Central & East Florida

A Pirates Life – St. Augustine

Pirates are and itinerant lot, so it’s only fitting that the new Pirate & Treasure Museum in St. Augustine originally started as a tourist attraction in Key West. In a business sense, the St. Augustine move is a smart one, with field-tripping school kids available as a built-in audience for the attraction across the street the castillo de San marcos fort. The museum also fits with St. Augustine’s own pirate lore, most notably the saga of the English pirate Sir Francis Drake, who led 2,000 of his men in a raid that leveled the city in the late 16th century. Inside the museum, you can read the tales of a dozen famous pirates in electronic history books, shoot a cannon or look at the sword used by Johnny Depp in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Exhibits can be covered in an hour.

Feed the Giraffes – Melbourne

There are new arrivals this spring at the Brevard Zoo, off Wickam Road at Interstate 95 in Melbourne , most notably a baby calf born to one of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The giraffes, of course, are one of the main attractions at the zoo, which showcases animals in five loops — Expedition Africa, La Selva, Austral-Asia, Wild Florida and Paws on Play — that take visitors along wooden boardwalks through lushy landscaped observation areas designed to make animals look as if they’re at home. Splurge for a “Young Explorer’s Package,” which includes zoo admission along with tickets to feed the giraffes, the lorikeets and a 20-minute train excursion around the grounds.

Homegrown Wines – Clermont

The Lakeridge Winery in Clermont sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside that was once the center of the state’s grape industry. Lakeridge touts itself as Florida’s largest premium winery, an operation that specializes in table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes. The winery augments its production with events that include a winter and summer music series, an annual wine and seafood festival and a harvest festival.

The Force Returns – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A new 3-D version of Star Tours attraction will be part of the mission for Star Wars fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When it debuts later this month, guests can climb aboard the Starspeeder 1000 with C-3PO and R2-D2 and some new characters. Adventures include a flight in Tatooine podrace or a chase that could involve Boba Fett, Princess Leia or Darth Vader. The new attraction joins such favorites as Rock’n’Roller Coaster, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the American Idol Experience.

See the Turtles – Titusville

Reservations are now been accepted for the June Turtle Watch Program at Canaveral National Seashore, an opportunity to learn about sea turtles and the role of the National Park Service in their conservation.

 The programs, for folks 8 and older, are limited to 40 participants each night.

A Famous Beach and More – Daytona Beach

Beach driving is the famous pastime at the World’s most famous beach, but if you turn your car inland, Daytona Beach offers other charms beyond sand and surf. The pretty business district along Beach Street, just at the foot of the big bridge from the mainland to the beachside, is home to the cozy Abraxas Books, packed floor to ceiling with volumes old and new. Down the block, there’s the iconic Stavros Italian restaurant and Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory, two stops that don’t require getting sand in your shoes.

EPCOT at Walt Disney World near Orlando

America Gardens Theatre in Epcot theme park is an outdoor waterfront venue that hosts live shows and music performances throughout the year, where every seat promises a great view.

America Gardens Theatre overlooks the World Showcase Lagoon and is situated opposite the American Adventure Pavilion. Hosting musical surprises from around the globe throughout the year, the America Gardens Theatre offers a comfortable setting where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the various musical acts and live shows that grace its open-air stage.

The theater features a high-quality sound sytem and spacious seating, so you are sure to enjoy the show from any location.

Popular concert series take place at America Gardens Theatre during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The stage is also home to the Holidays Around the World Candlelight Processional.

Summer just isn’t summer without great tunes. So all summer long, Epcot® has your ears covered with great entertainment from some of the world’s greatest tribute bands, courtesy of the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series.

Dance to classic hits under the skies of the open-air America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase. This summer concert series features a lineup of rockin’ bands playing tribute to timeless tunes from U2, The Bee Gees, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi and many more. Get the family together and groove to the songs you all know and love!

Sounds like Summer Concert Series 2013 Performers

  • June 9 – June 15: Stayin’ Alive (tribute to the Bee Gees)
  • June 16 – June 22: Hotel California (Eagles tribute band) (pictured above)
  • June 23 – June 29: Mike Delguidice & Big Shot (The Ultimate Billy Joel Show)
  • June 30 – July 6: Slippery When Wet (The Ultimate Bon Jovi tribute)
  • July 7 – July 13: Southbound and Company (tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • July 14 – July 20: The Police Experience (a tribute to the Police)
  • July 22 – July 27: 2U (U2 tribute band)


Please note: Entertainment is subject to change without notice.


Showtimes are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. (except on July 4 – showtimes are scheduled for 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.).


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