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Karen Rubin
Karen Rubin is an eclectic travel writer who has been spanning the globe for more than 30 years to discover the best ways to explore places and experience cultures and destinations. She publishes Travel Features Syndicate, is the National Eclectic Travel Examiner at, and blogs at "Travel is a life-changing and an interactive experience that mutually benefits travelers and community." Contact Karen at

Entries by Karen Rubin

Watching Polo At Bethpage State Park

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Every Sunday through mid-October, you can have a front row seat as horses and riders engage in "the Sport of Kings," better known as polo, at Bethpage State Park on Long Island. Just $5 gets you in.

For anyone who thrills watching horses galloping at top speed around...

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Art Takes Over Fifth Avenue for the 34th Annual Museum Mile Festival

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 2:50 PM

Culture-lovers take over Fifth Avenue for the annual Museum Mile Festival, stroll pass the Metropolitan Museum of Art © 2012 Karen Rubin/

The 34th Annual Museum Mile Festival, when art literally takes to the streets in a fabulous celebration, takes place on...

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Enjoying Winter In Punta Gorda On Florida's Gulf Coast

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 6:30 AM

2012-02-14-PuntaGorda011912_2354e3cKarenRubin.jpg The gazebo at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda is where musicians gather every Thursday night "in season" © 2012 Karen Rubin/

The place to be on a Thursday night in Punta Gorda is Gilchrist Park That's when bands of musicians and their adoring...

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Lady Liberty To Take Year-Long Vacation

(7) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 4:47 PM

The Statue of Liberty National Monument will close after its 125th anniversary, Oct 28 for a year-long renovation, but Liberty Island will be open to visitors, who will be able to have unobstructed views of America's icon of freedom.

The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will undergo...

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Scramble Underway For Tickets to 9/11 Memorial

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 1:37 PM

More than 47,000 reservations for the September 11 Memorial, were booked online within the first few days after the ticketing website went live on Monday, July 11, basically selling out the passes available for the first week the Memorial is open to the public.

The Memorial Plaza, which...

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Travel planning goes 3-D: Website plans to virtualize destinations

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2011 | 9:47 AM

3-D technology could be on the verge of changing the way travelers prepare for trips. A new travel website, 3rd Planet, is in the process of creating an interface that will not only provide information about a given place, but give travelers the ability to fly around a detailed 3-D...

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Bruce Dern Is Honored With Legend Award at First Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, Long Island

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 2:12 PM

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Bruce Dern, the first recipient of the "Legend Award" at the first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, in North Hempstead, Long Island, June 1, 2011, tells story of his life in stories to an intimate audience.

For an hour,...

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Photo Tips for Capturing Thrills at Memorial Day Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2011 | 10:30 PM

The F-22 Raptor breaking the sound barrier is one of the thrilling sights at the Memorial Day Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island (© 2011 Karen Rubin/

More than 300,000 people will be at Jones Beach, Long Island, over Memorial...

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First-Ever Gold Coast International Film Festival Brings Luminaries to Long Island

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2011 | 6:13 PM

Will Great Neck, Long Island, be the next Cannes, the next Sundance, the new Tribeca?

The first annual Gold Coast International Film Festival, puts Great Neck and the Town of North Hempstead on the map as a major cultural center, with the force to shape cultural tastes and catapult...

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Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Showcase Sustainable Tourism Initiatives

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 9:30 AM

Jane Goodall, founder of The Jane Goodall Institute. The Jane Goodall Institute/Budongo Ecotourism Development Project, Uganda, is a finalist for the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards for sustainability initiatives in conservation. © 2011 Karen Rubin/

A small beach lodge helping to lift...

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National Trust for Historic Preservation Names 2011 List of America's Dozen Distinctive Destination

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 11:28 AM


New Bedford, Mass. once one of the world's largest whaling ports, is rich in maritime history, scenic beaches, architectural and historical jewels, and a burgeoning arts community, was named to the 2011 List of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations © 2011 Karen Rubin/

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Where to Explore Palm Beach County's Wild Side

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 1:18 PM

Housing developments and ribbons of asphalt have replaced groves and farms and consumed open space and habitat for flora and fauna alike throughout Palm Beach County, but there are still some preserves -- quite literally refuges -- that have become as rare as precious jewels, and seem to be all...

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Travel Industry Cheers Obama Move Opening Cuba to 'Purposeful Travel' But Seeks Free-Flow of Visitors

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 7:21 PM

President Obama eased restrictions on "purposeful" travel to Cuba, facilitating the ability for religious, civic and academic groups from the U.S. The administration stated, "These measures will increase people-to-people contact; support civil society in Cuba; enhance the free flow of information to, from, and...
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Celebrating New Year's Eve in Times Square Is Once-in-Lifetime Experience

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2011 | 6:37 PM

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One million people crammed New York City's Times Square for New Year's Eve and the famous drop of the crystal ball - the world's biggest - from atop One Times Square building.

Gathering from early afternoon, the dazzling lights, neon...

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National Cryptologic Museum Lets Public Peek in on Secret World of Codebreaking

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 6:19 PM

The celebrity of the exhibit is Enigma -- an electromechanical, wired-rotor machine used by Nazis in World War II to render a radio message unintelligible; Allies cracked the code © 2010 Karen Rubin/

Can't get enough of the WikiLeaks saga of unmasked...

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TSA Answers Questions About Enhanced Screening at Airports

(22) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 12:18 PM


The initial furor and shock over the enhanced airport screening techniques by the TSA seems to have subsided But with the holiday travel season in force, and continued questions about the security procedures at airports, we posed questions for the TSA:

Some skeptics who...

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Amtrak's AutoTrain Is Unique Way to Travel

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 10:10 AM


Believe it or not, the romance and adventure of long-distance train travel is still alive here in the United States in perhaps the most unexpected of places: Amtrak's AutoTrain, which travels nearly 900 miles between Lorton, Virginia (about 45...

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Holiday Walk in New York

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 2:01 PM


The most marvelous way to experience the Holidays in New York, is just to walk around, and take it all in -- from the enchanting animated windows in department stores, to the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Central Park. Buy hot...

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