Summer Trips

by Peter Lyden

School is out for the summer, and is enjoyed for three major reasons: number one-the beach, number two-relaxation, and, most importantly, number three-traveling.   Although people usually go to the beach and relax every day, most of them travel to a destination of some sort.  There are a variety of destinations to choose from, but there are a couple of highly recommended destinations that people really should take into consideration.

A week’s vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the Wax Museum in New York City, Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach, and the Blueclaws games in Lakewood all offer entertainment that people should check out during the summer.

Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom

A week-long vacation to Disney World in Orlando is the most  recommended and popular summer destination.  A week-long vacation allows you to visit all the fun-filled Disney amusement parks, such as EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Blizzard Beach.  There are numerous shows and attractions to visit at each of the parks, as well as seasonal festivities and events.  Disney characters surround the park, entertaining and greeting children and parents.

There are also water parks included as part of the amusement, as well as smaller hotel accommodations with pools and water slides.  The water parks offer opportunities to get soaked on slides, rides, and other waterlogged attractions. Similarly, some of the world’s most interesting and unique roller coasters (outside of Six Flags Great Adventure) are located in Disney World.  These include Space Mountain at EPCOT, Splash Mountain and the Runaway Train at the Magic Kingdom, and The Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios.  The cuisine at Epcot features an international array of dishes. It’s a fun memorable experience that the entire family can enjoy.

A wax sculpture of Oprah Winfrey

A fabulous daytrip excursion during the summer would be to the Wax Museum in New York City.  At the museum, visitors can get up-close and personal with their favorite stars–well, sort of.   The museum is a member of one of the international family of museums. The others are located in London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong.  The museum is based off of Madame Tussaud’s inspiration to create mastercrafted lifelike wax figures.  It’s affordable for the entire family will love it.  Some of the famous wax figures include Rachael Ray, Ellen DeGeneres, and many others.  People can register for admission either over the phone or online.

Outside the aquarium

On a hot summer day, people can travel down to Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach.  It is located right on the amusement boardwalk on the beach. It features a wide range of activities that provide education, encourage conservation, and offer superior care for a diverse collection of life from aquatic habitats.  It provides guests with a unique and memorable experience through creative exhibits as well as innovative educational and outreach programs.  The admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and children, and free for children under two years of age.  It is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:00pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Take me out to the ball game...

On a nice summer evening, people can go to the Blueclaws minor league baseball games in Lakewood. Games are held throughout the week from April to September. It’s extremely affordable, very family-oriented, and the games are always a lot of fun to watch.  There is also great food, great entertainment (often in the form of a pork roll, egg, and cheese race), and plenty to do outside of the stadium.

Another fascinating location for the family to go to would be Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. Six Flags is an amusement park that offers incredible and exhilarating coasters like Kingda Ka, Nitro, Spiderman, El Toro, and many others.  In fact, effective in spring 2011, the newly-built Green Lantern roller coaster will open its gates for visitors.  There are also fabulous array of dishes at the little restaurants throughout the park.

Entrance to the park

If people do not want to wait in the long line to get into the park, they can pay extra for a Flash Pass, effective for one day only, to go on the rides while avoiding the lines. To avoid consistently paying to get into the park for every visit, visitors can get a season pass; which’ll make their visits free for the rest of the season. Members can also receive discounts on tickets if family members are employees at the park. The park is open the every day from April through November rain or shine; unless if there is poor weather. It’s a very fun-filled destination that people will never want to leave.

Summer is full of fun activities one way or another; big or small. Whether it’s spending an afternoon on the beach or boardwalk, going to a museum, aquarium, amusement park, or just simply traveling away somewhere for a good while, there’s always something to do. Summer always has something for everybody. All in all, summer is a great time of the year.


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