World Travel

  1. Funky Floridiana: Weirdly wonderful attractions along the way


    As a state where tourism is big business, it's not surprising that Florida offers a lot of attractions. Some are natural, like the climate, the beaches, the Everglades. Some are man-made — the theme parks, the hotels, the golf courses. • Then there are a few that downright odd. Usually these are someone's …

    A bottle tree and gazebo are part of the far-out home and studio of Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda in Safety Harbor.
  2. Epcot adds adults-only after party starting Thursday


    Walt Disney World has announced a new feature, but no kids are allowed. The new After Hours Wind Down experience at Epcot will cost $35 for appetizers and a beverage flight for adults 21 and older when the park closes at 9 p.m. After the park's Illuminations fireworks show, the kids will clear out and guests will have a …

  3. Opening day of Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens might be delayed


    Thrill seekers who can't wait to hurtle down 335 feet face-first may have to be patient. Busch Gardens says construction delays might push back the opening of its drop tower ride Falcon's Fury, which is set for May 1. A fan party on that day has been postponed. "Our Design & Engineering team is still conducting ride …

  4. Off the beaten path, onto the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica


    By the end of our fourth day on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, we had seen, according to the tally kept by my 9-year-old, Sasha, dozens of species of animals. We had peered at leafcutter ants, army ants and zombie ants. We had been deafened by howler monkeys, beguiled by squirrel monkeys and strangely stirred by …

    Natural tidal pools form on the beach near Bosque del Cabo Rainforest Lodge, at the tip of the Osa Peninsula — a place of lush, unspoiled beauty and biodiversity.
  5. Disney's 'It's a Small World' celebrates 50 years with sing-along (w/video)




    It's a world of laughter, a world of tears.

  6. Shamu show returns to SeaWorld this weekend


    After a three-month hiatus for pool upgrades, the Shamu show "One Ocean" is returning to SeaWorld in Orlando on Friday. The iconic killer whale show was closed in January while Shamu Stadium's main pool was repainted and the clear panels that separate the animals from the audience were replaced. The "Dine With Shamu" …

  7. The Dwarf House, the original Chick-fil-A, is a fun stop in Georgia



    The first time I saw the road sign I almost swerved off Interstate 75. Our highway exits are littered with fast-food conformity — Mickey Ds, BK, T-Bell, the usual — but this was different, a magical anomaly, perhaps even a puckish trick of the light on weary eyes.

    Chick-fil-A …

    The original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House has myriad charms, including a miniature front door (pictured, with the not-so-miniature reporter) and a statue of founder Truett Cathy. It’s in Hapeville, Ga., just south of Atlanta.
  8. Universal's retro Cabana Bay resort aims for value



    It was 1958, and America was all about zoom. The Space Race was on. Our highways were growing longer, Roadside U.S.A. in full bloom. It didn't matter if the family was headed to Mars or Miami: Travel was the thing, and we were having a blast, World War II behind us, Vietnam yet to cast a pall.

    Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open.
  9. New baby dolphin makes a splash


    ORLANDO – Discovery Cove welcomed a new baby last month.

  10. St. Pete Beach on east coast? Hernando mermaids in Ocala? So says this tourist advertisement

    Human Interest

    It sounded like a good idea.

    Visit Florida, the state's tourism agency, struck a deal with Coastal Living magazine to persuade people to, well, visit Florida. At a reduced rate, visitor bureaus and resorts from the Panhandle to Key West chipped in to buy a seven-page glossy advertising section. On the …

    On the first page of Visit Florida’s advertising section in Coastal Living magazine, a barefoot, wispy-haired boy stands on a pristine beach and holds a lemon yellow kite over his head. Above a distant breaking surf, at the top of the page: “Florida — STAY & PLAY GUIDE.” The trouble is, if you used the subsequent pages as an actual guide, you would in several cases neither stay nor play anywhere near the places you intended.