Halloween Horror Nights 30: JACK IS BACK

The Universal Orlando Resort just announced that Jack the Clown is going to return as the demented face of Halloween Horror Nights as the world’s premier Halloween event commemorates its 30th year this fall!

The most notorious icon in event history, Jack’s return to Halloween Horror Nights 2021 will be fraught with terror and fear as the grisly circus clown invades every corner of this year’s event with unsuspecting “Jack Attacks” that will send guests running for their lives. His ominous and unrelenting presence will infiltrate every aspect of the event – from the streets, to the haunted houses to the places guests would least expect – leaving nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide.

Select tickets are on sale now for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, featuring a variety of ways for guests to customize their visit to stay, scream and save.

Guests can save up to $52 on a single night event ticket when purchasing online, and book various event upgrades like the R.I.P. Tours, a guided tour experience that provides priority V.I.P. access to the haunted houses; Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror Tours, a daytime, lights-on tour of the haunted houses that offers a glimpse into how the scares are brought to life; and more.

Jack Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2021

Guests can also save up to $200 on vacation packages, starting at $149 per person, per night (based on a family of four), that include hotel accommodations, tickets to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and one-night admission to Halloween Horror Nights 2021.

Universal Orlando hotel guests also receive exclusive benefits, including access to a dedicated entry gate for the event (with valid event admission), complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and access to an all-new, limited-time “Jack’d Up” experience at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – where guests get a closer look into the chaotic world of Jack and some of the sinister environments inspired by his past invasions of HHN. Plus, the hotel’s Swizzle Lounge lobby bar will transform into the “Horror Icons Bar,” featuring specialty beverages and snacks inspired by the event’s most infamous icons, and props and costumes that pay an eerie homage to Halloween Horror Nights past.

Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on Friday, September 3 and continues on select nights through Sunday, October 31, 2021.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Universal Orlando’s event, visit www.Orlando.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon, so make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad

It’s Father’s Day Weekend, and I’ve got some great ways for you to spend a Day with Dad On the Go in MCO! 

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Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

On the Go in MCO: A Day with Dad 

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day

If your Dad has the need for speed, you’ll want to race over International Drive to experience Andretti Indoor Karting and Games!

At Andretti, you can experience the World’s Longest Indoor Track with the Most Elevation Changes & Banked Turns on the powerful, ergonomic, safe and environmentally friendly BIZ KARTS. These bad boys pack enough torque to take you all the way to victory lane!

Andretti Indoor Karting and Games isn’t a one trick pony, because you can also bowl, play in the arcade, take in a dark ride, burn some rubber on race simulators, be adventurous on the rope & zip course, battle it out with Laser Tag, and more! 

Andretti Karting salutes those that serve and protect us everyday with a 20% discount for all active MILITARY, POLICE, FIRE and EMS personnel.

Orlando Science Center 

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Orlando Science Museum Kids Night at the Museum August 2020

If you’re looking for a fun and educational outing with the special dude in your life, the Orlando Science Center is filled with activities at every turn. 

In addition to the familiar favorites such as Dino Digs and KidsTown, their new summer exhibit RESCUE is a hands (and feet) on experience that will show kids what it takes to be a first responder in the middle of a disaster. 

One of my FAVORITE places in the Orlando Science Center is The Hive, and this weekend you can experience Make Fest! 

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

On the Go in MCO A Day with Dad Father's Day Fantasia Garden

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf at the Walt Disney World Resort will have you putting through scenes from the Disney Classic with twirling obstacles, cross fanciful fountains and musical surprises. 

Resembling a traditional golf course built on a miniature scale, this course emphasizes skill over chance. Sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens make the Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf Course an exciting challenge, where par-3 and par-5 holes range in length from 63 to 109 feet long.

At Fantasia Gardens, parking is free and it’s $14 per Adult, $12 per Child (Ages 3–9) (tax not included) to play a round. 

Walk-ups are welcome or you may book a tee time for the next day or beyond by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.

Don’t forget to check out fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a carload and free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!
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SeaWorld Orlando Summer Guy Harvey Weekend

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SeaWorld Orlando is really excited to welcome back Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist, for Guy Harvey Weekend.

Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer who is fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.

During the weekend you can join him for meet-and-greets, autographs, and photo opportunities June 18–20 inside the Guy Harvey store located in the Waterfront. 

You can also purchase Guy Harvey’s fifth and newest book, “Underwater World,” at the Guy Harvey store. This memoir lets you see the wonders of our ocean through fascinating stories, and a portion of your purchase will directly benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF).

You can even have your copy of “Underwater World” signed by Guy Harvey during meet-and-greets and special dining experiences throughout the weekend.

SeaWorld Orlando Guy Harvey Weekends 2021

Guy Harvey Weekend Schedule

Friday, June 18

SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Underwater Grill

An Evening with Guy Harvey
4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Enjoy a signature prix fixe dinner at Sharks Underwater Grill hosted by Guy Harvey, renowned artist and conservationist.

Your purchase includes a copy of Guy Harvey’s newest book, Underwater World, and an exclusive book signing and meet & greet before dinner. 

Your Meal Includes:
-Choice of Appetizer- Coconut Chicken Tenders, Caesar Salad, or Bleu Chips
-Choice of Entrée- 8oz Filet Mignon, Salmon, or Chicken Mushroom Pasta
-Choice of Dessert- Key Lime Pie, Cabernet Chocolate Cake, or Brownie Sundae

Saturday, June 19

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10:30 a.m – 12 p.m.
  • 1:15 p.m – 3 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m – 6 p.m.
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Dinner with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Guy Harvey at Dine with Orcas on Saturday, June 19, as part of Guy Harvey Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando.

Includes dinner and meet-and-greet with Guy Harvey. Dinner is at 3:30 p.m. Guests should plan to arrive at Dine with Orcas at least 15 minutes prior to their dinner time in order to enjoy the full dining experience.

Menu:  Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, certified sustainable seafood, southern fried chicken, herb-crusted sirloin of beef, seasonal accompaniments, fresh bread baked daily by our skilled SeaWorld bakers, signature desserts, assorted Coca-Cola® products, coffee, and hot tea

Sunday, June 20

Meet & Greet at the Guy Harvey Store (located in the Waterfront)

  • 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m
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On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

This summer I am sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO, and this week we are looking at free (or mostly free) indoor activities!

Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

Last week we looked at fun ways to explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load, and this week we’re looking at fun ways to beat the heat with free (or mostly free) indoor activities for the kids. 

On the Go in MCO: Indoor Activities for Kids

Free Bowling All Summer Long

Aloma Bowl: 2530 Aloma Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32792

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids Aloma Bowling

Until September 5, 2021, children 15 and under can play two free games of bowling with the purchase of shoe rentals Monday through Friday from 11 am – 5 pm. 

Online registration in advance is required and a parent or guardian must be present but they do not need to pay to take advantage of this offer. 

Don’t forget about OCLS
On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids OCLS

While the Orange County Liberty Service programming may look a little different than it has in the past, they are still offering families free activities and incentives for summer reading!

With your OCLS library card you can attend their Summer Livestream Series of performances, learn new crafts, and kids can enjoy their own events where learning is fun. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

And we can’t talk about the Library without mentioning a Summer Reading Program, and there’s still time for kids to join Tales & Tails!

Kids, ages 6 to 12, can participate in virtual events, track your reading and complete fun activities right at home to earn badges. 

On the Go In MCO Indoor Activities for Kids

Also this summer, OCLS is working with Orange County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services to offer grab-n-go meals at no charge to children and young adults under 18. Check out the locations here.

Museums with a Local Flair

Orlando is home to some amazing museum, and throughout the city you can find smaller museums that focus on the history of our area. 

Some of my top picks are the Central Florida Railroad MuseumOrlando Fire MuseumWinter Park History MuseumLake Mary Historical MuseumCornell Fine Arts Museum, and the Holocaust Museum in Maitland.      

These hidden gems are all free, and are guaranteed to give your entire family a new appreciation for the City Beautiful!

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Howl-O-Scream Returns to Haunt Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2021

Fear returns in its most immersive form, as guests are invited back inside iconic haunted houses, including two ALL-NEW horror-filled houses at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream, Tampa Bay’s BIGGEST haunt event.

Creeping closer each day, Howl-O-Scream returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with a hair-raising, skin-crawling celebration of ghoulish delights, including:

  • Two ALL-NEW Haunted Houses: Dark minds have been brewing new ways to terrify those brave enough to enter two all new original experiences.
  • Three Returning Houses with Reimagined Nightmares: Three fan-favorite frights will come back from the dead to consume guests with fear in new ways. 
  • Eight Scare Zones, plus three unpredictable hordes: The scares are everywhere including an unmarked zone and new terrors lurking in every corner of the park.
  • Fan-Favorite “Fiends!” returns to the Festival Field Stage: The raunchy monster dance party will return to its spacious outdoor venue for more devilish antics from Dr. Freakenstein and his gang of ghouls.
  • “The Rolling Bones” light up the stage at Dragon Fire Grill: As guests fuel up on a pre-fear feast, the live performance of this skeleton band lights up Dragon Fire Grill with epic covers of classic rock anthems.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Howl-O-Scream 2021

Tickets to Howl-O-Scream are available now, including exclusive discounts for Fun Card and Annual Pass Members at the lowest prices of the year.

Fans of fear can sign up for emails at HowlOScream.com to be the first to receive news of more dark details on new houses, experiences and more coming to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. 

Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore, and blood. 

Howl-O-Scream 2021 is a separately ticketed nighttime event. No costumes are allowed.

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On the Go in MCO: Explore the Outdoors

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Don’t forget that you can catch these great parks and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

This summer I am going to be sharing fun ways you can be On the Go in MCO to help bust boredom and break you out of your routine stops!

I’m going to start this series with a look at how you can explore the outdoors for under $10 a car load…that’s right! All of these things are either free or under $10 for the entire family!!!

On the Go in MCO: Fun Ways to Explore the Outdoors

Kelly Park/Rock Springs – Apopka, Florida
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors

Let’s start our adventures On the Go in MCO at Kelly Park which features a free-flowing natural spring (68 degrees year-round), full-service concession, picnic pavilions, and playground. 

Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park, but guests may bring their own pool noodles or floats that must be less than five feet in length or width. 

It’s important to notes that the waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing and that during the summer, inclement weather can affect park operations.

The park does reach capacity almost every day, so you will want to arrive before the park opens to secure your place in line. 

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Kelly Park Map

Park Admission Fee: $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional person/walk-ins/motorcycles/bikes. No pets and no alcohol.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail – Apopka, Florida
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

If you want to walk on the wild side, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is the place to go!

The drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the Lake Apopka North Shore Park

The trail, which has an accompanying drive-through audio tour, begins at Lust Road and ends on Jones Avenue in Orange County, Florida. 

The drive takes 1–3 hours, depending on the usage and how many stops visitors choose to make along the way. 

The speed limit is 10 mph and the maximum vehicle length is 25 feet, and please not that they do not allow trailers. 

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

There are a few restrooms and picnic pavilion are available on the property, but there is no drinking water provided.

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance gate is open between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. All vehicles must exit the drive by 5 p.m.

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Apopka Wildlife Drive Map

Park Admission Fee: Free

Big Tree Park – Longwood, Florida
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park

Big Tree Park is an 11-acre park that is part of the Spring Hammock Preserve, located on the beautifully shaded General Hutchison Parkway between U.S. 17-92 and State Road 427 in Longwood. 

The park is a step back in time and a popular tourist destination, and it also serves as a Trailhead for the Cross Seminole Trail. 

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Boardwalk
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Boardwalk

Guests can walk through a natural hydric hammock swamp and then make their way on the boardwalk to the former site of “The Senator”: an approximately 3,500-year-old National Champion Bald Cypress Tree that was lost to fire in January of 2012.

A memorial has since been developed and includes interpretive signage along the newly renovated boardwalk, a playground piece that mimics a bald cypress tree stump, and a clone of “The Senator” that was planted near the playground called “The Phoenix.” 

Big Tree Park is also home to the Senator’s sister tree, “Lady Liberty”, an approximately 2,000 year old Bald Cypress Tree.

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors Big Tree Park Map

Park Admission Fee: Free

Kraft Azalea Garden – Winter Park, Florida 
Kraft Azalea Garden

The Kraft Azalea Garden is 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open year-round from 8 a.m. until dusk. 

Lakefront, secluded and unique, Kraft Azalea is Winter Park’s secret garden that is full of picture perfect spots like the Exedra!

Kraft Azalea Garden

This beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm of the 13-acre property.

Park Admission: Free

De Leon Springs State Park – De Leon Springs, Florida 
On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors De Leon Springs State Park

Once called Acuera, or “Healing Waters,” by Mayaca Indians who inhabited the area, De Leon Springs is a place to cool off in clear waters, roam trails through a lush subtropical forest that features a massive old-growth bald cypress tree, and immerse oneself in a rich history.

A highlight of a visit to De Leon Springs State Park is a swim in the 72-degree spring water where depths range from 18 inches to 30 feet at the spring boil.

The swimming area is approximately 500 feet in circumference; swimming nine laps around the pool would be about a mile.  

  • No lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk year-round.
  • No swimming is permitted in Spring Garden Run. 
  • Pets are not allowed in the sunbathing area. 
  • The swimming area will be closed when lightning is detected within six miles. 
  • Floats and rafts are allowed in the swimming area; however, flotation devices cannot exceed 5 feet for a circle or 4 feet by 6 feet for a rectangle.

In addition to swimming, you can enjoy snorkeling, wildlife viewing, boat & kayak launches, fishing, hiking, and more at the park!

On the Go In MCO Explore the Great Outdoors De Leon Springs State Park Map

Admission Fee: $6 per vehicle: 2-8 people, $4 per vehicle: one person only, $4 per motorcycle, and $2 per person for pedestrians, bicyclists and extra passengers

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On the Go with Gail: Kraft Azalea Garden

Our adventures around Orlando took us to the Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park, and I have always seen my photographer friends post the most stunning wedding and portrait sessions here.

I wanted to go see it for myself after seeing their wonderful photos, and I am so happy that we did as it is a beautiful little gem of a park!

The Kraft Azalia Garden is a 5.22-acre public park that is located on the shore of Lake Maitland, making it so secluded and unique!

The park is full of beautiful and enormous cypress trees that provide a wonderful canopy for shade.

We visited on quite a hot Florida day, and the trees provide much relief while we walked around comfortably!

From what I have seen and heard about this place, it can get extremely busy, especially on weekends when there are more photographers and people heading over for picnics with their families.

Luckily, we went on a Monday afternoon and it was super quiet and peaceful, we even saw a group practicing, what I assume, was Tai Chi in the middle.

The views by the water were just spectacular, not only can you nosey at the gorgeous homes over the water but you can watch boaters and jet skiers going by, it was so peaceful!

My favorite area by far is the Exedra monument, it is located right by the waterfront to get those perfect idyllic photos. On the weekends, I can imagine this spot would be hard to get to, due to the professional shoots going on as its such a main feature of the park! The Exedra can also be reserved for events like wedding ceremonies at sunset, for up to 20 guests and can be reserved by calling 407-599-3334.

Don’t forget to look up when you’re here, because the views are quite stunning with the tall trees all around you. The park is actually home to a very large banyan tree. These trees are native to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and often planted around temples as it is considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is quite unusual to have one here locally as it generally only grows in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 10-12 which begin in an area south of Miami…the more you know!

Some have said that this tree may be the northern-most Banyan tree in the state. It is believed that the tree was planted in Kraft Azalea Garden when int was developed in 1938. Notable nurseryman Martin Daetwyler was hired to design the garden by well-known residents George and Maud Kraft, Mayor Frederick Cady, Forney Shepard, Leonard Hackney and Mrs. C. F. Ward.

On the way in to the gardens, it is hard to miss the sounds coming from the trees right by the entrance! At this time of the year, they are absolutely covered with great egrets nesting! Breeding for these birds occurs in the spring and they congregate into colonial nesting areas known as rookeries. These dense aggregations of nests are typically found in low trees near or over water. Winter park is fortunate to have a rare urban rookery for this stately bird. Every year between late February and early June, up to 50 nesting pairs of great egrets gather at Kraft Azalea Garden to begin nesting rituals.

Apparently, the males develop large showy feathers during the nesting seasons, and the females lay two to three eggs, and both parents share feeding duties. Its such a unique opportunity to be able to be up this close to so many at one time, it was such a nice surprise on our visit!

The gardens are open year-round from 8 a.m, until dusk. If you are planning on heading over to take professional photos and portraits, you must obtain a permit ahead of time to operate inside the park. This can be done by heading to www.cityofwinterpark.org/parks.

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Silver Spurs Rodeo: Summer June Rodeo

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

The Silver Spurs Rodeo will be hosting their annual summer June Rodeo and fans will be treated to seven of rodeo’s traditional events: bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, women’s barrel racing, steer wrestling, and team roping. 

Plus, for the first time at the Rodeo, there will be a breakaway roping event! Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where the calf is roped but not tied. As soon as the rope breaks off their saddle, the clock is stopped. This is the second Silver Spurs Rodeo event for the women of rodeo, the first being barrel racing.

Silver Spurs Rodeo June 2021

Part of the June Rodeo tradition includes junior barrel racing and junior bull riding events, featuring young rodeo stars who are ready to get their career started in the Silver Spurs Arena!

Plus, the Silver Spurs Riding Club is bringing back everyone’s favorite before each performance, ‘mutton bustin’ (a sheep riding event for the kids)!

“Every summer, the Silver Spurs Rodeo is how our community kicks off the summer break from school, highlighting our local youth in bull riding, barrel racing, and Quadrille,” said Chris Baker, Big Boss of the Silver Spurs Rodeo. “We have been celebrating this tradition since 1944 in Osceola County. We hope you will join us for one of the longest-running traditions east of the Mississippi.”

Tickets are just $20 per adult and kids 10 and under are FREE for the June Rodeo only, all active and retired military receive FREE admission when showing proof of military service at the Box Office.

All donations go directly to organizations in Osceola County for scholarships, cancer support, veteran needs, and more.  All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made on our tickets page. 

For more information on how to purchase tickets and rodeo guidelines for a safe rodeo, go to www.silverspursrodeo.com.

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On the Go in MCO: May 28-30, 2021

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Don’t forget that you can catch these great events and more on the Obie & Ashley Unfiltered Podcast!

It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and if you’re like us you’re ready to kick off a Summer On the Go in MCO. 

On the Go in MCO: May 28-30, 2021

On the Go in MCO Wild Florida Gator Week 2021
Gator Week at Wild Florida: 3301 Lake Cypress Rd, Kenansville, FL

All week Wild Florida has been celebrating Florida’s most misunderstood residents, and this Saturday the fun kicks into high gear for National Gator Day. 

Gator Cake Contest – Bring out your inner baker and love for alligators in our first-ever Gator Cake contest! Sign up to bake and bring in a cake designed by you that shows how much you love alligators! After a panel of judges reviews the design of your cakes, they’ll give the top three selection prizes for their hard work and love for these scaly creatures!

National Alligator Day – Earlier this year, Wild Florida helped establish National Alligator Day to be recognized annually on May 29,  giving alligators the official recognition they deserve! To celebrate, they’re throwing a huge 1st birthday party throughout our Gator Park with balloons, cupcakes, and more to celebrate the 1st EVER National Alligator Day.

Live Band – If you ever need to cool off and take a break from the activities, the Celery String Band will be playing live music throughout the day under our Gator Pavilion.

In addition to these activities, guests can enjoy live demonstrations and more with FREE Gator Park admission to everyone who brings in spare change to benefit Croc Fest.

On the Go in MCO Southern Hills Farm Peach Picking
Peach Picking at Southern Hill Farms: 16651 Schofield Rd, Clermont, FL

Peach season is in full swing at Southern Hill Farms, and they have the sweetest deal for their  u-pick guests! 

For every 5 pounds of u-pick peaches purchased, you’ll receive an additional 2 pounds of pre-picked peaches for FREE, a bonus worth $10! 

Sweet and juicy peaches are perfect for sharing with family, friends, neighbors and teachers, they are easy to slice and freeze to use in smoothies and baking, or to simply enjoy as a healthy snack. 

This deal is available for the remainder of the season, or while supplies last. 

If peaches aren’t your thing, blueberries, zinnias, sunflowers, and vegetables are available. 

Southern Hills Farm hours for this weekend are Saturday & Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm. Entrance gates close 30 minutes prior to the farm closing. 

Memorial Day at Sunset Walk Promenade: 3251 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, FL

Join Promenade at Sunset Walk for Memorial Day Weekend as we honor the men and women of our military who died in service to our country.

Live performances by:

  • Tim Hamlin — Americana and classic rock
  • Jason Link — Country to rock ’n’ roll
  • The Boots — Performing a high-energy, eclectic mix of top 40, rock ’n’ roll, dance, and more

Plus:

  • DJ Scotty B
  • Street Performers

Free admission. Outdoor event, rain or shine.

On the Go in MCO SeaWorld Orlando Electric Ocean 2021 On the Go in the Parks

Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando: SeaWorld Orlando 

SeaWorld Orlando’s award-winning summer event, Electric Ocean returns May 28 with more hours of fun featuring new daytime experiences and nighttime favorites. 

Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music, and brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sunsets. (Cause who doesn’t love fireworks???)

There are new shows, entertainment, food, and returning favorites to enjoy! 

And with their Memorial Day sale you can save up to 50% on tickets, fun cards, and annual passes!!!

You can find even more events as you are On the Go in MCO as well as theme park news and tips by following @onthegoinmco on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and YouTube!

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Explore the Summer of More at the Gaylord Palms Resort

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The Summer of Fun at the Gaylord Palms Resort is going to fill the world-class property, featuring a 3- acre outdoor water park, two sparkling pools, and four-and-a-half acres of sprawling indoor gardens, with fun for the entire family. 

From May 21 through September 6, 2021, the resort’s Summer of More will deliver the perfect getaway for families with immersive aquatic experiences, event-exclusive culinary and beverage offerings, soothing spa treatments, and an itinerary full of themed programming inclusive of live entertainment, family-friendly shows, activities, and much more. 

“Summer travelers wishing to make the most out of their vacation can come here for a one-stop destination,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager for Gaylord Palms Resort. “From our Cypress Springs water park and EXPLORE activities to our award-winning restaurants and world-class spa, we offer everything you could want and deserve for the ultimate summer experience.”

The theme of this year’s itinerary of activities and events is EXPLORE, and this brand-new programming will encourage guests and local visitors to uncover the stories and discover the natural wonders of Florida.

Gaylord Palms Summer of Fun Highlights

  • Explore Summer: Uncover the stories and discover the natural wonders of Florida in this brand-new, guided, atrium adventure.
Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort
  • Secret Garden Escape Room: You’ve stumbled upon a beautiful and enchanted garden, but beware – an evil witch lurks in the shadows. Escape back to reality within 30 minutes, or you might find yourself under a spell and trapped forever in this garden as a gnome, frog, or spider! This family-friendly experience includes live performers.
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  • Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt: Your journey begins inside the 4.5-acre atrium, filled to the brim with flora (plant-life) and fauna (animal-life) from all over the state. To succeed in becoming a real-life Florida explorer, you will need to navigate through the atrium and learn about unique plants, animals, and historical landmarks.
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Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort
  • Illuminate Florida Show: High above the St. Augustine Atrium thousands of lights dance and create summer images to music several times a night.
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Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort
  • Animal Encounters with Wild Florida: A special educational opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of incredible creatures.
Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort

A summertime must, Gaylord Palms’ 3-acre water park, Cypress Springs, offers thrills and relaxation for every member of the family – from the tranquil South Beach Pool to exhilarating attractions including drop and racing slides, a multi-level water playground, the FlowRider surfing experience and an all-new action river, Crystal River Rapids.

Gaylord Palms Crystal River Rapids Once Upon a Spring Easter 2021

This new water attraction takes guests on a thrilling ride as they twist and turn through speeding currents. Exclusive poolside cabanas available for rent provide extra shade, comfortable lounge seating, a refrigerator, television, and a designated pool server. Premium poolside seating also available for purchase.

Gaylord Palms Summer of More 2021_Relache Entrance Sign_Gaylord Palms Resort
Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort

Not to be left out…Adults who are searching for the ultimate in relaxation can unwind in the resort’s luxurious Relâche Spa and enjoy a de-stressing massage, rejuvenating facial, or calming body treatment.

The resort features multiple award-winning restaurants with unique culinary experiences, breathtaking atrium views, and mouth-watering seasonal dishes and summer cocktails. Dining options are available for every palate – even from the comfort of the guest’s room.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2020
Photo: Gaylord Palms Resort

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the resort’s summer events have been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and enhanced protocols.

For more information about Gaylord Palms Resort and to book an overnight stay, room package, or events and activities, visit www.GaylordPalms.com.

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GATOR WEEK Returns to Wild Florida

Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

For 10 years Wild Florida, located on Lake Cypress in Kenansville, has been sharing their passion for protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem including the often misunderstood alligators.

To help share their knowledge and to foster an appreciation for some of Florida’s most misunderstood residents, Wild Florida will once again host its annual Gator Week from May 24 to 29, offering special programming with FREE Gator Park admission to everyone who brings in spare change (more on this in a moment). 

Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

During Gator Week Wild Florida focuses on educating guests, debunking common myths, and developing a more positive attitude towards these reptiles through unique experiences highlighting alligator behaviors.

Sam Haught, co-owner of Wild Florida, announced, “We look forward to this event all year, and we’re excited to celebrate alligators with visitors in new and fun ways. From alligator cake decorating contests to gator jumpathons, we love that these demonstrations and activities build a connection between our guests and our environment in creative and unique ways.” 

Highlights of Gator Week 2021

  • May 24, 2021: Alligator Expert Despite their tough exterior, alligators and crocodiles get sick just the same as we do. Join Wild Florida experts in the Gator Pavilion at 1 p.m. to hear about the different ailments they experience and how they are treated.
  • May 26, 2021: Gator Jumpathon Contest – People often think alligators can only hunt for food that happens to go for a swim, but their powerful tails can help propel half of their body out of the water and into the air. During the Gator Jumpathon contest, you’ll get to experience what it’s like to hunt and jump for your food. Want to join the fun?  Sign-up to participate! After you sign-up, a Wild Florida team member will reach out to you with the Gator Jumpathon details for the day so you’ll get to see what it’s like to jump for your food like an alligator!
  • May 28, 2021: “Gator Green” Pie Eating Contest – Alligators can only use their mighty jaws to bite and hold on to their food. Unlike humans, they aren’t able to pick up and grab their food with their hands. The alligator-themed pie-eating contestwill allow guests to unleash their inner alligator! Want to join the fun? Sign-up to participate! After you sign-up, a Wild Florida team member will reach out to you with the “Gator Green: Pie Eating Contest details for the day to see who can eat a green pie the fastest WITHOUT using your hands!
  • May 29, 2021: National Alligator Day – Earlier this year, Wild Florida helped establish a National Alligator Day to be recognized annually on May 29,  giving alligators the official recognition they deserve. To celebrate, they’re throwing a huge 1st birthday party throughout their Gator Park with balloons, cupcakes, and more to celebrate the 1st EVER National Alligator Day.
Wild Florida Gator Week 2021

This Gator Week is also extra special as Wild Florida’s adult albino alligators, Snowflake and Blizzard, have produced their third batch of eggs.

At the end of Gator Week, Wild Florida will also celebrate the inaugural #NationalAlligatorDay on Saturday, May 29th.

So what about the spare change? During Gator Week, Wild Florida is trying to collect Crusher’s (their largest alligator) weight in spare change to benefit Croc Fest.

Wild Florida Gator Week 2019

Be sure to check out www.GatorWeek.com for the full schedule of events. 

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On the Go with Gail: Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Did you know that Lake Apopka has a Wildlife Drive? This drive is a one-way 11-mile drive that snakes (no pun intended) through the property. It begins on Lust Road and ends on Jones Avenue.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The drive is completely free, but they do welcome online donations to assist with recreation maintenance. There are little QR code signs throughout that you can scan from your car and it will take you to the donation page.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

When you first drive in you can pick up a leaflet that gives you some more information, and they also let you know there are signs throughout the drive with QR codes that can be scanned to listen to their audio tour.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

The speed limit is 10 MPH but there are plenty of places if you wanted to pull over to look at something as they just ask that you don’t stop and block the road. This was hard at times because the road can get quite narrow with water on either side, so if someone up front stopped we all had to. I was fine with this because it meant there was going to be something cool to check out at that spot once we reached it!

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

As you drive along, you get the opportunity to see so much wildlife, we chose a rainy day so we didn’t get too may gator sightings, I’ve seen people post gators all along the sides of the road they were driving down at times! Which sounds crazy but you’re inside your vehicles so its safe and such an opportunity!

We did get to see some close up including a really large one, I’m not going to guess how many feet it was but it was huge even from a distance!

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

A lot of people come here to bird watch, it is one of the top three birding areas for the entire state (includes Everglades National Park and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge).

The Lake Apopka North Shore, where the wildlife drive goes through, is considered one of the most renowned birding destinations in Florida, with 369 different bird species.

During the winter months, more than 150 species regularly use the property, from snowy herons and egrets to numerous tiny warblers and flycatchers. Other wildlife commonly seen include numerous American alligators, bobcats, otters, bears, raccoons, armadillos, and coyotes. I really wish I had seen some of the otters!

It was really something you could do with the whole family as you are driving slow enough for the kids to be by the window if you feel comfortable, which our daughter really enjoyed looking out and searching for the different wildlife.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

There are a few restrooms along the way which is helpful as the drive could take up to three hours depending on how many stops you make along the way. There are also a few picnic pavilions so you can get out and stretch your legs and stop for some lunch together. The locations are all listed on the trail guide map. You can bring dogs but they must remain on a leash at all times.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

There are also areas marked as a white trail suitable for hiking, biking, and even horseback riding on a 6-mile loop on Clay Island.

The wonderful part of this trail is that I feel that each time you visit, it will be a completely different experience. One time you may see gators, another time many species of birds, so it’s somewhere you could visit again and never be bored. I feel it’s so wonderful they did this trail, I wish I had heard about it sooner, but I will definitely be coming back often, I need to see some otters still!

The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive entrance gate is open between 7 a.m and 3 p.m on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. All vehicles must exit the drive by 5 p.m. You can find more information on their website.

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On the Go in MCO: May 14-16, 2021

The days are getting longer and the temps are going up…so we are getting really close to a summer On the Go in MCO!!!

It’s so awesome to live in a city that doesn’t know how to sit still!

On the Go in MCO: May 14-16, 2021

Gatorpalooza at Gatorland
  • May 15 & 16, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
On the Go in MCO Gatorland Gatorpalooza 2021

Gatorland Orlando is inviting guests on Saturday, May 15th, and Sunday, May 16th, for Gatorpalooza Fun Fest!

There’ll be live music, artisans and craft vendors, fun, games, giveaways, and all the alligators and awesomeness that a day at Gatorland has to offer!

You especially won’t want to miss Saturday’s Florida Man Challenge, and Sunday’s Turkey Dog Toss with the Gatorland Vlog team at the Breeding Marsh.

Best of all, this extra fun is included with regular admission! 

And if you are a Florida resident that means you receive 50% off Single Day admissions with your Florida I.D. at the gate!

62nd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
  • May 14 to 16, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Friday until 5:00 pm)
On the Go in MCO Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

The Winter Park sidewalk art festival is one of the nations oldest, largest, and most prestigious outdoor fine arts and fine crafts festivals. Organized and run by a dedicated group of volunteers, the juried show is nationally recognized and named the #5 fine art show in the country by sunshine artist magazine. 

The festival features all original artwork that has been designed and executed by the exhibiting artists during the past two years. 

The show is conveniently located in central park, a beautifully landscaped area whose surrounding streets are closed during the festival to allow for foot traffic only.

Many artist booths line Winter Park’s Park Avenue, the heart of a charming downtown with brick lined streets, unique boutique shops, and multiple outdoor cafés in bistros.

Attendance usually exceeds 350,000 people for the three day event. There are no more than 225 artist selected for participation each year. 

The Winter Park side walk art festival has provided the info graphic below for some information that’s helpful to know before you go.

On the Go in MCO Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Viva La Música at SeaWorld Orlando
  • May 15 & 16
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Logo

Experience all the color and culture in a new way as this festive, family-friendly Latin celebration returns to SeaWorld Orlando. 

Viva la Música is included with park admission and runs for two Saturdays and Sundays only, May 15 – 23. 

From the hottest Latin entertainment to the coolest attractions and animal adventures, these will be two unforgettable weekends at SeaWorld. 

Foodies won’t want to miss the event-exclusive dishes, families will enjoy dance lessons with Rosita from Sesame Street, and you won’t be able to stop dancing with music throughout the park. 

Don’t let the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event pass you by.

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Orlando Museum of Art Announces New Initiatives

Orlando Museum of Art Expansion Rendering
Rendering: Orlando Museum of Art

As part of an aggressive relaunch leading up to its centennial celebration in 2024, the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) announces three new initiatives: a series of six major upcoming exhibitions featuring works of noted artists: Rembrandt, Botticelli, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jackson Pollock; plans for renovation and repair of the Museum’s current Loch Haven location as well as plans for an expansion of the Museum’s footprint to include space in downtown Orlando.

“We are celebrating our 2024 centennial with a commitment to be an even greater force in our community with two locations, highly regarded and sought-after works of art, and ultimately, a new dimension of unforgettable experiences at Orlando Museum of Art,” said Cynthia Brumback, Chair of the OMA Board of Trustees.

The new Orlando Museum of Art exhibits begin late September, including: 

  • Luces y Sombras: Mexican Photography from the Bank of America Collection
  • Cathedrals of Florida: Masterworks by Clyde Butcher;
  • Connoisseurship and Collecting: European Old Master Paintings, which notably features the earliest-known Rembrandt painting and Masterworks from the Bob Jones University, Museum & Gallery, Inc.: Reading and Understanding Old Master Paintings, featuring Botticelli’s Madonna and Child.

As a further nod to the robust exhibition planning of the Museum, it will also present 25 never-before published or exhibited paintings by noted African American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose paintings have sold for over $100 million apiece.

Following the initial rollout, the Museum will unveil a singular, never-before-published masterpiece in January 2022, a signature massive drip painting from 1949 by the greatest American artist, Jackson Pollock, Jackson Pollock and the Comstock Pollock: Newly Discovered, First Time Exhibited.

These exhibits represent a departure from the Museum’s usual contemporary offerings and demonstrate a bold new vision which incorporates attention to traditional and other highly sought-after works of art as well. 

The Museum’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to file a letter of intent to pursue a downtown expansion as part of the SDG, LLC and Summa Development Group, LLC planned 33-story, 1 million-square-foot modern glass tower at Church, Lake and Pine Streets. The development sits on a three-story glass cube and comprises penthouses, condominiums, a luxury hotel and a cutting-edge contemporary restaurant.

The potential expansion would be an extension of the current Loch Haven footprint, featuring interactive educational facilities, offices, visitor services and notably, 30,000 square feet of additional exhibition space which would house some of the new exhibits and new collections.

“The initiatives we are pursuing are transformational, representing a bold, new vision for Orlando Museum of Art while simultaneously re-positioning us to make a deeper investment into our community both culturally and economically,” said OMA Director & CEO Dr. Aaron De Groft. “We are confident our donors and constituents will appreciate and be equally motivated to help bring this vision to life and we look forward to realizing these plans while continuing our dedication to be inclusive and equitable within our community.”

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Viva La Música Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Logo

SeaWorld Orlando has announced the return of Viva La Música, a fan-favorite Latin-inspired festival on  Saturdays and Sundays from May 13-23, 2021.

This experience, included with theme park admission, will take place with the park’s enhanced health and safety measures, including limited capacity, reservations, enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, temperature checks, and face-covering requirements.

Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Event Map

Viva La Música Event Map and Offerings

Viva La Música Entertainment
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Fiesta Zone

A. Fiesta Zone

Be there as the Wild Arctic Plaza comes to life! There will be a DJ, stilt walkers, and live bands ready to get this full-blown fiesta going.

Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Live Music

B. Live Music

You can’t help but dance when you listen to this red-hot local entertainment featuring salsa, bachata, reggaetón, and more.

Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Live Music and Dancing Zone

C. Live Music and Dancing Zone

Make your way to the Sea Harbor Pavilions for more non-stop revelry. Hear live and DJ music, see towering stilt walkers, and more!

Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Maraca Craft

D. Kids Maraca Making Craft

Get ready to enjoy hands-on fun and show how creative you are by making your very own musical maraca at this specially chosen craft activity for children!

Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 Dance Class with Rosita

E. Dance Class with Rosita

Follow along, kids! Learn a simple dance step to festive Latin music, and then get a physically distanced photo with Rosita to remember the fun.

F. Event Shopping

Explore local crafts and artisan creations that capture the spirit of Viva la Música and find the perfect souvenir to bring  Live Music and Dancing Zone

Viva La Música Fiery Flavors
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 1 Fiery Flavors

1 . Skewers

  • Rum BBQ Chicken Skewers with Mango Salsa
  • Beef Skewers with Homemade Chimichurri, Yuca Fries, Onion Escabeche, Mojo Sauce
  • Churros
  • Frozen Sangria
  • Corona Seltzers
  • Corona Refrescas
  • Modelo Especial Cheladas 
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2. Sliders

  • Cubano Sliders: Smoked ham, mojo roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickle, & mustard
  • Pan con Bistec Sliders: Shaved, Marinated and Grilled Steak, Caramelized Onions & Melted Jack Cheese
  • Choripan
  • Grilled Chorizo Link, Chimichurri on Soft Baguette
  • Crispy Tostones: Mojo Sauce
  • Dulce de Leche Empanadas: Stuffed with caramel and queso, caramel drizzle
  • Frozen Barrilitos Strawberry Hibiscus and Mango Lime
  • Corona Seltzers
  • Corona Refrescas
  • Modelo Especial Cheladas 
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 3 Meal Platters

3. Meal Platters

  • Adobo Braised Chicken served with choice of 2 sides: Black Beans and Rice, Plantains, Yellow Rice with Grandules, Tostones
  • Braised Ropa Vieja served with choice of 2 sides: Black Beans and Rice, Plantains, Yellow Rice with Grandules, Tostones
  • Mojo Roasted Pork served with choice of 2 sides: Black Beans and Rice, Plantains, Yellow Rice with Grandules, Tostones
  • Chicharrons and Plantain Chips 
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 4 Pealla

4. Paella

  • Seafood Paella: Mussels, Clams, Shrimps, Chorizo on the bed of flavorful Saffron rice
  • Veggie Paella: Earthy and Floral vegetables with Saffron rice
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 5 Bacalaitos

5. Bacalaitos

  • Crispy Codfish fritters
Viva La Musica SeaWorld Orlando 2021 6 Empanadas

6. Empanadas

  • Beef and Cheese
  • Chicken and Cheese
  • Spinach and Artichoke
  • Bunuelos: Sweet fried dough 

7. Corona Bar

  • Featuring Corona Hard Seltzer Cocktails
  • Lime Mojito
  • Cherry Margarita
  • Sundown Sangria
  • Featuring Corona Refescas Cocktails
  • Pineapple Passion
  • Guava Shores 

8. Margarita Bar

  • Frozen Watermelon Margarita
  • Frozen Mango Margarita
  • Traditional Margarita
  • Strawberry Margarita 
  • Cutwater Margarita Pops

9. Cocktail Bar 

  • Cuba Libra
  • Mojito
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Mango Passion Corona Rita
  • Blueberry Lime Corona Rita
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From the hottest Latin entertainment to the coolest attractions and animal adventures, these will be two unforgettable weekends at SeaWorld.

Don’t let the sound, spice, and spirit of this special event pass you by!

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