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  1. Plan your weekend: Memorial Day fun, MOSI meteorite, R. Kelly, EDM at Sunset Music Fest


    Plan your weekend


    Memorial Day weekend: The long weekend brings family-friendly parties, military salutes and Light Up Tampa Bay, a free celebration and summer kickoff party with live music, family-friendly activities and a fireworks display at Channelside Bay Plaza …

    A dancer gets ready for the evening at last year’s Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium’s parking lot in Tampa.
  2. 27 new things at Walt Disney World this summer


    When you are the world's most-visited theme park, people expect a lot. And with crowds breaking records every year, Walt Disney World seems to spend its time trying to get you to plan for Fast Passes and luring you out of the Magic Kingdom and into its three other theme parks. You don't have to go to a theme park …

    With digital upgrades and new footage, Soarin’ Around the World opens at Epcot on June 17.
  3. Everything you need to know about Florida theme parks this summer


    Every summer we look ahead to what's new at Florida's theme parks and attractions. With prices at most parks hovering around $100 for a single day, theme parks have to give customers a "wow" factor.

    This year aims high.

    Cobra's Curse Spin Coaster at Busch Gardens
  4. What's new at Lowry Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium, MOSI and more


    Local attractions also have some new play areas and special parties planned this summer. Among them:

    Museum of Science and Industry

    MOSI space programs director Antonio Paris is pictured with the ancient iron meteorite.
  5. Here's what's new at Busch Gardens this summer: Cobra's Curse


    Busch Gardens calls Cobra's Curse a family coaster, but more than a few parents might balk at the signature spinning feature in the final third of the ride. It freely twirls the coaster car, making it a potentially wild ride based on weight distribution.

    For theme park guide. Busch Gardens new ride Cobra’s Curse ride will be the only spinning coaster like it in the world. The main icon of the ride is King Venymyss, an 80-foot golden snake statue. Riders will travel straight up in a vertical lift to come face-to-fang with the giant snake head before sending riders forward, backward and finally freely spinning in the last third of the ride.
  6. Here's what's new at SeaWorld Orlando this summer: Mako the hypercoaster


    SeaWorld begins its post-Shamu business model with Mako, below, the shark-inspired attraction that will be Orlando's highest, fastest and longest coaster when it opens on June 10.

    Artist Guy Harvey poses for a portrait June 23, 2014 in his showroom in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Harvey has developed his brand into a business empire. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/MCT)
  7. 3 new things coming to Universal Studios this summer


    The opening date for Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal's Islands of Adventure has not been officially announced, but the theme park is planning a media preview June 22 to 24. So chances are good the public will get a look at this giant primate's mammoth crib before July 4.

    Reign of Kong features 40-foot ride vehicles that can hold 72.
  8. Will Busch Gardens' spinning Cobra's Curse ride be torture for the snakes?


    TAMPA — When Busch Gardens opens Cobra's Curse this summer, the snake-themed, spinning roller coaster will have an air-conditioned ride queue with an exhibit of live snakes. The park touts it as part of a mission to educate the public.

    Busch Gardens used a booming front-end loader and rat treats to help acclimate its snakes — like this Jameson’s mamba — to the vibrations and noise of Cobra’s Curse, a park official said.
  9. Things to do planner: Hands Across the Sand, Broadway tap dancer, child's play for adults


    STORM THE BEACHES: Hands Across the Sand

    Facing Old Tampa Bay, on the south side of the Gandy Bridge, about 30 people formed a human chain, holding hands for 15 minutes to demonstrate their objection to offshore drilling and to call for a renewable energy.
  10. 5 things to do under $5 May 19-25: Ramones tribute, story time, cultural festival


    1Ramones Tribute: For the 12th year, Dunedin Brewery will play host to a bevy of bands Blitzkrieg Bopping their way through the Ramones catalog Saturday. Acts range from ska rockers Saganaki Bomb Squad to horror-punks Boney Fiend to the all-girl punk band Doll Parts. The lineup this year also includes Lazaras, …

    FEB 5 1988  “The Ramones aren’t even a rock show, it’s an experience. At the end of our shows everybody’s beat. But everybody’s happy.”  Musical Groups: The Ramones