Universal Studio’s “Volcano Bay”
Universal Orlando’s newest water theme park “Volcano Bay” is now open to the public. The park features over 30 experiences, including unique attractions such as a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, and speeding body slides from the top of the volcano. The park offers various ticket options. Information: universalorlando.com. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
“Dinos Alive!” at Lowry Park Zoo
Grab the whole family and step back in time to the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras and share in the fun surrounded by life size animatronic dinosaurs. Guests can transport and immerse themselves in another time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Take pictures and learn fun facts about how they lived. Tickets are $24.95 and up; free to members. 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, February-August.
Busch Gardens’ Summer Nights and Island Nights
Dance into the night at themed party zones throughout the park, ride Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, enjoy all-new entertainment and savor a stellar lineup of sensational summer cuisine during Summer Nights or celebrate summer island-style during Island Nights with a sunset celebration Thursdays-Saturdays at Adventure Island, select night June 16-Aug. 6. The park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa. For detailed information, park hours and tickets, call 813-884-4386 or seaworldparks.com/buschgardens/tampabay.
Summer Sunset Celebration at Lowry Park Zoo
See the Zoo in a whole new light on select evenings in June and July at a Summer Sunset Celebration and discover special experiences in scenic areas throughout the park, including live music performed by talented band and a wide range of roving entertainment topped off with a dazzling light show finale. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa. For park hours, ticket prices and detailed information, call 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org.
‘Museums on Us’
Bank of America’s "Museums on Us," will be the first weekend of each month, 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.
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.