Jacksonville & Northeast FloridaRing in the New Year in style with Jacksonville's biggest New Year's bash downtown. The Winn Dixie Hometown Gator Bowl Parade will take over the streets of Downtown Jacksonville beginning at 3:00 p.m. Optional reserved seats are $10.
Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens are holding a family-friendly Noon Year's Eve Party with Radio Disney from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on December 31, with contests, prizes, favors and giveaways for everyone. Don't miss the apple juice toast at noon!
Miami & South FloridaAccording to About.com's Miami Travel Guide, Dawn Dawn Muench-Pace, there are plenty of ways to ring in 2013 in Miami.
OrlandoThe major Orlando theme parks -- Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Studios Orlando -- have big plans for New Year's Eve. You can eat, dance 'til you drop and see the best fireworks displays ever.
Universal Orlando Resort will present the Rock in the New Year with Bret Michaels live in concert at CityWalk. CityWalk, Universal Orlando's 30-acre entertainment complex will host live music on the plaza stage, an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet — featuring filet mignon, jumbo shrimp, decadent desserts, and more — fireworks and champagne toast at midnight.
St. PetersburgBring in 2011 with the annual New Year's Even Celebration First Night St. Petersburg and enjoy a fireworks frenzy! This bay area celebration features entertainment, fantastic fireworks, food, and games at 35 venues in Midtown and Downtown from 5:00 p.m. until midnight. The alcohol-free event for children and adults is FREE for those age 5 and under. Adult admission is $12 and $6 for ages 6 to 12. >Tickets may be purchased online and at the Publix at Northeast Shopping Center, The Pier, The Chamber of Commerce (100 2nd Avenue N.), Morean Arts Center (719 Central Avenue), Florida Craftsmen (501 Central Avenue) and Interior Motives Gallery (1110 Central Avenue).
TampaBusch Gardens is celebrating the New Year with its wildest celebration ever. The Guess Who in concert and fabulous fireworks at midnight on December 31. You can give 2011 the ultimate "wild" welcome with coasters in the dark, including SheiKra — America's only dive coaster. Hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. This event is included with daily park admission or a Passport membership.
The Outback Bowl Parade and pep rally by participating college cheerleaders. along 7th Avenue in Ybor City is a huge celebration featuring high school and participating college bands, professional-quality floats, and more. Parade begins 5:30 p.m., with a fantastic fireworks finale at 8:15 p.m. (Please note: No coolers, glass containers or open alcohol allowed on streets.)
Make a splash on the social scene this New Year's Eve at The Florida Aquarium's Aqua-Eve where you will see and be seen as you enjoy live entertainment, great food, complimentary beer, wine and food, underwater wonders, the best fireworks display in Tampa and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $80 general admission before December 5; $90 general admission before December 19; and, $100 after December 19. Call 813-273-4000 for further information.
Lowry Park Zoo will host Radio Disney with a countdown to noon during their Noon Year's Eve celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 31. Families can ring in the New Year with games, arts & crafts, live entertainment, noisemakers, hats and a juice toast at 12 o'clock... noon.
The KeysIf you want to see the prettiest sunsets on earth and fireworks too... be in the Florida Keys on New Year's Eve.
- Islamorada fireworks are displayed over the Atlantic Ocean and can be seen from shore.
- Southernmost City (Key West) celebrates New Year's Eve with a conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe's Bar, "wench" drop at Schooner Wharf Bar, and red high heel drop with drag queen Sushi at Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House. Of course, Key West's Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is an everyday affair that combines the natural beauty of Florida's sunsets with a carnival-type celebration.