Coming this summer: zip line, bumper boats and more
With Memorial Day rolling up as the official start of summer, all this week we will look at what's new in the area's theme parks and attractions. Here's what some of Tampa Bay’s non-theme park attractions are also rolling out this summer:
MOSI The Tampa science museum landed a gem by getting the Mummies of the World exhibit to make Tampa its only Florida stop. And this summer MOSI will add a new state-of-the-art zip line as an outdoor feature. The mummies exhibit, running now through Labor Day, is the largest collection of human and animal mummies ever assembled. There are some 150 specimens and objects from around the globe from more than 20 museums. Through modern science and engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people.
MOSI is also bringing out a new zip line this summer that will take riders from launches that rise up to 50 feet from the ground and zip over MOSI’s Kids In Charge! building to another tower more than a football field away. They then turn around and do it all over again for the return trip. It will be located next to the Ropes Course that debuted last year.
Admission is $18.95, $16.95 seniors, $12.95 child ages 2-12; $5 additional each for MOSI exhibits or IMAX, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Lowry Park Zoo This summer the zoo will be opening a ride called Outback Bumper Boats in Wallaroo. It is replacing the Wool Shed playground which was 10 years old. They hope to have it open by the end of June. Also, the zoo’s animal trainers are working with beautiful young macaws and training the brilliant red and blue birds to fly to designated locations within the zoo, so keep an eye out for them. The zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, is $23.96, $21.95 seniors, $18.95 children 3-11.
Great Explorations The interactive children’s museum in St. Petersburg is rolling out a new Great Beginnings exhibit in mid-June aimed at kids age 1 to 4. Part of the area has a farm theme, where kids can pick vegetables and sort and categorize them with numbers and letters, play “veggie music” with drums and tambourines shaped like produce and a dress-up area with farm costumes. There will also be a beach area, where kids can play in pretend sand and climb on like turtles and giant crabs. Also coming for the youngest visitors is a ball pit and large foam blocks for building and stacking. The museum is free for children under 2, $10 for 2-54 years, $9 for ages 55 and up at 1925 Fourth St. N.
Dinosaur World Plant City’s dinosaur-themed park opened a 12-acre expansion this spring that includes a new museum, gift shop, playground area and lifelike dinosaurs that move. The nearly $4 million project is the largest ever for the 13-year-old park founded by Swedish businessman Christer Svennson. Visitors who enjoyed the Florida kitsch experience before have considerably more to try out. The park kept the 1-mile dinosaur walk through lush Florida landscape but revamped everything else, from the parking lot to the fossil dig. There’s now a grassy courtyard with 25-foot-tall dinosaurs, two playgrounds and a covered picnic area with more than 20 tables. It upped ticket prices about $2, to $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for children 3 to 12 and $12.95 for seniors. Dinosaur World is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Pets on leashes are welcome. 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City; (813) 717-9865; dinosaurworld.com.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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