Discovery Cove: privacy for a price


June 18, 2000|By Tricia Bishop

When Discovery Cove theme park opens in Orlando, Fla., July 1, it will offer an attraction Disney World and the other area parks can't touch: no crowds and no lines. A sister park to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove will require reservations, and no more than 1,000 guests will be admitted at one time, park officials say.

The park's interactive exhibits encourage visitors to swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish, wade with stingrays or feed exotic birds without worrying about time lost waiting in long lines.

You pay a price for all this convenience, though. Admission is $179 per person per day, but that includes extras that other parks charge for. Parking, a meal, all beach and snorkel equipment and a seven-day pass to SeaWorld make up the whole package and ease some of the sticker shock.

For more information, call 877-434-7268, or go to the park's Web site, www.


Parents Magazine ranked the national parks by their kid-friendly quotient, and here are their top five family choices:

1. Assateague Island National Seashore along the Maryland and Virginia shores: Kids love clamming and catching glimpses of the wild horses running free.

2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming: The belching, odoriferous "Dragon's Mouth" geyser at Lake Yellowstone is a favorite.

3. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California: Features the largest tree on earth, horseback riding and tours of an underground marble cavern.

4. Glacier National Park, Montana: An untamed gem great for fishing and hiking.

5. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee: Kids can learn to make soap and dye wool with costumed settlers.

Last words, deeds of leaders

Dead men may tell no tales, but there are plenty of tales about dead men -- dead presidents in particular -- in "Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb: A Tour of Presidential Gravesites."

The guide, from the folks at C-Span network, tells the stories of last words and last deeds of 41 of our former leaders. Ulysses S. Grant gasped for water just before dying of throat cancer. James Monroe died grief-stricken and deeply in debt. And Lincoln, well, you know what happened to him. But did you know that he was buried more than once?

The book also offers details on how to find and visit burial spots, libraries, museums and many other legacies of the U.S. presidents. The book costs $14.95 and is available at major booksellers or through C-Span at

Travel medicine online

All sorts of surprises may await you on vacation abroad: upset stomach from ethnic food, motion sickness, jet lag, sunburn. But just because you're away from home doesn't mean you have to be away from medical attention you can trust. gives international travelers instant access to personalized medical information no matter where they are. Create a health profile online, search the database for advice on any health topic or even buy travel insurance. The site is

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