Dakin Dairy Farms season: Dakin Dairy Farms "Farm Fun" season features guided farm tours, hayrides and "old-fashioned country picnics" under the 5-acre oak hammock. Bring your own blanket or use their picnic tables. Picnic includes slow-roasted pulled pork, an "It's All About The Cheese" menu, chili, Angus hot dogs, marshmallows roasted over a campfire, ice cream and more. Enjoy free the 5-acre Farm Fun Play Area with purchase of picnic. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, October-April. Farm tours cost $10 are are at noon Wednesday-Friday and 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays. The farm is at 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City. Information: www.DakinDairyFarms.com or Call (941) 322-2802.
Big Cat Habitat: Big Cat Habitat has changed to its winter schedule. Visitors can have a up-close view of exotic and other animals at the sanctuary with special encounters daily, on Sunset Safaris 12:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through April. Fun and educational animal demonstrations are at 1:30 p.m. daily. Admission: $15 adults, $7 children ages 12 and younger. Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Information: 941-371-6377 or visit www.BigCatHabitat.org.
Mote Marine: "Sea Lions, On the Water's Edge," is a limited-time exhibit featuring Patagonian and California sea lions through April 28 in the Aquarium. The exhibit will star Patagonian sea lions Stella, 8, Rose, 7, and Kitty, 7, and over time will feature other individual sea lions, each with a distinct personality. The exhibit will include special narrated demonstrations at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. each day. Visiting the exhibit will be included with regular Mote admission. Admission: $17 adults, $16 seniors ages 65 and older, $12 children ages 4-12, free for members and for children ages 3 and younger. Mote Marine is at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-388-4441 or visit www.mote.org.
Hermanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions: 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City
Hermanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions, unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world will perform in their 2012-2013 Winter Training and Practice Rehearsal Shows 3 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays through May 4. Donation: $5. Bring lawn chairs. Reservations and information: 941-322-1501 or visit www.hlipizzans.com
Busch Gardens Real Music Concert Series: Busch Gardens' Real Music Series kicks off 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16 and runs Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 2 featuring incredible live music spanning the 1930s-1970s to include swing, blues, pop, jazz, disco, and rock 'n roll, a genre for everyone. This year's featured artists are The Terry Myers Orchestra with The Swing Sisters Jan. 16-19, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Jan. 23-26, Frank Sinatra Jr. Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Paul Revere and The Raiders Feb. 6-9, Sha Na Na Feb. 13-16, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. Feb. 20-23 and Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone Feb. 27-March 2. Reservation tickets are required to guarantee a seat, and are available at the front gate until 11 a.m. each show date. The complimentary reservation tickets are also available near the theater prior to each show. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For park hours, performance times and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit http://seaworldparks.com.
Busch Gardens "Let's Dance": Sixteen dancers from around the world will heat up the Desert Grill stage Jan. 16-April 7 with the Broadway-style show "Let's Dance" featuring Burn the Floor. Set against a fast-paced soundtrack of familiar favorites, the international dance troupe brings a new twist to contemporary ballroom dance with the Foxtrot, Tango, Jive, Swing, Mambo and more. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For park hours, performance times and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit http://seaworldparks.com.