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Discover Florida


Discover Florida 2018-2019

Whatever your interests, you’ll find something fun — and cheap — to do! Explore all that Florida has to offer.

Registration becomes available one month prior to event.

Please note that Discover FL is for current students only and its one registration per student ID per trip. All event dates, times, locations, and prices are subject to change.

Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights -

Universal Studios

Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 PM

Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll be immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror as you explore eight terrifying haunted houses, and make your way through multiple street experiences where creatures lurk around every turn.

Cost: $25.00
Time: 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM


Fall Break: Hollywood Studios

Fall Break: Hollywood Studios - Orlando

Tuesday, October 16, 10:00 AM

Take center stage in the worlds of Movies, Television, Music, and Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Become the size of a toy in the new Toy Story Land, interact with your favorite Star Wars characters, and enter the Twilight Zone this Fall Break!

Cost: $25.00
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Limited access

Register for Fall Break: Hollywood Studios

Fall Break: Cocoa Beach

Fall Break: Cocoa Beach - Cocoa Beach

Thursday, October 18, 10:00 AM

If it’s one thing Florida is known for it is definitely its beaches! Join us as we head to Cocoa beach to enjoy the Florida sunshine and beautiful sand. Boxed lunch included.

Cost: Free
Limited access

Register for Fall Break: Cocoa Beach

Halloweeks: The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful

Halloweeks: The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful - Orlando

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 PM

Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian princess make for an exciting start to married life for Lady Enid, Lord Edgar’s second wife. Set in mystical Gothic England, audiences will die laughing at this melodramatic farce – a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles.

Cost: Free
Time: 6:00 PM

Halloweeks: Salvador Dali Museum

Halloweeks: Salvador Dali Museum - Tampa

Sunday, October 28, 10:00 AM

Explore the surreal world of Salvador Dali at the Tampa Bay Salvador Dali Museum.

Cost: Free
Time: 6:00 PM

Shuttle to Shop: Disney Springs

Shuttle to Shop: Disney Springs - Orlando

Sunday, November 11, 10:00 AM

Find the perfect Christmas present for your loved ones at Disney Springs! Make reservations for unique dining options, enjoy bowling, or take a ride in a hot air balloon!

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

ICE! At the Gaylord Palms

ICE! At the Gaylord Palms - Orlando

Sunday, December 2, 4:00 PM

Make your way through 2 million pounds of carved ice sculptures this holiday season at the Gaylord Palms ICE! experience. ***Theme is Christmas Around the World!***

Cost: $10.00
Time: TBD


Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center - Cape Canaveral

Saturday, January 12, 9:00 AM

Explore our universe at the Kennedy Space Center. Take a journey to Mars, a shuttle to The Moon, and learn about the history of America’s Space Program.

Cost: FREE
Limited access


Hamlet - Orlando

Thursday, February 7, 4:00 PM

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. While mourning his father’s sudden death, Prince Hamlet returns home to discover his mother hastily remarried and his despised uncle assuming the throne. When an apparition of the late king accuses the uncle of murder, Hamlet, pushed to the brink of madness, is driven to avenge a crime that could be the product of his own imagining. Torn between thought and action, the manic prince is left questioning what is real and what he alone has dreamed up. The cornerstone of Shakespeare’s genius, Hamlet walks the line between spiraling insanity and the truth.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Orlando

Tuesday, February 19, 4:00 PM

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance.

Tampa Bay Lightning Game

Tampa Bay Lightning Game - Tampa

Monday, February 25, 5:30 PM

Watch your Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team skate their way to victory!

Cost: Free
Time: 5:30 PM -
Limited access


Spring Break - Typhoon Lagoon

Spring Break - Typhoon Lagoon - Orlando

Tuesday, March 5, 10:00 AM

A spring break cool down is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier water parks. Join u to visit Typhoon Lagoon! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access

Spring Break: Aquarium

Spring Break: Aquarium - Tampa

Thursday, March 7, 11:00 AM

Journey under the sea at the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Coral Reef Gallery, journey to Madagascar, and see what makes our wetlands so special with a trip down the Wetlands Trail!

Cost: FREE
Limited access

Wild Florida

Wild Florida - Orlando

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 AM

Become a true Floridian at Wild Florida! Start your journey with an Airboat tour of Florida’s wetlands, get your picture taken holding an alligator, and end the day walking through a wildlife park. **LUNCH INCLUDED**

Cost: $10.00
Limited access

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Stop by the Business Office in the Raulerson Building to purchase discounted tickets to local theme parks.

Disney Magic Kingdom ($98)

Universal Studios – Single Park ($94), Park to Park ($137)

Cash, checks, debit and credit cards are accepted (All sales final)
Discounted tickets are available to all current students, faculty, and staff.  Limit of 6 tickets per 90 day period. If you have questions regarding purchasing tickets or availability, please call the Business Office at 863.680.4154
*All tickets are subject to availability and blackout/expiration dates.

Local Events & Attractions

20 Miles or Less

  • Circle B Bar Reserve (Winter Haven)
  • First Fridays (Downtown Lakeland)
    First Friday every month
  • Food Truck Rally (Downtown Lakeland)
    Second Thursday every month
  • FSC Waterfront Kayaking (On Campus)
  • Hollis Wellness Center Equipment Rental (On Campus)
  • Legoland (Winter Haven)
  • Mayfaire by the Lake (Downtown Lakeland)
    Mother’s Day Weekend For details, visit the Polk Museum of Art
  • Pigfest (Lakeland)
  • Sun ’n Fun (Lakeland)

40 Miles or Less

  • Adventure Island (Tampa)
  • Alafia River State Park (Lithia)
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa)
  • The Florida Aquarium (Tampa)
  • I-Drive 360 (Orlando)
  • Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa)
  • Walt Disney World (Orlando)

50 Miles or Less

  • Manatee Viewing Center (Apollo Beach)
  • Universal Orlando (Orlando)
  • Wet ‘n Wild (Orlando)

70 Miles or Less

  • Clearwater Beach (Clearwater)
  • The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Fort de Soto Park (St. Petersburg)
  • Madeira Beach (Madeira)

Questions? about Discover Florida Contact

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Sara Ellis

Program Coordinator