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  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

  • Blue Star Collaboration

    To say "thank you" for their service, MOSI offers free admission to active duty military and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Price: $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission. Parking is $5.

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

  • Olympics at MOSI

    To celebrate the Summer Olympics, MOSI has created 11 indoor versions of some favorite events that also sneak  in some science lessons. There are MOSI Summer Games signs throughout the museum and a scavenger hunt of sport science facts that earn kids a medal when complete. Included with admission.

    Price: $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission. Parking is $5.

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

  • Blue Star Collaboration

    To say "thank you" for their service, MOSI offers free admission to active duty military and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

    Price: $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission. Parking is $5.

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

  • Olympics at MOSI

    To celebrate the Summer Olympics, MOSI has created 11 indoor versions of some favorite events that also sneak  in some science lessons. There are MOSI Summer Games signs throughout the museum and a scavenger hunt of sport science facts that earn kids a medal when complete. Included with admission.

    Price: $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Member discounts available. Separate pricing for IMAX-only admission. It's $15 for the zip line only, or $10 with admission. Ropes course is $10 by itself, or $7 with admission. Parking is $5.

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI): 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

  • Cactus and Succulent Sale

    A free day at the Gardens as the Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society holds its 22nd annual display and sale of easy to grow cactus and succulent varieties, with experts to help with choosing the right plant for the landscape, or inside the home, and tips on how to care for your plant. Free parking across the street.

    Price:Free admission.

    University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, 33620

Restaurants:

  • University Area: 2716 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612

    It was a year when customization really took root. With concepts like Chipotle leading the way, newcomer Little Greek swiftly opened 11 locations around Tampa Bay and recent additions like Your Pie settled in with a simple vision: Pick your protein, pick your starch, pick your toppings and sauces. Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines seem to lend themselves to this follow-your-bliss bespoke cooking, but it wasn’t until Sate Southeast Asian Grill opened mid-December that anyone thought to take it in an Asian direction. Appealing to USF students and the nearby U.S. Army Recruiting center, it’s order-at-the-counter Vietnamese/Thai fusion. You point to a base (salad, vermicelli, jasmine rice, sandwich), then a meat or tofu, then accents like Vietnamese pickles or Thai cuke salad and finally a sauce (the curry is good, as is the peanut sauce). Total price tag in the neighborhood of $6.15.

    This is part of Times Food Critic Laura Reiley's 25 Top Affordable Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

     

  • Loving Hut


    Cuisine: Asian, Casual Dining, Sandwiches, Thai, Vegetarian
    Features: Takeout

    University Area: 1905 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Hours: 4-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.

    Read a review here.

  • Angithi Indian Cuisine


    Cuisine: Indian

    University Area: 2047 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33612

  • Bruno's Pizza Pie Inc


    Cuisine: Pizza
    Features: Takeout

    University Area: 2301 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

  • University Area: 2734 University Square Drive, Tampa, 33612

Bars:

  • No Spoon Cafe


    Cuisine: Italian
    Features: Neighborhood, Sports

    University Area: 1515 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Bull's House doubles as No Spoon Italian restaurant. A huge college hangout, if that's your bag. Also, you can eat or drink for as cheap as it gets in the USF area. They may only have Yuengling to accompany the Bud station on the taps, but Tuesdays make it all worthwhile with a weekly "kill-the-keg" party for just $10.

Attractions:

  • University Area: 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    Opened in 1995, the IMAX Dome Theater has 10,500 square feet of screen space. It has a specially designed, six-channel, multispeaker sound system, and the projected image is 10 times larger than a conventional 35mm frame and three times larger than a standard 70mm frame. That makes for a powerful movie-going experience, especially for many of the 3-D movies released these days. In the lobby, BAR 1570, named for the type of film used to shoot IMAX movies, serves a wide variety of beer, wine and top-shelf liquors. During the showing for the final installment on the Harry Potter film series, it served Butterbeer with a shot of vodka in it.

  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    Editor's pick


    Features: Catering, Indoor play zone, Kid-friendly, Play area, Private room

    University Area: 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI's goal is to expand public interest and understanding of science, industry and technology. The non-profit, community-based organization specializes in informal, and fun, science education. It is the largest science center in the southeast and the fifth-largest in the United States.

    Among the 400 exhibits on three floors are permanent displays about hurricanes and weather, dinosaurs, space, flight, Florida and natural disasters. "The Amazing You" explores the human developmental life stages. Pedal a bicycle balanced on a 1-inch steel cable suspended 30 feet above the ground (and find out why the laws of physics make it impossible to fall off). Kids In Charge is a science center for children 12 and under and, at 40,000 square feet, is the largest in the nation. MOSI also features the IMAX Dome Theatre and the Saunders Planetarium.

    With all the things to see and experience, the museum recommends allowing at least four hours for your visit. Dine on site at the MOSI Cafe. Discount rates are available for groups but if there are more than 15 in your group, call at least 14 days in advance. MOSI can host corporate and private events, and birthday parties.

    Here's a review of the Gulf Coast Hurricane Machine:

    Winds at 8 to 12 mph feel pretty good on a hot day. Hair flies gently around the face. You imagine leaves swirling on the ground.

    It starts out that way inside the Gulf Coast Hurricane Machine, but the serenity doesn’t last.

    The wind picks up — quickly. At 25 to 31 mph, umbrellas would be difficult to handle. A fresh gale whips through, making it hard to walk. The winds gradually grow to 75 mph, which makes it dangerous even to stand.

    Luckily, you’re sitting on a roomy bench with goggles to protect your eyes and with earphones to muffle the sound of industrial-sized fans that re-create the natural phenomenon.

    For the price of admission to the interactive science center, visitors can make unlimited visits to the hurricane exhibit, outside the main building across from the butterfly garden.

    The machine sucks in air from the outside, so it’s not a frigid wind. But the exhibit is shaded, the volunteers are knowledgeable and the experience is educational. Now that’s cool. -- Dong-Phuong Nguyen, Times Staff Writer

    Those seeking adventure can try the ropes course or the Sky Trails zip line.

  • University Area: 3821 Holly Drive, Tampa, 33620

    The USF Contemporary Art Museum opened its current facility next to the USF College of the Arts in 1989. The museum has presented exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world, including Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the community to current cultural trends.
     
    USFCAM maintains the university’s art collection, comprised of more than 5,000 art works. There are exceptional holdings in graphics and sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist, who have worked at USF’s Graphicstudio. Contemporary photography and African art are also important areas of the collection.
     
    On display: Opening August 26: Extracted:  A group show of artists exploring the extraction of natural resources and their material and cultural circulation around the globe. Remains on display through Dec. 10.

    Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.

  • University Area: 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, 33620

    Eight acres of tropical and native plants with orchids, butterfly gardens, herbs, carnivorous bog and bromeliads; also plant shop.

  • University Area: 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33620