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OUR 2DO LIST THIS SUMMER

JUMP-START YOUR WEEKEND WITH OUR TOP PICKS, NEWSY TIDBITS AND WEB EXTRAS.

We're working hard to create a website that you can turn to every day to find fun things to do here in Tampa Bay. (Heck, we've even enticed some interns to abandon their tanning time to help us round up fun destinations for you to try. Even they seem to be having fun finding you fun.)

Last week in these pages we shared our first list, a roundup of cool indoor play zones. This week on our site, we're featuring miniature golf courses. We've found places that are old-school with campy jungle scenes, high-energy with lots of things to do and just wacky only-in-Florida (gators!). We think there's nothing more fun than a night spent challenging each other to make the shot off the side, down the hole, through the waterfall and out of the snake's mouth into the cup.

Look for a new list every week, either here in Weekend or on our site. And if you have an idea for something you'd like to see, feel free to drop us a line at thingstodo@tampabay.com.

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We're on Facebook

Because that's where a lot of you are, and it's easy peasy to scroll through those updates on your smart phone while you're waiting in line somewhere, right? Pick the page that suits your lifestyle. We've got Things to Do in Tampa Bay for all of you who like to get the entire range of things going on in the area. Or pick your location. So far we have Things to Do in Tampa, Things to Do in St. Petersburg and Things to Do in North Tampa. Each day we'll post a newsy note or a link to a fun event you should try. Find us by visiting the home page of tampabay.com/things-to-do, or look for us with the familiar blue Do button on Facebook. C'mon, like us!

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Introducing ... Our newest foodie

Today we start something new with the dining scene. Think of it as the intersection of food and entertainment. Your guide will be Times editor and staff writer Tom Scherberger, who is exploring everything food - markets, festivals and, of course, restaurants and bars around Tampa Bay. You'll also notice the Times will now run only one restaurant review a week, in the Taste section on Wednesdays and online at tampabay.com/features. Why the change? With food critic Laura Reiley off to the Netherlands for a year, it's an opportunity to think about food in a whole new way - as an experience, including events and trends. Scherberger also will explore food neighborhoods, with today's look at places along Pinellas beaches (Page 8) just in time for the long July Fourth weekend. If you have places Scherberger should check out, e-mail him at scherberger@sptimes.com. He'll also be blogging, along with new food critic Jim Webster, at tampabay.com/blogs/dining, where you can share your own thoughts. You can also follow along at twitter.com/tampabaydining.

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