Attraction briefs: July 4-10

July 4, 2013 

ATTRACTION BRIEFS

Disney Parks Independence Week Celebration "Limited Time Magic": Walt Disney World Resort guests can choose any day of Independence Week, now through July 7 in the parks to experience the flag-waving spirit of the holiday as part of "Limited Time Magic," a red, white and blue extravaganza. A 14-minute fireworks spectacular rockets into the air above Cinderella Castle 9 p.m. July 4 and 10 p.m. July 5-7 with "Disney's Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky." Disney's characters dressed as a colonial fife and drum corps join the spirited procession down Main Street, U.S.A., prior to the daily Celebrate a Dream Come True parade, lead by Mickey Mouse, at Magic Kingdom. For detailed entertainment offerings during Independence Week visit www.limitedtimemagic.com. Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom is at Lake Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista.

Snooty's 65th Birthday Bash and Birthday Card Competition: The South Florida Museum is throwing the world's oldest manatee, Snooty, an extra special Birthday Bash July 20 featuring fun for people of all ages. There will be children's games and activities, entertainment, and wildlife awareness opportunities. As part of the event the annual birthday card contest for children in Preschool-6th grade (2013-2014 school year) is being held and birthday cards will be judged on creativity, fun and originality. Entries must include name, home address, telephone number, age and child's school grade. The deadline for the birthday cards is 5 p.m. July 5. Forms can be obtained at the museum or online at www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org. Additional activities are free admissions for patrons born in 1948, Mayor proclaims July 20 "We Love Snooty the Manatee Day," Snooty's 65th Birthday recognized in Congressional Records by Congressman Vern Buchanan, and 65 Friday Fun Facts about Snooty and his manatee friends to be released before the Birthday Bash. There will be reduced General Admission to the Museum's inside galleries, Aquarium, and Planetarium. For hours, admissions and detailed information on activities, call 941-746-4131 or visit www.southfloridamuseum.org. The Museum is at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.

TreeUmph! Nighttime Adventure Course Tours: TreeUmph! Adventure Course now offers exciting nighttime tours for thrill-seekers ages 12 and older beginning at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 21805 SR 70 E., Bradenton. Visitors can conquer the challenge of wobbly bridges, bungee swings, a 650 foot long zip line and more in a different light. Organized groups of 20-30 climbers of all skill levels venture along a guided tour through the treetops wearing headlamps to light the way. TreeUmph provides sandwiches, snacks and beverages before the expedition starts, and guides are dispersed throughout the course to ensure safety. Every participant is required to complete the Harness Course, where they will learn the rules of the park, how to use the climbing gear, and the mandatory safety procedures. Some height, weight and age restrictions do apply. Cost: $59.95. Reservations are required. Information: 855-322-2130 or www.TreeUmph.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.

Busch Gardens "Summer Nights": "Summer Nights," a daily 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. 18. 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.

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.

Space Shuttle Atlantis: Historic spacecraft Space Shuttle Atlantis' is permanently on display at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. 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.

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