SeaWorld unveils new attractions


SeaWorld unveils new attractions

ORLANDO, Fla.

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. recently unveiled a new virtual-reality experience on a roller coaster, a new presentation on orcas, and a shareable entrance pass.

The new orca presentation will focus on how the killer whales live, and not on the splashy theatrics that once defined SeaWorld.

The new program, starting at SeaWorld San Diego next year, will show what killer whales eat, how they communicate and how they navigate, according to a company news release. The program will open at the company’s Orlando and San Antonio SeaWorld parks by 2019.

The theme park company also announced a virtual-reality experience to its Kraken coaster that will debut next year. Riders will wear a headset that provides a digital overlay while riding the coaster.

The company also introduced a first-of-its-kind transferrable pass. The $208 annual pass can be shared among people, as long as they are accompanied by regular pass-holders who act as “hosts.”

SeaWorld also said a new jet ski-inspired coaster would open next year at its San Antonio park, and a 3-acre realm consisting of multiple aquariums would open next year at its San Diego park.

Tourism website

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.

When people think about visiting the South Carolina coast, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and the Beaufort area generally come to mind. But North Charleston wants folks to know what it has to offer, so it’s launched a new tourism website.

The site, www.visitnorthcharleston.com, provides information about an array of attractions from shopping to attractions.

Visitors to the site can find out about sights ranging from the lab where the Confederate submarine Hunley is being restored to the Charleston Navy Base Memorial and events at the North Charleston Coliseum.

There’s also information about the Park Circle dining district, the Tanger Oulet Mall and the city performing arts center.

Updated guide

LANSING, Mich.

The Historical Society of Michigan has released a seventh edition of its Historic Michigan Travel Guide.

The richly illustrated guide features 525 museums, sites and historical attractions.

It’s divided by regions of the state. Within each section, sites are listed alphabetically by city or town name. Each entry has information that a visitor would need.

To be included, an entry must be operated by a member organization of the historical society and have a location open to the public.

A new feature of the guide is a historic inns category. There also are codes that connect readers to online information through smartphones and other devices.

The guide sells for $8.95.

Impact of pets

Research recently released by TripIt from Concur, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app, reveals the impact that furry companions have on travel plans.

The research showed that the majority of people surveyed (77 percent) said their pets influence their travel plans.

The survey also showed that pet owners are eager to hit the road, with 94 percent of respondents saying they plan to travel, but need more reliable pet sitters and easier ways to travel with their pets.

Geography quiz

Q. Which two countries occupy the island of Hispaniola?

A. The Dominican Republic and Haiti. Hispaniola is located between Cuba and Puerto Rico, with Jamaica to its west. It’s the second largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba.

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