Day Trip to St. Augustine – Dinner at A1A Ale Works and a Bryan Adams Concert

This past Sunday, my friend Joan and I made a day trip up to St. Augustine. Our primary goal was to see one of our favorites, Bryan Adams, in concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, but we figured we’d go early and try out one of their restaurants.

St. Augustine Bridge of Lions

We left around 2pm and got up there just before 4pm, slowed slightly by a thunderstorm en route. But as we rolled into the Historic Downtown area, it was sunny skies.

My connection at the St. Augustine CVB recommended A1A Ale Works as a restaurant to try, citing their craft brews and water-side dining. The restaurant is actually upstairs in a converted building on the corner next to the historic Bridge of Lions, with a bar area downstairs.

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Bryan Adams Brings 30th Anniversary Reckless Tour to St Augustine Amphitheatre June 28

It was 30 years ago that Bryan Adams had broke big with the release of his album, Reckless, and he is currently touring to celebrate that anniversary, with an upcoming show in St. Augustine, Florida, on June 28.

Bryan Adams

Canadian-born Adams released his first self-titled debut album in 1980, and his second, You Want It, You Got It, the following year. His third album, Cuts Like a Knife, was released in 1983, and got Adams some radio and MTV air-time with songs like “Straight From the Heart,” “This Time,” and the title track.

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Sunset Music Festival Will Make Tampa Dance May 23-24, 2015

If you love EDM, this weekend’s Sunset Music Festival 2015 in Tampa is the place you want to be.

Sunset Music Festival 2015 in Tampa

We told you about this festival earlier this year, but this is the weekend, May 23 and 24, it all goes down at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. It’s your last chance to make plans to attend.

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41st SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In Lights Up the Skies of Lakeland April 21-26, 2015

Aviation fans will want to check out this year’s SUN ‘n FUN when it returns to Linder Airport in Lakeland April 21-26.

A wide variety of planes can be seen at Sun ’n Fun, including these beautiful DC-3’s and other historic and modern aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans
A wide variety of planes can be seen at Sun ’n Fun, including these beautiful DC-3’s and other historic and modern aircraft. Photo: Kirk Garreans

Throughout the week, there will be impressive airshows during the day from the likes of the Breitling Jet Team from France (April 21, 24, & 25) and the USAF Thunderbirds (April 25 & 26). There will also be night airshows on April 22 and 25 (this date includes fireworks).

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Watch the SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch from Kennedy Space Center on January 6, 2015

SpaceX Falcon 9

[Ed. Note: we learned after this went to press that KSC has changed the date of the launch to January 6, 2015. So you still have time to make plans.]

Get a “front row seat” to view the Dec. 19 SpaceX Falcon 9 launch at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on December 19, at 1:20pm.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 will carry the Dragon capsule to deliver cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). This is the fifth resupply mission by SpaceX for NASA, bringing food and supplies, including new science experiments and technology research, to the crew aboard the ISS.

Launch viewing is available at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, located within the secured areas of Kennedy Space Center and just over three miles away from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where the Falcon 9 will launch from Space Launch Complex 40.

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Free National Park Entry In Honor of Veterans Day on November 11, 2014

In Honor of Veterans Day, the US Park Service is waiving entry fees to all national parks, including those in Florida, November 11, 2014.

Canavaral National Seashore and Wildlife RefugeAmong those within a day trip of the Orlando area are:

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise

For a list of the national parks waiving their fees, visit nps.gov.

Free National Park Entry In Honor of National Public Lands Day on September 27, 2014

As part of its annual National Public Lands Day, the US Park Service is waiving entry fees to all national parks, including those in Florida, September 27, 2014.

Canavaral National Seashore and Wildlife RefugeAmong those within a day trip of the Orlando area are:

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise

For a list of the national parks waiving their fees, visit nps.gov.

Free National Park Entry In Honor of National Park Service Birthday on August 25, 2014

As part of its annual National Park Service Birthday celebration, the US Park Service is waiving entry fees to all national parks, including those in Florida, August 25,2014.

Canavaral National Seashore and Wildlife RefugeAmong those within a day trip of the Orlando area are:

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise

For a list of the national parks waiving their fees, visit nps.gov.

Free National Park Entry This Weekend In Honor of National Park Week

As part of its annual National Parks Week, the US Park Service is waiving entry fees to all national parks, including those in Florida, April 19 and 20, 2014.

Canavaral National Seashore and Wildlife RefugeAmong those within a day trip of the Orlando area are:

Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise

For a list of the national parks waiving their fees, visit nps.gov.

40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo Returns to Lakeland April 1-6, 2014

If you have any interest in aviation, then you’ll want to attend the 40th Annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at the Linder Airport in Lakeland from April 1-6.

40th Annual SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & ExpoYou’ll want to get there early in the morning for the daily skydivers arriving with the U.S. flag, then each afternoon, there will be exhibitions of both military and civilian aircraft, as well as airshows to thrill everyone. In the evenings, there will be live entertainment, and a nightly aviation or space themed movie.

The weekend gets even more exciting with performances by the US Navy Blue Angels on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons, and a car and motorcycle show on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be a hot air balloon launch Saturday morning, and a special night airshow and fireworks that evening at dusk.

All week long, there will be plenty of opportunities to see rare planes, and there will also be a Kids Zone with a pay-per-use fun zone of inflatables, zip line, and more.

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Daytona Commissioners Approve Funding for “One Daytona” Project

One Daytona, Daytona International Speedway

Daytona commissioners voted unanimously on March 5 to approve millions in funding for a massive new entertainment complex planned across from the Daytona International Speedway.

The $250 million project, to be called “One Daytona,” will include shopping, restaurants, a hotel, and a theater, set on 181 acres of land.

Daytona has so far pledged $20 million to go toward road and traffic improvements near the planned development.

Work on the project could begin later this year, and is expected to bring thousands of construction jobs, as well as permanant jobs once the complex is open.

Fantasy of Flight Announces It’s Closing Its Doors to the Public in April

Fantasy of Flight

In a press release on its Facebook page, Central Florida attraction Fantasy of Flight announced it will no longer be open to the public, as of April 6, 2014.

Fantasy of Flight is an incredible aviation-themed attraction owned by Kermit Weeks showcasing vintage aircraft from the world’s largest private collection. If you’ve never made the trip to the attraction in Polk City, you most likely saw its airplane advertising on I-4 between Orlando and Tampa.

Housed in three huge hangars are over 40 airplanes, many of which are restored to original flying condition. In addition to all of the planes, there are themed immersion experiences, flight simulators. interactive exhibits, a tram tour of aircraft maintenance areas, restoration and backlot tours, and more.

“After 18 years of being in operation, it’s time we close the attraction and move forward toward creating the vision for what I know Fantasy of Flight can become,” Weeks said about the closing.

 

Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of Flight will still exist, but only as an events business, for weddings, meetings, and such. It will also turn the facility into what it was originally designed for, which is a restoration and maintenance facility that will be needed to build future attraction elements. For those who wish to enjoy the historical aspects of aircraft, plans are to open part of the collection in a reduced capacity and admission price later this year.

Groups that are currently booked for admittance to the attraction after April 6 will be issued refunds (including deposits). Groups contracted for Wing Walk Air only and/or private events will not be affected by these changes. Annual passholders will receive a pro-rated refund based on the date of purchase, and refund checks will be mailed to the passholder’s address on file via USPS beginning April 8. If you are an annual pass holder with questions or need to update your mailing address, please contact Brittani Taylor at btaylor@fantasyofflight.com.

In the meantime, you have one month to make the trek out to Polk City if you wish to see this cool aviation attraction.

Fantasy of Flight is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm. For more information about Fantasy of Flight or for event schedules and admission prices, visit fantasyofflight.com or call 863-984-3500.

Kennedy Space Center Holds 4-Day Pre-Launch Celebration for MAVEN Launch November 14-18

On November 18, a massive United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvoultioN (MAVEN) orbiter is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

MAVEN missionThe Kennedy Space Center is holding a four-day pre-launch celebration starting November 14, leading up to the historic launch.

The MAVEN mission will explore the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind, and is the first mission dedicated to measuring the upper atmosphere of the planet.

From Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17, Visitor Complex guests can discover a wide array of displays, exhibits and models themed around Humans 2 Mars.

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Suwannee Hulaween Festival to Take Place at Suwannee Music Park Weekend of October 31 – November 2, 2013

If a music festival is more your style for celebrating Halloween, then you’ll want to check out the Suwannee Hulaween Festival at The Sprit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida, which runs October 31 through November 2.

Suwannee Hulaween FestivalThis inaugural year of the event features three nights of headliners The String Cheese Incident, as well as an eclectic variety of artists from bluegrass and Americana to organic electronic and experimental rock, including STS9, Big Gigantic, Emancipator, Conspirator, Steve Kimock & Friends, Leftover Salmon and more.

There will also be a visual arts extravaganza called Spirit Lake Promenade, which is a fusion of lights, art installations, and performance art. I’m told it will be like Burning Man meets Electric Forrest.

Advance weekend passes for the festival are $193, and includes all three days of music, and three nights of primitive camping (tents; no hook-ups). You can upgrade to Mummy VIP for $350 or Werewolf VIP for $450, both include extras like VIP bathrooms (shorter lines), VIP viewing areas, and more. Prices will be more if you wait to buy them at the gate. Kids 10 and under are free.

If you can’t make it all three days, there are single day tickets for $80 per day, and these do not include camping. Camping upgrades and RV hook-ups are also available. Call The Sprit of the Suwannee Music Park office for help at (386) 364-1683.

For more information, or to purchase passes, visit suwanneehulaween.com.

The Sprit of the Suwannee Music Park is about a two to three-hour drive north of Orlando, near the Georgia border.

Viva Florida 500 Tall Ship Event Sails Into Port Canaveral May 1-12, 2013

tallshipsTravel back in time over at Port Canaveral with the Viva Florida 500 Tall Ship Event, which takes place May 1-12, 2013.

The Galleon, a replica of the 16th century ships that the Spanish explorers used when they discovered Florida will be docked in the cove in Port Canaveral between Fishlips and baja Tavern.

It will be open for public tours daily from noon to 5pm. After the interactive tour, there will be exhibits and displays to check out, as well.

May 8 & 9, the Spanish Navy de Elcano ship will also be docked for public tours.

General Admission tickets are $15 for everyone over 13, and $11 ages 6-12. There are also Express Lane Admission tickets, which allow no waiting access, for $22 over 13 and $18 ages 6-12.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit TallShipEvent.com. This event is a production of the National Air, Sea and Space Foundation.

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