Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, Nov. 1-4; launch dates Oct. 20 and Dec. 6: A major exhibition, World Space Expo 2007, will celebrate 50 years of space exploration at the center with four pavilions of exhibits and several events.
A highlight will be an Aerial Salute on Nov. 3 and 4, featuring flybys by the USAF Thunderbirds, USAF F-22 Raptor, US Army Golden Knights parachute team, USAF F-15 Eagle, US Navy F-18 Super Hornet, USAF 920th Rescue Wing and two USAF P-51 vintage aircraft.
Visitors also will be able to access the newly opened $60-million Shuttle Launch Experience, and if they time their visits right, they can even witness a real Shuttle launch - Discovery is scheduled to fly Oct. 20, Atlantis on Dec. 6.
Admission to the center, good for two days within one week, is $38 adult, $28 ages 3-11, and includes bus tour, exhibits, IMAX theater, Hall of Fame, Shuttle Launch Experience, and World Space Expo days. 321-449-4444, www.kennedyspacecenter.com.
Sleepless Night, Miami Beach: Nov. 3 Taking a cue from highly successful "Nuit Blanche" in Paris, many of the city's major cultural institutions, restaurants, clubs, hotels and shops will remain open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The all-night event will be the first of its kind in the United States. On tap are performances, fashion shows, art exhibits, tours, dance, music, film and other cultural offerings, all free. 305-673-7577, www.miamibeachfl.gov.
Florida Folk Festival, White Springs, Nov. 9-11: One of Florida's major celebrations, this fete is normally held at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in May but was canceled this year because of wildfires in the region. The three-day music and arts festival has been rescheduled for Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11. 877-635-3655, www.floridastateparks.org/stephenfoster. Admission, $4 per car.
Following is a sampling of the many packages available. Unless otherwise stated, prices are per person double occupancy and may or may not include resort fees, taxes, gratuities and other fees and charges. Packages are subject to availability, validity dates, blackout dates, minimum stays and booking deadlines, and their prices and terms may change without notice.
Cirque du Soleil: Florida residents can attend Orlando's original Cirque show in Downtown Disney, "La Nouba," at a discounted price through Sept. 22. Specially priced tickets start at $49, compared to the regular price of $63-up. 407-WDW-SEAT, www.disneyworld.com/lanouba.
-THEME PARKS: Florida residents can get discounted admissions. Some of the offerings:
-Walt Disney World: Three-day play pass for the price of two; one-day Park Hopper pass for price of one-day, one-park pass. 407-824-4321.
-Busch Gardens, Tampa: Overnight Fright Package during Howl-O-Scream combines a HOS ticket and one-night stay, price as yet undetermined.
-Universal Orlando: Florida resident Gory Getaway package starts at $169 per person, includes two nights lodging and one night admission to Halloween Horror Nights. 877-801-9720.
-SeaWorld Orlando: Florida residents can visit Discovery Cove for $199, savings of up to $80, Sept. 5-Oct. 7 and Nov. 12-Dec. 20.
Orlando: Certain hotels participating in the Endless Summer promotion include a free extra night's lodging or extra round of golf to Nov. 15. The annual Magical Dining promotion offers three-course, prix-fixe dinners at $19 or $29 at participating restaurants Sept. 1-30. 888-675- 4386, www.orlandoinfo.com/endlesssummer.