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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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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.
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.
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.
Illuminate Florida Show: High above the St. Augustine Atrium thousands of lights dance and create summer images to music several times a night.
Animal Encounters with Wild Florida: A special educational opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of incredible creatures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
May 14 to 16, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Friday until 5:00 pm)
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.
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.”
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 Música Event Map and Offerings
Viva La Música Entertainment
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.
B. Live Music
You can’t help but dance when you listen to this red-hot local entertainment featuring salsa, bachata, reggaetón, and more.
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!
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!
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