Thursday, April 19, 2018
Events

Drag racing water slide to open June 12 at Wet 'n Wild

Wet 'n Wild has announced that the Orlando water park will open the Aqua Drag Racer on Thursday, letting riders race one another down a water "track" that promises to be "the tallest and fastest water-based attraction of its kind in Florida," sending riders down six stories of enclosed, twisting tunnels as they accelerate into four parallel racing lanes to the finish line. The water park, owned by Universal Orlando, has more than 15 themed rides and attractions. Admission starts at $36 online, but there are various combo packages at UniversalOrlando.com. To celebrate the grand opening, the first 500 visitors Thursday will get a pass into the "fast lane" with a one-time Express Pass wristband. It opens at 9:30 a.m.

— Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

Persall: Upon retirement, a look back at a star-quality career

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Freefall flavors 2018-2019 season with comedies and a pair of musicals

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ST. PETERSBURG — In the coming season, Freefall Theatre is rolling out a world premiere, a different take on Christmas, a sharp comedy and a recent work by Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage. The theme for the 2018-2019 season, "A Brighter Tomorrow," color...
Published: 04/19/18
Bar review: London Heights British Pub in Tampa

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Published: 04/19/18
Tampa’s 60-year-old Housewife Bake Shop may not be closing after all

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Updated: 4 hours ago
Plan your weekend: Kenny Chesney, ‘The Producers’ in the park, Mainsail Art Fest, Sugar Sand Fest, Earth Day

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Published: 04/18/18
Mainsail Art Festival returns to Vinoy Park. Artists to look for, where to park and more.

Mainsail Art Festival returns to Vinoy Park. Artists to look for, where to park and more.

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Published: 04/18/18
The newest trend for Tampa date nights? Indoor ax throwing

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Axe Throwing Tampa and Raider Axe Lodge are bringing the axe-throwing trend to the Tampa Bay area.
Published: 04/18/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 19

American Stage in the Park: The Producers: Pay What You Can/$18 in Advance: Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy sees a down-and-out producer and his accountant scheme to produce the most notorious flop in theater history. Through May 13. 8 p.m., Demens L...
Published: 04/18/18
Four new restaurants in Tampa Bay: Brazilian steakhouse, Chinese, juice bar and more

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Published: 04/18/18
3 things to watch this weekend: Park picnics, Mainsail youth, No Shoes Nation

3 things to watch this weekend: Park picnics, Mainsail youth, No Shoes Nation

1 Elaborate picnics: American Stage presents its annual musical in Demens Landing Park, and this year it’s The Producers (read more here). Packing a picnic is one of the best parts of this tradition, and some folks really commit. You’re likely to see...
Published: 04/18/18