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What's glowing in the Golden State

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Globe Correspondent / July 8, 2007

There's always something new in the Golden State of California. Here are some of its latest attractions for children and adults:

At Disneyland in Anaheim, the just-opened Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage combines something old with something new. The eight submarines of Disneyland's original Submarine Voyage now prowl beneath the seas while surrounded by the fishy stars of the "Finding Nemo" movie. After a submarine-shaking volcanic eruption, the subs dive alongside a coral reef where a rousing celebration of finding Nemo takes place. Single-day tickets to Disneyland are $63 for anyone 10 or older, $53 for those younger. The average daily price drops with a multi day ticket.

Visit disneyland.com .

At the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles , 28 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures donated from the collection of the late film producer Ray Stark and his wife, Fran, are on permanent display . Represented are Robert Adams, Saul Baizerman, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Dame Elisabeth Frink, and Alberto Giacometti . The artworks are in the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden and the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace. Admission to the Getty Center, including the museum, is free, no tickets or reservations needed. Parking is $8.

Visit getty.edu .

Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park has a new thrill ride, Sierra Sidewinder , a coaster that nosedives, banks, dips, and turns at 37 miles per hour, while rotating on its axis. The Sidewinder covers 1,411 feet of track in little over a minute, and that includes a drop of 39 feet. On the tamer side, a new ice show, "Snoopy's Big Bow Wow ," is another summer attraction. Tickets to Knotts Berry Farm are $43.95 for anyone 11 and older, $18.95 for seniors 62 and older and children 3-10. The adult ticket price drops $2.95 if you print your tickets from the website.

Visit knotts.com .

In Long Beach, the legendary ocean liner Queen Mary, which is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its arrival there as a visitor attraction, has three new exhibits. " Queen Mary Historic Exhibit: Her Story Is History" takes guests through the ship's history, from construction to World War II service to Long Beach. "The Incredible World of SPY-Fi " showcases about 400 spy gadgets, props, and artifacts. "Rockin' Hollywood " presents the work of Michael Childers , displaying 80 images of Tinseltown icons and legends and including photos of celebrities aboard the ship. Admission prices vary according to how many shipboard attractions you want to see. A First Class Passage ticket, which gets you into key exhibits and includes guided tours, costs $27.95 for anyone 12 or older, $24.95 for seniors and members of the military, $16.95 for children ages 5-11.

Visit queenmary.com .

In San Francisco, a new way to see the attractions along Fisherman's Wharf is with a Wharf Pass. Buyers can pick six options from a group of 12 attractions for a savings of 33 percent off individual admissions. Those options include hop-on-and-off sightseeing on a double decker bus or trolley; a bay cruise aboard a choice of two fleets; Ripley's Believe It or Not! or Pier 39's Turbo Ride; the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf (which has added celebrities) or the USS Pampanito submarine tour; the Aquarium of the Bay or tours of historic ships at Hyde Street Pier; the Boudin Bakery Museum and Bakery Tour or a ride on the Pier 39 carousel . The pass allows users to visit each of the six attractions once over three consecutive days. Cost is $61 for those 12 and older, $38 for ages 5--11.

Visit wharfpass.com .

In Vallejo, Six Flags Marine World has transmogrified into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom , featuring three areas: Land, Sea , and Sky. There are exotic animals, marine life, shows, and strolling performers. General admission is $49.99, or $10 less if purchased online, for those taller than 48 inches, $29.99 for children under 48 inches, and free for ages 2 and younger.

Visit sixflags.com/discoverykingdom .

The San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park has a big new tour. Journey Into Africa replaces the Wgasa Bush Line Railway tour, which operated for more than 30 years. The new attraction is planned to bring riders eye-level with animals, such as a white rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, giraffe, and African crowned cranes. Also, two new live shows, "Animal Trackers " and "Experience Africa," take place in Nairobi Village. One-day tickets are $33 for anyone 12 or older and $22 for children ages 3-11. Two-day passes are $39 and $27 , respectively. Hotel packages start at $82 per person. There are also combo tickets for the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park for $59 and $39. Keep in mind, though, that they are some 35 miles apart.

Visit wildanimalpark.org .

Beginning and ending in San Francisco, Adventure Cycling Association concentrates on vegetables with its new, 13-day Farm Fresh trip. The 13-day ride loops through the Coast Range, Central Valley, and Sierra foothills, home to prolific farmlands. Cyclists will dine on produce along the route and meet with farmers, vintners, and agricultural authorities. The trip takes place Sept. 16-28 , includes catered meals of farm-fresh produce, and costs $1,799 .

Visit adventurecycling.org/tours/2007farmfresh.cfm or call 800-755-2453 , ext. 3.

Add Oxnard to your itinerary if you're feeling nostalgic. It now has what is said to be the world's only Woolworth Museum, located in the original Woolworth Building downtown. The museum displays old products, menus, historical items, photographs, books, lunch counter items, and many other artifacts. There is also a section of working vending machines from the 1950s, and electromechanical games that are still playable. The museum also has a lunch counter deli called the Exper-Mental Café , with an architectural style worthy of "The Jetsons ." No admission charge.

Visit thewoolworthbuilding.com .

For more about the Golden State, go to visitcalifornia.com .

Moose patrol

Want to see a moose ? The Glen Oaks Inn in Intervale , N.H., has a Moose on the Loose package beginning at $270. Along with two nights' lodging and a country breakfast daily, guests take a three-hour journey along the Androscoggin River and into a 13-mile woods area in search of the elusive animal. The tour company, Moose Tours, has a 96 percent success rate. The package also includes afternoon tea daily, a gift to remember your visit by, and a disposable camera to prove you really did see a moose.

Call 877-854-6535 or 603-356-9772 . For inn details, visit glenoaksinn.com .

For a cause

TNT Vacations has joined with Susan G. Komen for the Cure Massachusetts Affiliate to launch a Vacations for a Cause program. TNT will invite customers to donate to Komen when they book a vacation, and will then match any donation. TNT also will donate 2 percent of every vacation package booked by a Komen supporter or employee back to the Massachusetts Affiliate.

Visit tntvacations.com or call 888-GO-TNT-GO (888-468-6846) . For more information about Komen for the Cure, visit komen.org and komenmass.org .

A sure bet

This summer the Las Vegas Monorail is discounting its one-day pass by almost half, charging $8 instead of $15. By contrast, two single-ride tickets cost $5 each. The monorail travels the length of the Strip in 15 minutes or less, with seven stations located at the MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesar's Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, and the Sahara . Service starts at 7 a.m. and the monorail operates 19 hours a day during the week, and 20 hours on weekends.

Visit lvmonorail.com .

Hey, big spender

ElleJet Aviation Services has begun offering one-way pricing on private jets. Here are the initial routes and fares: New York--Miami or vice versa, starting at $9,900; Las Vegas--Southern California or vice versa, $4,400; Los Angeles--New York or vice versa, $19,900.

Call 888-355-3538 . The website is ellejet.com .

When not included, hotel taxes, airport fees, and port charges can add significantly to the price of a trip. Most prices quoted are for double occupancy; solo travelers will usually pay more. Offers are subject to availability and there may be blackout dates. Richard P. Carpenter can be reached at carpenter@globe.com.

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