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The BIG Times, February, 2013

A Round-Up of BIG News Highlights Across The Globe

It’s the second edition of our new monthly feature, the BIG Times, to share our finds of BIG-ness!

GBOGH Awarded!

There was some BIG satisfaction from learning this month that two blog posts from last year earned “Finalist” spots in the 2012 NATJA (North American Travel Journalists’ Association) Awards! In the category of “Internet/Family Travel,” our post on Gatorland’s world’s largest collection of white alligators was recognized. In the category of “Travel Tips & Advice,” this post on “How to Find a Kid-Friendly Hotel” earned recognition as well.

World’s Largest Stuff-of-the-Month

The Topps company celebrated the launch of 2013 Topps Baseball Series 1 and the start of Spring Training with the unveiling of the World’s Largest Baseball Card this month at spring training in Florida.  It would take 82,944 cards to make up the size of this card, which was 90 feet tall and 60 feet wide!

baseball card

Credit: Topps

Grand Central Station in New York City celebrated its 100th birthday this month. It’s always been one of our favorite city spots, but we like it even more now that we know it’s received a Guinness World Record certificate for its status as the world’s “largest station by number of platforms.

A fascinating and fun read in the February issue of Smithsonian Magazine about the Komodo dragon—the world’s largest lizard. With a title like this, how could you resist? “The Komodo Dragon is an All-Purpose Killing Machine : A visit to one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations could be your last.”

Requires Action on Your Part

Once again this year, the Walkway Over the Hudson is organizing a world record attempt; this time, for the longest dance line. It takes place Saturday, May 4th. We are SO THERE! Will you join us?

There are travel sweepstakes, and then there’s the Biggest Baddest Bucket List. If the idea of winning an all-expenses paid trip to visit six continents over six months, plus $50,000, sounds appealing to you, enter here!

From Our Readers

We love when friends of GBOGH let us know about BIG stuff going on in their area, or when they tell us about BIG places they’ve been. This month, Tom and Kelly S. brought their kids to the Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, home to the largest snow tubing park in the U.S. It has 40 lanes and two conveyor lifts!


And, Denise M. shared a photo of a recent trip to see the world’s largest rocking chair in Cuba, MO, and told us that it’s a good stop, offering ice cream and a gift shop. Her youngest kid wants to visit every “world’s largest” there is — LOVE it!

Route 66



  1. Mike said,
    February 28, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Congratulations on your recognition. Well-deserved!!!!

  2. Daniel Meloy said,
    March 4, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Kudos on getting some well deserved acknowledgement. Your blog is always very interesting, informative, and just plain fun. It’s nice to see somebody being rewarded for their hard work. Your pictures in this post are awesome, by the way. I especially like the world’s largest rocker. It’s so random, but so awesome. I didn’t even know something like that existed! Thanks for the share!

  3. Jenny J said,
    March 11, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    I remember watching a travel show comedian Billy Connolly did a couple of years ago and in it he visited that very same rocking chair and sat with his legs hanging over the edge. Was intrigued with it then and your picture certainly shows just how big it is in people terms!