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Family fun hits high note on new Symphony of the Seas

Symphony of the Seas, now sailing out of Miami, shows off what Royal Caribbean does best: true family vacations. The Miami-based cruise line’s newest and biggest ship, measuring 238 feet tall and 1,188 feet long, hits plenty of high notes. Like all of the Oasis class ships, it has seven neighborhoods,...

  • Seeking peace: River trips help kids connect with nature

    Seeking peace: River trips help kids connect with nature

    Peace River winds 106 miles through Central Florida, from Polk County to the Gulf of Mexico, but its significance to longtime Florida families makes it feel more like the Mississippi. Most of the native Floridians I know have been to the Peace River. When I moved here decades ago, I was told of...

  • Florida travel calendar for November

    Florida travel calendar for November

    Check out festivals and events in November across the state. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Through November 12: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Walt Disney World. The annual food and wine lover's...

  • Life-size dinosaurs invade South Florida Science Center | Video

    Life-size dinosaurs invade South Florida Science Center | Video

    The largest traveling exhibition of dinosaurs in America is roaring into South Florida on Saturday in the “Dinosaur Invasion” at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. Sixteen dinosaurs are featured in the Science Center’s newest and largest-ever indoor and outdoor exhibit,...

  • Cruise with kids: A parent's survival guide to cruising with kids under 5

    Cruise with kids: A parent's survival guide to cruising with kids under 5

    After learning my husband’s family reunion would be a five-day cruise this summer, I searched for a brown paper bag to calm my panic attack. Nothing spells relaxation like being in a small room on a ship in the middle of the ocean with two small dictators disguised as children, right? Traveling...

  • Some of the best things to do in Key West are free

    Some of the best things to do in Key West are free

    Late summer and early fall bring the lowest room rates to Key West. Yes, it’s the peak of hurricane season, but for budget travelers, this is also bargain season. To make your travel dollars stretch even further, take advantage of the many free things to do in Key West. You don’t have to drop $15...

  • Best water parks in the country

    Best water parks in the country

    TripAdvisor has released its Travelers' Choice Awards for the top water parks in the country.  No surprise, Florida's water parks come out on top.  For local thrills, check out our guide to South Florida's water parks.

  • Central Florida Explorer: Ron Jon, the superstore and Florida icon

    Central Florida Explorer: Ron Jon, the superstore and Florida icon

    When I was moving to Orlando a few months ago, I remember seeing the billboards advertising Ron Jon Surf Shop for hundreds of miles away. Approaching Cocoa Beach from almost any major roadway, you’ll see them, almost speaking to you as you drive. “You’re getting warmer,” they seem to say. 251 miles...

  • Florida travel calendar for August

    Florida travel calendar for August

    Check out festivals and events in August across the state. View events this coming weekend, or view the whole month's offerings by region below. This list is organized by region. Central Florida: (Including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)...

  • Icon Orlando: Discount tickets for Florida residents in August

    Icon Orlando: Discount tickets for Florida residents in August

    For the month of August, Florida residents can get 25 percent off for a ticket aboard Icon Orlando, the International Drive observation wheel formerly known as the Orlando Eye. The deal lops off a quarter of the regular price plus takes off the tax, the attraction says. That ends up being $21 (or...

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