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What's new at other Florida theme parks

MOSI: Aim high in the sky

The Museum of Science & Industry is adding some outdoor excitement with the new SkyTrail Ropes Course. The elevated obstacle course will have 35 elements in a multilevel structure 10 to 30 feet tall. The permanent attraction is expected to open in late June or early July. Height requirement is 48 inches. The price is $7 with general admission to MOSI and $10 without admission. MOSI members pay $5. Group rates and birthday party packages available. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa;; (813) 987-6000.

Adventure Island: Longer hours

Since it pretty much feels like 110 degrees all the time now, the water park offers later hours, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus a summer weekday deal from June 9 to Aug. 13. Also returning every Thursday, Friday and Saturday is Island Nights from 5 to 9 p.m., with stilt walkers, a strolling steel drum band and family-friendly DJs leading the party with games and music on the beach. The weekday pass lets you pay for a day and come back any weekday, including any Thursday or Friday of Island Nights. Adventure Island is across from Busch Gardens at 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa; (813) 987-5600. Admission: $41.95, $37.95 ages 3-9, 2 and younger no fee.

Animal Kingdom: Hang out with hippos

The new three-hour Wild Africa Trek that opened in February is pricey, but it is a spectacular up-close view of the critters, putting you just feet from hippos and crocodiles, families of giraffes, rhinos, lions, elephants and cheetahs. A ticket to Animal Kingdom is required in addition to the Trek fee, which is $189. Along with the hike and truck ride, participants will receive lunch, a metal water bottle to keep and a CD of photos of their experience. It steps off just six times a day and is limited to 12 people, so reservations are recommended; call (407) 939-8687. Participants must be at least 8 years old and weigh less than 300 pounds.

Universal: Summer Concert Series

Universal has a killer concert series coming this summer, loaded with hip-hop superstar Drake (July 16), as well as Trey Songz and Nelly. There are three solid pop and rock acts on the bill, too, including '80s throwbacks the Go-Go's (June 11), Third Eye Blind (June 25) and Boys Like Girls (July 9). The concerts are free with park admission. Go to for a schedule.

Times staff writers Susan Thurston, Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Mark Albright and former Times travel editor Robert Jenkins contributed to this report.

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