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Freestyle Music Park tones down Hard Rock Park's image

The former Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is losing some of its edge. The roller coaster that played Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love? It's now called the Time Machine and features soundtracks of songs from the 1960s through today. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach also reported that the park will feature a show called "Flip Five Live," in which teenage performers dance, tumble and sing as they encourage younger children to dance and sing along. Not exactly the Roadies Stunt Show of old.

The park was auctioned off by a bankruptcy judge in December and the new owners want a more family friendly place. It will reopen as the Freestyle Music Park on Saturday.

Travel site suggests where, what and when

A new Web site can help you decide where to go on vacation this summer: The site was created for "U.S. leisure travelers who have not pinpointed 'where to go' or 'when to travel' or 'what to do,' " says U.S. Travel spokesman Greg Staley. It includes an interactive map and an activity finder listing more than 3,000 experiences, attractions and events, including museums, gardens, ski slopes, festivals and parks. In addition, offers content from the National Park Service and the National Scenic Byways program and photo galleries organized by location.

Tastes and tunes from around the country

Buffalo wings from Buffalo and cheesesteak from Philly are heading to California in June for the one-day Great American Food and Music Fest. The event is from noon to 10 p.m. June 13 in Mountain View, about 35 miles from San Francisco. Thousands of pounds of pastrami, pickles, bread and mustard will be flown in from Katz's Deli in Manhattan, hot dogs will come from Pink's in Hollywood and spicy chicken wings are being provided by the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y., which claims to have originated the recipe. Top cooks from the San Francisco Bay area, along with Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell, will be on hand for demonstrations. Tickets start at $35 and the first plate of food is free from one purveyor of your choice. Details: greatamerican

Apps for iPhone can help the miles pass

After you've played I Spy, and read books until you're woozy, here are three iPhone applications that might help smooth a rough spot on a family car trip. For younger travelers, iToyBox holds a colorful pinwheel, sketch pad and more, nine diversions in all. BubbleWrap provides virtual sheets of the pop-a-licious packaging material, and before we get to the last one, let's keep in mind that some of us want to keep the kids amused, at any cost. Thus . . . iFart Mobile, which makes your phone simulate flatulence in a way sure to generate giggles, from the 8-year-old at least. BubbleWrap is free; iFart Mobile and iToyBox are 99 cents each.

Deals and discounts by land, sea and air

• A four-night Carnival cruise to the Bahamas departing Port Canaveral on Aug. 30 starts at $286 per person double, including $47 in taxes and fees, a savings of $610 off brochure rates. Deadline to book this Early Saver rate is May 29. Toll-free 1-800-227-6482;

• Gate 1 Travel is offering a package deal with round-trip air fare from Dulles in Washington to Dublin and four nights' lodging at the Mespil Hotel that starts at $493 per person double. Book by May 31. Toll-free 1-800-682-3333;

• Royal Plantation Ocho Rios in Jamaica is offering up to 60 percent off for travel Aug. 1-Oct. 31 and for Jan. 4-Dec. 21, 2010. The deal applies to the European plan and to all-inclusive stays. Book by May 28. A three-night minimum is required. Toll-free 1-888-487-6925;

• Through June 30, Zephyr Cove Resort on Lake Tahoe, near the Nevada-California border, is offering 50 percent discounts on rooms, suites, cabins and chalets. Rates start at $71 a night, including taxes. Toll-free 1-866-761-6240; Request booking code MAYJUNE25.

Compiled from Times wires

Freestyle Music Park tones down Hard Rock Park's image 05/16/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 16, 2009 4:30am]
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