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Houston, TX

By Bob Levin on December 21st, 2011

Categories: Popular Cities

As the largest city in Texas, Houston provides an extensive array of activities, from cultural institutions and exhibits to arts and theatre.

A great place to experience the flavor of Houston is the Theatre District, home of the Bayou Place entertainment compound in the center of downtown Houston.

The massive multilevel building contains restaurants, bars, live music, billiards and a great a destination to see the liveliness of the city. Check out the Hard Rock Café, the Blue Fish seafood restaurant or the Verizon Wireless Theatre, where you can see a variety of live concerts.

The city is home to 337 parks, including Hermann Park, Memorial Park and Sam Houston Park. Hermann Park features the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science, where you can experience a large amount of exhibits in the establishment built in 1909.

George Ranch Historical Park is a fitting place to experience some of the city’s history in this 480-acre living site. Authentic locations, historic homes and costumed presenters all makeup this legendary site.

Another remarkable family activity is the Downtown Houston Aquarium, filled with an amazing variety of water life and adventure activities. The aquarium contains everything from an aquatic carousel to a white tiger exhibit to a lovely restaurant for the whole family to enjoy.

Houston’s first public aquarium possesses 200 species of marine life and multiple exhibits, including Louisiana Swamp, Shipwreck, White Tigers, Rainforest and a Shark Voyage. You will truly experience breathtaking wildlife in a beautiful environment.

The Galleria, which hosts more than 24 million visitors each year, offers world-class shopping and features 375-plus stores, 30 restaurants, two hotels and an ice rink. Get all the souvenirs you can ask for at the Galleria and bring home great presents from the upscale boutiques and departments.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Houston without experiencing the Museum District, home to lavish culture and 18 distinct institutions. Eleven of the institutions are free year round, so you can bring the family out for an educational day and not spend too much money.

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Dec

13

Jacksonville, FL

By Bob Levin on December 13th, 2011

Categories: Popular Cities

Home to astonishing beaches, fine dining, rich history and amazing outdoor activities, Jacksonville is an amazing place to visit for a romantic or family getaway.

The warm and sunny weather highlights Florida’s largest city, which makes for perfect beach trips. Start out at the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier, where you can walk along the boardwalk and experience great views of the Atlantic Ocean and coastline, stretching out nearly a quarter of a mile.

Further experience the beauty of Jacksonville by going to the pulsating Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, a 73-acre park that has a variety of animals and beautiful native gardens. The whole family can enjoy the zoo and its offerings at a moderate price.

For a romantic getaway, the city offers an intimate atmosphere and immaculate personal service at the numerous resorts, hotels and bed & breakfasts. A memorable romantic experience can happen at the historic Riverside/Avondale district, where you can go to spas, get massages and relax.

Omni Jacksonville Hotel, the 354-room, AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel in Downtown Jacksonville is the height of luxury for couples to enjoy. The classic elegance and luxurious accommodations of these hotels will ensure a romantic experience.

Family activities include adventure, fishing and parks. Mountain biking trails can satisfy the adventurous side at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, where you can ride through the trees of this oceanfront park. Families can explore the more than 15 miles of wooded paths.

Finish the day with your family at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, where a delicious menu created by renowned chef Matthew Medure is at your fingertips. The revamped menu and entertaining show is a tradition in Jacksonville.

If you visit Jacksonville in November, you can catch the annual rivalry matchup, University of Florida-University of Georgia football game, in what’s known as the “World’s Largest Cocktail Party” and a great experience for football fanatics.

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Dec

7

Atlanta, GA

By Bob Levin on December 7th, 2011

Categories: Popular Cities

Despite its warm climate, Atlanta is one of the most visited cities in the United States for its rich tradition and endless activities.

Experience some excellent shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, where there are plenty of specialty retailers, designer boutiques and luxury spots to choose from, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier and Hermes.  If you want museum-quality art, check out the Bennett Street District where you can find some valuable antiques.

If you want to experience some of the rich culture Atlanta offers, there are year-round festivals to choose from. The well-liked ones are the Arts Festiva, the Book Festival on Labor Day Weekend and the Beach Party, while Midtown offers a multitude of year-round family-oriented festivals. Some popular ones include the Dogwood Festival, where visitors can enjoy arts and crafts while the native dogwoods are flourishing, and the Taste of Atlanta, where you can taste all of the cities best foods and drinks from the favorite restaurants.

To further experience the history of the city, Stone Mountain Park is a must see. It is home to the large piece of exposed granite in the world and the popular Lasershow Spectacular, a choreographed pyrotechnics display. The park offers an assortment of attractions with more than 3,200 acres of nature and scenic spots. There is plenty of lodging and camping for your convenience.

If you want to stay inside, there are plenty of stunning and intriguing museums. The World of Coca-Cola features a soda fountain from 1880, a 4-D theatre and a chance to taste nearly 70 different beverages from around the world. For an intrinsic experience, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is home to ancient objects from Nubia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Additionally, special exhibitions and educational events provide stories of civilization.

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