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The 2nd annual Miami Beer Festival is less than two weeks away but it's not too late to get tickets.
The fest brings together dozens of craft, international, and local breweries on the Sun Life Stadium field. This year's featured breweries include Kona, Redhook, Widmer, Shock Top, Goose Island, Estrella, Vermont Hard Cider, Abita, Anchor, Sam Adams, Orange Blossom, Bells, Brooklyn, Miami Brewing, Harpoon, Florida Beer Company, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Sweetwater, Lagunitas, World of Beer, Ommegang, and Hollywood Organic.
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Heading to Florida anytime soon? If not, you may want to consider a trip since tours through NASA's massive Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) in Titusville are ending on February 11, 2014.
The reason for discontinuing the tours is simple: "As a working spaceflight facility, NASA is preparing the VAB for the new SLS launch systems for 2017."
Now that Space Shuttles have begun their retirement as static displays in several US cities, NASA is moving on to the next stage of space exploration with the Space Launch System (SLS). In order to develop and construct what will be space vehicles designed to lift 70-130 metric tons (and astronauts!) into orbit and, perhaps, even to Mars.
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We’ve known for quite some time that Southwest Airlines has visions of international destinations dancing in their head, and now it looks as if that they might have picked out exactly where they want to start things up. The lucky recipients of this kind of attention are the residents of the Sunshine State, as Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is scoring quite an airport upgrade.
All in all Southwest is spending more than $300 million on terminal and concourse improvements, as they try to get things ready to go for an influx of international departures and arrivals. Things should kick off at some point next year, and the construction equipment will head offset when 2017 rolls around.
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This week is arty-farty all right, as December 5 - 8 runs Art Basel Miami Beach, an annual collection of modern art fairs that attracts 50,000 visitors to do some $500 million in sales. Of course that's just the tip of the iceberg, as Basel is just as much about the societal buzz of the week as it is about the serious artwork and structured events. To enjoy it all and come out swinging, there's five things to have on you at all times during Art Basel:
· A good guide to the fairs.
Every year brings new satellite fairs to compliment the original Art Basel offering in Miami Beach's Convention Center. The only issue is that the area has grown, and now Wynwood's Context and downtown Miami's River Art Fair are draws of their own. To know what's on when, for how much, and how to direct your taxi there, we like the Miami New Times' .pdf guide, and the HuffPost has broken down some of the better talks and workshops throughout the week.
· Good shoes.
In short, this means no flip flops. Even poolside hang-outs are better served by wearing slip-on espadrilles, as Art Basel brings dressier requirements to Miami Beach. Now factor in that you'll be bouncing around all 80-degree day between art fairs, food, your hotel, and parties, and style-forward, dependable shoes become the best option.
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Yup, that's it folks.
On a recent visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was as bustling as ever (even during a low-season week, too). But while the Butterbeer and other Hogwarts merchandise galore kept distracting us, we tried to keep our eyes on the construction rising beyond the Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride.
Remember, this is where a Diagon Alley will be built along with a real deal Hogwarts Express train, able to take visitors from the Islands of Adventure park (where WWoHP is located) over to the front of Universal Studios and vice versa. It will also feature the city of London as well as a Gringotts Bank, which will no doubt mirror the movies and books by featuring a thrilling ride around the vaults.
We knew that Mickey Mouse was getting a new neighbor down in Orlando, and now it looks like things are pretty much official. Disney recently released some initial details—and snazzy renderings—regarding their plans for bringing the wonderful world of Avatar into their theme parks. Specifically the plan is to do the Pandora thing as a separate land within their Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Right now things are just a tease, but Disney is promising stuff like floating mountains, nighttime jungles filled with bioluminescent plants, and they’re even giving guests the chance to see how it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.
At this point there’s more than a few rental car companies offering up electric cars to get you and your crew from here to there, but now there’s an entire city that’s going all in with the electric movement. The theme capital of the world—AKA the greater Orlando area—is looking to link visitors with some of these voltage vehicles, and they just announced a whole new program to do so.
Drive Electric Orlando is a friendship between the area’s rental car companies and the city, as both look to make utilizing an electric vehicle just another slice of vacation fun. Those who choose to skip the pumps will enjoy all kinds of perks like free valet parking at the hotel, preferred parking in the area, and plenty of places to conveniently charge your car—even at the theme parks.
If you’re not familiar with Silver Airways they’re a carrier that kind of operates a double life. They do the regional airline thing under the United Express umbrella out of spots like Cleveland and Washington-Dulles, but they also operate plenty of flights—and sell tickets right through their website—to spots in and around the Southeast, the Bahamas, and Montana. They operate around 200 daily flights, and they do it all with plenty of propeller power thanks to some Saab 340Bplus aircraft and Beechcraft 1900Ds.
Silver Airways can certainly get you to here or there without a problem, but what we wanted to share is what they call a SunPac—‘cause this is what sets them apart.
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Public restrooms aren't the most thrilling topic, but we've all used them and considered them a godsend at some point. Well, the folks over at Cintasyou know, the people behind the management of many such bathroomshave put together a list of the nation's best public commodes. It's actually more of a contest, and this round sees an airport facility in the running. No, it's not the infamous Larry Craig bathroom at MSP, but the regular stalls at Tampa International Airport.
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The Simpsons—in ride form—have been a presence at Universal Studios Orlando for quite some time, but just recently the rest of the Simpson gang finished moving into the amusement park.
It might not be as overwhelming in theme when compared to Harry Potter’s place, but Homer, Bart, Marge, and Lisa have some pretty respectable new digs. Familiar music welcomes visitors into their town, and soon enough park-goers run into retail and restaurants all developed with Springfield in mind.
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We told you yesterday Justin Timberlake and Jay Z are in Miami tonight to perform their last concert in their Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour. But we just learned about a special, super-secret Justin Timberlake concert being held at midnight at The Fillmore Miami Beach.
Apparently in a partnership between JT and MasterCard, the cool crooner is hosting an "Intimate Priceless Miami Performance" at the stroke of 12, right after his show at the Sun Life Stadium. Woo! Man must have a lot of energy to go back-to-back like that.
Justin Timberlake proved it pays to be a pop star as he carefully climbed out of his private jet in Miami yesterday.
Reportedly, JT has been flying the same Gulfstream IV for years, complete with a full bathroom and oversize, comfy leather seats.