Make mom queen for a day with these Florida options for Mother's Day

Special Correspondent

Mom treats us like royalty year-round, so why not make her Queen For A Day on May 8, Mother's Day? Here are some fun things to do with Mom at various popular spots throughout Florida. The list is arranged alphabetically by destination.

Celebration -- The sky is the limit when Mom is concerned, right? Well this Mother's Day, the Bohemian Hotel Celebration is featuring a brunch menu with everything from omelet stations and flavored waffles to citrus poached salmon, hand-carved Virginia ham and chocolate fondue. Additionally, mothers may enjoy the Adventure in the Sky Package. The program, priced from $549, includes one night accommodations, two tickets for a hot air balloon ride and transportation to and from the landing zone for the balloon ride. Flights are available seven days a week at sunrise, weather permitting. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Balloon ride is not exclusive --maximum of six people per ride (please contact hotel for pricing on exclusive balloon rides). Visit or call 888-472-6312.

Cocoa Beach -- Treating Mom to a getaway on the Space Coast is easy with the Mother's Day Hotel Package from The Inn at Cocoa Beach. The package for two provides two nights in a standard ocean or pool view room, $50 towards dinner at Café Margaux Cocoa Village or Milliken's Port Canaveral, continental breakfast every morning, and afternoon wine and cheese social hour (mid-week cost, Monday-Thursday, is $299 plus tax and gratuity; weekend cost, Friday-Sunday is $359). The package is based upon availability and some restrictions may apply. For reservations, call 800-343-5307. Visit

Dade City -- Here's a fun cultural activity to share with Mom: the 20th Annual Mother's Day Powwow at Withlacoochee River Park May 6-8. On the agenda are Native American dances and music and food will be available for purchase. Admission is a $2 donation per person (children ages 12 and under are free). The park is at 12449 Withlacoochee Boulevard. Visit

Fort Myers -- Mother's Day Brunch in the Gardens may be the ticket for Mom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates on May 8. The brunch, in the estates' historic gardens, features carved ham, mahi mahi, chicken, vegetables, salads, fruit, desserts, beverages and a selection of brunch dishes at 11 a.m. Mimosas and wine will be available at additional charge. The estates are at 2350 McGregor Boulevard. Cost is $35 for adults; $20 for children ages 12 and younger (children ages 3 and younger are free). Cost includes admission to the historic estates and mothers will receive a gift. Visit

Indialantic -- Moms wishing for a beach getaway for Mother's Day get a break at Tuckaway Shores Resort. All mothers receive a special 25 percent discount when mentioning the Mother's Day Special when making reservations. Call 800-820-1441 or visit

Miami -- Island Queen Cruises Sightseeing Tours features a Mother's Day Brunch Cruise aboard the Venetian Lady on May 8. The yacht will cruise in the waters around Miami and Biscayne Bay. On the menu are an assortment of pastries, bagels and cream cheese and jellies, omelet station, bacon, sausage, fruits, cheeses and cakes and pies. Beverages provided include Mimosas, Bloody Marys, beer, wine, juices, coffee and tea. Cost is $85. Boarding begins at 10:30 a.m. and the cruise lasts until 1:30 p.m. A Mother's Day Dinner Cruise is also available for $95. For reservations, call 305-379-5119, ext. 201.

Orlando -- In honor of Mother's Day, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is offering families an opportunity to give Mom the attention she deserves and be treated like a princess throughout the month of May. With special rates starting at $179 per night, families booking the Treat Mom Like A Princess package will receive a mini-chocolate sculpture personalized with Mom's name, created by the hotel's executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard. Branlard is a two-time world champion pastry chef and renowned for his intricate chocolate and sugar sculptures which are 100-percent edible. In addition to the chocolate sculpture welcome gift, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin offers all the amenities families need to make Mom feel like royalty, including the Mandara Spa, a variety of dining options, five pools and a beach. The Treat Mom Like a Princess package is available for stays May 1-31. Visit To make reservations, please call 1-800-227-1500 and mention "Mother's Day." The offer is subject to availability.

Palm Beach -- The Flagler Museum celebrates moms with a Mother's Day Weekend May 7-8. Visitors will enjoy Gilded Age-style tea sandwiches, sweets and scones as well as the museum's own Whitehall Special Blend tea at the Café des Beaux Arts. Each mother will receive a corsage, keepsake photograph and a $10 gift card to the Museum Store. Admission is $40 for adults, $25 for youth under 13. The Flagler Museum is at One Whitehall Way. Visit

Parrish -- Remember how Mom took you for rides on the choo-choos at amusement parks? Now is your chance to return the favor. In honor of Mother's Day, the Florida Railroad Museum has announced a Moms Ride Free program whereby mothers go on diesel-powered excursions with a paid child ticket on May 7-8. Adult admission to the museum, at 12210 83rd Street East, is $14; children ages 3-11 pay $10; and children under 3 and Moms are free. Visit

Tampa -- Mom took you to zoos, aquaria, museums and other enriching experiences while you were growing up. Now you can treat her to a visit to an aquarium at the cost of just one admission. The Florida Aquarium salutes Moms during a Mother's Day Weekend on May 7-8. Moms get free admission with a full paid general admission. The Florida Aquarium is at 701 Channelside Drive. Visit

Vero Beach -- Disney's Vero Beach Resort presents a Mother's Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 8. On the menu are fresh baked breads, tomato basil soup, chilled seafood display including snow crab claws, salads, carving stations featuring roasted turkey and strip loin, breakfast offerings including an omelet station available until 3 p.m., a variety of entrees including roasted salmon, and various desserts including pineapple upside down cake. Children's favorites, including macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and mini corn dogs, will be featured. Cost is $28.99 for diners 10 years old and older; $16.99 for children ages 9 and under. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are required. Call 772-234-2180. If you'd like to treat Mom to a night at the oceanfront resort, studio rooms with kitchenette and balcony or porch start at $245 per night. Visit

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