Friday May 17, 2013
Mother's Day is now behind us, but one of the heaviest travel weekends is ahead — Memorial Day. Although it comes a bit earlier on the calendar this year — May 24-27 — this is the weekend that seems to mark the beginning of summertime travel; and, every year AAA forecasts millions of Americans will take to the roadways. Travelers can pave the way to a smooth trip with these timely tips and bits of information that specifies new traffic laws.
If you're not sure whether it's cheaper to fly or drive to your destination? Check this cool cost calculator from AAA and places to find the cheapest gasoline.
This can also mark the beginning of Florida's unrelenting summer heat and humidity. Make sure you are aware of heat stress symptoms and try these tips to beat the Florida heat. And, finally, if you're wondering what's splattering up your windshield, it's likely unlovely "love bugs." Learn what's bugging you and the best way to clean the little critters off your windshield.
Thursday May 16, 2013
The Florida Folk Festival will be held May 24-26 at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs. The annual event, always held on Memorial Day weekend, brings together the state's ethnic groups in a celebration of their culture. It's a great way to learn about Florida's early customs through food, music, dance, craft demonstrations and more.
In addition, this would be a great time to visit the Stephen Foster Museum located in the park and listen to the Carillon play Stephen Foster's songs.
Take a photo tour of Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.
Photo of Stephen Foster Museum © Dawn Henthorn, licensed to About.com
Monday May 13, 2013
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.
Learn how to treat common heat-related illnesses from About.com's First Aid Guide, Rod Brouhard:
Photo © St. Pete-Clearwater CVB
Friday May 10, 2013
Universal Orlando has revealed the complete lineup of performers for the 2013 Summer Concert Series. The talented lineup of Grammy Award-winning and Billboard chart-topping artists take to the stage beginning Saturday, June 1 and each Saturday through July 6. The performances are included with admission to Universal Studios Florida, but those wanting to visit solely for the concerts can purchase a special ticket providing one-time access to Universal Studios after 7:00 p.m. The 2013 Summer Concert Series lineup includes:
- June 1 - NE-YO
- June 8 - Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush
- June 15 - Gavin Degraw
- June 22 - Earth, Wind & Fire
- June 29 - Adam Lambert
- July 6 - Kip Moore
In addition, Universal Orlando has announced the opening date for its newest attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride - 3D — Thursday, June 20, 2013. The action-packed ride experience will push the limits of technology to place riders in the middle of a larger-than-life battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. The ride, based on the iconic Hasbro TRANSFORMERS brand, will recruit guests to help protect the AllSpark — a powerful energy source that would allow the Decepticons to destroy the planet. Guests board EVAC — an Autobot created exclusively for the attractions — to transport the AllSpark to safety. Beware... the Decepticons are in close pursuit.
Plan your trip to Universal Orlando:
Photo © Universal Orlando