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What is closed today or changing hours because of Elsa

Many attractions and museums urge fans to follow their social media accounts today.
Visitors stroll on the large grounds by the mansion at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 2020 in Sarasota. The museum decided to close Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Elsa.
Visitors stroll on the large grounds by the mansion at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in 2020 in Sarasota. The museum decided to close Tuesday and Wednesday because of Tropical Storm Elsa. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jul. 7

Lots of plans were put on hold today as Elsa approached. Schools and colleges across the region are closed or working remotely today, but there are also museums and other attractions that will be closed or shifting their opening hours.

Busch Gardens, which closed early at 4 p.m. Tuesday, plans to open at noon today but urged guests to keep an eye on their social media accounts. “Updates to the operating schedule will be communicated as needed”

Tampa Bay History Center has tentative plans to reopen on Wednesday at noon, based on safety conditions.

Tampa Bay Rays starter Rich Hill (14) talks with umpire Greg Gibson (53) during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Monday as an announcement is posted on the scoreboard letting fans know Tuesday's game with the Indians will be postponed due to Tropical Storm Elsa.
Tampa Bay Rays starter Rich Hill (14) talks with umpire Greg Gibson (53) during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians on Monday as an announcement is posted on the scoreboard letting fans know Tuesday's game with the Indians will be postponed due to Tropical Storm Elsa. [ STEVE NESIUS | AP ]

Tampa Bay Rays game postponed Tuesday’s game against the Indians, so they will play a doubleheader starting at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday. Read more here. Tickets for Tuesday’s game will be honored.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium said it plans to reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday, but that plan is subject to change, so check their social media sites.

St. Petersburg Museum of History: The museum, which closed on Tuesday, will post updates about hours for the rest of the week on social media.

The Dalí Museum: The museum will be closed from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday. Any future updates will be posted on thedali.org.

Florida CraftArt: The St. Petersburg gallery closed on Tuesday and said it might remain closed on Wednesday.

The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art: The museum announced plans to reopen at noon on Wednesday.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: All Ringling venues, including the art museum, the Circus Museum and Ca’ d’Zan are closed Wednesday.

The Morean Art Center, Morean Center for Clay and the Chihuly Collection: All facilities will be closed all day on Wednesday.

City facilities

Tampa Parks and Recreation programs, parks and operations will remain closed. This includes all summer camps, recreation centers, pools and evening activities. Local recreation centers are handling calls for pick-up issues at summer camps.

St. Petersburg: All city-run buildings will remain closed Wednesday, with normal city operations scheduled to resume Thursday. The St. Pete Pier closed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and will remain closed “until further notice.”

Gulfport: City events for Wednesday were cancelled including various dance classes and city meetings. Events scheduled for Thursday are not canceled as of Tuesday afternoon.

Largo: City buildings will remain closed through Wednesday.

Treasure Island: All offices will remain closed Wednesday, including summer camps.

Pinellas Park: Ponce Library and all recreation centers will remain closed on Wednesday.

School programs

Programs and school district sites are closed for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.

Shorecrest Preparatory School: Shorecrest’s summer programs will dismiss at noon Tuesday and all programs are canceled Wednesday.

Colleges

University of South Florida: All classes will take place remotely on Wednesday. Residence halls and dining areas will remain open on the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses. In a letter at its website, USF said, “At this time, residence halls and residential dining facilities at the USF Tampa and USF. St. Petersburg campuses remain open. USF Health clinical operations are expected to continue normally.”

Hillsborough County schools: Hillsborough will close all summer schools, athletic events and before and after care at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The programs and all district sites will remain closed all day Wednesday.

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