Aug 242016

Seaworld OrlandoSeaWorld Orlando is honoring Florida first responders for their bravery, sacrifice and service with a special opportunity to spend a day at the park with their families. Now through August 31, first responders can register to receive free admission to SeaWorld Orlando through September 30.

In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets for friends and family for just $49.50 per person, a savings of 50 percent off general admission.

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Aug 242016

Flu shotOver the past 13 years, Florida Hospital Centra Care has provided free flu shots to Florida residents. This year, they are doing it again by offering a few opportunities to get your flu shot, fast and free, starting September 7 through September 27. Find a Centra Care location near you.

A flu shot is the single best protection against the flu. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot as soon as they are available. There is no reason to delay, as immunity will last throughout the flu season. Reservations are not needed and shots are given on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.


Aug 232016

Reunion ResortLabor Day weekend in Orlando marks the last long weekend of the summer season. It’s also the most affordable holiday weekend of the year in Orlando, with up to 40% savings over other holiday weekends. Orlando has plenty to offer this Labor Day for those looking for budget-friendly activities and seasonal deals:


  • Food lovers can experience Magical Dining Month, celebrating Orlando’s emerging culinary scene and offering prix fixe dinners at some of the area’s hottest restaurants for just $33, a savings of 33%.


  • Beautiful Harry P. Leu Gardens is offering free Leu Gardensadmission to everyone on Labor Day, Sept. 5.
  • America’s Escape Game challenges guests to be their own heroes, and escapees can save $10 off standard ticket prices Sept. 2 – 5, with online code “VOAEG10.”
  • Sammy Duvall’s Watersports invites guests to parasail, water ski, wake board and more with a 20 percent discount Sept. 2 – 5, with online code “Labor Day.”
  • Nature lovers can catch a glimpse of alligators, eagles, Wild Floridaturkeys, wild boars, roseate spoonbills and other native creatures at Wild Florida, offering free entry for kids 12 and under, limit 4 per family, on Saturday, Sept 3 and Monday, Sept 5.


  • Rosen Plaza is offering a two-night package for $169 including 25% restaurants including Jack’s Place and Café Matisse. Additional nights available for $99 plus tax.
  • B Hotels & Resorts is offering rates starting at $107 when purchased seven days in advance.
  • The Point Orlando Resort is offering a rate of $109 for a one bedroom suite, with free breakfast for 2 daily and no resort fee.
  • Reunion Resort is offering starting rates of $175 per night with a $25 Visa gift card awarded for each night of stay, using code FAMILYFREEDOM.


Orlando has a variety of year-round, low-cost attractions. For a more ideas, check out our list of 30 attractions under $30.

  • The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Morse Museumhouses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including his famed leaded-glass lamps. Admission prices are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students and free for children under age 12.
  • West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. offers hourly, daily and weekly road bike rentals for visitors to explore Central Florida’s scenic trails, including the 22-mile West Orange Trail. Rentals start at $7 per hour, with hotel delivery and group bike tours available at an additional cost.
  • SAK Comedy Lab combines improv players and audience suggestions for hilarious scenes. General admission tickets range from $5-$12.
  • Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour provides a relaxing narrated cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, and showcasing natural wildlife and mansions that line the waterways. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 2-11.
  • The Orlando Eye towers above the entire I-Drive 360 Orlando Eyecomplex to take guests to new heights. Admission, when purchased online prior to arrival, is $20 for adults and $15 for children, with discounted tickets for Florida Residents.

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Aug 192016

SeaWorld Orlando Preschool PassIt’s an awesome time to be a preschooler!  The Free SeaWorld Orlando Preschool Pass has returned. Kids five and under can explore the depths of the ocean for FREE with their own special pass now through December 31, 2016. Take your little one to Shamu’s Happy Harbor for fun family rides, a four-story net climb and oodles of pint-sized water activities. You must register online and redeem in-person by May 27, 2016. This offer is valid for Florida Residents only.

What about the rest of the family? Annual Passes for Florida Residents start at $14 per month and include admission to Aquatica Orlando. Or a SeaWorld Fun Card for 2016 is $99.


Aug 182016

Ripleys Believe It Or Not Teacher AppreciationRipley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium Orlando is thanking K-12 educators for all their hard work with the return of Educator Appreciation Days. Educators may bring a current pay stub and photo ID to receive free admissionRipley's Believe It or Not Orlando from September 6 to October 16. Educators can also bring up to five guests who will receive 50% discounts on their admission.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

8201 International Drive

Aug 182016

Teachers work hard to build our children’s future, so LEGOLAND has created a special offer to show appreciation. Florida teachers are eligible for a FREE annual pass to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park. As an Orlando Eyeadded bonus, teachers can also receive free entry to The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds or SEA LIFE Aquarium.

To receive your free Florida Teacher Pass: bring your most recent pay stub, Florida photo ID and valid professional or temporary FDOE teaching certificate to the ticket windows LEGOLAND Florida, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds or SEA LIFE Aquarium.


Aug 162016

Blue Spring_Suzanne-Ridenour The Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is one of those must-see destinations. With water temperatures in the low 70s, a dip in the Central Florida Springs is incredibly refreshing. A day at the springs is also cheap with entry starting at $2 for a Florida State Park. For an inexpensive fun day in the sun, check out one of these beautiful parks near Orlando.

Rainbow SpringsRainbow Springs
Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years…and it continues to be a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. $2 per person at the headsprings entrance and $5 per vehicle, up to eight people, at the tube entrance. Children under six years old are free.

19158 S.W. 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL
(352) 465-8555

Blue Spring
Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John’s River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge and the winter home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, FL
(386) 775-3663

Wekiwa SpringsWekiva Springs State Park
Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL
(407) 884-2008

De Leon Springs
Go in the morning to cook your own pancakes at the Sugar Mill Restaurant, and then stay for the day to take a dip in the swimming area or rent canoes. $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
De Leon Springs, FL
(386) 985-4212

Kelly Park/Rock Springs RunRock-Springs-Run
A favorite park for tubing, Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring and Rock Springs a clear, swift creek. $3 per vehicle. Use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

30601 CR 433
Sorrento, FL
(407) 884-2008

Wekiva Island
Play volleyball, corn toss, enjoy live music and swim in the refreshing Wekiva River. This eco-recreation destination has an old Florida feel, a bar that serves beer and wine, riverside cabanas and a dog-friendly policy. The park usually fills to capacity around noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Entry is $1 per person.

1014 Miami Springs Road
Longwood, FL 32779
(407) 862-1500

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Jul 262016

Orlando Magical Dining MonthThis fall, food lovers can experience deals at 90 of the most popular restaurants in Orlando during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. From Aug. 29 through Oct. 2, guests can enjoy three-course dinners for $33, averaging a savings of 33% per meal. The program includes some of the hottest new arrivals to Orlando’s culinary scene, including chef-driven establishments in the new Disney Springs area as well as local favorites across town. One dollar from each meal will also be donated to a local charity.

View the full list of restaurants and make reservations on OpenTable. New restaurants to the program include:

  • STK,a brand new upscale steakhouse with a high-energy atmosphere at Disney Springs.
  • Morimoto Asia,by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame, offering pan-Asian flavors from across the continent.
  • Urbain 40, glinting with 1940’s glamor and a continental menu crafted from largely local, seasonal ingredients.
  • Cask & Larder, a local favorite featuring brewed-onsite beer, home-cured meats and pickled vegetables. Cask & Larder is the second restaurant created by five-time James Beard-nominated chefs James Petrakis and Julie Petrakis.

You can find options near the theme parks to hidden gems in Orlando’s local neighborhoods:

  • Convention Area– RA Sushi*, Itta Bena*, Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit*, Urban Tide (Hyatt Regency Orlando), The Capital Grille, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, A Land Remembered (Rosen Shingle Creek)
  • Disney/Lake Buena Vista– Black Fire Brazilian Steakhouse, deep blu seafood grille (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort), NINE18 (The Villas at Grand Cypress), Todd English’s Bluezoo (Walt Disney World Dolphin)
  • Downtown– Shari Sushi Lounge*, Artisan’s Table, The Boheme, Citrus Restaurant, KASA Restaurant & Bar, Maxine’s on Shine
  • Restaurant Row– SLATE*, Big Fin Seafood Kitchen, Christini’s Ristorante Italiano, Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Ocean Prime
  • Universal/CityWalk– Amatista Cookhouse* (Loews Sapphire Falls) , Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, Island’s Dining Room (Loews Royal Pacific), The Kitchen (Hard Rock Hotel), Mama Della’s Ristorante (Loews Portofino Bay)
  • Winter Park– Blu on the Avenue*, The Ravenous Pig, Luma on Park, Mitchell’s Fish Market, Chez Vincent, Hamilton’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Surrounding Areas– F&D Kitchen and Bar*, Osprey Tavern*, Kabooki Sushi*, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Orlando and Lake Mary)
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Jul 202016

Harvest Grape StompLakeridge Winery picked the latest crop and its ready for stomping. Travel through the rolling hills of Clermont to Lakeridge Winery to squish, smash and stomp grapes at the Annual Harvest Grape Stomp. The two-day outdoor festival, August 13 and 14, will feature live music, grape stomping competitions and award-winning Lakeridge wines. Entry is $2 and benefits The Boys & Girls Club. As always, there will be complimentary wine tours and tastings.

Lakeridge Winery

19239 US Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34715