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Cute animal alert: Zebra born at Zoo Miami

An endangered Grevy's zebra has been born at Zoo Miami. Just don't try to get too close, because his mom is not having it. Born on Thursday, the foal made its debut at the zoo's zebra exhibit Tuesday — and zoo spokesman Ron Magill set out to get some pictures of the newborn with his mother, whose...

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  • Ybor City is Florida's very own 'French Quarter'

    Ybor City is Florida's very own 'French Quarter'

    Think of it as Florida's version of French Quarter in New Orleans. Ybor City (pronounced EE-bor) is a historic district just northeast of downtown that features brick streets and dozens of bars. Ybor can be quiet at times during the mornings and early afternoons, with modest traffic to an array...

  • Key West landmark Sloppy Joe's is right in the middle of it all

    Key West landmark Sloppy Joe's is right in the middle of it all

    Sloppy Joe's calls itself a Key West tradition, and those who have been there wouldn't dispute it. The bar and restaurant has been open at the corner of Greene Street and Duval Street since 1937 and fits seamlessly with the carefree, go-with-the-flow vibes of the island. Inside, you'll hear live...

  • Sip, stroll and savor at Lakeridge Winery

    Sip, stroll and savor at Lakeridge Winery

    The hilliest city in Central Florida is quite arguably the best locale in the state for a vineyard and winery. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards founder Gary Cox likely had that same idea when he purchased 127 acres of land in Clermont to be dedicated to growing a variety of hybrid and Muscadine grapes...

  • Flora-Bama Lounge stands sentry with a cold drink on state border

    Flora-Bama Lounge stands sentry with a cold drink on state border

    Nestled adjacent the Alabama/Florida state line, Flora-Bama is a Florida Panhandle cultural landmark. The Orange Beach bar is known for hosting a number of events throughout the year, none more famous than the Interstate Mullet Toss. It's all in the name with this one – participants throw a dead...

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  • Lady Luck will be scuba diving attraction

    Lady Luck will be scuba diving attraction

    When the Lady Luck artificial reef is sunk off Pompano Beach on Saturday, it will not only provide habitat for a variety of marine life but also a highly anticipated destination for South Florida scuba divers. The 324-foot tanker is slated to be on the bottom at 115-120 feet, according to Jeff...

  • Gaylord Palms: Ice display with have 'Peanuts' theme

    Gaylord Palms: Ice display with have 'Peanuts' theme

    It's a ice sculpture, Charlie Brown. Characters from the "Peanuts" comic strip will have the lead role in the 2016 edition of Ice, a below-freezing exhibits that's one of the holiday offerings at Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee. Scenes from the popular TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will...

  • Pictures: Barrier Island Sanctuary at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

    Pictures: Barrier Island Sanctuary at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

    The Barrier Island Sanctuary in Melbourne Beach is a free, educational center in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge that is the nesting location for several species of sea turtles. You can learn about sea turtles and the Indian River Lagoon. It's located at 8385 S. State Road A1A just north...

  • 7 great things to do with your kids in Central Florida

    7 great things to do with your kids in Central Florida

    It's summer. It's hot. The kids need fun. You need to entertain. So how to get them to look away from their electronic devices, but still put grins on their faces? Here are seven ideas to have fun, stay cool and make some memories. Finding a little space If there's anything that can compete with...

  • Palm Beach County sinks cargo ship to create artificial reef

    Palm Beach County sinks cargo ship to create artificial reef

    The Ana Cecilia, a 170-foot cargo ship, once ferried cocaine from Haiti to Miami. Now, it rests at the bottom of the ocean about a mile off the coast of Singer Island in Palm Beach County. It will serve as an artificial reef, diving attraction and underwater memorial. A crew unplugged eight portholes...

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  • Legoland: Florida kids get in free with deal

    Legoland: Florida kids get in free with deal

    Kids who live in the Sunshine State can visit Legoland Florida for free through a limited-time offer from the Winter Haven theme park. Florida residents buying a full-price, single-day adult ticket to Legoland and the Legoland Water Park receive kids tickets for free. The offer is available through...

  • Kick back and relax with these Miami Spa Month hotel deals

    Kick back and relax with these Miami Spa Month hotel deals

    The heat and humidity of the Florida summer are exhausting for both locals and tourists alike, particularly in the southern part of the state where temperatures are at their highest. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau knows that sometimes it's just too hot to unwind at the beach so...

  • Fourth of July deals, events at Florida hotels

    Fourth of July deals, events at Florida hotels

    Hotels across the state have deals and events available for those planning an Independence Day vacation. Have a deal you'd like included? Email acutway@orlandosentinel.com with the date, time, location, rate and other pertinent details. For information on where to see fireworks across the state,...

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  • Disney: Insider look at Epcot's Royal Sommerhus

    Disney: Insider look at Epcot's Royal Sommerhus

    This is the beginning of our video series that chronicles some behind-the-scenes action from new attractions at Walt Disney World. We're starting at Epcot with Royal Sommerhus, the meet-and-greet area attached to the (also new) Frozen Ever After ride. The area certainly has a Scandinavian feel....

  • Disney World's projection mapping turns landmarks into movie screens

    Disney World's projection mapping turns landmarks into movie screens

    This summer, Walt Disney World visitors are seeing a couple of elaborate theme-park landmarks in a new light. After the sun sets, a Star Wars spectacular beams 13 minutes of movie scenes onto the exterior of the Chinese Theatre at Disney's Hollywood Studios. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Tree...

  • Disney makeover for Tower of Terror causes fan freak-out on social media

    Disney makeover for Tower of Terror causes fan freak-out on social media

    Tower of Terror, the beloved vertiginous elevator drop at Disney’s California Adventure, will cease to terrify thrill seekers in early January so that it can become a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” attraction that is set to open in summer 2017. But some Disney fans have expressed outrage after Saturday’s...

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  • Comcast earnings hint at slow summer for tourism in Orlando

    Comcast earnings hint at slow summer for tourism in Orlando

    Universal Parks and Resorts' Hollywood and Japan theme parks boosted second-quarter financial results for their corporate parent, but no mention was made of Orlando results during a Wednesday report on earnings. Tourism experts say that's likely because visitation to Orlando has slowed down this...

  • 'Kong: Skull Island' trailer debuts on heels of ride opening at Universal

    'Kong: Skull Island' trailer debuts on heels of ride opening at Universal

    Oftentimes movies precede film-based theme park attractions. Sometimes by several years. See: Pandora - The World of Avatar.   But that's not the case with the latest reboot of the King Kong story. "Kong: Skull Island" hits theaters on March 10, 2017. Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a new attraction...

  • When to gamble on a movie in a theme park

    When to gamble on a movie in a theme park

    "The Secret Life of Pets" hasn't come out in theaters yet, but Universal Parks and Resorts isn't waiting to see whether it becomes a hit. An attraction based on the cartoon about what your pets do while you're at work is already on the drawing board for at least one Universal theme park. "Sometimes...

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  • The 25 Florida beaches you need to visit once in your life

    The 25 Florida beaches you need to visit once in your life

    With 1,197 miles of coastline, Florida beachgoers have options, but know that if you've seen one Florida beach, you most decidedly have not seen them all. Some are great for shelling. Some are great for surfing. Some are great for people watching. Others have no people in sight. All have direct...

  • Pitbull's 'Sexy Beaches' video promoting Florida tourism released

    Pitbull's 'Sexy Beaches' video promoting Florida tourism released

    TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s sultry scenes of beaches, luxury hotels and pristine oceans provide the background for Pitbull’s new music video for his single “Sexy Beaches,” released Wednesday. The rapper with a global reach and women in skimpy swimsuits provide the foreground. The video is part of Pitbull’s...

  • The best beaches in the Florida Keys

    The best beaches in the Florida Keys

    Almost every section of Florida has wider and sandier beaches than you'll find in the Keys. But the turquoise Caribbean water? And the fish and sea life you see snorkeling right off shore? And the whole Keys atmosphere and attitude? Yeah, you can't find that anywhere else. The Keys don't have wide...

The Travel Troubleshooter

  • Newly passed air travel legislation is 'an amazing win for consumers'

    Newly passed air travel legislation is 'an amazing win for consumers'

    After months of debate over the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and at an apparent impasse over privatizing air traffic control, Congress has settled on a compromise — with some unexpected benefits for the average air traveler.The House and Senate have agreed on an extension...

  • The Travel Troubleshooter: Hey, American Airlines, where's my refund?

    The Travel Troubleshooter: Hey, American Airlines, where's my refund?

    I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, my 7-year-old daughter and I experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued. The line to see an agent was about two to three hours long, and I was...

  • How to avoid the worst seat on the plane

    How to avoid the worst seat on the plane

    Oh, the things passengers do to avoid the worst seats on the plane.They beg. They negotiate. They even lie.If you’re flying somewhere this summer and aren’t willing to pay extra for a preferred seat in economy class, chances are better than ever that you’ll end up in the dreaded middle seat or...

  • Finnair loses traveler's luggage, won't pay

    Finnair loses traveler's luggage, won't pay

    My fiance and I recently flew from Honolulu to Paris via Los Angeles, Miami and Helsinki. Our flight to Miami was on American Airlines. Our Finnair flight from Miami to Helsinki was delayed, and we missed our connection to Paris. My luggage was tagged to go directly from Honolulu to Paris, but...

  • Rental car company wants customer to pay twice for gas

    Rental car company wants customer to pay twice for gas

    Travel Troubleshooter: When Payless double-charges Marena Henne for fuel, she calls on a consumer advocate for help. Is her bill fixable? I am hoping you can assist me with an issue I had with my car rental. For my son's wedding last August, I rented a car from Payless Car Rental in Denver. RELATED:...

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Follow the herd to Idaho sheep festival

Follow the herd to Idaho sheep festival

Lots of places hold festivals every year to celebrate their heritage, whether it be a community's ethnic roots or a particular product for which the area is known. If you think about Idaho, potatoes likely come to mind. But the state has a long history of sheep herding. At one point in the early...

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This intimate cruise showcases the beauty and culture of Portugal and Spain

This intimate cruise showcases the beauty and culture of Portugal and Spain

If you want a more intimate cruise experience on your next trip, Variety Cruises next year is launching an eight-day Glories of Spain & Portugal cruise aboard the 25-cabin Panorama II. The cruise will take passengers from Malaga, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal. Optional excursions include Granada,...

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