Attraction briefs: June 13-19

June 13, 2013 

ATTRACTION BRIEFS

Busch Gardens' "3-Park Summer Sizzler": Florida residents can explore some of central Florida's hottest theme parks, all at an unprecedented value with the 3-Park Summer Sizzler for $99. Guests can enjoy unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and unlimited weekday admission to Adventure Island and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark in Orlando through Sept. 2. The offer is valid for Florida residents only, photo ID is required. For park locations, hours and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit http://seaworldparks.com.

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 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 www.mosi.org.

Museum of Fine Arts Summer Admission: The Museum of Fine Arts announced it will lower its admission from $17 to $10 for everyone through Sept. 30. Groups of 10 or more adults pay only $8 each and groups of 10 or more students, $4 a person. On Thursday nights when the Museum presents "UnchARTed: Random Acts of Culture," college students with current I.D. pay $5 or can buy one admission, get one free. The Museum is at 255 Beach Dr. NE., St. Petersburg. Information: 727-896-2667 or www.fine-arts.org.

Big Cat Habitat Switches to summer hours: Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need, will operate on its summer schedule now through October. Sunset Safaris are 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Visitors can have an up-close view of the exotic and other animals in the sanctuary on self-guided tours with special animal encounters daily at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $15 adults, $7 children ages 12 and younger. Reservations are not required. Parking is free. Refreshments are available for purchase. The sanctuary is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. Information: 941-371-6377 or www.bigcathabitat.org.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Salutes Military with "Waves of Honor Program": SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is honoring the men and women of the U.S. armed services through its Waves of Honor military salute program, providing free admission to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks, and Sesame Place through 2013. The program provides one complimentary admission through 2013 to the participating parks for the service member and as many as three of his or her dependents. Service members need to register either online at www.wavesofhonor.com or in the entrace plazas of the parks. All dependents 10 and older must present a valid military dependent identification of entry into the park. For park locations, hours and tickets, call 888-800-5447 or visit http://seaworldparks.com.

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 through 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 http://seaworldparks.com.

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 www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

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 July 6-7. 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: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

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