The DC Travel and Adventure Show makes its ninth annual appearance this year at the Washington Convention Center. The two-day show is filled with thousands of travel providers offering unique vacation options and travel information. It is the largest and longest running series of consumer travel events in the United States - a great opportunity for anyone looking for different destination ideas to do so in a one-stop shop.
The show is a family-friendly affair with several popular tried and true exhibits for both kids and adults to explore like the rock climbing wall provided by River and Trail Outfitters; the scuba diving tank sponsored by Beadiver.com; and the global beats stage sponsored by the World Heritage Cultural Center. Each year, there's a crowd either waiting for a lesson or watching a lively performance.
One of the newer attractions this year that's sure to attract a crowd is the new SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Animal Encounter. Both parks will feature an animal (or two) in their exhibits. You can meet two live Magellanic penguins over at SeaWorld and visit Busch Gardens for a front row seat to a few hedgehogs. Families will love the chance to play at SeaWorld's exhibit, recording a video with a few virtual penguins, grabbing a sneak peek at the new Antarctica ride coming to SeaWorld Orlando in May, and taking a picture as an arctic explorer.
If attendees ever wanted to try their hands at fly-fishing, they'll also have a unique chance to watch a demo provided by the American Fly Fishing School. Captain Mike and his expert second-hand, Jack, will teach you how to cast a line in the casting pool, row in a kayak, and even make your own fly-fishing bait.
Food demonstrations are always a big draw at events and the Travel and Adventure Show's Culinary Stage is no different. Sponsored by the Maine Office of Tourism, the Culinary Stage will have demonstrations and discussions from chefs featuring foods and samples from around the world. The area is three times as large this year and promises a full schedule on both days. On Saturday, a local mixologist will be on hand, making five globally-inspired drinks for sampling.
The highlight for many attendees may be the featured speakers for the weekend. Best-selling travel writer, publisher and creator of Frommer's travel guides, Arthur Frommer will be presenting as well as Rick Steves, host of Rick Steves' Europe on public broadcasting. Most notable of the speakers will be Andrew Zimmern, co-creator, host and contributing producer of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods.
The Travel and Adventure Show is a fun-filled, all-day educational event that doesn't fail at being a crowd-pleaser. It allows consumers to do comprehensive research on destinations and travel-related activities with a touch of cultural immersion - an experience that travel agencies can't provide on their own. Show hours are from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday March 9th and 11:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday March 10th. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 online using promo code DCPR. Children 16 and under, accompanied by a parent or guardian, are free. Go to www.adventureexpo.com/washingtondc for more information and tickets.