In time for Labor Day weekend, family travelers and animal lovers can head to Kansas City, Missouri, to visit the all-new, $77 million Sobela Ocean Aquarium. Opening Sept. 1, this world-class aquarium immerses guests in marine environments across six zones.
Free with admission to the recently renamed Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium, visitors explore zones imitating how ocean currents connect animals across the world. The aquarium features 200 species across 34 exhibits, with the journey beginning at warm-water habitats like rocky shores, a mangrove forest, tropical lagoon, salt marshes and coral reefs. Here, small fish, crustaceans, toucans and sharks await.
Kids will love the tropical lagoon touch pool, an interactive experience where kids can see and feel arthropods, snails and hermit crabs. Continuing through the aquarium, visitors enter the open waters through jellyfish displays and deep-ocean species like Japanese spider crabs and isopods.
From here, visitors see a variety of other animals like a giant Pacific octopus, leopard shark and pot-bellied seahorses, all while traveling through the Pacific reef and kelp forests. At the end of the experience, visitors can spot sea otters and visit a hands-on tide pool filled with urchin, sea stars and a horn shark.
Can joining Disney Vacation Club help you save on family travel? Well, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, a source for Disney Vacation Club rentals, can provide some insight. Disney travel experts like Melissa Mullett, director of operations, David’s Vacation Club Rentals, provided some tips and insider knowledge on how Disney Vacation Club works.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Does your road trip crew include young kids? We’ve been there, too, and know keeping everyone busy and entertained makes those long stretches of interstate much more peaceful.
In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.