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Fantasy of Flight
Fantasy of Flight Fantasy of Flight


▪ Fantasy of Flight, which has the world’s largest private collection of vintage aircraft dating back to World War I, will reopen to the public Nov. 20 and will remain open seasonally from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The exhibit closed to the public in April 2014; in January, a smaller version reopened, with the vintage aircraft on exhibit in the former maintenance hangar. Fantasy of Flight opened in 1995. In addition to vintage planes, it offered a restaurant, restoration tours, ropes course and other amenities that are not part of the scaled-down attraction. Fantasy of Flight is in Polk City, between Tampa and Orlando. Details: www.fofcollection.com.

▪ Pensacola’s fourth annual Blue Wahoos Craft Beer Festival will take place Nov. 21 at the Pensacola Community Maritime Park, with more than 100 craft beers available to sample. The popular Pensacola Mardi Gras krewe of Daisy Dukes will pour the beer samples while college football is aired on the baseball stadium’s Jumbotron. Attendees can make their own pretzel necklaces, participate in a cornhole competition and check out 100-plus cars that will be on display. General admission tickets $35, VIP tickets $75. Details: www.pensacolacraftbeer.com.

▪ Admission to all national parks will be free on Wednesday in celebration of Veterans Day. At Everglades National Park, entrance fees will be waived at the main park entrance near Homestead, and at the entrance station at Shark Valley. The Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City provides free entrance year round. On this date, the park will also host an open house at the Historic Nike Missile Base from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees also will be waived at Dry Tortugas National Park. South Florida’s other two sites administered by the National Park Service, Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, have no admission fees.

▪ Amtrak is expanding the availability of bike service on the Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains, which travel daily between New York City and Miami, to allow passengers to travel with their bicycles. Passengers will be able to hand their bikes to an Amtrak crew member, who will then hang the item on a rack in the baggage car. The service is available only at staffed stations that offer checked baggage, including Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach and stations farther north, with advance reservations only. There is a $20 bike service fee. Details: 800-USA-RAIL, www.amtrak.com.

▪ The Key West Film Festival will open Nov. 18 with a screening of Spotlight and run through Nov. 22 with more than 25 films. There will be a 20th anniversary screening of Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls, and Verhoeven will receive the Golden Key Award for Career Achievement. The festival will also feature Bob Yari’s Hemingway biopic Papa, and Amy Berg’s film Janis: Little Blue Girl. Details: http://kwfilmfest.com/.