animals

Brevard Zoo, sections on Latin America, Native Florida, Africa and Australia, hands-on area, contact yard, railroad ("Wild Encounters," behind-the-scenes tour with animal keeper, 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; $75 nonmembers, $65 members): 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (last admission at 4:15 p.m.; open through 9 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 26); 8225 N. Wickham Road, just east of Interstate 95 (Exit 191 off Interstate 95), Melbourne; $9 adults, $8 age 60 and older, $6 ages 2-12, free members and age 1 and younger; 321-254-9453.

Central Florida Zoo, native and exotic animals, weekend animal-feeding and educational elephant demonstrations, Lizards of the Islands, Amur leopard exhibit, king vulture exhibit: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; 3755 N. U.S. Highway 17-92, 1 mile east of Interstate 4 and 41/2 miles west of Sanford; $8.95 adults, $6.95 seniors, $4.95 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger; 407-323-4450 or centralfloridazoo.org.

Florida Audubon Society's Center for Birds of Prey, conservation, education and raptor rehabilitation facility, with raptors, plants, man-made wetland, boardwalk, gazebo on Lake Sybelia, restored 1924 bungalow-style Florida home: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (except holidays); 1101 Audubon Way, Maitland; $5 adults, $4 children ($3 for seniors on Fridays); 407-644-0190.

Gatorland, alligators, snakes, deer, "Gator Jumparoo" show, Gator Wrestlin' Show, Snakes of Florida Show, Jungle Crocs of the World, railway trips: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando; $19.95 plus tax age 13 and older, $12.95 ages 3-12, free age 2 and younger; 407-855-5496 or 1-800-393-5297.

Green Meadows Farm, tours, train ride, barnyard animals, pony rides, hayrides, chance to milk cows: continuous tours 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; 1368 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee; $19 general, free age 2 and younger ($17 Florida residents, $15 seniors); 407-846-0770.

Jungle Adventures, alligators and other reptiles, alligator feedings, "hands-on" wildlife shows featuring panther cubs, Native American Village, other exotic and native animals, wetlands boat ride: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily; 26205 E. State Road 50, Christmas; $18.50 plus tax age 12 and older, $15 seniors, $9.50 ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 407-568-2885; jungleadventures.com.

Uncle Donald's Farm, barnyard animals, tours, hayrides, pony rides, wildlife exhibit: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday; 2713 Griffin Ave., off U.S. Highway 27/441 north of Lady Lake (Lake County); $8 plus tax adults, $7.50 plus tax children and seniors, $2 for pony rides; 352-753-2882.

dinner shows

Arabian Nights, horses and riders in 25-act production, plus dinner: dinner shows daily at varying times; 3081 Arabian Nights Blvd., Kissimmee; dinner and show $47 adults, $29 ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 407-239-9223 or arabian-nights.com.

Capone's Dinner and Show, dinner and original musical in a 1930s Chicago gangland setting: call for daily seating times and reservations; 4740 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; $39.95 plus tax general, $23.95 plus tax ages 4-12, free age 3 and younger; 407-397-2378.

Chamber of Magic, dinner with magic and comedy show: 8 p.m. daily (6 and 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday); inside Skull Kingdom, 5931 American Way, Orlando; $19.75 plus tax adults, $15.97 plus tax age 7 and younger and seniors ($2 off with reservation); 407-354-1564.

Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, four-course dinner and show: nightly with varying showtimes; Dixie Stampede, 8251 Vineland Ave., Orlando; $48.99 plus tax adults, $21.99 plus tax ages 4-11; 1-866-443-4943; dixiestampede.com.

Fiasco's Family Dinner Experience, featuring circus and magic theme with table service and full menu: seatings at various times Tuesdays-Saturdays (matinees last Tuesday monthly); 7430 Universal Blvd., Orlando; $45 adults, $25 ages 3-11 tax and tip included (Florida-resident price of $35 adults, $20 children); 407-226-7220; fiascos.us.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, dinner and country music show: 5, 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. daily; Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness Campground, Walt Disney World; $50.22 general, $25.43 ages 3-9 (tax and tip included); 407-939-3463.

Luau at the Wantilan, Hawaiian-theme buffet dinner and show: 6 p.m. doors Saturdays, with dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.; Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando; $49.50 adults, $29 age 12 and younger (tax and tip included); 407-503-3463.

Makahiki Luau, Polynesian dinner with music and dance: nightly; Seafire Inn, SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando; dinner and show $42.95 plus tax adults, $27.95 plus tax ages 3-9, free age 2 and younger; 1-800-327-2424.

Medieval Times, four-course dinner, knights in armor compete in jousting matches and tournament games: shows daily; 4510 W. U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee; dinner and show $48.95 plus tax general, $32.95 plus tax ages 3-11, free age 2 and younger; 1-800-229-8300.

Murder Watch Mystery Theatre, musical-mystery show with audience participation, plus buffet, beer and wine: 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday; Grosvenor Resort Hotel, Lake Buena Vista; $39.95 general, $10.95 ages 4-9 (buffet, beer, wine, show, tax and tip included in price); 407-827-6534.