Attraction briefs: May 16-22

May 16, 2013 


DinoQuest2 at Lowry Park Zoo: Rediscover a limited engagement outdoor exhibit of lifelike and life-size dinosaurs at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, which features 22 animatronic creatures ranging from the treacherous T-Rex to the gargantuan Giganotosaurus and other prehistoric pals during regular park hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 28. Visit the park and take a Zoo School program featuring primitive predators or have a dynamite time after dark at Dino Nites for a unique experience. Dino Nites are 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 25, except for May 17-18, and are $9.95 a person and includes the DinoQuest exhibit. DinoQuest2 daytime admission: $4. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. Information:

20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: Whimsical Disney topiary spectacles and sweeping garden landscapes set the colorful scene this year for the new festival additions of the 20th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, now through May 19. Guests will discover festival surprises around every corner, including new topiary triumphs, a butterfly bounty, whimsical children's play areas, HGTV celebrity designers, daily hands-on gardening seminars and a Festival Center packed with events that offer innovative ideas, gardening know-how and design tips. On weekends, top Flower Power rockers of the 1960 and '70s will perform, including Starship, starring Mickey Thomas, May 17-19. The festival, including all gardening programs and exhibits, is included in regular Epcot admission. The park is at 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. Information: 407-934-7639 or visit

Jack Hanna at Jungle Gardens: Join "Jungle Jack" Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings, special meet-and-greets and learn about animal facts and travel tales during animal shows 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and special appearances throughout the day May 18-19. Admission to Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures is included with a day's paid admission or Annual Pass to Busch Gardens. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For park hours and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit

Bank of America "Museums on Us": Bank of America's "Museums on Us" is offering cardholders to celebrate spring with free admission to some of the most exciting cultural venues in the United States June 1-2. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to more than 150 participating museums in 94 cities and include the Florida Holocaust Museum and Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. Present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission. The offer is valid for cardholders only, guests are not eligible. The program excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed shows the first full weekend of each month. Information:

Busch Gardens "Summer Nights": "Summer Nights," an end-of-night show packed with energizing live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world and finale fireworks returns to Busch Gardens will be June 8-Aug. 11. Summer Nights is included with any daily admission, Fun Card or Annual Pass to Busch Gardens. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For park hours and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit

Space Shuttle Atlantis: The countdown is on for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, the new home of the historic spacecraft, opening June 29. This one-of-a-kind experience delivers extraordinary access to Space Shuttle Atlantis - from only a few feet away, guests of all ages will be awed and inspired with an up-close, 360-degree view of the orbiter, the wear of its 33 missions apparent on its protective external tiles. Space Shuttle Atlantis features state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and high-tech simulations. Kennedy Space Center is at State Road 405, Kennedy Space Center. For hours, admission prices and detailed information, call 877-313-2610 or visit

Museum of Science and Industry: "Sea Monsters Revealed," an exhibition of 18 of the world's largest plastinated sea creatures, is now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry, for an up-close and personal look at the most mysterious creatures the deep sea has to offer. Visitors will not only see the outside, but also the inside of the most elusive aquatic life ever discovered, including a 6-foot-wide manta ray, a 15-foot long mako shark, a giant squid, and an 18-foot-long, 3,000 pound whale shark. All specimens in the exhibitions are authentic and have been carefully recovered in accordance with the highest animal protection standards. The exhibit also includes more than 150 individual organs and smaller specimens that define the life of the sea. The exhibition's theatrical and scenic elements take visitors back in time to an 18th century oceanographer's study and will descend in a specially-built submersible to the depths to explore the sea floor and meet renowned ocean explorers such as Fabian Cousteau and Sylvia Earle and walk on the ocean floor among the giants of the deep. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 2 Museum hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Reservations are highly recommended. The museum is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. For ticket prices and detailed information, call 813-987-6000 or visit

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