Universal Orlando Summer Offer for Florida Residents
Florida residents are offered a 2-day package at Universal Orlando Resort’s newest on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and includes a free $75 hotel dining credit that can be used across all of the dining establishments at Sapphire Falls. The offer is available when booked by Aug. 31 for stays from July 14-Sept. 15, 2016. Package rates start at $189 per person, per night and include a 2-night hotel accommodation, 2-day park-to-park ticket, early park admission, and access to select live entertainment venues at Universal city Walk. 6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, 877-801-9720 or universalorlando.com.
Seaworld Orlando “Summer of Mako” Island Nights
“Summer of Mako,” an all-new event that encourages families to explore, be inspired and take action to protect our one ocean and experience Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Mako, swim with the sharks in the Shark Touch Pool, participate in interactive games, visit Shamu’s nightly celebration “ Light Up The Night,” featuring a fireworks finale spectacle, and block parties after the sun goes down. Military appreciation morning will be July 1 as gates will open one hour early for U.S. active duty military, veterans and up to three guests. A special Fourth of July weekend celebration July 2-3 will feature weekend concerts featuring Lee Greenwood at 6:30 p.m. The concerts are included with park admission. A fireworks display will be 10 p.m. July 4. 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, 888-800-5447 or seaworldparks.com/Orlando. Through Aug. 7.
Powel Crosley Exhibit and Movie
The Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto, will show the film “Powel Crosley, Jr. & the 20th Century,” 1 p.m. Wednesdays and the first and third Saturdays through Aug. 31, and the Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., will host the exhibit “Powel Crosley, Jr. Community Exhibition: His Life. His Work. His Impact” through Sept. 30. Free tours of the park are 2 p.m. 941-721-2034.
South Florida Museum “Noise!”
“Noise!” a special exhibit from the ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum includes plenty of activities for kids of all ages and will let visitors explore the physics of sound waves, how music and sound affect our moods, and see how screams measure up on a decibel meter. Visitors can play a pipe organ, watch sand dance and even try their hands at playing a theremin. Kiosks on display include scream chamber, dancing sand, good vibrations, sound track, pipe organ, wrench ball, spooky sounds, whirling sounds, hearing test and pitch match, and Now ‘Ear This. Free with regular admission. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, 941-216-3460 or southfloridamuseum.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 17-Aug. 21.
LEGOLAND will celebrate its fifth birthday in 2016 and brings an exciting lineup of special events, including 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. 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven. florida.legoland.com.
Busch Gardens’ “Summer Nights” and Adventure Island “Island Nights”
Challenge world-class thrill rides in the dark, enjoy rock-fueled music and acrobatics at the award-winning Kinetix show, and end each evening with a stunning firework show during “Summer Nights” at Busch Gardens, and enjoy tropical festivities, island-inspired performers, live DJ and games on the beach, starting at 5 p.m. each event night during “Island Nights” at Adventure Island. Busch Gardens, 10165 McKinley Drive, Tampa. Adventure Island, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. 888-800-5447, seaworldparks.com/buschgardens and adventureisland.com. June 24-Aug. 7
‘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. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free access to more than 150 participating museums in 94 cities and include the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa and the Florida Holocaust Museum and 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. museums.bankofamerica.com. First weekend of each month, July 2-3.
Summer Sunset Celebration
See Lowry Park Zoo in a whole different light on select evenings at the all-new Summer Sunset Celebrations. Visitors can stroll the Zoo as the sun sets and enjoy the wildlife, discover special experiences in scenic areas throughout the park including live music performed by talented bands and a wide range of roving entertainment. Each fun-filled summer night will be topped off with a dazzling light show finale. Summer Sunset Celebrations are included with annual Zoo membership and the ZooperPass. Individual tickets are available after 4 p.m. 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. lowryparkzoo.org. 4-10 p.m. July 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30.
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. 8401 International Dr., No. 100, Orlando, officialorlandoeye.com.
Palma Sola Botanical Park
Palma Sola Botanical Park features landscaped grounds, specialty gardens, a rare fruit tree section, lakes, a gazebo, a screened pavilion and play ground. Restroom and picnic tables are provided. Sidewalks and paths wind through the 10 acre grounds. The Galleria building features a large room, suitable for weddings, parties and other celebrations and is for rent through the administrative office. Admission to the park is free. 9800 17th Ave. NW., Bradenton, 941-761-2866 or palmasolabp.com. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
RealRail Train Displays
Come enjoy the operating train displays. Admission is free. 6804 14th St. W., Bradenton, realrail.org. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, except on holiday weekends.