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  1. The Falcon's Fury drop tower ride at Bush Gardens opened in 2014. It was closed "out of an abundance of caution" after a fatal accident on a similar ride in Orlando last March, and it hasn't reopened since.
  2. Hemingway, a dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, was estimated to be about 37 years old. He was found stranded off Fiesta Key in July 2019.
  3. The Glazer Children's Museum is getting a skeleton of the largest triceratops ever discovered for a new display that will open Memorial Day weekend. Nicknamed "Big John," the record-setter is nearly 26 feet long and 10 feet high.
  4. In this April 18, 2022, people visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista. The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that they would be making several changes at its domestic theme parks in order to improve public perception of its business.
  5. TRON, the long-awaited ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom based on the 1982 film, is set to open in April.
  6. Park goers are seen riding Cobra's Curse at Busch Gardens in 2021 in Tampa. The park announced a deal that lets you buy two Fun Cards for the price of one. The cards allow unlimited admission for the calendar year.
  7. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened Springs Taproom, a new casual and laidback lounge located in the Bird Gardens area of the park. Springs Taproom replaces Garden Gate Café, an evolution of what once was the iconic Hospitality House, available to guests when Busch Gardens made its grand opening to the public in 1959.
  8. Beth Kelly, of New Tampa, holds her 18-month-old grandson, William Kelly, while he plays on a xylophone inside the All Abilities Playground at the New Tampa Recreational Center on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, in Tampa.
  9. Dec. 19, 2022• Life & Culture
    Kids launch snowballs at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa in 2021. Snow Days returns Dec. 26-30 and is included with admission.
  10. This rendering shows a redesigned stingray exhibit at ZooTampa at Lowry Park.
  11. People stroll through 1 million LED lights during the nightly Holiday Lights in the Gardens event at the Florida Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Largo. The event, which only asks for a donation, will run from 5:30 to 9:30 nightly through Jan.1.
  12. Charles Zidar gives a tour of the "Dinos & Dragons" exhibit at the Harry Schwettman Education Center in New Port Richey on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.
  13. The courts are filled as pickleball games get underway during the City of St. Pete Parks & Rec mixed doubles recreational league at Crescent Lake Park on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  14. In this March 28 photo, the Orlando Free Fall drop tower in ICON Park in Orlando is pictured. A Missouri teenager died of blunt force trauma after falling from the 430-foot (130-meter) Florida drop-tower amusement park ride, according to an autopsy released June 13.
  15. Jo Dyke tests the lights on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The LED lights can be programmed to display different colors. The cherry blossom trees will be pink.
  16. Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Tampa a variety of colorful elements.
  17. In this 2018 photo, a bonnethead shark swims in a tank at the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. The aquarium houses manatees, sharks, sea turtles and otters. Visitors can explore touch pools, hands-on exhibits and windows into the real research being done by scientists in the Mote Marine Laboratory.
  18. A rendering of Peak Surf Park which owner Tony Miller is looking to bring to Tampa Bay.
  19. On Tuesday morning, Disney announced new park-specific prices that are set to go into effect Dec. 8.
  20. A sea turtle caught up in Hurricane Nicole was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He has numerous tumors on his body and eyes that they are monitoring.
  21. Willie Nelson will perform March 3 at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
  22. Walt Disney World and Universal Studios close in preparation of Tropical Storm Nicole.
  23. At the 2018 Sanding Ovations competition, Carl Jara of Clevaland created a piece that mimics people's constant expressions. He was among several artists from around the world sculpting for the annual sand sculpture event in Treasure Island. This year's event is Nov. 17-20. The sculptures tend to last for weeks afterward.
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