Thursday, May 24, 2018
Things To Do

Fall brings lots of theme park deals for Florida residents

Fall in Florida brings more than sweet relief from humidity — many of the theme parks and attractions offer Florida resident deals to help fill the parks during these slower months.

Just be warned that multiple-day discount tickets may have black-out dates and you cannot purchase discount tickets for relatives or friends who live out of state. You will often be required to present proof of residency for each ticket.

All the major theme parks offer Florida resident discounts. At Universal, you can save more than $30 off the gate prices on multi-day tickets if you are a Sunshine State denizen. The savings are similar at Disney, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

Among the limited time deals you can find:

Medieval Times: Like a little jousting with your dinner? Longtime Orlando dinner attraction Medieval Times is running a Florida-resident discount good through Nov. 1. You can get dinner and a show of jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry for $33.95 for adults ($29.95 for age 12 and younger) and age 3 and under are free. The regular prices are $59.95 and $35.95. The hearty dinner is served medieval style — that means no utensils. The attraction also is planning its second Oktoberfest Masquerade and Costume Party with two shows on Oct. 26 and one on Nov. 1. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in traditional garb and participate in contests, games and raffles. The Florida-resident deal applies to these events. For tickets or more information, go to MedievalTimes.com.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: NASA knocks off $60 on admission to the space center with the return of its popular Florida Four-Pack deal, good through Dec. 20. You can get four tickets for $139 (admission is normally $50 a person) to the NASA complex in Cocoa Beach where you can walk under the largest rocket ever made, touch an actual moon rock, experience the International Space Station and stand face-to-face with the space shuttle Atlantis. The Four-Pack is available only via a coupon at kennedyspacecenter.com. Guests must present the coupon and proof of Florida residency at the plaza. So far, the space center is open despite the government shutdown, but the KSC General Bus Tour and Up-Close Tour have been suspended.

Discovery Cove: This Orlando theme park lets you swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays and encounter playful marmoset monkeys and Asian otters. And if you live here, you can save $70 per ticket plus unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, through Jan. 31. The ticket still costs a hefty $219, but it's an all-inclusive Dolphin Swim Day Resort, which includes two meals, snacks, drinks and swim gear. For a Day Resort package for $149, you get a full day stay of benefits without the dolphin swim experience. The special offer goes through Dec. 31. Book at DiscoveryCove.com or (877) 434-7268.

Legoland: The Winter Park theme park perfect for ages 2 to 12 has a Florida Resident Annual Pass that costs $99 for 12 months of admission to the theme park and the Legoland Florida Waterpark as well as free parking and retail and food discounts. This offer applies to new pass purchases only and is not available as an upgrade.

Gatorland: If you like dropping turkey dogs into a writhing pit of alligators, this is your place, found at 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. Florida resident and seniors can get in for $9.99 with a second day free (regular admission is $24.99). The offer is good through Oct. 31 at gatorland.com.

Comments
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmon’s was a meeting place

It’s where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.It’s where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the program’s biggest road games.It’s where folks showed up in...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct in CNN report

Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct in CNN report

Eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior on-set, at his production company, and during press junkets, according to a report.CNN reports that 16 people have spoken out against Freeman’s alleged misco...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

Ballet Nacional de Cuba stuns with a spectacular ‘Giselle’

TAMPA — The Ballet Nacional de Cuba performed Giselle, its signature ballet, on Wednesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. Fifty-four dancers charmed a packed house, culminating in about two hours an effort that took more tha...
Updated: 10 hours ago
9 things to do indoors on this rainy Memorial Day weekend

9 things to do indoors on this rainy Memorial Day weekend

It's probably going to rain, but we've got you covered (get it?)
Updated: 10 hours ago
15 things to do in Tampa Bay on Friday

15 things to do in Tampa Bay on Friday

Our editors' picks for May 25.
Updated: 10 hours ago
What's in theaters this week: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' Art and Short Film Mini-Fest

What's in theaters this week: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' Art and Short Film Mini-Fest

[email protected] brings an Art and Short Film Mini-Fest to the studio Thursday, May 24.
Updated: 10 hours ago
Watch Kenny Chesney’s new ‘Get Along’ video, filmed entirely at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

Watch Kenny Chesney’s new ‘Get Along’ video, filmed entirely at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa

Were you at Kenny Chesney's concert on April 21 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa? Then there's a decent chance you might be in his new video.The country superstar dropped the official video for his new single Get Along on Thursday, and it was appare...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Dr. Beach ranks Caladesi Island No. 7 on list of country’s best beaches

Dr. Beach ranks Caladesi Island No. 7 on list of country’s best beaches

Caladesi Island’s "crystalline quartz" sand and "sparkling clear" water left an impression on Dr. Beach, who ranked it in his annual list of the country’s top 10 beaches.Dr. Beach, or Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, is a professor and director for the Lab...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Sunset Music Festival, more outdoor concerts could be soaked by weekend rain

Sunset Music Festival, more outdoor concerts could be soaked by weekend rain

  Your Memorial Day weekend weather forecast is not looking good, with a big low pressure system, Invest 90L, hovering out in the Gulf of Mexico and threatening to dump several inches of water on Saturday. For music fans, it couldn't be coming at a...
Published: 05/24/18
An all-ages playlist of the summer songs of 2018? It can be done

An all-ages playlist of the summer songs of 2018? It can be done

Recently I was asked to create a playlist for a summer beach party. An opportunity to procrastinate and mess around on Spotify for a few hours? Yeah, totally, when can I start?I like playlists that are diverse, not just in terms of genre (pop, hip-ho...
Published: 05/24/18