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 Dec. 4-5. 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.
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 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.
Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Holidays Celebration: Families can create unforgettable memories as they experience fun-filled holiday traditions at the Universal Orlando Resort's 2015 Holidays Celebration Dec. 5-Jan. 2 featuring the famous Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios, "Grinchmas" at Universal's Islands of Adventure, and music by Mannheim Steamroller at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Universal City Walk's "Eve 2015" is the place to ring in the New Year Dec. 31. Universal Orlando's four on-site hotels will offer guests holiday buffets, dining events, Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies, Hanukkah candle lightings, visits from Santa Claus, holiday poolside "dive-in" movies and family friendly New Year's Eve celebrations. All holiday festivities are included with theme park admission or with an Annual Pass to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. For information, park hours and ticket prices: universalorlando.com. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
Hero Ticket for Florida residents: Universal Orlando Resort has launched multiple-day Hero tickets just for Florida residents, offering a 3-day base ticket for $129.99 plus tax, per person, a 3-day park-to-park ticket for $163.99 plus tax, a person, a 2-day base ticket for $119.99 plus tax, per person and a 2-day park-to-park ticket for $153.99 plus tax, per person. Florida residents can enjoy special events that are included with park admission, including Universal's beloved Holidays celebration in December. Block-out dates and restrictions apply. Tickets are available online through Dec. 14. Information: universalorlando.com. The park is at 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando.
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.
Florida Maritime Museum Holiday Closings: The Florida Maritime Museum announces it will be closed Dec. 24-Jan.4 in observance of all holidays celebrated during this time. The museum will reopen Jan. 5. Admission is free and hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Information: 941-749-1800 or manateeclerk.com/homepage.
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.
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.