Discovery Cove will offer up-close fun for SeaWorld...

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May 02, 1999|By RANDI KEST

Discovery Cove will offer up-close fun for SeaWorld visitors

Swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with sharks, relaxing on a sandy beach. A dream vacation in the Caribbean? No, another attraction in Orlando.

Next summer, SeaWorld plans to enlarge its sphere of aquatic influence with a major addition next door called Discovery Cove.

Here, in the 30-acre expansion, visitors will be able to spend a day with stingrays and barracuda, swim through a coral reef among thousands of angelfish, butterfly fish, silvery jacks and spadefish, or drift down a tree-lined, winding river.

Discovery Cove is being designed as an island paradise with exotic birds, a resort-style pool and thatched-roof huts. The number of visitors will be controlled to ensure they receive personal attention by animal trainers and the park's staff.

The all-inclusive price for the experience and park hours have not been determined. Reservations will be necessary, but are not yet being accepted. For information, call 877-4DISCOVERY or visit www. discoverycove. com.

Rolling out chocolate history

The Hershey Museum in Pennsylvania is turning back time with an interactive exhibit showcasing chocolate-making in the 1930s. "Mixing it Up: Making Chocolate in Hershey" focuses on the importance of the Longitude Department (above) in the factory. It is here that large granite rollers transform the chocolate from a paste into a smooth liquid just before it is made into candy bars and other confections.

Touch screens provide historical information about the chocolate industry and its impact on the economy. Archival photos from the period are also displayed.

The museum restored a four-pot conche machine (named for the conch shell-like shape of the rollers) from the Hershey Chocolate Factory for the exhibit, which is open through Oct. 17. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $5 adults; $4.50 seniors 62 and above; $2.50 children 3 to 15; free for children under 3. Call 717-534-3439.

Ethnicity in national parks

Diversity is the theme of a new National Park Web site geared toward America's ethnic heritage. At http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/divst.htm, parks around the country are highlighted according to their relevance to the history of African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans. Other categories reflect on World War II and women's rights.

Get riding, dude

The newest copy of "The Dude Rancher," the official 1999 directory of the Dude Rancher's Association, is now available for free, with information on more than 100 ranches. To request a copy, call 970-223-8440, write to the Dude Rancher's Association, P.O. Box 471-G, LaPorte, Colo. 80535 or e-mail duderanches@compuserve.com.

Pub Date: 05/02/99

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