Wild World reopensWild World, the 115-acre water...


Wild World reopens

Wild World, the 115-acre water and theme park in Largo, will open May 23 under new ownership and management. Since the Tierco Group Inc. acquired the park in January, it has instituted several changes.

The world-famous Wild One roller coaster will give riders a faster, more exciting ride than before. And the water park section at Wild World has been renamed Paradise Island. It will be replete with imported palm, banana and coconut trees, pampas grass and bamboo, and tiki huts.

Other attractions include a full-sized steam train, 13 water slides, a large activity pool, a children's pool, three theaters and live entertainment shows.

The cost is $15.99 plus tax, adults; $12.99 plus tax, children; $7.99 plus tax, seniors; free, children 3 and younger. Season passes are also available.

For hours and more information, call (301) 249-1500. The Philadelphia-Lancaster Turnpike's 200th anniversary observance began last month and will continue all year with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations, open houses and tours around Lancaster County, Pa. The celebration of the 62-mile route, which eventually became part of U.S. 30, coincides with Lancaster's 250th anniversary. For a map and calendar of events, call (800) 735-2629, Ext. 2320.

Philadelphia's Rosenbluth Travel has added a new twist to honeymoons and bridal registries. The big travel agency will register honeymooners' plans so that friends and relatives can contribute as a wedding present. Rosenbluth is promoting the idea through bridal and flower shops in malls where it has travel stores. Contact one of the company's vacation and cruise centers, or use the nationwide toll-free number through which out-of-towners can contribute to a couple's honeymoon, (800) 828-2040.

Barbados government beefs up security

In response to a notice issued by the State Department alerting prospective visitors to recent increases in crime on Barbados, the Barbados government has announced stepped-up security efforts.

Until recent months, the island has had little history of crime directed against tourists, the State Department notice says, but incidents of purse snatching, pickpocketing, sexual assault and armed robbery have been reported, particularly in Bridgetown, sometimes in crowded areas and in daylight.

The State Department suggests leaving cash and valuables in a hotel or ship safe and being wary when driving .

Mapping a route an easier way

Friendly is not a word one thinks of in association with a map, but it seems a good one to describe the MapEasy series, which is adding five new maps this month.

These city maps are hand-drawn and lettered; with colorepencil, parks are tinted green, main routes yellow and bodies of water blue. Names of restaurants are written in red, hotels in blue, shops in green and buildings in black. Architectural drawings of major sites can help visitors orient themselves. Next to many locations are historical tidbits, tips or breezy comments. Also most maps include a public transit map.

The new maps are of London, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver anUpper Manhattan. Others cover Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Midtown Manhattan, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington; a New Orleans map is to be issued in late summer. The maps, $5 each, are updated each month to keep up with changes in shops and restaurants. They are sold at many bookstores and some museum and hotel gift shops.

To find the nearest location or to order, contact Map-Easy, P.O. Box 1889, Amagansett, N.Y. 11930, (516) 324-1804; there is a charge for mailing, usually $1.50 an order.

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