Florida Friday Vol. 1, Issue 7 | October 23rd, 2015

25th Anniversary Celebrations in the Sunshine State

25 is the magic number, or so it would appear as events, attractions and venues across Florida celebrate 25th anniversary milestones over the coming months. From family fun at Universal Orlando Resort to the innovative repertoire of Sarasota Ballet or the ground-breaking conservation work by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to enriching lives through art at the Harn Museum of Art, Florida has a full diary of 25th birthdays on the cards which your clients are cordially invited to help celebrate.

Universal Orlando Resort is currently scaring the hibbie jibbies out of visitors who are brave enough to face their fears at Halloween Horror Nights. Now in its 25th year of terror, and consistently ranked as best in the United States, this is the ultimate Halloween event as the streets of Universal Studios Florida are transformed into horrifying scenes and frightening experiences. Once the mayhem of Halloween has been buried, Universal Orlando's 25th Concert Series will take to the stage at Universal Studios. From November 14 - 28 there will be spectacular live performances from the likes of Jason Derulo, Flo Rida and Carly Rae Jepsen.

The Sarasota Ballet was founded in 1987 by Jean Weider Goldstein. When British-born ballet dancer and choreographer Iain Webb was appointed as Company Director in 2007, Goldstein's dreams of a fully-fledged ballet company were realised. Now in its 25th anniversary season it boasts 35 world and 6 American premieres and has presented works by some of the most highly commended choreographers of the past and present, including Matthew Bourne, Will Tuckett and Christopher Wheeldon. This repertoire, along with the extremely talented Company dancers, all of whom live and contribute to the community in Sarasota, has propelled The Sarasota Ballet onto the world stage and right into the spotlight.

This November, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary celebrate 25 years of dedicated protection of the world's third-largest barrier reef, and the only living coral reef in the United States. Every year thousands of scuba divers, snorkelers, anglers and water sports enthusiasts flock to the waters which the 2,900 square nautical miles sanctuary occupies surrounding the Florida Keys, stretching from Biscayne National Park near Miami to the Dry Tortugas, 70 miles west of Key West. These borders are home to nationally significant marine resources, famous shipwrecks, vast seagrass beds, mangrove-fringed islands and over 6000 species of marine life. To celebrate the anniversary, on November 8 from 1-5pm, a family festival will take place at the Islander Resort at the 82.1 mile marker, Oceanside in Islamorada.

Down on the Paradise Coast in Naples, the Bayside Seafood Restaurant is revelling in its 25th anniversary festivities. This local-favourite at the Village on Venetian Bay shopping centre has a popular menu focusing on Gulf of Mexico-sourced seafood and offers wonderful waterfront views. The restaurant has also designed The Silver Patron Margarita, a signature 25th anniversary cocktail in honour of the milestone being reached.

The Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville will mark its 25th anniversary by staging Conversations: A 25th Anniversary Exhibition, a celebration of the growth of the Harn's collection over the past 25 years. The exhibition of 125 works will include paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures from close to 100 artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. The exhibition is currently open and runs until January 3, 2016.

Hertz Florida Huddle 25% special offer

Hertz are proud to offer all UK and Ireland tour operators and agents attending Florida Huddle from January 26-28, 2016, or visiting the Sunshine State pre/post Florida Huddle, a fantastic 25% off their personal car hire. This offer is only valid for bookings made between October 23 - November 6, 2015 and for car pick up in Florida between January 16 - February 8, 2016. To take advantage of this offer please quote CDP758673 when booking.

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