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All Orlando Attractions In A Whirlwind

September 30, 2009
How would you like to visit all of Orlando’s more than 100 Attractions in 67 days? Well that is what Kyle and Stacy are doing, sponsored by Orlando/ Orange County Convention and Visitor Bureau and Kyle Post and Stacy Doornbos were the couple chosen by to be their ambassadors in Orlando. They will experience all of Orlando’s attractions in 67 days.
Orlando has tons of fun and excitement, so some of you might envy Kyle and Stacy but I’m not sure I do. I know what it is like to go on vacation with a “Vacation Nazi.” Whether you like to go at a slower pace or faster pace, like Kyle and Stacey it’s all good as long as you are having fun. And since there is so much to see in Orlando I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have a tight schedule.
More articles to come detailing where Kyle and Stacy have been, you can follow Kyle and Stacy’s adventures here on or on twitter and look for Kyle and Stacy’s updates on the Visit Orlando Facebook fan page for chances to win some cool Orlando prizes.
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Top Art Fair Returns To Hyde Park Village in Tampa Area

September 26, 2009

Howard Alan Events, Producer of the Nation’s Finest Juried Art Shows, Presents
The 20th Anniversary Hyde Park Village Art Fair
To Showcase Local and Nationally Recognized Artists


20th Anniversary Hyde Park Village Art Fair

Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission is free and open to the public.

Hyde Park Village at Swann and Dakota Avenues
Navigational Address: 1622 Snow Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606

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Big Music Legends show this Saturday night at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - get your tickets quickly!

September 23, 2009

spirit-of-the-suwannee-1Saturday night menu is prime rib, beef tips on rice, chicken tender filets, boneless pork chops or barbecue ribs - and desserts!

The annual Las Vegas style Legends Show with Ted McMullen as Elvis, Dave Fountain as Hank Williams Sr., Trese Thomas Hill as Tammy Wynette, Dale Bennett as Loretta Lynn, Keith Thrift as Conway Twitty, Penny Hannah/Reeder as Wynonna Judd, Calvin Smart as Johnny Cash, Darrell Sikes as Garth Brooks and Buddy Bell as Elton John will be this Saturday night, Sept. 26, at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla. Folks, this event is huge so don’t delay in getting your tickets today!
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Historical museum of southern Florida offers free admission on Smithsonian magazine’s 5th annual museum day

September 23, 2009

museum-dayExplore over 10,000 years of South Florida history including the permanent and
temporary exhibitions all in one afternoon.

(Miami, FL) - On Saturday, September 26, 2009, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day, presented by Smithsonian magazine. A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum day reflects the spirit of the magazine, and emulates the free-admission policy of the Washington, DC-based Smithsonian properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

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Halloween Happenings

September 23, 2009

All across the state a variety of celebrations will mark “Hallow Even.” Besides the usual merrymaking and playing of pranks by children, there are concerts and special events at attractions that provide scary and not-so-scary alternatives to celebrate the occasion.

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream 2009

September 25 &; 26,
October 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-31

Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream event returns for another season; with evil on its mind. Adding one more horrific night of sheer mental madness, guests will run for cover, scream for help and hope they see the light of dawn for 17 horror-filled nights this year. The fear takes root Friday, September 25 and runs selected dates through Saturday, October 31.

Howl-O-Scream themed food and merchandise will be available throughout the park. Howl-O-Scream unleashes its voodoo spirit, Friday and Saturday, September 25 & 26 in its Freaky Preview and continues on selected Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Experience Howl-O-Scream Freaky Preview Nights and Thursdays 7:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Entrance to Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens

Entrance to Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular 2009

October 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 30 & 31

Halloween meets the sea during SeaWorld Orlando’s underwater “fantasea” where youngsters trick-or-treat among friendly sea witches, octopuses, mermaids, pumpkin fish and more. The festivities are included in park admission and begins at 12:00 p.m. each day.

Spooktacular highlights include Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets at several different treasure stations throughout the park, Frozen Fun Zone and strolling entertainment. | Details |

Guavaween and Guavaween Family FunFest 2009
Ybor City

Saturday - October 31

This Latin-style celebration is held each year in Tampa’s historic Ybor City which is known more for its cigars than its guavas. The legendary story behind the celebration is as much fun as the celebration itself.

Long ago, Tampa pioneer Gavino Gutierrez tried to cultivate guava commercially, but was unsuccessful. However, it is noted that a local newspaper columnist was successful in planting the idea that if New York is the “Big Apple,” then it follows that Tampa must be the “Big Guava.” So, for seventeen years the mythical Mama Guava has lead her followers in the Mama Guava Stumble Parade.

This huge street party draws more than 100,000 people. The all day fun for all ages fills the streets between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Party goers not only enjoy the parade, but a costume party and concerts. After 3:00 p.m. Mama Guava welcomes her adult revelers and the party last long into the wee hours of the morning. So, take the “bore” out of Ybor City and join the celebration!

To join the festivities take I-275 to I-4 east or I-75 to I-4 west. Exit I-4 at 21st Street (Exit #1 South) or take the Lee Roy Selmon (Crosstown) Expressway to 22nd Street (Exit #9 North).

A Disney Halloween!

A Disney Halloween

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2009
Disney World - Magic Kingdom

September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 & 29
October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29 & 31
November 1

Special ticketed event at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom that features “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” Mickey’s Mouse-Ka-Rade costume parties, Halloween storytelling, live shows and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display above Cinderella Castle. Families enjoy a complimentary photo, unlimited use of the attractions and opportunities to trick-or-treat throughout the theme park.

Universal Studios’ 2009 Halloween Horror Nights

Sept 25 & 26
October 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 21-25 and 28-31

Universal Orlando celebrates Halloween Horror Nights at both theme parks again this year. Get ready to experience gut-wrenching scares and blood-curdling frights… some so gruesome and so shocking, you will wish it was only a movie.

There promises to be more haunted houses, hideous new creatures and inescapable scare zones to make you scream.

Event hours are 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, 6:30 p.m. until midnight all other event nights. No costumes allowed. This event may be too intense for young children.

Universal Studios takes movie classics

Universal Studios takes movie classics

Fright Nights
Silver Springs - Ocala

October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 & 31

The Ocala Jaycees’ 38th Annual Fright Nights, held at the Silver Springs attraction are sure to provide attendees plenty of frightfull fun. When the sun goes down, the Haunted Mansion, Terror Island, Creature Features, Psycho Panther Prowl and “Gator Man” river Cruise at Ft. King Waterway are just a few of the terror-filled activities that await unsuspecting guests. Held Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Zoo Boo 2009
Lowry Park Zoo - Tampa

September 25 & 26 (Preview nights)
October 2-3, 9-11, 15-18, 22-25, 28-31

Many animals at the Lowry Park Zoo will be decked out for the festivities when Lowry Park Zoo presents Zoo Boo. The special event features haunted houses including the Little Tyke Boo House and spooky game yard. All regular rides and attractions will be open 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday dates) and 7:00 to 10:00 (Sunday through Thursday dates) for one low price.

Besides the three haunted houses, in the past, Zoo Boo has included such fun as the Friendly Boneyard Maze, the Grinning Ghostwalk, and Creepy Crawlers Lane. Goulish Games of Eyeball Throw, Frog Guts Toss, and Air Head are available for an additional charge.

This event is great fun for small children!

22nd Annual Spooktacular
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens - Jacksonville

October 22-25, 29-31

A great kid-friendly annual event featuring live entertainment, music, bounce houses, face painting and so much more. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and stop by treat-stations location throughout the zoo. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Gorilla Pumpkin

Gorilla Pumpkin

Halloween Haven 2009 Flamingo Gardens - Davie

October 30 & 31

There will be chills and thrills for children in the haunted house in the Gallery at Flamingo Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. daily. The haunt is recommended for children up to 11 years of age. Classic favorites also will be shown at the Flamingo Fright Film Fest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Half price admission ($8.50 for ages 12 and up and $4.25 for children 4-11) will include the botanical gardens, animal exhibits, wildlife encounter shows and historic Wray Home, as well as the haunted house. Tour by tram is extra. Parking is free.

Miami Metrozoo - Miami

October 30 & 31

This kid-approved, family-friendly event will feature trick-or-treating, costume contests, music, animal encounters and more each day from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There are Halloween Events happening all of these days in October.

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Here’s a list of all the places recommended above and there is a map with directions and pinpoints below:

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream 2009
Busch Gardens
Tampa, FL
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular 2009
7007 SeaWorld Dr.
Orlando, FL
(800) 327-2424
Guavaween and Guavaween Family FunFest 2009
Ybor City, FL
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2009
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, FL
Universal Studios’ 2009 Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios
Orlando, FL
Fright Nights
Silver Springs Nature Park
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs, FL 34488
22nd Annual Spooktacular
Jacksonville Zoo
370 Zoo Pkwy
Jacksonville, FL 32218-5799
(904) 757-4463
Halloween Haven 2009
Flamingo Gardens
3750 S. Flamingo Rd
Davie, FL 33330
(954) 473-2955
Miami Metrozoo
12400 SW 152nd St
Miami, FL 33177-1402
(305) 251-0400
Zoo Boo 2009
Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa, FL 33604

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Calendar of Events

September 20, 2009

central-florida-zoo-botanical-gardens2009 Calendar of Events

Zoom Air Adventures Now open at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Check out our website at or call 407.323.4450 to learn more!

September Events

Fiesta del Coqui
September 26 & 27, 2009 10:00 a.m. To 3:00 p.m.

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The Home Depot Staff to Make a Major Splash at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

September 18, 2009

clear-water-marine-aquarium-1Fifty Home Depot Employees will Pitch In for Day of Service

Saturday, September 19 (the media is invited to come out for video, photos and interviews between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.)

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (located at 249 Windward Passage on Island Estates)

About 50 volunteers from The Home Depot will come to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) to volunteer their time to help make some needed repairs. Volunteers will help renovate the otter exhibit, paint picnic tables, renovate an outdoor shed and much more. This project has been made possible through Home Depot.


As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot embraces its role as a leader in the community and celebrates its long-standing commitment to volunteerism. The Home Depot’s associate volunteer program, Team Depot, was formalized in 1992 as a way to support the communities where the associates live and work. Through The Home Depot Foundation, Team Depot and ongoing partnerships with nonprofit groups, The Home Depot donates millions of hours, tools and supplies each year to community service projects.

Seaplanes & Extreme Parachutist at Fantasy of Flight

September 18, 2009

Sea PlaneSeaplanes and Extreme Parachutists Swoop from Sky to Sea as Fantasy of Flight Celebrates First-of-its-Kind Event, “The Last Big Splash” Sept. 26-27

POLK CITY, Fla. (August 4, 2009) – For the first time ever in Central Florida, seaplanes and extreme skydiving will come together in one action-packed event called “The Last Big Splash” at Fantasy of Flight. “The Last Big Splash” is the last seaplane fly-in and competition to be held this year at Fantasy of Flight and the only place in Central Florida where spectators can currently witness the newest form of skydiving currently sweeping the extreme sports world, called “swooping.”

On Sat., Sept. 26 and Sun., Sept. 27, spectators are invited to “ooh” and “aah” as seaplane pilots from around the world, in conjunction with the Seaplane Pilots Association, converge on the shores of Fantasy of Flight’s scenic Lake Agnes to participate in a variety of breathtaking aerial and water competitions and demonstrations. Fantasy of Flight expects close to 100 of all types of seaplanes to attend.

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Aquarium and City Agree to New 30-Year Contract

September 17, 2009

florida-aquarium-11Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2009) – The Florida Aquarium is pleased to announce it has solidified its presence as a cornerstone and asset in downtown Tampa for 30 additional years as it agrees to the new management contract presented by Mayor Pam Iorio to City Council today.

“Our partnership with the City of Tampa has been, and will always be, vitally important to The FloridaAquarium,” says Thom Stork, president and CEO of the Aquarium. “Great cities have great cultural assets and Tampa is no different. We are proud The Florida Aquarium was one of the first in downtown and we will continue to grow this asset for both our residents and visitors.”

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Sleep Tight At This “Gross” Night

September 17, 2009

Slithery Slimy Sleepover
Saturday, October 10

museum-1After the Museum closes to the general public, it will reopen at 6:30 p.m. exclusively for campers.  The camp-in ends at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, October 11.

Cost: $30 children/$20 adults  (General Public)
25 children/$15 adults (Members)

Don’t be a party pooper!  Gather your friends, family and sleeping bags for one of the best nights of entertainment in Jacksonville - a MOSH camp-in!  In the spirit of MOSH’s limited-engagement exhibit, Animal Grossology, special activities will include sampling booger-ball ice cream and edible slime, attending an Extreme Science show and planetarium show, and exploring the Museum.  Pizza will be served as a late-night snack and donuts and juice will be on the breakfast menu.

Sign Up:  Space is limited!  Sign up online at, by phone at 396-MOSH, ext. 230, or in person at the Museum’s front desk.