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Old 05-28-2004, 06:53 PM   #1
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Vacation, Woohoo

On aug 14th I will be taking a trip down the eastcoast, starting in VA, and will end up in Key West FL, before returning north.

Any ideas on Aquariums, Historical places of interest, State/National Parks, and great places to eat would be nice.

Now I know some of you may suggest good places to dive, but I have a phobia on that, so I'm just looking for land activitys. Unless it's a Submarine Ride with Handicap access, My Mother will be joining me.

We will most likley hug the coast on the way down, and return thrue Georgia, Alabama, Tennisee, and Kentucky. then home to Cleveland, OH.

Hotell Recomendations would be a big Plus.

TIA. Tim
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YOu should swing by Baltimore and get a trip thru the Aquarium.
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definetly the baltimore aquarium, and the newport aquarium in kentucky (right on the border of cincinnati, oh). the 2 best aquariums IMO, hands down.

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I'll have to give props to the Balitmore Aquarium too, that place is awesome! And they have sea turtles! Or atleast they did last time I was there, stingrays, a whole jellyfish show, and everything. Definitley worth checking out!
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Going through the keys??? The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is very nice, also...um...SeaWorld
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I was thinkin Sea World, too
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Definitely check out Baltimore. The aquarium is amazing, as is the entire inner harbor area. Lots of unique shopping and great restaurants - try Bertha's - their Maryland crab is excellent! I stayed at the Admirel Fell Inn right on the waterfront - excellent but very expensive!

I'm a big history buff and I enjoyed touring the Civil War battlefields and national monuments of northern VA (Fredericksburgh, Manassas, Wilderness). I also liked Colonial Williamsburgh (about 40 mi west from Richmond, Va). I loved the fresh game and fowl at the Williamsburg Inn. A few miles away is Newport News if you're into US naval ships and bases.

Like Baltimore, Charleston, SC is a must see. Beautiful architecture, history, shopping, and restaurants. At Patriot's Point, you can tour the WWII aircraft carriet USS Yorktown.

Florida, of course has Disney World, EPCOT, MGM, Seaworld, and Kennedy Space Center. Tampa, is home to the excellent Florida Aquarium. Nearby is Tarpon Springs, a quaint Mediterreanean-like fishing village founded by Greek immigrants. Yummy greek cuisine, fishing, and shopping. There's even a sea sponge museum! Bok Tower Gardens located in Lake Wales (halfway between Tampa and Orlando, about 20 mi south of I4) is another must see. Lots of flowers, squirrels, snakes, and birds to photograph amid the soothing chime of the tower's carillon bells.

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National Parks Service http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parksearch/geosearch.cfm
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If you come through Chattanooga, Tn. we have a nice aquarium.

The aquarium is building a whole new building 5 stories high dedicated to SW.
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In the keys John Pennykamp is a good place just tolearn about the reef. Are you scuba certified??
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Re: Vacation, Woohoo

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Now I know some of you may suggest good places to dive, but I have a phobia on that, so I'm just looking for land activitys.
I'm gonna go with a no mrmarine.

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