King's Island

King’s Island

Folks living in the Midwestern United States needn’t make a long trek to Florida or California to get their amusement park fix. Opening its gates in 1972, King’s Island, located just north of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been thrilling visitors of all ages for over 35 years. With its well-kept grounds, an arsenal of top-notch roller coasters, and numerous movie and television tie-in attractions, King’s Island has been putting smiles on the faces of locals and tourists alike, who visit the park each year by the millions. Continue reading...

Marineland

Marineland

High atop the pristine California cliffs of the Palos Verdes peninsula lies the remains of a once-magical wonderland, where dolphins, pilot whales, and killer whales delighted millions of fans with their aquatic antics. A decade before there was Sea World in San Diego, there was "Marineland of the Pacific." Continue reading...

Disneyland

Disneyland

It’s hard to imagine a world without a Disneyland. Disneyland is an American icon – no, a global icon – that has set the standard for family fun for over half a century. More than a place, it is a symbol of childhood dreams, of timeless wonder, and of the power of fantasy. But once upon a time Disneyland itself was a mere dream that would take years of planning to become a reality. Continue reading...

1964 World's Fair

1964 World’s Fair

The year was 1964, a period in American history where hope for the future still burned bright from the previous decade. Technology and industry were making great strides, especially in the area of space exploration, and the city of New York recognized that the time was ripe for an encore to the 1939 World’s Fair. Continue reading...

Route 66

Route 66

It’s the road of many names, likely the most famous in the world. Its historic value is unquestionable and extensive. It has been immortalized through song, film, literature and television. And in its heyday, Route 66 literally transformed and paved the landscape of a nation.It’s the road of many names, likely the most famous in the world. Its historic value is unquestionable and extensive. It has been immortalized through song, film, literature and television. And in its heyday, Route 66 literally transformed and paved the landscape of a nation. Continue reading...

Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari

Before the 60s, if you wanted to see wild animals in their natural habitat, free from the confining cages of a local zoo, you had to travel to an exotic locale. That is, until a group of entrepreneurs had a grand idea; a drive-through zoo! Lion Country Safari proved that a family could have a great time sitting in the comfort of their car While viewing man eating-lions, graceful giraffes, and grumpy rhinos through the relative safety of an 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...