Weekend

Attraction briefs: June 18-24

ATTRACTION BRIEFS

"Zoominations": Join Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo for "Zoominations," a Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, the first of its kind in the Southeastern U.S. has been extended through June 28. Colossal by day and radiant after dark, guests will discover 30 spectacular scenes representing traditional Chinese dragons and folklore along with larger-than-life replicas of Zoo animals. Zoominations will also feature performances by Chinese acrobats and an artisan market with unique handmade crafts. Zoominations is part of the Chinese New Year celebration. For ticket prices and detailed information: 813-935-8552 or lowryparkzoo.org. The park is at 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa.

Wizard of Oz Traveling Exhibit: Join the Glazer Children Museum as they host their first traveling exhibit based on the film "Wizard of Oz" 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sept. 30. The exhibit includes interactive areas such as Gale Farm, Munchkinland, Crossroads, Witches Castle, and Emerald City. The exhibit is included with general admission to the Museum. General admission: $15 adults, $9.50 children. Information: 813-443-3809 or glazermuseum.org. The Museum is located at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Free ride events at the Florida Railroad Museum: The Florida Railroad Museum will offer free rides for two children with each paid adult ticket June-August, fathers will ride free on Father's Day, June 21 and grandparents ride free during Grandparents Weekend, Sept. 12-13. Information: 941-776-0906 or frrm.org. The museum is at 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish.

Universal Orlando Resort Anniversary Concert Series: Universal Orlando Resort will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the last in an Anniversary Concert Series featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, June 20. The concert is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with the purchase of an Annual Pass. The park is located at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. For detailed information, location, opening hours and ticket prices visit UniversalOrlando.com.

Sea World "Summer Nights" and Aquatica "Island Nights": Seaworld will feature "Summer Nights" June 20-Aug. 9 where families can stay later for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities include "Celebrate America Concert Series" every Saturday and Sunday night, "Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High," "Shamu's Celebration: Light Up The Night," and "Late-Night Thrills" on the roller coasters Kraken and Manta. Beginning July 3, Aquatica heats things up with "Island Nights," an all new beach party 5-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 8, featuring DJs and dancing on the beach. The events are included with park admission. For information, park hours, and ticket prices, call 888-800-5447 or seaworldparks.com. Seaworld is at 7007 Sea World Dr., Aquatica is at 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando.

"Mystery of the Mayan Medallion": The South Florida Museum are invited to expand their knowledge about the sophisticated Mayan civilization, celebrated for its advanced writing and mathematical systems and knowledge of astronomy when "The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" special exhibition kicks off with an opening reception 5:30 p.m. June 25. The reception is free to members, $5 for visitors. The exhibit will run through Sept. 13. In this immersive exhibition visitors will uncover secrets of an ancient world as they "travel" to Palenque, deep in the rainforest of Mexico, where the Maya prospered for thousand of years, and where an archaeological team has mysteriously disappeared. Adults and children are challenged to follow the clues the team left behind to locate the treasure but must be careful and heed the warning signs they encounter. The exhibit is included with regular museum admission. Tickets: $19 adults, $17 seniors ages 65 and over, $14 children ages 4-12, children ages three and younger are admitted free. For information and museum hours, visit southfloridamuseum.org.

Busch Gardens "Summer Nights" and Adventure Island "Island Nights": Busch Gardens' "Summer Nights" will feature new thrill rides, a Kinetix show with rock-fueled music and acrobatics at 9 p.m. on Gwazi Field, followed by a fireworks show every night, and "Island Nights" Thursdays-Saturdays featuring island entertainment, larger-than-life sand sculptures, new family thrill slide and a family friendly sunset celebration. Both events will run June 27-Aug. 16. For information, park hours and more, call 888-800-5447. Busch Gardens is at 10165 N McKinley Drive, Adventure Island is at 10001 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 July 3-4. This weekend, holiday schedules may in effect. Check individual museum websites before planning your visit. 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.

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.

Gator Spot at Fun Spot America-Orlando Theme Park: Gator Spot at Fun Spot America-Orlando Theme Park and wildlife preserve is now open offering exciting new exhibits and entertainment and features more than 100 alligators, including a rare leucistic "white" alligator, exotic birds, snakes, lizards, two aquariums filled with baby alligators and other animals that will interact with guests on a rotating basis. Admission: $6. Information: 800-393-5297 or gatorland.com. The park is at5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando.

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.

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