Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari

In decades past, if you wanted to see wild animals in their natural habitat, free from the iron-barred cages of your local zoo, you had to travel to an exotic location such as Africa. Then a group of British and African entrepreneurs had a grand idea; a drive-through zoo (hey, it worked for the fast food industry)! What could be more fun than to sit in the comfort of your air-conditioned car and see man eating-lions, graceful giraffes, and cantankerous rhinos through the relative safety of your automobile windshield? Continue reading...

Wax Museums

Wax Museums

As a kid, I remember being fascinated by wax museums. The first one I visited was in Orlando, FL., and I remember being mesmerized by the elaborate sets and the many iconic characters from my favorite films and television series. There was the entire Enterprise bridge from Star Trek – with a realistic representation of every crew member. Around the corner, Fonzie and the entire cast of Happy Days were kicking back at “Arnolds,” and Archie and Edith Bunker reclining in the familiar living room set of All in the Family. So enthralled was I, that I never really cared that I was basically looking at a bunch of human-shaped candles. I just remember that, to a 12-year old, all of it was very cool. Continue reading...

Mystery Spots

Mystery Spots

No matter where you live, you probably aren’t too far away from a Mystery Spot – one of those strange roadside attractions that seemingly defy the physical laws of science, particularly gravity. Water flows uphill, people’s height appears to change as they walk, and items such as a ball seemingly roll up a ramp. Continue reading...

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

When parents bring the whole family to Las Vegas these days, the kids really don’t realize just how lucky they have it. Today, most of the bigger hotels do their best to offer a multitude of activities that the whole family can enjoy. Excalibur entertains with jousting matches, Treasure Island provides a spectacular pirates show, and New York, New York offers a thrilling roller coaster. There are ride simulators, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, and a place where you can drink Coca-Cola from around the world, or purchase just about anything M&M's-related that your heart desires. And, as kid that visited Vegas in decades past can readily attest, it wasn't always that way. Continue reading...

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

Home to baseball’s most hallowed legends and treasured lore, Yankee Stadium once stood as Major League Baseball’s pantheon-- a fitting title, since it was the first sports location to be given the Greek appellation “stadium.” From its construction in 1923 to its demise in 2008, it was once home to the most successful franchise in modern sports history, the twenty-six-time world champion New York Yankees (a remarkable pace of about one title every three years). Nine of those championships were clinched at the stadium, while eight other teams have celebrated winning their rings there. And while there is no trace of the old stadium today, the memories of “the house that Ruth built” won’t be dismantled anytime soon. Continue reading...

Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

It’s been show time at the Apollo for almost a hundred years, and in that time, some of the biggest celebrities in the business have launched their careers at the famed theater, located in the predominantly black neighborhood, Harlem, on 125th street in New York City. Continue reading...

Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls

Today, we remember the glory days of the shopping mall, back when we revered them for all they had to offer, especially if you were a teenager. We arrived in groups, usually after convincing one of our parents to drive us over and drop us off for the day. We sought out our friends and our love interests, we exchanged our hard earned allowance for slice of pizza or ice cream cone, and we made sure still had enough money left to convert it into as many quarters as possible, for every mall worth its weight had a respectable arcade. Continue reading...

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Cabazon Dinosaurs

You are making a trek through the California Desert on your way to the vacation resort of Palm Springs, when you encounter a strange sight. Are your eyes playing tricks on you, a road-weary victim of some time-warped primeval mirage? No, you have just come across Dinny and Rex, the world-famous and delightfully offbeat Cabazon Dinosaurs. Continue reading...