Pumpkin toss at the zoo
If your travels take you to Tampa in October, carve out a little time to visit Lowry Park Zoo’s ZooBoo. If similar events in recent years are any predictor, it will be a ghoulish good time. Attractions include a variety of Halloween fun, from haunted houses and trails, to zoo-wide seasonal displays, lights, music, a specialty gift shop and night rides. Hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on other select nights. Activities will be held Oct. 4-5, 11-13, 18-20 and 24-47. The annual Pumpkin Toss will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Animals have a chance to stomp, chomp, kick, play and pounce on special seasonal treats such as pumpkins. For more information, call (815) 935-8552 or visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.
Free night at a B&B and other specials for football fans
The Addison on Amelia has a Fall Free Night offer. Guests who stay for at least four nights between Nov. 1 and Dec. 21 will get one night free. The offer is valid during Florida vs. Georgia football weekend, but cannot be combined with other specials and is not applicable on reservations that include Thanksgiving Day. To reserve, call (904) 277-1604 or visit www.AddisonOnAmelia.com.
And speaking of the Florida vs. Georgia football game in Jacksonville on Nov. 2, football fans are eligible for all kinds of special offers, discounts and a chance to win a three-day vacations in Amelia Island that weekend. For more information on specials on rooms in Amelia Island for the big game, visit www.ameliaisland.com/2013-fl-ga-rivalry/.
Also planned is a “Gridiron Getaway” contest, in which one fan will win a three-day, two-night stay at Omni Amelia Island Plantation and two tickets to the Florida vs. Georgia football game, as well as round-trip transportation to the game. To enter the contest, visit either www.ameliaisland.com/gators or www.ameliaisland.com/bulldogs.
Couple’s getaway with coastline views
When you are in love, there’s nothing sweeter than a romantic getaway. The South Beach Marriott had lovers in mind when it created the Couple’s Getaway package. Romantics can make a toast while overlooking sweeping views of Miami’s coastline, or take a short hike to dining and shopping for an intimate weekend retreat. The package includes a South Beach coastline view, breakfast for two at Deco Blue or room service, and champagne and strawberries on arrival. Rates begin at $299 a night. The offer is valid through Dec. 30. Use promo code ROM. For reservations, call (800) 228-9290 or visit www.marriottsouthbeach.com.
Totally modern elopement package
Planning for a quick elopement? You can make your marriage announcement viral with the help of a professional videographer. Instead of waiting for photos to develop or making a phone call home, newlyweds can break the news with a custom-designed wedding video available to post, tweet or email to friends and family the day after. It’s all part of the Sandpearl Resort’s Elopement package, in which couples receive luxurious treatment. Priced at $5,800, the two-night package includes custom video; round-trip airport transportation to and from the resort in either a classic 1933 Packard or Rolls Royce; two-night accommodations in the two-story Gulfside Suite on Clearwater Beach; a certified marriage officiate who will provide consultation, file a marriage license and design a ceremony unique to the couple; a candlelit ceremony in the Gulfside Suite; floral arrangements including a bridal bouquet and boutonniere; a romantic four-course dinner for two with wine ; and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and strawberries.
For reservations or information, call (727) 441.2425 or visit www.sandpearl.com.
Beer, brats and om-pa-pa
Time to dust off your lederhosen, it’s Oktoberfest! Authentic German food (yes, brats and kraut!), German beer, live polka bands and family friendly activities are all part of the lineup for the Fourth Annual Perdido Key Oktoberfest Oct 6-7. There’s even a root beer garden for the kids. Festivalgoers who arrive in costume will be rewarded with door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Perdido Key Volksmarch Club. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.visitperdido.com/oktoberfest.
Mary Thurwachter is a West Palm Beach freelance writer and founder/producer of INNsideFlorida.com (www.innsideflorida.com). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.