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very safe – with some very awesome beasts. Get beyond the beaten path in Expedition Africa by joining a Wild Encounters tour, or just spend quality time feeding the park’s unforgettable giraffes. At the zoo’s Paws on Play, the entire family can enjoy water play, an aquarium, fort building and an animal petting area. Seasonal activities such as Boo at the Zoo, Bonsai Week-end and Jazzoo add even more reasons to visit the zoo on a regular basis. Those who prefer their entertainment indoors and on the stage head to the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, a magnet for A-list stars such as Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Bennett, Bonnie Raitt and Liza Minelli and a venue that rou-tinely hosts the best Broadway touring companies, orchestra and ballet performances and a variety of children’s performing arts that range from the gravity-defying Peking acrobats to the incomparable Charlotte’s Web. Of course, living in an area blessed with some many enter-tainment opportunities attracts many visitors. Guests from out of town can enjoy the comfort of excellent, convenient lodging at hotels such as the Holiday Inn Melbourne-Viera Conference Center, a smoke-free facility with on-site fitness center, out-door pool and delicious dining at the RendezVous restaurant. Savvy locals know that the $9.95 dinner specials offer unbeat-able value and they also often head for the hotel for a weekend’s getaway. The neighboring lounge by the RendezVous is a relax-ation oasis where guests can catch up on sports and news on flat-screen televisions or sit back and enjoy live music on Thurs-days and Fridays. Whether you’re for the birds, a culture vulture or a fan of golf’s Golden Bear and Great White Shark, you’ll go wild for the fun in Suntree and Viera! n The center of it all n   9   n

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