Travel & Tourism

The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Performs for Troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience Performs for Troops at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Local musicians serve up a heaping helping of southern roots rock and blues in Guantanamo Bay A group of local musicians has embarked on a four-day trip to perform for US troops stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. and Isaac Corbitt of the traveled from to the storied military compound where they will entertain the men and women in uniform. The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience was performing its rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at ’s when it caught the ear of a different kind of military recruiter. A representative of a group that sponsors entertainment at military bases liked what they heard and …

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A Fierce New Look at the Stadium, Nicole Holderbaum Finishes Jaguar Mural

A Fierce New Look at the Jaguars’ Stadium, New Jaguars Mural by Nicole Holderbaum, Nicole Holderbaum, New mural at TIAA Bank Field for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Photo by Allan Pimenta

Nicole Holderbaum Finishes Mural for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 25th Anniversary at TIAA Bank Field Two words you won’t typically find in the same sentence: art, and football. Currently in Jacksonville however, these two words will be growing in frequency and sharing the same playing field and our local sense of pride is going to expand right alongside them. I’m talking about the mural projects taking place with the Jacksonville Jaguars at , have you heard yet? Every night of the week there is an art opening in one corner of town or another, and large-scale public art projects are appearing …

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Brooks Rehab Teams Up with the City of Jacksonville to Create Adaptive Kayak Launches

Hanna Park Ramp, Brooks Rehabilitation Center Teams Up with the City of Jacksonville to Create 11 New Adaptive Kayak Launches

Physical Therapy Takes on New Meaning with Adaptive Kayak Launches Hanna Park is one of three recreational sites in Jacksonville with a new adaptive kayak launch to serve the disabled community. As part of the City of Jacksonville’s Adaptive Recreation Program, the Disabled Services Division and Brooks Rehabilitation have partnered to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the waterways. Alice Krauss manages the Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program at Brooks Rehabilitation Center where she works with patients as an Occupational Therapist. The recreation program offers individuals with disabilities the chance to participate in sports at , compete against …

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Indoor Playgrounds, Adventure Parks, Bowling, Skating, and Other Indoor Activities Around Jacksonville

Pump It Up, Indoor Playgrounds, Trampoline and Adventure Parks, Bowling, Skating, and Other Indoor Activities Around Jacksonville, Florida

As summer stretches on and the temperatures tick skyward, Florida families know that sometimes the best place to play is inside where the AC is cool and sunscreen is not required. Thankfully, the First Coast is home to plenty of indoor activities so you’ll never be bored while beating the heat.  Indoor Playgrounds Bay & Bee (locations at the Beaches and Bartram Springs, www.baynbee.com) Bay & Bee is a locally owned, eco-friendly indoor play space inspired by Montessori and Waldorf educational principles and geared toward children, infant to age 5. In addition to open play, classes and workshops are available …

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Ambitious New Theme Park Coming to Florida: Universal’s Epic Universe

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Ambitious New Theme Park Coming to Florida: Universal’s Epic Universe, Concept Art

“Universal’s Epic Universe” Will Bring Experiences Beyond Your Wildest Imagination to Life Universal Orlando Resort is building a new, fourth, theme park to be called Universal’s Epic Universe. The vision: create an entirely new level of experience that forever changes . Universal’s Epic Universe will take guests on a journey where beloved stories expand into vibrant lands – and where that journey is as much a part of their adventure as the ultimate destination. “Our new park represents the single-largest investment Comcast NBCUniversal has made in its theme park business and in Florida overall,” said Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and …

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About a Trip to New Zealand

5 Things You Didn't Know About a Trip to New Zealand

Traveling to New Zealand? New Zealand is one of the world’s most alluring destinations, regularly appearing on travellers’ bucket lists thanks to its lush rainforests, deserted beaches, snow-capped mountains and towering glaciers.  Its majestic scenery is only surpassed by the warmth of its people – if you ask anyone who has visited this wonderful country, no one will have a bad word to say about it. It is, of course, famous for its natural beauty, which has played a starring role in films such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Last Samurai among many others. This …

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Around and Near Jacksonville: The Best Beaches to Visit on the First Coast of Florida

Around and Near Jacksonville: Best Beaches on the First Coast, Mickler's Beach in Ponte Vedra, Sharks Teeth

The expression “Life’s a beach” looks at the bright side of things, putting a sunny spin on a phrase that when substituting its more vulgar counterpart means the exact opposite, or at the very least a female dog. “A day at the beach” also serves as a unit of measurement to describe a pleasurable situation, but in an idiomatic sense denotes less than desirable circumstances, as in ‘she was no day at the beach’. What does a day at the beach mean to you? For some, it’s as simple and stretching out on a towel or lounge chair, turning the …

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Top 5 New and Upcoming Theme Park Attractions in Florida

Tigris Opening Bush Gardens Tampa Bay, Top 5 New and Upcoming Theme Park Attractions in Florida

There’s nothing more road trip-worthy than Florida’s theme parks, and this summer is a great time to brave the crowds and the heat. This year all of the major theme parks in the state have either already unveiled new attractions or will have something new to share in the coming months. Here’s a look at the five new additions we’re most excited about: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios For over 40 years the franchise has been a global phenomenon, keeping generations of fans transfixed on amazing adventures that happened “a long time ago in a galaxy far, …

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Camping is Like Childbirth: A Trip to Fort Wilderness at Disney with Kids

Camping is Like Childbirth: A Trip to Fort Wilderness at Disney, Photo by Jessica Stevenson

“Camping was like childbirth.” I explained to my friend after my husband and I decided to give camping as a family a try this January. I am already planning our next camping adventure in my head, even though just a few days ago I was lying on a freezing air mattress, with a four year old as physically close to me as possible without crawling back inside his first home, and swearing to myself, “I will never do this again! Never!” Yet, somehow I am pretty sure we will do it again, and possibly even make it an annual thing.  …

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Water View Dining Around Jacksonville, The Beaches, and St. Augustine

Palms Fish Camp, waterfront deck, Water View Dining Around Jacksonville, The Beaches, and St. Augustine

The First Coast doesn’t lack for food and drink with a view, specifically a water view. Here’s a rundown of a few of the places you can find with varying water vistas. For a view of the St. Johns River and , there are two places you might try: the River City Brewing Company (835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, 398-2299) and Charthouse (1501 Riverplace Blvd, Jacksonville, 398-3353). If you go to the Charthouse for the view, it’s a good idea to come during happy hour for bar snacks. Prices are exceptionally high on their dinner menu. River City Brewing Company is more …

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