animals

Experience Animal Adventures at Interactive Parks

by Jenni Ingersoll on April 19, 2017

A small animal park in Harpursville, New York excitedly invited the world to observe the birth of a baby giraffe, an experience very few have witnessed. This has allowed those watching to fall in love not only with the giraffe couple and their antics but with the Animal Adventure Park.  If you don’t live within the New York State area, fear not, […]

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Glamping with Lions in the Serengeti

by Lanee Lee on November 28, 2012

When I imagined going on safari in Africa and staying in tents in the Serengeti, I was ready to rough it in exchange for the luxury of seeing elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and rhinos up close and personal. Little did I know, AndBeyond Serengeti Under Canvas in Kenya had something else in mind. After […]

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Bronx Zoo: Largest Urban Zoo in U.S.

by Greg Seiter on October 1, 2012

Bronx zoo resident

Lions, tigers, bears and many other creatures reside at New York’s Bronx Zoo, the largest urban zoo in the United States. In fact, thousands of birds, mammals, reptiles and primates can be found throughout the facility’s 265 acres of park lands and natural habitats. Bronx Zoo visitors have plenty choices of what to see, both […]

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The Rawhide Ranch: A Hoosier Ranch Adventure

by Jenni Ingersoll on July 16, 2012

The closest thing I’ve come to riding a horse has been the carousel at Walt Disney World Resort,  so I thought it best to ease into the saddle, so to speak, before undertaking a dude ranch vacation. Rawhide Ranch, located in Brown County, Indiana, is close to home (just one hour from Indianapolis) and offers […]

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Family Friendly Activities in Homosassa Springs, Florida

by Jenni Ingersoll on November 30, 2011

My family and I shared a wonderful experience when we went swimming with the Florida Manatees in the Crystal River at Homosassa Springs, Florida. Truth be told it was a little more wonderful for some than others.  Like most family adventures that begin before dawn there was more than one grumbling member of our party.  […]

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Adventures in Gatorland

by Jenni Ingersoll on November 21, 2011

Central Florida could be considered by most people to be theme park heaven.  Home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Resort, Sea World and the recently opened Legoland Florida, the area around Orlando is every fun-filled vacationers dream.  Yet, despite all these new theme parks and attractions cropping up, theme parks have been a part […]

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Photo Friday: Flamingo at Miami Seaquarium

by Mary Jo Manzanares on November 18, 2011

Flamingo at Miami Seaquarium

Who hasn’t marveled at the awkwardly graceful flamingo?  Ranging in color from the grey hatchlings through various shades of light pink up to vibrant red, these birds fascinate us with their ability to stand, virtually unmoving, on one leg.  But the minute they start to move, those stick-like legs all akimbo, it’s hard to imagine […]

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Swimming With Manatees

by Jenni Ingersoll on November 16, 2011

When the weather and water temperatures begin to drop, the Crystal River/Kings Bay area of Florida becomes the winter home of nearly 400 West Indian Manatees.  Manatees  prefer slow moving rivers,  canals and coastal areas where vegetation and sea grass flourish, apparently why they’re drawn to the natural springs of the Crystal River where the […]

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If you’ve ever fantasized about taking an photo safari to the wilds of Africa, but were hesitant due to the time, cost, and planning, Safari West, a 400-acre wildlife game park in the rolling hills of Sonoma County, California offers a real taste of a safari without ever leaving the continent. The word Safari means […]

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Photo Friday: White Peacock on Isola Madre

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 24, 2011

peacock on Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore

Isola Madre is the largest of the three Borromeo Islands found in Lake Maggiore, an Italian lake that’s part in Italy and part in Switzerland.  There are a few buildings on the island, most notably a 16th century palace, but it is probably best known for it extensive gardens.  The gardens are famous for the […]

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