Extended Hours and & Discounted Admission | Florida Aquarium | Aug. 31
The Florida aquarium will offer extended hours (until 9 p.m.) and a discounted admission of only $15 (after 5 p.m.) this Sunday for the Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks show on the Channelside waterway.  Fireworks show starts at 8:45 p.m. (one of the best spots to view the fireworks) and all the aquarium exhibits will be open late for guests.  Or get up close and personal with all the action and hop on the Florida Aquarium’s Bay Spirit II (which will decked out with lights) and be part of the show.  The boat cruise departs at 6:45 p.m. and guests will enjoy a front row view of all the action while waving to the audience onshore.  Tickets on the boat do need to be purchased separately.  For more information visit: http://www.flaquarium.org/

Lighted Boat Parade & Summer Fireworks | Channelside & Yacht StarShip | Aug. 31
Live music starts at 5 p.m. along with food trucks and the lighted boat parade kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks finale at 9 p.m.  Reserve your spot on the Yacht StarShip and enjoy a dinner cruise and front seats to all the action. For more information visit www.funintampabay.com and reserve your spot on board the Yacht Starship by visiting: www.yachtstarship.com

Lighted Boat Parade After Party | Sail Pavilion at Tampa Convention Center | Aug. 31
Did we mention if you are in the boat parade there are prizes for the “best lighted boats or lighted people on boats?” Yeah… a $1,000 in attraction and hotel vouchers is the grand prize and $500 for the second prize and third prize, a free dinner cruise.  It is free to enter, but you have to go to www.funintampabay.com to register!  What’s even cooler? The contest is open to anything that floats- so in addition to the usual boat entries, paddle-board, kayaks, whatever it is…. Light it up! The after part and the awards presentation will commence at the Sail Pavilion following to the boat parade.

Labor Day Weekend Beach Bash | Hogan’s Beach | Aug. 31
Tampa’s biggest Labor Day Weekend Beach Bash is at Hogan’s Beach!  Featuring special performances by one of EDM’s biggest names- Laidback Luke, DJ Camo and Nick Hogan.  The party starts at 12 Noon and ends at 10 p.m.  To purchase tickets and for more information visit: http://www.hogansbeachtampa.com/blog/labor-day-beach-bash/


Falcon’s Fury is OPEN | Busch Gardens in Tampa
After ehhh just a few months of a delay, the tallest free-standing drop tower in North America is officially OPEN! Woo!!! The tower is elevated at 335 feet high and the ride tilts you at a 90 degree angle (did we mention face down?) with a 6 second free-fall reaching speeds of 60 mph.  For more information visit: http://buschgardens.com  (photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa)

MOSI After Dark and Food Truck Rally | MOSI | Aug. 29
Tampa and MOSI welcomes all the students back to school this week with a special after-hours event with a $5 discounted admission (and FREE to USF students).  The Food Truck Rally is outside (obviously) and starts at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information visit: http://www.mosi.org/