Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Attractions
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    July 29, 2015
    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is getting a new CEO. Joseph A. Couceiro is leaving the frigid north (Chicago's Brookfield Zoo) after three years there to return to Tampa Bay's balmy climes. He starts work at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Aug. 17. Couceiro's new job means a return to Florida and to the Tampa Bay area. During his 30 years in marketing and senior leadership at zoos and theme parks, Couceiro spent time at Busch Gardens Tampa and its Orlando-based sister park, SeaWorld. He...
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    July 24, 2015
    Now the folks at Trip Advisor have reported what we've known all along: Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the top amusement parks in the world. Trip Advisor included the home of Falcon's Fury , the tallest drop tower in North American, on its list of the 25 best theme parks on the planet . Theme Park Central, aka Orlando, sucked up most of the ink, but Tampa Bay held its own among the competition just an hour down the highway. The ranking was decided based upon guest reviews of parks all...
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    June 12, 2015
    Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) rolled out its driverless car exhibit to some VIPs on Thursday ahead of the official Saturday opening to the public. As such, we got a sneak peek at first-of-its-kind exhibit. The Meridian Shuttle is 100 percent driverless, 100 percent electric, and will now greet visitors in the MOSI lobby. The museum says while other institutions have demonstrated similar autonomous technology in isolated areas, this is the first time in the U.S. such...
  • adventure_island_tube0
    May 26, 2015
    Now through June 14, Tampa Bay visitors can buy a $99 pass to Busch Gardens Tampa that also gets them access to Busch Gardens' Adventure Island water park. The "Ride, Slide & Dine" ticket lets you choose two visits and two meals at either park. Tickets must be bought by June 14 and can be used by Oct. 11. They're only available for purchase online . Tampa Bay is built for summer, and few things say summer like a trip down Adventure Island's Colossal Curl raft ride ....
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    May 25, 2015
    A few steps from Busch Gardens Tampa 's towering Falcon's Fury ride, the new Dragon Fire Grill will open June 1. They're both part of the park's new Pantopia section (formerly Timbuktu). Dragon Fire Grill offers market-style dining with Italian, American, Southwestern and Asian options. The menu includes shrimp lo mein, rotisserie chicken, paninis and more. It also has a beer line-up with national and local craft brews and a grab-and-go station with Starbucks coffee. The...
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    May 6, 2015
    A baby female chimpanzee, born at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on March 12, has moved to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo in search of a surrogate chimp mother after her birth mother was unable to properly care for her. The infant, named “Keeva,” (pronounced key-va), was born at 2.6 pounds to first-time mother “Carole,” a 27-year-old long-time member of Maryland Zoo’s chimp troop last month. “The birth seemed to be without complication and the baby...
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    March 13, 2015
    An ancient Chinese tradition takes over Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo starting Feb. 28 when Zoominations comes to Tampa Bay. Workers from the Sechuan province of China, home to the lantern festival, arrived earlier this month to begin building their illuminated sculptures throughout the zoo. The festival will run for three months. It's the first festival of its kind in the Southeast U.S. The enormous lighted dragons, elephants and scenes are made from from steel wire, silk and satin....
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    March 5, 2015
    What's 662 feet of swirling, splashing fun? Tampa Bay's newest, biggest water ride: the Colossal Curl at Adventure Island . Busch Gardens Tampa 's water park opens on Saturday, so find a friend (or three) and get ready to get wet. Aaron Jacobson, a producer with AM Tampa Bay on 970 WFLA radio, took the plunge during Media Day on Wednesday. That's him in the video above. You do have to be 48 inches tall to ride this ride, so make sure your friends are at least as tall as you...