Kids Eat Free Cards with U.S. Rent A Car

Hi all,

Just a little something that perhaps maybe of interest to some of you. is now offering the kids eat free card from as little as £10.00.

About Kids Eat Free Cards

UNLIMITED Kid’s Eat Free Meals at over 130 locations!

UNLIMITED usage over 90 days!

Unbeatable value for any party with a child under 11 years! This exceptional new ticket is accepted at a wide range of restaurants around the International Drive, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista, Universal Orlando and Sandlake Road areas and includes a massive variety of eating options from budget to fine dining and everything in between!

The Kids Eat FREE Card is valid for children 11 and under (1 card per child accompanied by a full paying adult) and must be presented at the time of ordering your meal. One free child meal is offered with the purchase of an adult meal or entrée. Participating restaurants include family favourites such as Ponderosa, Sizzlers Restaurant, CiCi’s Pizza, Cattleman’s Steakhouse, McDonalds Bistro, NASCAR Sports Grille, the Butcher Shop Steakhouse, Basking Robbins, Pacino’s Italian Restaurant, Passage to India Restaurant and many, many more…

UNLIMITED Kid’s Eat Free Meals at over 130 locations including Universal CityWalk!



Airport Area

American Pie Pizza Company        American

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

East Orlando Area

5 & Diner        American

American Pie Pizza Company        American

American Pie Pizza Company        American

Amigos Restaurant & Cantina         Tex-Mex

Beef O’Brady’s          American

California Pizza Kitchen       American

D’amici Italian Grill & Pizzeria         Italian

Honduras Café          Latin

Huey Magoo’s           Casual

Maria Bonita  Mexican

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s Bistro Gourmet            Casual

Miller’s Orlando Ale House  American

RJ Gator’s Restaurant          American

Smoothie King          Casual

Smoothie King          Casual

Sobik’s of Winter Park         American

Uno Chicago Grill      American

Uno Chicago Grill      American

Urban Flats – Waterford Lakes        American

International Drive Area

A&W All American Food      Casual

Aashirwad Indian Restaurant           Indian

Baskin Robbins         Casual

Bergamo’s Italian Restaurant          Italian

Boston Lobster Feast           Seafood

Cattleman’s Steakhouse      Steakhouse

CiCi’s Pizza   Pizza/Italian

Dunkin Donuts           Casual

Friday’s Front Row    American

Johnny Rockets         American

Maggie ‘O Malley’s   Irish

McDonald’s Bistro Gourmet            Casual

Ming Court     Asian

Nelore Churrascaria Brazilian

Orlando’s Wild Jack’s           American

Passage to India Restaurant           Indian

Ponderosa Steakhouse       Buffett

Ponderosa Steakhouse       Buffett

Punjab Indian Restaurant     Indian

Shalimar Indian Restaurant  Indian

Sizzler Restaurant     Buffett

Sizzler Restaurant     Buffett

Taverna Opa  Greek

The Butcher Shop Steakhouse       Steakhouse

Tony Roma’s  American

Uno Chicago Grill      American

Village Inn Restaurant           Casual

Vittorio’s Brazilian Restaurant         Brazilian

Kissimmee Area

A&W All American Food      Casual

A&W All American Food      Casual

American Pie Pizza Company        American

Angel’s Lobster & Seafood Seafood

Blue Max Tavern       American

Boston Lobster Feast           Seafood

Bruno’s Restaurant   Italian

Callahan’s Roahouse           American

CiCi’s Pizza   Pizza/Italian

Kool Katz Grill & Pub            American

Kool’s Oak Fire Grill Steakhouse

Pacino’s Italian Restaurant  Italian

Passage to India Restaurant           Indian

Ponderosa Steakhouse       Buffett

Ponderosa Steakhouse       Buffett

Shanes Rib Shack    BBQ

Sizzler Restaurant     Buffett

Smokey Bones          BBQ

Spring Roll Chinese Gourmet          Asian

Taste of China           Asian

Tropical Breeze         American

Uno Chicago Grill      American

Lake Buena Vista Area

A&W All American Food      Casual

Asian Harbor Asian

Cattleman’s Steakhouse      Steakhouse

CiCi’s Pizza   Pizza/Italian

CiCi’s Pizza   Pizza/Italian

Indian Palace Restaurant     Indian

Kitty ‘O Shea’s Irish Pub       Irish

Ponderosa Steakhouse       Buffett

Sizzler Restaurant     Buffett

Northwest Orlando Area

Not Just Pizza            Pizza/Italian

Uno Chicago Grill      American

Sand Lake Road Area

Baskin Robbins         Casual

Baskin Robbins         Casual

Boston Lobster Feast           Seafood

Buca di Beppo          Italian

California Pizza Kitchen       American

Cedars Restaurant   Lebanese

Chick-fil-A      Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s Bistro Gourmet            Casual

McDonald’s Bistro Gourmet            Casual

Pizza Fusion  Pizza/Italian

Salsa Taqueria & Tequila Bar         Mexican

Shane’s Rib Shack   BBQ

Southwest Orlando Area

American Pie Pizza Company        American

American Pie Pizza Company        American

California Pizza Kitchen       American

Dunkin Donuts           Casual

Dunkin Donuts           Casual

Frank’s Place – Ocoee         American

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

Spice Café    Indian

Stromboli’s Dr. Phillips         Italian

Texas Roadhouse – Ocoee  Steakhouse

Uno Chicago Grill      American

Universal Orlando Area

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s    Casual

McDonald’s Bistro Gourmet            Casual

Rice & Company       Asian


NBA City        American

Nascar Sports Grille American

Bob Marley’s  Jamaican

Pat O’Brien’s American

Pastamore     Italian

Please note: Particular participating restaurants may withdraw from the scheme without prior notice.

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Over 50 theme parks and attractions ideas in Florida

Adventure Landing – Jacksonville
Take the plunge into an exciting water park or play arcade games and ride go-karts.


Arabian Nights – Orlando
Sixty prized horses from around the world are joined by expert riders to entertain guests at this local dinner show attraction.


Atlantic Antique Mall & U. S. Military Museum Exhibit – Delray Beach
Delray Beach shops feature unique concept in antique marketing, plus one of the largest private collections of U.S. Military memorabilia.


Bok Sanctuary: Gardens, Belltower and Estate – Lake Wales
The historic Bok Tower is set amid beautiful gardens on Central Florida’s highest point in Lake Wales, Florida. The carillon tower is among the finest belltowers in the world and can be heard daily throughout the sanctuary.


Buccaneer Bay – Weeki Wachee
Take a refreshing dip in the cool crystal-clear waters of Weeki Wachee Spring or challenge the exciting flumes and waterslides.


Butterfly World – Fort Lauderdale
Stroll through a tropical rain forest while exotic butterflies fly overhead and all around you feeding on the blossoms near the path.


Caribbean GardensNaples
Wildlife zoo set amist tropical gardens featuring big cats, primate expedition cruises, safari canyon and an alligator bay.


Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba – Downtown Disney – Orlando
The Circus of the Sun brings shares its ‘Party’, La Nouba with Central Florida’s visitors.


Cypress Gardens Adventure ParkWinter Haven
Stroll through the gardens ablaze year round and enjoy action-packed ski shows or serene lake cruises and now there’s plenty of thrill rides too!


Daytona Lagoon
Daytona Lagoon is an adventure park in Daytona Beach, Florida that provides water play, go karts, laser tag, an arcade and much more!


DAYTONA 500 Experience
One-of-a-kind interactive motor sports attraction which offers plenty of hands-on experiences. It the official attraction of NASCAR and is a high-energy experience designed to appeal to all ages.


Dinosaur World
A review of the roadside attraction, Dinosaur World in Plant City, featuring life-size dinosaur replicas in a natural setting along with a museum and hands-on experiences.


Dinosaur World Photo Tour
The roadside attraction, Dinosaur World in Plant City, features life-size dinosaur replicas in a natural setting along with a museum and hands-on experiences.


Discovery Cove – Orlando
A day of adventure brings a lifetime of memories as you swim with the dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs, and glide among stingrays.


Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando
Explore the unpredictable world of animals on safari, in a prehistoric world, and at stage shows as only Disney can do them!


Disney’s Magic KingdomOrlando
The Magic Kingdom, Disney World’s first theme park transports imaginations into worlds of fantasy, adventure and wonder.


Disney-MGM Studios – Orlando
It’s on with the show at Disney-MGM Studios where guests can enter the world of the glitz, glamour and excitement of show business.


Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede – Orlando
Come hungry and ready for plenty of foot-stompin’ fun when you take in Dolly’s version of dinner theatre. There’s 32 horses and dozens of cast members to entertain while you eat a meal as big as the show!


Edison-Ford Winter Estates – Fort Myers
Experience the “time of their lives” in sunny Fort Myers. Tours include the winter homes of both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, an artifact museum, and Edison’s laboratory.


Epcot – Orlando
An amazing array of attractions and live performances to put you in touch with the future and allow you to travel the world!


Fantasy of Flight – Lakeland
Fantasy of Flight is not just an aviation museum, it’s a hands-on experience with adventure biplane and balloon flights available for an additional charge.


Flamingo GardensDavie
An eco-experience showcasing lush gardens, a free-flight aviary, alligator lagoon and flamingo island.


Florida‘s Gulfarium – Fort Walton Beach
Second oldest marine show aquarium in the world, featuring live performances with dolphins, sea lions, and a scuba diver.


Gatorland – Kissimmee
Fifty years of “great tales” has made this attraction the alligator capital of the world!


Green Meadows Farm – Kissimmee
An ideal country setting for the entire family to enjoy that includes live animals to touch and see along with pony rides, hayride and more!


Hemingway Home & Museum – Key West
This Spanish Colonial style house belonging to Ernest Hemingway boasts the first swimming pool built in Key West and is listed as a registered National Historic Landmark that is open daily for tours.


Holy Land Experience – Orlando
This Orlando theme park is a living Biblical history museum recreating in authentic detail the city of Jerusalem and its religious importance. It is a total sensory experience that is educational, historical, theatrical, inspirational, and evangelistic, blending sights, sounds, and tastes that transport guests 7,000 miles away and 3,000 years back in time. A wholesome Christian family experience.


Kennedy Space Center
Freelance travel writer Tony Conboy III says the sights and sounds are not much different, but a trip to Kennedy Space Center takes on new meaning since the Columbia tragedy. He offers an in-depth look at the complex, including how the Columbia crew is being remembered and what has been recently been added to give visitors a unique experience.


Lion Country Safari – Loxahatchee
World famous as “America’s first drive-through ‘cageless’ zoo”!



Lowry Park Zoo – Tampa
Take a walk on the wild side and explore Tampa’s best kept secret.


Miami Seaquarium – Miami
Get splashed by a killer whale and up close and personal with the manatees at South Florida’s premier family attraction!


Monkey Jungle – Miami
This primate “biopark” allows you to get an up-close view of natural habits via screen-protected path reviewed by About Miami Guide, Renee Chapple.


Parrot Jungle IslandMiami
One of Miami’s oldest and greatest attractions Parrot Jungle Island where the jungle comes alive!


Rapids Water ParkWest Palm Beach
Getting wet is half the fun. The other half is the splishing and splashing entry to this website giving you a preview of the fun you can experience in person.


Ringling Museums – Sarasota
The Ringling Museum of Art house John Ringling’s extensive art collection. His mansion, Ca da zan, has recently had its 32 rooms and 15 baths restored. The Museum of the Circus houses artifacts from the “Greatest Show on Earth.”


Sarasota Jungle GardensSarasota
A tropical adventure with lush gardens, tropical birds, and Florida’s wildest of wildlife – alligators!


Scott’s Corn Maze – Mt. Dora
Corn Maze at Scott’s Farm in Mt. Dora is open October 1 through November 30 each year. Tuesday through Friday are reserved for large groups of 20 or more. In addition to the corn maze, you can pack a lunch and enjoy picnic area, hayrides and farm tours.


SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando
The world’s premier marine adventure park with world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters.


Shell Factory – Fort Myers
This North Fort Myers landmark has the world’s largest collection of rare sea shells, sponges, coral, fossils and sea life specimens. Truly a unique Florida shopping experience with gifts from every exotic shore as well as wildlife exhibits, aquariums and alligators. Spend an hour or a day.


Shipwreck IslandPanama City Beach
Get “double parked” as you splash all day at the many water attractions and scream all night at the wildest amusement park.


Silver Springs – Ocala
Home of the world-famous glass-bottomed boats! This is where the first six “Tarzan” movies and more than 100 episodes of “Sea Hunt” were filmed.


Spook Hill – Lake Wales
The Legand of Spook Hill generated thousands of tourists to come to see this optical illusion that causes vehicles to seemingly coast uphill.


Sunken GardensSt. Petersburg
At this St. Petersburg landmark you’ll enjoy the lush tropical gardens along with tropical bird shows.


The Florida Aquarium – Tampa
Encounter the wonders of Florida sea life while visiting the Tampa Bay area.


Titanic The Expereince – Orlando
The World’s first permanent Titanic exhibit is located in Orlando. Recreations of actual rooms from the ship allow you to climb the staircase, stroll among costumed passengers, and view priceless artifacts and treasures.


Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Studios theme park was once only a one-day destination for visitors to Orlando. Now, Universal Orlando is a destination resort in its own right with two theme parks, an entertainment district and three luxury on-site hotels.


Wannado City – Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale
Wannado City at Sawgrass Mills in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a trend-setting new children’s attraction. It’s America’s first indoor role-playing theme park for kids offers entertaining lessons in real-life responsibility.


Water Mania – Kissimmee
Have a splashing good time on a variety of rides, slides and flumes.


Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs is the home to the famous underwater mermaid shows.


Wet’n Wild Orlando – Orlando
How do you keep tiny tots and testy teenagers happy on a hot day? Take them to Wet ‘n Wild Orlando! You’ll see why it is consistently voted one of America’s number one water parks!


Wild Waters – Silver Springs – Ocala
Soak up the sun or relax in the shade of the giant oaks. Of course there is plenty of wild, wooly and wonderful water play available.


World Golf Hall of Fame – St. Augustine
Through a combination of both traditional and interactive exhibit areas, the World Golf Hall of Fame educates and entertains while paying homage to the game’s greatest players and contributors. If you love golf, it’s worth the visit!

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Save Money On USA Car Hire This May Bank Holiday With STAR BUY!

What is STAR BUY?

STAR BUY saves you money. U.S. Rent A Car will allocate your booking request to one of our major car rental partners. STAR BUY rates include fully comprehensive insurance, unlimited mileage, local taxes and one additonal driver FREE!

U.S. Rent A Car will always try to provide our customers with the best possible prices at all times. STAR BUY means that we will give our suppliers the opportunity to compete for the rental at the price displayed. This means that until you receive your rental voucher you will not know the exact supplier. However – don’t panic! Here at U.S. Rent A Car we only use quality car rental suppliers like Alamo, Budget and Dollar so just because the rate is low it doesn’t mean the quality of rental will be.

Here’s how it works.

  1. You make a booking
  2. We send the rental to our suppliers
  3. Usually within 72 hours you can print off a rental voucher which will name the supplier.


Your STAR BUY rental will include: Unlimited mileage, fully inclusive insurance with no excess, local taxes and fees PLUS 1 additional driver FREE.

Remember, we cannot tell you which supplier your rental will be allocated to before you book. Rental will be subject to our usual terms and conditions. STAR BUY offer only valid for new bookings. Offer valid subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time.

Click here to search for your USA Car Hire with U.S. Rent A Car…and remember, look out for STAR BUY offers!

Orlando International Airport completes rental car areas

About 96 percent of all the rental cars available at Orlando International Airport should now be ready for visitors in the airport’s parking garages, now that a $60 million renovation of rental car service areas is completed.

Orlando International expanded its rental car service areas adjacent to the terminal parking garages. That means more room for rental car companies to prep returned cars for their next use within the airport. The companies may then pull them into rental car spaces reserved in the parking garage to be ready for customers.

As a result, all the major agencies now can have cars ready for use parked in the parking garages, so visitors can walk over from the terminal to claim them. In the past, much of the rental car business operated from remote lots outside the Orlando International property, and many rental car customers had to board shuttle buses to go get their cars. In the past few months, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and Advantage are moving rental cars into the parking garages, joining Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, National and two small rental-car companies, E-Z and L&M.

There’s still a handful of independent and niche rental car agencies that prep and offer their cars at remote locations and run shuttle buses from the terminal.

The $60 million project was paid for with a special $2.50 tax levied in 2008 on airport rental cars.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Gets Opening Date

Universal Orlando has confirmed via the official Web site for its Wizarding World ofPotterPre1 Harry Potter attraction ( that its grand opening will be June 18.

According to a post on Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron, June 18 is the official grand opening date for the Wizarding World, but not the first time the park will open to the public; it states that guests who booked a package advertised for May 28 will likely be able to experience the new “theme park within a theme park” set at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

A press conference last September presented several features of the Wizarding World to the public for the first time, including its centerpiece, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction, touted as something “never been done before”. At that time, Universal Orlando gave an opening date of Spring 2010.

Height Restrictions At Universal Orlando

Worried you’re too small to ride the Hulk?

Below is a list of height restrictions for rides at Universal Orlando.


Universal Studios Florida®

Revenge of the MummySM – Must be at least 48″

Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast™ – Must be at least 40″ (persons under 40″ can experience this attraction from an adjacent stationary location.)

MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™ – Must be at least 42″

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster® – Must be at least 36″

The Simpsons Ride™ – Must be at least 40″

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – Must be at least 51″

E.T. Adventure – Must be at least 34″


Universal’s Islands of Adventure® 

Jurassic Park River Adventure® – Must be at least 42″

Pteranodon Flyers® – Please note that Pteranodon Flyers® is designed for children 36 to 56 inches tall. A child meeting this requirement must accompany guests over 56 inches tall

Dueling Dragons® – Must be at least 54″

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® – Must be at least 44″

Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges® – Must be at least 42″

Incredible Hulk Coaster® – Must be at least 54″

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® – Must be at least 40″

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall® – Must be at least 52″

The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!™ – Must be 34″. (Children 34″to 48″must be accompanied by an adult.)

50 Facts About Florida

  1. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.
  2. Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.
  3. The name Punta Gorda, which means, “fat point” when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is the point where the Peace River meets the ocean.
  4. Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.
  5. New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the state founded Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, in Winter Park in 1885.
  6. Cape Canaveral is America’s launch pad for space flights.
  7. Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.
  8. A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and claims to be the world’s only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
  9. The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
  10. Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. He was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers.
  11. Niceville is home to the famous Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival celebrated the third weekend in October.
  12. The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater.
  13. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.
  14. Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world’s first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg’s downtown yacht basin to Tampa.
  15. Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
  16. Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.
  17. Neil Smith and his brother of Montverde developed the first Snapper riding lawn mower.
  18. Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
  19. The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
  20. The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee.
  21. May 20, 1970 Florida lawmakers passed and sent to the Governor a bill adopting the moonstone as the official state gem. Ironically, the moonstone is not found naturally in Florida…nor was it found on the moon.
  22. In 1987 the Florida legislature designated the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) the official state reptile. Long an unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized Florida’s extensive untamed wilderness and swamps.
  23. Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers.
  24. Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in 200 factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry’s peak.
  25. Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square-foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on Feb. 19, 1999 in McCall Park.
  26. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.
  27. Nearly 80 percent of the states intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia Island waters. Two million pounds of shrimp are delivered to Fernandina docks annually.
  28. A swamp such as the Fakahatchee Strand in the Everglades functions in three major ways. First, its vegetation serves as a filter to clean the water as it makes its slow journey southward. Secondly, it’s a major habitat for wildlife and plant life. Finally, it actually prevents flooding by slowing down the flow of water after heavy rains.
  29. DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round lakes in the world.
  30. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at Delray Beach is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the living culture of Japan.
  31. Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.
  32. Fort Meade is the oldest settlement in Polk County. It dates back to 1849 when a settlement grew up around the United States Cavalry fort during the Seminole Indian Wars.
  33. The Fred Bear Museum in Gainesville is a tribute to the accomplishments of Fred Bear a promoter of proper wildlife management and the founder of Bear Archery Company.
  34. The Hawthorne Trail a part of Florida’s Rails to Trails program and attracts many outdoor enthusiasts to walk, cycle, or ride horseback through its 17-mile length.
  35. Just north of Haines City is the Baseball City Stadium the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. Haines City is known as The Heart of Florida.
  36. The city of Hypoluxo’s name comes from the Seminole expression water all ’round — no get out.
  37. Islamorada is billed as the Sports fishing Capital of the World.
  38. Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World.
  39. Marathon is home to Crane Point Hammock, a 63.5 acre land tract that is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys. The area contains evidence of pre-Colombian and prehistoric Bahamian artifacts, and once was the site of an entire Indian village.
  40. Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866. Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockade of Confederate ships that some historians say shortened the conflict by a full year. The fort also was active during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
  41. The first graded road built in Florida was Old Kings Road in 1763. It was named for King George of England.
  42. During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country.
  43. When first completed in 1989 the Dame Point Bridge became the longest cable-stayed span in the United States, the longest concrete span of its type in the Western Hemisphere, and the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
  44. The longest river sailboat race in the world is the Annual Mug Race. The event runs 42 miles from Palatka to Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.
  45. The Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the largest battle fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
  46. Venice is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Collecting prehistoric sharks teeth has been a favorite pastime of visitors and residents of the Venice area for years
  47. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables, is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art.
  48. The Pinellas Trail, a 47 mile hiking/biking trail connecting St. Petersburg with Central and north Pinellas County, is the longest urban linear trail in the eastern United States.
  49. Titusville, known as Space City, USA, is located on the west shore of the Indian River directly across from the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
  50. Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.

Orlando Tops Car Hire Chart

Hi All,

For the second year running (MCO) Orlando International Airport is U.S. Rent A Car’s most popular collection location. Florida Dominates the chart taking the first four slots and continues to be over 60% of all business.

Top 10 Locations

  1. Orlando International Airport (SFB) Florida
  2. Sanford International Airport (SFB) Florida
  3. Miami International Airport (MIA) Florida
  4. Tampa International Airport (TPA) Florida
  5. San Franciso International Airport (SFO) California
  6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) California
  7. Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) Nevada
  8. JFK International Airport (JFK) New York
  9. San Diego International Airport (SDN) California
  10. Boston International Airport (BOS) Massachusetts

Have you collected from any of these locations? What did you think of the airports and how the supplier represented themselves?



Florida Public Holidays That Could Effect Car Hire Availability

Hi All,

Happy New Year. A page that might be of interest is

This page shows some of the public holidays that occur in Florida. Car Hire availability is always lower around these dates, as U.S. citizens tend to hire, bear this in mind if your holiday falls over or on these dates and book early.



New York City regains Car Hire USA top spot

Hi All,

New York City has finally reclaim the U.S. holiday top spot for the first time since 1990.

Although it was forecast that visitors would fall by 10% last year they actually only fell by 3% to 46.7 Million, which keeps the big apple on course to hit 50 million visitors by 2012.

NYC was also first for international visitors with 8.6 million visiting, Los Angeles came in 2nd.

Orlando was second in overal visits and surprisingly 3rd in international visitors.

Have you been to NYC, what were your thoughts and opinions on the U.S.’s most popular city?



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