Attraction briefs

October 17, 2013 

ATTRACTION BRIEFS

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. The habitat will begin its winter schedule Oct. 16. Hours will be 12:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Visitors can have an up-close view of the exotic and other animals in the sanctuary on self-guided tours. 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.

Medieval Times Special Discount for Florida Residents: Now through Nov. 1, Florida residents can receive discounted admission at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at $33.95 for adults, $29.95 for children ages 12 and younger, and children ages three and younger who can sit on a parent's lap are admitted free. Guests can celebrate fall medieval style during the Second Annual Masquerade and Costume Party Oct. 26 with shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. and again 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Guests are invited to come dressed as their favorite knight, villain or vixen and partake in contests, games and raffles. In addition, there will be a special appearance by the Beck's Beer Girls. The Medieval Times tournament show features live jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry. Visitors are taken back in time and encouraged to cheer for one of six "Knights of the Realm," with dramatic lighting, choreography and battle scenes conducted in period costume. To receive the Florida Resident Special, guests will need to present a valid Florida driver's license at the door. Medieval Times is at 4510 W. Vine St., Kissimmee. Information: 888-9356878 or www.medievaltimes.com.

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 Nov. 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: http://museums.bankofamerica.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 now through 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 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.

Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions Homepractice performances: Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions will begin their homepractice performances 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka City. See these magnificent white stallions as they continue their homepractice performances 3 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays through April 2014. Cost: $5 donation at gate. Information: 941-322-1501 or www.hlipizzans.com.

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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