Thursday, January 18, 2018
Things To Do

Discovery Cove deal adds free admission to SeaWorld, water park and Busch Gardens

With Labor Day comes theme parks turning their focus to Florida residents, and that means deals. First up is a Florida resident deal at Discovery Cove in Orlando. The theme park, which features swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and hand-feeding exotic birds, has an all-inclusive package now through December for $149, or $219 to add the dolphin swim experience. That ticket gets you food and drinks plus unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld's water park Aquatica, through Jan. 31. For a $25 upgrade you can also add unlimited admission to Busch Gardens through Jan. 31. Keep in mind that would also get you access to Busch Gardens' Christmas Town nights and the Halloween and Christmas events at SeaWorld. Proof of valid Florida residency is required. See DiscoveryCove.com or call (877) 434-7268. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne ,Times staff writer

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‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

‘Year in Provence’ author Peter Mayle dies at 78

Peter Mayle, whose international bestseller A Year in Provence sent countless tourists to the vineyards and lavender fields of Southern France, has died.In an email, Mr. Mayle’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, reported that he died Thursday in a hospital...
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Low temperatures led to frost Thursday morning

Low temperatures led to frost Thursday morning

A very small patch of frost formed in Palm Harbor where the temperature fell to 25 degrees at daybreak on Jan. 18, 2018. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TimesIce is seen on a hibiscus plant in a Clearwater garden Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Frost formed Thursday ...
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'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

'American Pickers' is coming to Florida, and wants to pick through your stuff

Know someone with a cool collection of antiques, collectibles or dust-covered old “junk” they’ve been holding onto for years in the hopes of someday cashing in?The time may be now.American Pickers, the A&E reality series followi...
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Is latest reboot a sign Hollywood is done remaking ’80s classics?

Is latest reboot a sign Hollywood is done remaking ’80s classics?

Here's some shocking news: The latest TV reboot from Hollywood ISN'T from the '80s. It's from – gasp! – the 1990s. Deadline.com reports that Party of Five is up next for a re-imagining.Party of Five, which ran on Fox from 1994 to 2000, ce...
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Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

Nancy Pelosi is going to be a guest judge on 'RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars'

She might be more familiar with democracy, but top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is soon going to show her expertise on a certain kind of monarchy: The California congresswoman is slated to appear as a guest judge on RuPaul’s drag-queen competiti...
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Voodoo Doughnut opening at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk this spring

Voodoo Doughnut opening at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk this spring

Get ready for Old Dirty Bastards, Grape Apes and Voodoo Doll rolls. Voodoo Doughnut is coming to CityWalk at Universal Orlando this spring.The now iconic doughnut shop was created by Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon in Portland, Ore. in 20...
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 19

Steve Martin and Martin Short: The longtime actor-comedians and frequent collaborators present, An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life, featuring Martin’s bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. 7 p.m., Mahaffey Theater...
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Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

Inside American Stage’s plan to offer free or reduced admission to young people

ST. PETERSBURG An air compressor did most of the talking as the small crew stapled down flooring to the stage. A master carpenter kept unskilled but eager workers on track, telling them where to line up edges. An astringent smell of glue permeated t...
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Gary Allan replaces DNCE as Florida Strawberry Festival’s opening night headliner

Gary Allan replaces DNCE as Florida Strawberry Festival’s opening night headliner

Got a concert crisis on your hands? Call Gary Allan.A couple of years ago, the country singer was a last-minute replacement for Kenny Rogers at Busch Gardens' Food and Wine Festival. Now he's doing the same favor for the Florida Strawberry Festival.N...
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2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

2018 Children’s Gasparilla Parade: Guide and insider tips

On Saturday, the kids get first crack at the booty from the pirates at the Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza, the annual alcohol-free party on Bayshore Boulevard. To kick off the season of Jose Gaspar, the fictitious marauder whose legend has...
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