New ticket offer at Lowry Park Zoo: For the price of a single-day adult or child admission, guests can come back to visit free as often as they wish through the end of 2016 with the "ZooperPass." Guests can purchase the ZooperPass online or at the Zoo's ticket windows for $29.95 (adult), or $22.95 (children, ages 3-11). This is a limited time offer. The pass is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2016. Some blackout dates apply. Other offers are available. For park hours, ticket prices and detailed information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.
Bearadise Ranch: Bearadise Ranch will be hosting a "beary" special event for families living with Type I diabetes 11 a.m. Jan. 23. The world famous Welde Family Bears will perform and lunch will be served. Additionally, guests will learn about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation "One Walk," the signature fundraising event for the organization. Families will learn tips and tricks to be successful for the April 9 "One Walk," held at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. This event is free to Type I children and their families. The 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. Reservations are required. The ranch is at 6908 245th St. E., Myakka City, Information: 941-322-2462 or bearadiseranch.com.
Third annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter": Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host the third annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter," Jan. 29-31. Fans can attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent, experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expo, enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories, visit Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, plus ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket. Special hotel/vacation packages, including annual passholder packages are available. For park hours, tickets and detailed information: universalorlando.com/celebration. The resort is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
LEGOLAND all new events: LEGOLAND will celebrate its fifth birthday in 2016 and brings an exciting lineup of special events, including "The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure," Jan. 29, "The LEGO Movie 4D" Weekends, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 6-28, LEGOLAND Water Park, opening March 12, Brick Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk, April 16, LEGOLAND Night Lights, Saturdays and Sundays June 18-July 31, LEGO Club Weekends featuring LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display, Sept. 10-11, Brick or Treat on select days in October, Firefighter Fridays Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28, LEGOLAND Fifth Birthday Celebration Oct. 15, Christmas Bricktacular on select dates in December, and Kids' New Year's eve on Dec. 31. All events are designed for kids 2-12 years old and offer incredible entertainment with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions in 13 themed lands. All events are included with park admission, except for the Brick Dash 5K Fun Run and Walk on April 16. For detailed information, park hours and ticket prices: florida.legoland.com. The park is at 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven.
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 Feb. 6-7. 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.
Mardi Grass at Universal Orlando: Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando's Resort 2016 Mardi Gras celebration on select nights Feb. 6-April 19. Guests can enjoy a family-friendly version of the famed "N'awlins" celebration featuring delicious Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and 14 nights of exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music, The talent line up is: Hunter Hayes, Rockin' Jake, Feb. 6. Diana Ross, Mississippi Rail Company, Feb. 13. Barenaked Ladies, Mississippi Rail Company, Feb. 14. Nate Ruess, Naughty Professor, Feb. 20. Fall Out Boy, Cha Wa, Feb. 27. Kool & The Gang, Beth McKee & the Sliders, March 5. The Fray, Soul Project, March 12. Adam Lambert, Soul Project, March 13. Shawn Mendes, The Big Easy Playboys, March 19, 3 Doors Down, The Big Easy Playboys, March 20. REO Speedwagon, Gravy, March 26. T-Pain, Dirty Bourbon River Show, April 2. Jessie J, Daddy Mack Blues Band, April 9. Yandel, Big Al and The Heavyweights, April 16. For detailed information, ticket prices and park hours: universalorlando.com/celebration. The resort is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
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.
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.