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There’s all kinds of water parks across the globe, but there’s only one brand that truly exceeds the expectations of those looking to slip, slide, and swim all summer long. There’s no argument that Schlitterbahn has some of the best water parks in the world, and with locations across Texas and even in Kansas City, there are several options from which to choose. However, 2014 is unique in that they’re bringing in a new $500 million park into the family, as Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi should be turning on the faucet in just a few more months.
Many of the signature rides and attractions will make an appearance at the new water park. Visitors can expect things like a Torrent Tidal Wave River, swim-up bars, and beaches. There will even be something called Boogie Bahn—according to them it’s basically the world’s best inland surfing ride. There will be places to stay the night as well, as it looks like they’re trying to get Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi up and running as a full-fledged resort.
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We’re already sick of the winter weather and associated activities, so now it’s time to start looking forward to theme park season. Of course the fried food, corn dogs, and other treats will be on the menu; however, we’re most interested in the new roller coasters that will be arriving. Here’s five of the ones that we’re most excited to check out during 2014:
FireChaser Express – Dollywood
This steel coaster will do its thing at speeds of around 35mph, but don’t let that top speed fool you—this coaster sounds like it will still pack a punch. It’s a launch coaster so you’ll get up to speed in just seconds, as you twist and turn through a little less than a half a mile of track. FireChaser Express pays tribute through its theme to the volunteer fire departments that did their thing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains a couple generations ago, so it even has a backstory to go with it when it opens in March.
This week we shared our own snap of some unexpected extreme weather: high heat in Australia! And, while the "Polar Vortex" dominates the United States, it's nice to daydream about locales experiencing steamy, equatorial temperatures.
If your flight has been cancelled or you're still stuck in an airport, have a look at our round-up of some of the highest temps around the world right now:
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While most of the US is fighting with snow, sleet, ice, sub-zero temps and all of the joys that come with any mixture of those things, that's thankfully just a tiny speck of the world. Thanks to Winter Storms Hercules and Ion, Chicago just got buried in almost 2 feet of snow and will now be facing a high of -11° F (and that's no typo), but that's only one extreme when it comes to crazy weather; there are places experiencing some of it's hottest temperatures to date.
We snapped the photo above over the weekend, on our way from Brisbane, Australia to the Sunshine Coast, during the worst heatwave Queensland has seen in 15 years. That dashboard temperature reading of 47° Celsius converts to 116° Fahrenheit. What a scorcher!
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As North America's weather deteriorates more and more, we want to remind you that it's not even technically winter yet. With that sad news, we feel the need to share a silver lining; some places on the planet are basking in near perfect weather with nary a thought of bundling up. More specifically, we draw your attention to The Whitsundays, an archipelago of tropical islands at the bottom edge of Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The group of 74 islands just off the central coast of Queensland features a handful of resort islands for those looking to escape the stresses of city life or the nip of Jack Frost. While the island's namesake island is the largest, the most popular is Hamilton Island, and it's also the one to feature the widest variety of outdoor activities.
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Not everyone can handle the stress of last-minute travel, which is why airline are only too happy to get you booking their flights as soon as seats go on sale.
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The majority of the US is gearing up to dive head first into fall as the temps start drop, dew blankets the morning grass, and turtlenecks and scarves come out of drawers. While some of us might be looking forward to pumpkin-spice flavored anything and the certain grand feast of Thanksgiving, there are destinations that don't even shudder at the turning of the calendar from September to October...and November and December.
If you just can't let go off your flip-flop tan-lines, here are some hot-spots that bask in the sun and heat all year round:
With the passing of Labor Day comes the end to the official wearing-of-white months. Traditionally, white pants season (and relatedly, Sperry Topsider season) lasts from Memorial Day until the very last gasp of summer on Labor Day. Any other timewearing white is completely at your own risk. Still, remember that Labor Day is an American holiday, so other countries don't have such definitive end-dates for summer attire.
It's become a tradition for us to extend the white-pants-wearing season a tad by clueing you in, every year, as to where it's still okay to don your chalk linen slacks. So now, for 2013, 7 cities for wearing white any time of year:
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Despite the fact that the calendar has shifted from August into September theme park season is still going strong for a few more weeks. However, many spots are already looking towards the future with a focus on new rides, attractions, and construction. One such place is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, as they just announced plans to bring the world’s tallest drop ride to the park.
The new track will bring passengers way up into the sky, and then drop them quickly back towards the earth. In total, the coaster will rise 415' into the air, and the free-fall will accelerate riders to roughly 90 miles per hour—oof. The ride will be located right under the park’s Kingda Ka roller coaster and, to terrify further, both rides will launch their riders in the same direction.
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With summer winding down and cooler weather right around the corner we suggest raising a glass to remember the season. The long holiday weekend brings a few solid options, so pick a beer festival that looks good to you and enjoy. Here’s our picks for three winners—cheers!
Key West BrewFest
There’s still plenty of summer weather left down in Florida, so may we suggest heading down to Key West to enjoy a little sun and suds. The 4th annual Key West BrewFest arrives in town on August 29, and things are scheduled to run throughout the weekend until September 2. Cigar City Brewing, Florida Keys Brewing Company, and Florida Beer Company will be just a few of the breweries in attendance, so be sure to pace yourself with the sips and samples. Tickets will set you back $35 in advance, and that will get you access to over 150 beers all during the Signature Tasting Festival right on South Beach.
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There are a number of indoor facilities throughout the world that let you train your ski skills during the warmer months on manufactured snow, but it’s not too often you come across a place where you can practice indoors without snow of any sort.
While it's not the first or only one in the world, Progresh in Denver (Thornton) features a synthetic snow surface made of vinyl that allows skiers and snowboarders to practice park tricks and land on massive airbags.
Many parks at Colorado ski resorts are open well into the summer even when the rest of the mountain is closed, but they can be icy, choppy, and crowded, not to mention an hour or two drive from the city.
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The summer heat has been kind to many areas across the country the last couple of weeks, but that’s not necessarily the case over in Austin, Texas. A quick look at the extended forecast shows high temperatures flirting with almost 100 degrees well into the weekend. The warm weather is a great excuse to take a break with a sweet treat, so it’s perfect timing for the area’s annual ice cream festival.
The seventh scoop is taking place this weekend on Saturday, August 17, and the fun is scheduled to run between 10am and 7pm at Fiesta Gardens right at the shores of Ladybird Lake. The city’s ice cream festival is exactly what you’d expect, but we say that in the best way possible. Games, activities, contests, and plenty of live entertainment, and of course all the ice cream you care to enjoy—it’s all included with the cost of admission. Even your dog is welcome to tag along as well, and we’re pretty sure someone will be there with some pet friendly deserts.