Sunsets at Selby: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota
Selby Gardens introduces Sunsets at Selby 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 22. Enjoy numerous acres of winding scenic trails along Sarasota Bay and hands-on activities for kids in the Children's Rainforest and Kids' Corner. Bring your own blanket and picnic or purchase picnic fare on-site. Fun music provided throughout the gardens along with one of a kind sunsets over Sarasota Bay. Admission: $10 members, $12 nonmembers, children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. The event is a fundraiser and will benefit Selby Garden's education, horticulture and research efforts. Information: 941-366-5731 or selby.org.
Lowry Park Zoo "10 For 10" September Savings for Sunshine State Residents: Florida residents are invited to discover a day of fun and adventure at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for $10 a person, ages 3 and older. The special September savings offer is valid for daytime admission now through Sept. 27. Adults must present valid state issued identification at ticket windows. Offer can not be combined with any other discounts. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features 1,000 amazing animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats. Guests can make a quick escape to Africa, Asia or Australia... no passport required. For hours and detailed information, call 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.com. The park is located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.
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Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort special ticket offer: Florida residents can take advantage of a special offer from Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort, now available for performances through Oct. 30. Florida residents who purchase tickets at the box office and show a valid Florida ID can save up to $40 off regular adult ticket prices. Ticket prices for children continue to start at $29. For detailed information, park hours and more, call 407-363-8000 or UniversalOrlando.com/blueman. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 24: Terrifying original haunted houses and street experiences are part of Halloween Horror Nights 24 now through Nov. 1, with a killer line up of experiences, including deviously-inspired original haunted houses terrifying guests. Also featured will be disturbingly-real experiences based on some of the most outrageously terrifying highly recognizable names in entertainment and pop culture including: "The Walking Dead: The End of the Line," "AVP: Aliens vs. Predator," "Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood," "Face Off: In the Flesh" and "Purge: Anarchy." Tickets and vacation packages are on sale now at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
Howl-O-Scream 'Dead Fall': Howl-O-Scream 2014 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with tormenting surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner, including the event's newest haunted house "Dead Fall." Back by popular demand, fans once again have the opportunity to vote on three key elements of "Dead Fall," including the name of the estate, a murder tool one of the residents fell victim to, and the name of one of "Dead Fall's" residents. Voting is ongoing on the Howl-O-Scream Facebook page and for more contents and updated event information go to the Howl-O-Scream Instagram page. Other new terrorizing experiences are: Slash Mobs, featuring roaming slashmobs creeping the sidewalks, and "Cursed Front Gate Experience," with evil spirits and spine-chilling songs creep from the old music boxes and radios, cursing all who hear it. The only way to silence the curse is to survive the night with undead creatures and paranormal terrors. Freaky Preview is back to open Howl-O-Scream Sept. 26-27. The event runs 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 2-Nov. 1 Thursday-Saturdays and Sunday Oct. 19. Tickets: $47. Howl-O-Scream is a separate ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa. Information: 888-800-5447 or HowlOScream.com.
Tampa's Lowry Park "Zoo-Boo": The 2014 "Zoo-Boo," one of Tampa Bay's largest family Halloween event will begin with a preview Sept. 26-27 and continues Oct. 3-4, 10-12, 17-19, 23-26, 30-31 and Nov. 1. The Zoo-Boo experience includes hair-raising haunts, seasonal displays and lights, mysterious music, specialty merchandise boo-tiques, night rides, and inflatable fun for little boys and girls. New this year is London Frightmare in the line-up of other haunts such as French Quarter Phantoms 3D, Wake the Dead, Tangled Terror, and Pharao's Tomb of Revenge. Family favorites Little Beasties Bungalow, Spooky Fun Fair, Fun and Free Rides, and spooky species Flying Fox/Bat House, and Stingray Bay will make the Halloween experience complete. Children ages 11 and younger are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire. Toy weapons of any sort will not be permitted. Adults, ages 12 and older are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. There will be Zoo-Boo School Halloween happenings including a Zoo-Boo Family Sleepover Oct. 11, and Halloween-themed birthday parties with Zoo-Boo admission 5:30-7 p.m. on select Zoo-Boo nights. Registration for education programs is required as space is limited. For ticket prices, hours and detailed information, call 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.com. The park is located at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.
MOSI $5 Day celebrating National Museum Day: The Museum of Science and Industry offers discounted admission to the community with its $5 Day to celebrate National Museum Day and Safety Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27. Families can experience a unique performance on a 3D printed violin, learn how to stay safe at home and on the go with the help of St. Joseph's Advocacy Center, City of Tampa and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Children can learn how to be safe while biking, swimming, exercising and more. Additionally, Drug Enforcement and MOSI will hold their National Prescription Drug Take-Back event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission to $5 Day also includes entrance to the IMAX Dome Theatre Film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar/ Information: 813-987-6000.
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: museums.bankofamerica.com.
Florida Railroad Museum "Pumpkin Patch Express": The Pumpkin Patch Express will depart 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 25-26. The train ride takes visitors to a patch of pumpkins where children can pick their own pumpkin to take home. The entire family can participate in hay rides, crafts and other activities at no additional charge. Tickets: $14-$28. Some of the tickets are for open air-cars and are first come, first serve at boarding. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org. The museum is at 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish.
"ICE!" Christmas at Gaylord Palms: The magic of the Christmas season "ICE!" comes to Gaylord Palms Resort Nov. 15-Jan. 4 where guests can indulge in holiday merriment where the Dreams of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King will come to life in a full-on frozen wonderland and scenes from everyone's favorite ballet, The Nutcracker, will be reimagined in nearly two million pounds of hand-carved vibrant ice sculptures. The event will feature four slippery ice slides and live carving stations inside the Artisans in Action Frostbite Factory and Alpine Rush Snow Tubing on a giant snow hill created with 1.5 million pounds of real Florida snow. The gardens will be sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays and more than two millions twinkling lights and a 54-foot tall majestic Christmas tree. There will be character dining and meet and greets, delectable holiday dining, cookies with Mrs. Claus and awe-inspiring live entertainment, including the rhythmic Luminescence show. For ticket prices, opening hours and information visit christmasatgaylordpalms.com. The park is at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee.
Busch Gardens "Christmas Town": Christmas Town, Busch Gardens' Christmas celebration returns this year Nov. 28 and is now included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission. Christmas Town, the ultimate Christmastime experience for families will be open through Dec. 31 and will feature a nighttime holiday wonderland of wintery surprises and all things Christmas, filling guests' senses with seasonal sights, sounds and flavors. There will be special entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and over a million twinkling lights. Guest can experience the event throughout the day, and park closing times will range from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. throughout the event. For dates, times and special events information, call 888-800-5447 or visit buschgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa.
RealRail Train Displays: Come enjoy the operating train displays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, except on holiday weekends, at 6804 14th St. W., Bradenton. Admission is free. Tax free donations are accepted. Information: realrail.com.
MOSI "3D-Printing the Future" The Exhibition: "3D Printing the Future-The Exhibition" in display now at The Museum of Science and Industry, illustrating 3D printing's boundless and mind blowing potential to re-shape how we live, work and play. Visitors can try their hand at this transformative technology inside a hands-on workshop and will be offered an inspiring glimpse of the future through 3D-printed objects, live demonstrations, and an in-depth look at how 3D printing technology works, how it is used, and the amazing possibilities for the future. Visitors will see 3D printers in action as they take an immersive walk through all applications of 3D printing, including, 3D Medicine, 3D Science and Technology, 3D Archeology, 3D Everyday, 3D Workshop, and 3D Live Showcase. Admission: $22.95 adults, $20.95 seniors ages 60 and older, $18.95 children ages 2-12. Information: 813-987-600 or mosi.org. The museum is at 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa.
South Florida Museum new Planetarium show: The tantalizing question "How did life on Earth begin?" forms the basis of "Life: A Cosmic Story," a new all-digital Planetarium show, narrated by Jodie Foster, is showing 1:30 p.m. daily, utilizing the Museum's state-of-the art technology and brand new projection system. The program is included in regular daily admission: $18 adults, $16 seniors ages 65 and older, $14 children ages 4-12. Children ages 3 and younger are admitted free. The museum is at 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. For a full schedule of programs and events, hours and more, call 941-746-4131 or southfloridamuseum.org.
Bearadise Ranch: Bearadise Ranch is home to the famous Welde family bears, and established in 1926 to educate and generate public awareness for habitat preservation and conservation for all bear species. The public can learn about bears and gain an appreciation for them on tours 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with educational presentations as part of the tour offering plenty of photographic opportunities for the nature lover or bear enthusiast. Donations: $8 adults, $6 children ages 5-12, children ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Reservations are required. The ranch is at 6908 245th St. E., Myakka City, Information: 941-322-2462 or bearadiseranch.com.
Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery is a Certified Florida Farm Winery and is Florida's premier certified "Master Level" Green winery. Wines are 97 percent hand crafted from 100 percent whole fresh Manatee County grown grapes and are bottled in recycled/repurposed wine bottles. The winery offers seven varieties of the native Muscadine grapes and makes 11 different wines: red, white and rose, including red and white sparkling wines and whole fresh fruit wines. The winery is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week and offers complimentary wine tastings and tours. The winery is at 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette. Information: 941-776-0418 or bunkerhillvineyard.com.