Attraction briefs: Sept. 26-Oct. 2

September 26, 2013 

ATTRACTION BRIEFS

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23: Experience an incredibly horrifying Halloween at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 on select nights through Nov. 2 featuring highly-themed, disturbingly-real haunted houses that are based on everything from hit films like "The Cabin in the Woods" to worst nightmares, and streets filled with hundreds of specially-trained "scareactors." The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For hours, ticket prices and detailed information, call (407) 363-8000 or visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.con/Orlando

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. Sept. 27 at 21805 State Road 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.

Busch Gardens' "Howl-O-Scream": Evil comes out to play at Busch Gardens' Halloween event "Howl-O-Scream" for 14 select nights Sept. 27-Oct. 26 featuring an overgrown, dark and sinister park with adult-targeted fun, riding adrenaline-fuelled coasters at night, including Cheetah Hunt and tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner. Howl-O-Scream hours are 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday nights and 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For ticket prices and detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or visit www.HowlOScream.com

Eighteenth Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: Disney guests can grab a Marketplace Discovery Passport and embark on a global tasting tour during the 18th Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Sept. 27-Nov. 11 featuring inspired food-and-beverage marketplaces, high energy concerts and premium dining events. The aromas of more than 25 ethnic and specialized marketplaces, Africa, France, South Korea and Florida Local included and the new Scotland and Brazil marketplaces, waft across the World Showcase Promenade, and guests can have their own complimentary "passport" stamped at each location for a fun festival souvenir. There will be daily wine tastings and mixology seminars, culinary demonstrations and taste seminars, and nightly eat-to-the-beat concerts featuring Starship, starring Mickey Thomas Sept. 27-29, Edwin McCain Oct. 10-11, The Manhattan Transfer Oct. 12-13, Wilson Phillips Oct. 14-15, Spin Doctors Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and Christopher Cross Nov. 2-3. Returning fan favorites include The Pointer Sisters, Smash Mouth, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Air Supply, Hanson and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The event is included with regular Epcot admission. The park is at 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd., Lake Buena Vista. For hours, ticket prices and detailed information go to www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

Ringling free admission: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will offer free admission to the entire estate Sept. 28 as part of the Museum Day Live! Annual event, hosted by Smithsonian magazine. The museum is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Information: 941-359-5700 or www.ringling.org.

Museum of Science and Industry $5 Day: The Museum of Science and Industry will offer a $5 admission Sept. 28 to allow community members of all incomes access to the exhibit galleries, including "Amazing You," "Kids In Charge!," the largest children's science center in the nation and more than 450 hands-on, interactive exhibits. Admission to $5 Day also includes entrance to the IMAX Dome Theater film "Great White Sharks." The museum is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. For hours and other information, call 813-987-6000 or 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.

Bank of America "Museums on Us": Bank of America's "Museums on Us" is offering cardholders free admission to some of the most exciting cultural venues in the United States Oct. 4-5. 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.

Dakin Dairy Farm Festival: Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Road, Myakka City

Registration is now open for Dakin Dairy Farm's Mac and Cheese Contest and 5-Mile Ranch and Kids Run which will be part of Dakin Dairy Farm Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 5 celebrating five years of Farm Tours, Birthday Parties and Corn Maze. There will be a Calf Scramble, a Bean Bag Toss, Himalayan salt demonstrations, local artists, various "Agri" vendors and exhibits, and live music by Kim Betts and the Gamble Creek Band. For festival details and registration, call 941-322-2802 or visit www.DakinDairyFarms.com.

Big Cat Habitat: Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, a nonprofit safe haven for big cats, bears and other animals in need, will offer free admission to local law enforcement officers, firefighters and their immediate families through October. 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. Sunset Safaris are 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Regular 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 and SeaWorld Weekday Tickets Offer: Explore Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld Orlando, or experience thrilling attractions and amazing land animals at Busch Gardens Tampa with the all-new $50 weekday ticket Mondays-Fridays through Dec. 20. For park location, hours and tickets, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com or BuschGardensTampa.com.

Tampa Bay History Center: "Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps," an exhibition featuring over 150 rare maps, documents and other artifacts from the 16th Century through today, will be on display now through Feb. 16 at The Tampa Bay History Center. The maps are on loan from the Library of Congress, the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University, the University of Florida, the Matheson Museum in Gainesville, and other collections and include the first printed map to use the name "Florida," the first printed map to use the name "Tampa," an earliest known map of the City of Tampa, an earliest plat of St. Petersburg, the first map of Miami Beach, and the first map of Ybor City. The history center is at 801 Old Water St., Tampa. For hours and admission, call 813-675-8985 or www.tampabayhistorycenter.org.

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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