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Sweet Story Of Tupelo Honey In Wewahitchka

Watch the real story of Tupelo honey that is gathered from the Tupelo trees in the Dead Lakes area of the Panhandle, just east of Panama City. The swampy region is ideal for the trees to grow and the bees to do their work. Locals use the honey in a variety of recipes such as Bee Sting Shrimp at the Shipwreck Bar and ice cream treats.

Calendar of Events for SeaWorld Orlando

NOTE: All events, festivals and concerts are included in park admission. 

Credit: SeaWorld Orlando

Halloween Spooktacular – October 1-30

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular immerses families in an underwater "fantasea" filled with trick-or-treating, whimsical characters, sea-themed activities and up-close animal encounters that could only come from SeaWorld.

Credit: SeaWorld Orlando

Christmas Celebration – November 25 - December 31

Waves of holiday spirit splash over SeaWorld Orlando during its Christmas Celebration, where guests can make holiday memories by enjoying live shows, festive shopping and delicious food. Beloved Christmas character Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, including Clarice, Bumble, the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius, and Rudolph themed attractions will be making their debut as part of the 2016 Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando.

2017 Events

Praise Wave January 14 - 28

With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in faith-based music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater.

Seven Seas Food Festival – Saturdays, Februrary 11 - May 13

SeaWorld Orlando’s popular music and food events will expand to a total of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the Seven Seas Festival.  Inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and the Mediterranean, this expanded festival will bring new culinary offerings to guests throughout the park. Plus, guests will be able to indulge in a variety of international, local and seasonal craft brews on tap giving their taste buds a worldly delight.

Electric OceanSummer 2017

Electric Ocean will debut next summer at SeaWorld Orlando as a brand new, end-of-day spectacle event. As the sun goes down, the lights and energy go up, offering guests a different kind of fun after dark. The ocean comes to life with bioluminescent lighting, music and pathway entertainment, immersing guests in a glowing sea of wonder.  

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld.

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Summer Nights presents Summer of Mako – Every night, June 18 - August 7 As the summer sun goes down, the fun heats up at SeaWorld Orlando. Summer Nights gives families and friends the chance to stay in the park for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities feature a high-energy Shamu show, awe-inspiring celebrations and late-night thrills on everyone's favorite coasters.  Summer Nights presents Summer of Mako – Every night, June 18 - August 7 As the summer sun goes down, the fun heats up at SeaWorld Orlando. Summer Nights gives families and friends the chance to stay in the park for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities feature a high-energy Shamu show, awe-inspiring celebrations and late-night thrills on everyone's favorite coasters. 

Conquering Florida: Ricky Carmichael Tackles Florida Triathlon

Ricky Carmichael takes on the challenge of a Florida triathlon in Everglades National Park that combines kayaking, a hike through swamp land, and a bicycle ride.

Conquering Florida: Ricky Carmichael Soars Over Ocala Canyons

Motocross champ Ricky Carmichael and his racing manager J.H. Leale fly over the Ocala Canyons while ziplining, and test their water balloon target skills on the big run: 1,600 feet at 60 mph.

Conquering Florida: Ricky Carmichael At Busch Gardens

Watch as Ricky Carmichael and his buddy experience all that Busch Gardens has to offer. They start on the 60 mph Cheetah Hunt roller coaster. Then their blindfold challenges are riding the SheiKra roller coaster and getting to know some of the park's flamingoes.

Florida Craft Beer: Big Storm Brewing Company

Florida is no stranger to summer showers, afternoons where dark clouds roll in from the Gulf of Mexico, a deluge drops from the skies and, seemingly moments later, the sun comes out and your sunglasses come back on. But sometimes a storm lingers, brewing into something bigger.

“I remember standing in the garage as a kid and watching lightning storms pass by and I always thought there was something awesome and destructive about it all, but that there was also something fun and creative,” said Mike Bishop, owner of Big Storm Brewing Company in Clearwater and Odessa. “Fresh beginnings are something a storm produces. I was leaving the corporate world and starting fresh - like after a storm.”

Started by Bishop in 2012, Big Storm Brewing Company has grown from a cramped brewery/tap room jammed into the corner of a Pasco County industrial park into two distinct facilities in neighboring counties - think tropical storm to hurricane strength in just four years.

The 16,000 square foot Clearwater facility is Big Storm’s landmark brewery

Credit: VisitStPeteClearwater.com

“I was always fascinated by beer,” said Bishop. “By the craft, the culture, the drink, the different flavors and the people involved with it.”

During his time at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Bishop spent a lot of time learning about beer at the nearby Yuengling brewery and volunteering at Dunedin Brewery. After USF, Bishop moved to Pasco County and found that it reminded him of his childhood.

 

“I just fell in love with the community, very blue collar and hardworking,” said Bishop. “We found a niche for ourselves here since there were no other breweries in the area, but we knew it would be a challenge. We bought into the community and said, hey, let’s go for it.”

New look, new locations. Big Storm Brewing Company has come a long way since 2012

Credit: Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

 

Every square inch of the original Pasco facility was utilized. The taproom seemingly spilled out into the brewery, and sandwiched between the walk-in cooler and fermentation tanks, a single canning line spat out cans of Wavemaker Amber Ale and Arcus IPA. Big Storm swiftly outgrew itself, like a hurricane spinning up from a Category 1 to a Category 4.

 

A 16,000-square-foot facility in Clearwater was built to handle the bulk of Big Storm’s production. Separated by a wall of glass, patrons can relax in the spacious taproom and watch the brewing take place. The expansion also brought with it new beers, like the Helicity Pilsner and Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout, for year-round brews and a wide range of seasonal and limited run beers.

Tap handles at Big Storm Brewing Company's Clearwater taproom

Credit: VisitStPeteClearwater.com

 

“Clearwater is bigger tanks, bigger canning line, bigger equipment and our main hub for shipping,” said Bishop about the growth into Pinellas County. “Also, being more centrally located in Tampa Bay helped raise awareness about the brewery.”

 

Branching out from its roots, a new Pasco taproom is just around the corner from the original brewery and focuses on more experimental brews.

 

“The original brewery had to become a Wavemaker/Arcus facility and it hindered our creativity,” said Bishop. “The Pasco taproom allows us to get back to the original passion.”

 

While Big Storm is known for its Wavemaker Amber Ale, the nearby Gulf waters don’t generate the barrel and curl-generating waves surfers long for. But there’s a spot on Clearwater Beach that’s making its own waves.

Surf Style, a beach and surfing megastore, overlooks the turquoise waters of Clearwater Beach. In the heart of the store, encased in a 20-by-12-foot glass box, the FlowRider, an indoor surfing machine, generates a sheet of water along a surface for guests’ surfing pleasure.

A guest surfs on the FlowRider at Surf Style in Clearwater Beach   

Credit: VisitStPeteClearwater.com

The jets of water, moving at a brisk 30 mph, continually simulate waves rushing underneath riders using either a flow board or body board. When a wipe-out occurs, instead of falling into the sea, the powerful FlowRider jets shoot guests up to the crest of the machine - making it easy for surfers to perfect their moves.

 

If You Go

What: Big Storm Pasco

Where: 2330 Success Dr. Odessa, FL 33556

Phone: 727-376-2890

Web:http://www.bigstormbrewery.com/tap-rooms/pasco-tap-room/

 

What: Big Storm Pinellas

Where: 12707 49th Street N, Clearwater, FL 33762

Phone: 727-201-4186

Web:http://www.bigstormbrewery.com/tap-rooms/clearwater-tap-room/

 

What: Surf Style

Where: 315 South Gulfview Blvd. Clearwater, FL 33767

Phone: 888-787-3789

Web:http://flowrider.surfstyle.com/

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Conquering Florida: Ricky Carmichael Soars Over Ocala Canyons

Motocross champ Ricky Carmichael and his racing manager J.H. Leale fly over the Ocala Canyons while ziplining, and test their water balloon target skills on the big run: 1,600 feet at 60 mph.

Conquering Florida: Tamiami Triathlon Through the Everglades

In this episode of Conquering Florida, motocross champion Ricky Carmichael and his manager, J.H. Leale, go head-to-head on the Tamiami Triathlon through Everglades National Park in South Florida. They kayak through the swamps, hike the trails and bike to the finish line. Along the way, they learn about the beauty of the Everglades and get close to some of its inhabitants.

Calendar of Events for SeaWorld Orlando

NOTE: All events, festivals and concerts are included in park admission. 

Wild Days – Saturdays and Sundays, January 16-31

Wild Days connects guests to the wild and wonderful world we all share, with educational and interactive shows that give guests the opportunity to meet leaders in the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation.

Praise Wave – Saturdays, March 12-26

With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in faith-based music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater.

Viva la Música – Saturdays, April 16 & 23 and May 7 & 14

Viva la Música is a fiery Latin music and food festival for the entire family. Guests enjoy hot concerts by popular Hispanic artists and bands, and authentic Latin flavors specially prepared by SeaWorld’s very own executive chef, Hector Colon.

Summer Nights presents Summer of Mako – Every night, June 18 - August 7

As the summer sun goes down, the fun heats up at SeaWorld Orlando. Summer Nights gives families and friends the chance to stay in the park for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities feature a high-energy Shamu show, awe-inspiring celebrations and late-night thrills on everyone's favorite coasters. 

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SeaWorld Orlando's 4th of July Weekend Celebration – July 1- 4

On July 2 and 3, guests can enjoy performances from Country music icon Lee Greenwood at Bayside Stadium. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and are included with park admission.

On July 4, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays at SeaWorld Orlando. The night sky will light up as bursts of bright colors fill the air during this spectacular, patriotic-inspired show featuring the 13th Army Band, Florida National Guard. Fireworks are included with park admission and can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium, show begins at 10 p.m.

Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola® at Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark -July 8 - August 6

Beginning July 8, Aquatica heats things up with Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola® – an evening celebration of summer, taking place every night through August 6. Guests can enjoy a special Island Nights soundtrack, extended park hours, a daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m., an evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill and evening kick-off parties with a DJ and dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. Event included with park admission to Aquatica.

Credit: SeaWorld Orlando

Halloween Spooktacular – October 1-30, 2016

SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular immerses families in an underwater "fantasea" filled with trick-or-treating, whimsical characters, sea-themed activities and up-close animal encounters that could only come from SeaWorld.

Credit: SeaWorld Orlando

Christmas Celebration – 11/25/2016 - 12/31/2016

Waves of holiday spirit splash over SeaWorld Orlando during its Christmas Celebration, where guests can make holiday memories by enjoying live shows, festive shopping and delicious food.

For more details and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld.

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Summer Nights presents Summer of Mako – Every night, June 18 - August 7 As the summer sun goes down, the fun heats up at SeaWorld Orlando. Summer Nights gives families and friends the chance to stay in the park for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities feature a high-energy Shamu show, awe-inspiring celebrations and late-night thrills on everyone's favorite coasters.  Summer Nights presents Summer of Mako – Every night, June 18 - August 7 As the summer sun goes down, the fun heats up at SeaWorld Orlando. Summer Nights gives families and friends the chance to stay in the park for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities feature a high-energy Shamu show, awe-inspiring celebrations and late-night thrills on everyone's favorite coasters. 

Conquering Florida: Ricky Carmichael Tackles Florida Triathlon

Ricky Carmichael takes on the challenge of a Florida triathlon in Everglades National Park that combines kayaking, a hike through swamp land, and a bicycle ride.

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