Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo "Zooquarium ticket": Families can purchase a new special combo ticket for a one-time visit to both the Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo now through Oct. 31. Visitors can experience 1,300 animals in natural habitats like elephants, koalas and tigers at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and more than 20,000 sea creatures like penguins, otters and sharks at the Florida Aquarium. Tickets: $39.95 adults, $29.95 children ages 3-11. For detailed information, hours of operation and more, call 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The zoo is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa and the aquarium is at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa.
Hot Summer Deals at Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens is offering a few great ways to experience world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and up-close animal encounters with the following hot summer deals: Get $15 Busch Gardens Bucks when purchasing a 2015 Fun Card, through Dec. 31. Busch Garden Bucks must be redeemed by Sept. 31. Restrictions apply. For information on this deal visit buschgardenstampa.com. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa.
Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 25 will be through Nov. 1 during which guests can experience the ultimate battle of evil vs. evil when two of the most feared icons in horror film history, "A Nightmare on Elm Street's" Freddy Krueger and "Friday the 13th's" Jason Voorhees will be unleashed in a terrifying new haunted house. For hours, tickets and detailed information, visit halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
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Howl-O-Scream: Busch Gardens' premier Halloween event "Howl-O-Scream 2015" will run on select nights 7:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 1-31 and will feature the following bone chilling attractions: Zombie Mortuary, Circus of Superstition: The Last Laugh, The Basement, Death Water Bayou, Zombie Containment Unit 15: Moving Targets, Dead Fall: Thirst for Blood and the haunted house, Unearthed: Scarlett's Revenge by Robin Cowie, producer of the Blair Witch Project. For ticket prices, park hours and detailed information: 888-800-5447 or howloscream.com. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa.
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. 2-3. 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.
SeaWorld's "Halloween Spooktacular": Halloween meets the sea during noon-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Oct. 3-31 at SeaWorld Orlando's Halloween Spooktacular. The family-friendly event will immerse guests in an underwater "fantasea" with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters. Spooktacular highlights include: Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun, Penelope's Party Zone, Sesame Street's Countdown to Halloween, Spooktacular Dance Party, Dine with Shamu Halloween Spooktacular Brunch, and Sweet Treat Decorating. For detailed information, park hours and ticket prices visit seaworldorlando.com. The park is at 7007 Sea Harbor Dr.. Orlando.
Florida Railroad Museum Civil War Reenactment: Tour an authentic camp ground from the Civil War, learn about the soldiers who occupied them, before boarding a train to view a battle between the Confederate and Union soldiers in Civil War reenactments 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 10-11. The train ride may not be suitable for young children. Tickets: $10-$18. For detailed information, call 941-776-0906 or frrm.org. The museum is at 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish.
ZooBoo Kids: Focusing on fun, not fear, at Lowry Park's "ZooBoo Kids," a daytime event with fright-free festivities starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m. Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 23-26, 30-31, and Nov. 1. Activities, designed for the younger audience of children ages 11 and younger, will include trick-or-treat stations, crazy corn maze, jeepers creepers animal encounters, kooky not spooky character appearances, scaredy cat's fun house, not-so-scary story time, fun fortune teller, pumpkin toss animal enrichments, costumes, characters and barnyard animal parade, monster mash groovy tunes, Halloween cookie decorating, and face painting. Children are invited to come in their most spooktacular attire. Adults, ages 12 and older, are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. For detailed information, park hours and ticket prices: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org/zoobookids. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.
Busch Gardens Christmas Town: Busch Gardens will be transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than a million twinkling lights, Christmas entertainment, live music, festive treats, holiday shopping and Santa himself at Christmas Town, Tampa Bay area's biggest Christmas celebration Nov. 27-28, Dec. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-31, with cheer going until 10 p.m. every event night. The event is included with any Annual Pass, Fun Card or daily park admission. For detailed information, park hours and ticket prices: 813-987-5090 or seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/events/christmas-town.
"Hole in the Head Train Robbery": A valuable shipment will be on board your train at The Florida Railroad Museum's "Hole in the Head Gang Train Robbery" 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 28-29. Passengers will be fully secure in the hands of the United States Marshal Service who will try to prevent the gang from attempting to stop the train in which the entire family can participate. Tickets: $12-$16. 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.
Orlando Eye: For a limited time Florida residents can ride the Orlando Eye, a 400-feet observation wheel at a special rate of $18 for adults, and $13 children ages 3-12. Proof of residency is required. Restrictions apply. For hours and detailed information: officialorlandoeye.com. The park is at 8401 International Dr., #100, 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.
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.