The Park That Snaps Into Place — Florida’s LEGOLAND®

The Park That Snaps Into Place — Florida’s LEGOLAND®

Who would have thought that a simple toy, which was popular when I was a kid, would still be relevant in the 21st century?  Legos, the colorful, snap-together building bricks that have been sparking kids' imaginations for decades, has grown into a larger-than-life brand, reaching beyond the toy world into merchandise, apparel, movies and theme parks.  LEGOLAND® parks are now located on several continents and the newest and largest in the world is in Winter Haven, Florida. LEGOLAND® Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking…Read more
Get “Rainbowed” at Color Events Across the Southeast

Get “Rainbowed” at Color Events Across the Southeast

  I'm sure you've seen the pictures on Facebook, Instagram and other media: smiling people in clouds of colored dust or jets of bright paint, their clothes and bodies covered in a palette of pigments. Sometimes they're running a 5K; sometimes, they're dancing to dubstep at an outdoor arena. Whatever the activity, they are getting covered in color and having a great time. It's a technicolor trend that's been gaining momentum over the past couple of years and it's growing fast. Apparently, people really like getting "rainbowed". Here's a rundown of some upcoming color events happening across the Southeast:…Read more
“Go 4th on the River” – A Must-See Fireworks Show in New Orleans, LA

“Go 4th on the River” – A Must-See Fireworks Show in New Orleans, LA

If there's one thing New Orleans knows how to do, it's throw a great party. Independence Day is no exception! There are many places across Louisiana where you can see amazing fireworks displays, but not many where you can see dueling pyrotechnics and floating, exploding shells on the Mississippi River. For that kind of spectacle, you'll have to head to NOLA's “Go 4th on the River” celebration. Go 4th on the River is ranked by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the “Top Five Must-See Fireworks Displays in the U.S." The show features two "dueling barges" over the Mighty…Read more
“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers – Tunica, MS

“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers – Tunica, MS

Every day, Americans are hard at work doing whatever it takes to keep this great nation of ours thriving. Whether on farms or in factories, offices or classrooms, on the streets or in outer space, work is and always has been a major part of all of our lives. The Smithsonian Institute is recognizing and celebrating the American worker (past and present) through a wonderful traveling exhibit called “The Way We Worked”.  “The Way We Worked” shows the history of Americans working together, predominantly through powerful photographs culled from the national archive’s rich…Read more
The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum – It’s a Home Run!

The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum – It’s a Home Run!

Photo from Louisville Slugger Facebook page. Call me un-American, but I'm really not a huge fan of baseball. So when I recently decided to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, I brought my two nephews who are baseball fanatics. Having them there really enhanced the experience, but I realized that even if you can't name a single current MLB player (like me), you will still enjoy this factory tour and museum. When you arrive at the museum, the first thing you see is a 120’ tall baseball bat. The Big Bat,…Read more
Drink In the Fun at Atlanta’s “World of Coca Cola”

Drink In the Fun at Atlanta’s “World of Coca Cola”

  It's one of the world's most iconic brands and it's headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. If you want to learn about and experience the most famous soft drink on earth, you'll love the "World of Coca Cola."  Step foot inside the Lobby and you'll see: this is light-years beyond a standard factory tour. The World of Coca-Cola is a museum, interactive expo, art gallery, bottling facility and a soft-drink tasting experience. The building contains over 1,200 Coke artifacts from all over the world, dating back as far as 1905. Displays show how the…Read more
It’s Always Party Time in Pensacola, FL

It’s Always Party Time in Pensacola, FL

Some 450 years ago, Spanish galleons sailed into Pensacola Bay, and explorer Don Tristan de Luna led an expedition ashore to establish the first European settlement in America. This historic landing is the basis of numerous celebrations every year, making Pensacola a destination where it’s always easy to find a festival or special event.  Flags of five governments have flown over Pensacola – Spain, France, England, the Confederacy and the United States – and an organization called the Fiesta of Five Flags organizes an array of activities every year. Its calendar includes the DeLuna Treasure Hunt, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival, the Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest, the Fiesta…Read more
One Cow at a Time in Little Rock

One Cow at a Time in Little Rock

Sometimes a vacation experience can be enjoyable and serious at the same time. That’s true at Heifer Village on the campus of Heifer International in downtown Little Rock. Its neighbor, the Clinton Presidential Library, gets loads of attention, but the hands-on learning experience of Heifer Village has a special appeal, too. Heifer International is a global nonprofit whose goal is to end hunger and poverty. That’s a tall order, but it’s been working on it one family and one cow at a time since 1944. In truth, it’s not just cows. Heifer International also provides sheep, rabbits, honeybees, chicks, ducks, goats, geese, pigs, llamas, water buffalo and…Read more
“Start Your Engines” for NASCAR’s Main Event – the Daytona 500!

“Start Your Engines” for NASCAR’s Main Event – the Daytona 500!

      One of the things February is known for is the Super Bowl, the most anticipated and watched sporting event of the year. But actually, there's another huge sporting event that takes place in February, and it's much more fast-paced and exciting than the football match-up. It's the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”, the Daytona 500.   Held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, this main event is a 500 mile long NASCAR Sprint Cup motor race, and is regarded as the most important and prestigious…Read more
Hot Springs, Arkansas: Take a Long, Hot Soak on a Chilly Winter Day

Hot Springs, Arkansas: Take a Long, Hot Soak on a Chilly Winter Day

  147 degrees.   That’s the temperature of the mineral water bubbling out of the ground in 47 spots around Hot Springs, Arkansas. And in the midst of one the country's coldest winters, I can't think of anything nicer than taking a good, long soak in these natural, healing waters.    Folks have always gathered at these founts, from pre-history American Indians to today’s vacationers, to wash their cares away. A storied history swirls around the healing waters. Recognized as the first national preserve in the U.S., the area attracted bathers galore before the Civil War. Gangsters, including…Read more