keys)
  • Outlet Marketplace

Need to learn more about Florida's Tax Free Holiday? You can read more online at the government's website.

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Rare Weedy Sea Dragon Birth At SeaWorld: Video

This is wild on all kinds of levels. A male weedy sea dragon just gave birth at SeaWorld Orlando. It's the first time sea dragon eggs have successfully hatched at a SeaWorld park – and it's such a rare occurance, it's considered an extraordinary event! In fact, there have only been three other aquariums in the U.S. to successfully breed weedy sea dragons.

Weedy sea dragona are closely related to the sea horse and it's the male sea dragons that actually are in charge of bearing young.  Check out this way cool video from SeaWorld and learn all about this amazing creature from Australia and where you can see the new babies.

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Double Dino Days in August at Dinosaur World

Before you head back to school, head over to the amazingly fun and super affordable Dinosaur World in Plant City. It's about half way between Tampa and Orlando and it's worth the drive from anywhere if you have kids that even remotely like prehistoric creatures big and small.

August is a great month to visit because it's Double Dino Days – that means when you pay full admission price in August, you get a ticket to come back any day in December except Christmas Day. Now that's a deal.

This place has everything for a day of fun – fossil digs, 150+ lifesize dinosaurs, anamatronics, educational movies, a playground and picnic area – and you can bring in your own food and drink. You will love it – we do!

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Double Dino Days in August at Dinosaur World

Before you head back to school, head over to the amazingly fun and super affordable Dinosaur World in Plant City. It's about half way between Tampa and Orlando and it's worth the drive from anywhere if you have kids that even remotely like prehistoric creatures big and small.

August is a great month to visit because it's Double Dino Days – that means when you pay full admission price in August, you get a ticket to come back any day in December except Christmas Day. Now that's a deal.

This place has everything for a day of fun – fossil digs, 150+ lifesize dinosaurs, anamatronics, educational movies, a playground and picnic area – and you can bring in your own food and drink. You will love it – we do!

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Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk

I’m a little late to the party, but I just found out that the Daytona Beach Pier re-opened this summer. The 87-year-old pier was closed for about two years as it underwent over $5 million in restoration and renovations, including the tasty addition of Joe’s Crab Shack as its primary tenant – right at the end of the pier at the Atlantic Ocean’s edge. (Look for the new pier location of Joe’s in its national TV commercials!)

This area has always been great for families and now it’s even better with all that’s new. And what’s really awesome is in another few months, you can ride one of America’s only oceanfront roller coasters. The 1,700 foot steel coaster was the main attraction at an amusement park in Delaware and it’s near completion at its new location at the Boardwalk Amusement Area.

In the meantime, you can take a ride on the 100-foot Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, a go-kart track and the Slingshot. Not to mention grab a slice of pizza, have an ice cream and get the been-there-done-that T-shirt while the ocean breeze gently blows your cares away.

See you there!

 

 

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Daytona Beach Pier and Boardwalk

I’m a little late to the party, but I just found out that the Daytona Beach Pier re-opened this summer. The 87-year-old pier was closed for about two years as it underwent over $5 million in restoration and renovations, including the tasty addition of Joe’s Crab Shack as its primary tenant – right at the end of the pier at the Atlantic Ocean’s edge. (Look for the new pier location of Joe’s in its national TV commercials!)

This area has always been great for families and now it’s even better with all that’s new. And what’s really awesome is in another few months, you can ride one of America’s only oceanfront roller coasters. The 1,700 foot steel coaster was the main attraction at an amusement park in Delaware and it’s near completion at its new location at the Boardwalk Amusement Area.

In the meantime, you can take a ride on the 100-foot Ferris Wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl, a go-kart track and the Slingshot. Not to mention grab a slice of pizza, have an ice cream and get the been-there-done-that T-shirt while the ocean breeze gently blows your cares away.

See you there!

 

 

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