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Busch Gardens' Cobra's Curse opens June 17; Adventure Island's sunset celebrations to begin

Cobra’s Curse features an 80-foot golden snake statue. Riders will go forward, backward and freely spin.

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Cobra’s Curse features an 80-foot golden snake statue. Riders will go forward, backward and freely spin.

Busch Gardens on Friday announced that its much-anticipated Cobra's Curse roller coaster will open to the public on June 17.

The spin coaster — which features a 70-foot vertical lift and 40-miles-per-hour drop down 2,100 feet of track, along with an exotic snake exhibit in the queue — is Busch Gardens' first new coaster since Falcon's Fury in 2014. For info on the coaster, see cobrascurse.com.

Across the street, water park Adventure Island will begin extending its hours next week for Thursdays through Saturdays until Aug. 6 for the tropical family-friendly Island Nights sunset celebration.

In addition to water slides, you'll find live music, beach games and tropically themed entertainment.

It's included with park admission, $44 advance at adventureisland.com for ages 3 and older; $51 adult, $46 child (at the gate).

The park will be open until 9 p.m. Thursdays and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. (888) 800-5447.

Jay Cridlin contributed to this report. Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com. Follow @SharonKWn.

Busch Gardens' Cobra's Curse opens June 17; Adventure Island's sunset celebrations to begin 06/10/16 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2016 5:30pm]
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