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How to Volunteer at the Florida Keys' Dolphin Research Center

February 5, 2014 at 2:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are plenty of places along the Florida coast to see dolphins, swim with dolphins, or even kiss a few dolphins, but there is also one that is simply dedicated to learning about dolphins.

The Dolphin Research Center, located on Grassy Key, is a nonprofit education and research facility that hosts public programs and non-invasive research projects. The colony of bottlenose dolphins and sea lions that call the DRC home live in a natural environment and help researchers learn how they think and how they behave.

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Forget Swimming with Dolphins and Head to Exuma to Swim with PIGS

Where: Exuma Islands, Bahamas
December 27, 2013 at 10:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

A few years ago, a Jaunted contributor wrote a story about a beach in the Exuma Islands that had been overrun by wild pigs. While he was skeptical about the idea of sharing the sea with a bunch of hogs, this contributor jumped right into an experience that turned out to be one of the most memorable of his traveling career thus far.

The encounter is a combination of beautiful and bizarre from start to finish. Most tours bring you to "Pig Island" (officially called Big Major Cay) by boat from Great Exuma Island, meaning that you get to travel through the sparkling Exuma Island chain (about 360 islands), passing white-sand beaches and zipping around keys and cays through the greenish-blue waters of the untouched Caribbean.

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From New York to Florida, 'Brew At The Zoo' Events Dominate August

August 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk now is the time to do it. August seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:

WaZoo – Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

You’ll need to start planning sooner than later, as this weekend is when the beers and the bears come together at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo during this year’s WaZoo event on August between 7:30 and 10:30pm. This beer festival features plenty of food from local restaurants, live music, and of course all the animals you care to view. Tickets are pricey—$70 per person in advance—but it does include plenty of beer, your tasting cup, as well as some food sampling. Local breweries like Cigar City Brewing are even cooking up something special for the event, so be sure to arrive thirsty.

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Toast To The Turtles With 3 Memorial Day 'Brew At The Zoo' Events

May 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk this weekend is the time to do it. Memorial Day weekend seems to be a hit with zoos across the country, as they’re rolling out the beer as well as the animals. Here are a few spots to cool off with a sudsy drink while checking out some critters:

Brew at the Zoo - Atlanta

In addition to the bears and the beers there will also be live music, free rides on the train and on the carousel, and games like Pongo Ping Pong. (We have no idea what that last one is, but after a few samples we’ll be up for a game.) The zoo's got more than 1,500 animals on hand to entertain you while you're busy sipping and sampling your way through each and every exhibit. Advance tickets will set you back $43, and that’ll get you access to unlimited opportunities to enjoy both wine and beer (5:30-9:30pm, Saturday, May 25.).

Zoo Brew – Memphis

Cut out of work a little bit early on Friday, as the brew at the zoo fun in Memphis does its thing between 7pm and 10pm on May 24. That means you can get in some quality time with the animals—and alcohol—and still have the weekend to attend family picnics and other less than fun activities. Here the tickets will go for $40, but there are always VIP options ($60) as well. Live music and plenty of food round out the options, so be sure to raise a glass to the aardvarks, zebras, and everything in between.

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'Brew At The Zoo' Beer Festivals for May Take on Miami, California and Memphis

May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

The weather is getting warmer, and May has officially arrived on the calendar. That means it’s time to head outdoors and reconnect with nature—or at least just visit the critters over at the neighborhood zoo. Sure we love to see the animals do their thing, but it’s even better with a beverage in one hand. Here’s three brew at the zoo events taking place this May.

Brew at the Zoo – Zoo Miami

It’s already time for Zoo Miami to do their brew at the zoo thing, as the animals and exhibits are waiting for you to swing by on Saturday, May 4 between 7 and 11pm. Despite its location at the zoo, it sounds like this event is one of the biggest beer festivals in the city. Plenty of brewers and breweries will be in attendance, and they’re promising more than 100 different lagers and ales to sip and sample. Unlimited samples are yours to enjoy for just $35—in advance—or $40 at the door. The fun rounds itself out with plenty of live music including an appearance by Naughty by Nature—remember them?

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Three More 'Brew at the Zoo' Events to End the Summer Sippin' Season

August 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you wanted to get drunk with a skunk this summer there’s still time to do it. Animal parks across the country have started to add booze to their usual offerings, and now it’s time to take it all in. There’s at least a few warm weekends left this summer so now’s the time to cool off with a refreshing adult beverage while watching the lions, tigers, and bears do their thing. Here’s our picks for three “zoo brew” events that might just be worth your time:

Franklin Park Zoo – Boston, Massachusetts

It’s almost time for the third annual Brew at the Zoo event at Franklin Park Zoo, so now’s the time to start planning a little trip to Boston. The critter cocktail party is set to do its thing on August 18—that’s this weekend—between 5 and 9pm. Of course you’ll be able to check out what the lemurs are up to and gawk at the giant anteater, but this zoo also has some prehistoric friends as well. Festival attendees are welcome to stroll around Zoorassic Park which features around 15 animatronic dinosaurs, so be sure not to spill your drink—they’re probably expensive to replace.

Tickets are $50 per person, and that includes all the samples that you can comfortably—or uncomfortably—handle. There’s live music and plenty of food to purchase, so they’ve got your entertainment covered from all angles. Peak Organic Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, and Long Trail Brewing Co., are just a few of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance. Of course there will be an appearance from none other than Samuel Adams as well—the brewery, not the historical figure.

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Three Cities Throwing Memorial Day Weekend 'Brew At The Zoo' Parties

May 23, 2012 at 12:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk Memorial Day Weekend is the time to do it. Animal parks across the country have started to add booze to their usual offerings, and now it’s time to take it all in. The weather’s just warming up, so now’s the time to cool off with a refreshing adult beverage while watching the lions, tigers, and bears do their thing. Here’s our picks for three “zoo brew” events that might just be worth your time:

Brew at the Zoo - Atlanta

Avoid the family barbeque—the food is bad anyway—and make your way over to Zoo Atlanta to check out the critters doing their thing. A couple cold ones will definitely turn the afternoon into something a little more interesting, and that’s especially the case when there’s some live animal entertainment. Just be sure not to overdo it and be sure to stay far enough away from any and all animal enclosures.

This year’s Brew at the Zoo events are set to do their thing between 5:30 and 9:30pm on Saturday, May 26. Admission is going to set you back $43 in advance, but if you’re a member of the zoo you’ll save a few bucks. Your ticket includes access to all the animal magnetism that you’d like to see, and of course there will be unlimited samples and sips of plenty lagers and ales. There will be plenty of live music to go with your beer and wine tastings, and there’s 1,500 different furry, scaled, and winged friends as well.

Zoo Brew – Memphis

The River City of Memphis has a lot going for it, but during Memorial Day Weekend we’ve got to point you over to the city’s zoo. They’ve been running their annual Zoo Brew event for several years now, and this year promises to be one of the best yet. There’s no kiddos allowed at the event, so be sure to call the babysitter and don’t forget your ID.

There’s two different ticket options from which to choose, but we’re thinking that most will go with the $35 option. However, high rollers can choose to shell out $55 for access to the Dino VIP Lounge where they can schmooze with local brewers and animal experts. All the samples from local and national breweries will be available on Friday, May 25 from 7pm until 10pm. So we suggest skipping the usual after work happy hour, and taking the cubicle crew over to the Zoo to start off the holiday weekend.

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Pay a Visit to 'Winter,' the Real Life Dolphin Who Inspired 'A Dolphin's Tale'

September 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend A Dolphin's Tale hits theaters, bringing the true story of Winter the dolphin to the big screen. The movie is based on "Winter," a dolphin rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium after getting caught in a crab trap. And though she lost her tail, an amazing team of doctors and vets were able to create a prosthetic tail, saving her life.

In honor of the new movie, several Clearwater Beach, Florida hotels and resorts are offering special packages, including discounted rates or special offers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Each room rate also includes a donation to CMA to help build Winter a new home.

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Bruges' Most Famous Son is a Bit Furrier Than You'd Expect

Where: Hertsbergestraat 10, Bruges, Belgium, 8000
August 26, 2011 at 11:21 AM | by | Comments (0)


Guido Gezelle, the Flemish poet. Philip I of Castile, Spain’s first Habsburg ruler. Tony Parker, the marriage wrecker basketball player. It’s fair to say that Bruges hasn’t given birth to many A listers.

But do not fear, because these days there’s a celeb who not only lives in Bruges but appears daily for photograph sessions with his fans. He even made a cameo appearance in In Bruges.

His name is Fidel, he’s a golden Labrador, and he lives at the Côté Canal bed and breakfast overlooking the main canal. But he’s better known as “that dog who’s in every person who goes to Bruges’ photo album”.

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Rock Out with The Monkees and The Monkeys at a Zoo Near You

June 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already know that the zoo is a great place to drink this summer, but it’s also a great place to chill out with a little outdoor music. As long as the wildlife doesn’t get too crazy, here are three places worth checking out this summer that will provide a little music along with the menagerie:

· Oregon Zoo - Portland
When it comes to music with the animals, the Oregon Zoo in Portland does not mess around. Not only do they have plenty of concerts throughout select weekends during the summer, but they also are attracting some pretty big bands—at least for a place where the concert venue is next to the lions and giraffes.

Things start at the end of next month with Taj Mahal and Joan Osborne on June 23, and then there’s Mary Chapin Carpenter with Marc Cohn on June 25. Things get even better—well at least it seems that way to us—with Huey Lewis and the News, Peter Frampton, and Matisyahu all making appearances. Admission varies depending on the artist, but it’s usually no more than $30—although there are a couple of outliers—we’re looking at you Huey.

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Why You'll Need to Bring Pepper Spray on Your Next Visit to Yellowstone

May 20, 2011 at 1:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spring has sprung in national parks across the country, but if you’re heading out into the wilderness just remember one thing. All the critters and creatures are also excited about the warmer weather, and they’re also kind of hungry after being cooped up indoors for the entire winter.

In Yellowstone National Park, the bears have started to come out of their dens, and they’re eager to snag a few pick-a-nick baskets or whatever us humans leave lying around the park. Officials say that loads of snow has forced the bears to stay put a little longer than usual, but they’re on the loose now and they really want a snack or two.

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Drink to the Animals This Month at Three 'Zoo Brew' Events

May 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve ever wanted to get drunk with a skunk now’s the month to do it. Zoos across the country have started to add alcohol to their animal lineup, and if you’re looking for something to do at the end of May there might just be some sort of Zoo-Brew festival in your neck of the woods. Here’s three that we think are worth checking out:

· Brew at the Zoo - Atlanta
The best way to cool off in Hotlanta is with a refreshing adult beverage—although we’ve heard they’re also pretty fond of their hometown Coca-Cola. Instead of downing a couple in your neighbor’s backyard over Memorial Day weekend it might be best to head down to the Atlanta Zoo where there’s plenty of ales and lagers to go along with all the critters.

The Brew at the Zoo takes place between 5:30 and 9:30pm on Saturday, May 28, and it offers a chance to rub elbows with all of the place’s famous animal residents along with unlimited samples of the sudsy stuff. Local breweries like Terrapin and SweetWater will be showing off their latest concoctions, and giant pandas, gorillas, and naked mole rats are also going to be hanging around to provide a little live entertainment. Tickets include admission to all the fun and exhibits and start at just $40 for most if purchased in advance.

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