Busch Gardens 2015 Fun Card offer: If the 2015 Fun Card is purchased now, guests can enjoy visiting Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2014 for no additional cost, including Christmas Town: through Dec. 31, and in 2015 Real Music: Jan. 5-March 6, Food and Wine Festival: weekends March 7-April 26, Wild Days with Jack Hanna: April 18-19, and Summer Nights: June 27-Aug. 16. The 2015 Busch Gardens Fun Card is valid from date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2015. Prices are $95 for adults, $90 for children ages 3-9. Guests can purchase a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Fun Card for $165. For detailed information, call 888-800-5447 or visit buschgardens.com. The park is at 10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa.
Busch Gardens "Christmas Town": Christmas Town, Busch Gardens' Christmas celebration 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 featuring 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.
"ICE!" Christmas at Gaylord Palms: The magic of the Christmas season "ICE!" will be at Gaylord Palms Resort through 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. For ticket prices, opening hours and information visit christmasatgaylordpalms.com. The park is at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee.
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Lowry Park Zoo "Wild Wonderland": Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo will transform into a world of wintry wonder for Wild Wonderland, Dec. 6, 12-14, 18-23 and 26-30 as for 15 delightful nights, the forecast calls for 100 percent chance of snowfall with "Florida flurries" and more than a million twinkling lights. Guests can enjoy animated displays, enchanting light shows choreographed to joyful tunes, and dazzling decorations and radiant lights throughout the Zoo's pathways. Santa and his merry real reindeer will join their best-dressed friends, a charismatic colony of African penguins, and will stay up late along with spectacular African animals like elephants and giraffes under the starry night sky. There will be family favorites like free Zoo rides, reindeer games, fun inflatables, tasty holiday treats, festive music and wild gifts at the holiday shop. Other activities are "drop and shop" offered on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 as parent can enroll their children ages 3-12 in this fun day program 9:30-3 p.m. Camp is $30 for one child and $10 for each additional child, per date. The Zoo School offers holiday camps for students in grades K-8 Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-31. Special birthday parties are available for those born in December on select event nights and include a private birthday party room. Admission: $15 adults, $13 children ages 3-11, admission is free for children ages 2 and younger. For more details and information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.com. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave, Tampa.
"'T is the Season" at Universal Orlando: Families can create lifelong memories during Universal Orlando's Holiday celebrations weekends through Jan. 3 featuring the Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios with larger-than-life balloons, holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats, followed by acclaimed musical group Mannheim Steamroller Dec. 13-14, 20-21. At Universal's Islands of Adventure, guests will smile during the heartwarming live show "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular," and on select dates a special breakfast with the characters. All theme park holiday entertainment, including Mannheim Steamroller concerts, is included as part of park-to-park or multi-day admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. A separate ticketed event is "EVE 2014," the New Year's Eve at Universal City Walk Dec. 31, featuring Orlando's largest dance floor, six unique party zones, access to CityWalk's high-energy nightclubs, live music and more. For detailed information, location, opening hours and ticket prices visit UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.
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 Jan. 3-4. 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.
Second annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter": Fans can enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests, experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits, visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade at Universal's Island of Adventure, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, and ride the Hogwarts Express between the to lands with park-to-park ticket and much more. Tickets and special vacation packages are available now. For detailed information, hours and ticket prices, call 888-343-8991 or universalorlando.com/celebration. The park is located at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
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.