1. This exterior image of the Tampa Theatre shows how the owners pushed the fact that the theater was air-conditioned -- a rarity in 1942.
  2. Busch Gardens will bring back Howl-O-Scream earlier than ever, starting Sept. 10, and unlike last year's open-air scares, there will be haunted houses and scare zones scattered around the park.
  3. Kaisen Henry puts on the costume of Tigertastic Car at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s visiting exhibition "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission the first Tuesday of every month.
  4. Smoke billows off the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship as it carries members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla along Seddon Channel for the 2020 parade in Tampa. After canceling Tampa’s signature event this year because of COVID-19 concerns, the Gasparilla parades will sail on in January of 2022, with advance tickets going on sale this week.
  5. Parkgoers are seen riding Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The theme park has dropped its reservation requirement that was put in place to limit crowd sizes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  6. Fans at the 2016 Metrocon pose for a photo at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention for anime fans was canceled last year but returns July 23-25.
  7. Stanley the giraffe was born the same night as the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second Stanley Cup in a row.
  8. Visitors slide down the snowy slopes at Snowcat Ridge, Florida's first snow park, near Dade City on Nov. 20, 2020.
  9. Wendy's picked ZooTampa at Lowry Park as the first test market for its new Frosty cart concept. The cart is located at the zoo's Wallaroo area.
  10. Author Lenore Skenazy created the book, blog and movement called Free Range Kids that urges parents to give kids more independence, similar to what they had as kids. She has updated her book in the wake of three states passing laws to protect parents from legal issues.
  11. The Alps, a marketplace coming Oct. 1 at this year's Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, will feature a gooey hunk of warm raclette Swiss cheese.
  12. A juvenile alligator shows off its teeth and mouth while it rests along the banks of Lake Maggiore at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg. A newly opened exhibit at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center in Tampa explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and the alligator’s symbolic role in Florida history.
  13. Kids love to play in the sheet of falling water at the Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin. The 3,000-square-foot splash pad in Highlander Park has been flush with children seeking refuge from higher temperatures and humidity, though it limits capacity to 60 people at a time.
  14. Busch Gardens will give out free 7-ounce glasses of beer to visitors for the rest of July to celebrate the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  15. Bert and Ernie command a parade float rolling in front of Mr. Hooper's store at SeaWorld Orlando's Sesame Street land, which opened in March 2019. The parade of characters will resume on Fridays and Saturdays starting July 10.
  16. A fireworks and laser light show are seen on the Jose Gasparilla pirate ship docked in front of the Tampa Convention Center for Super Bowl 55 in Tampa. Despite a new state law making personal fireworks legal on July 4, Pinellas County says its ban supersedes state law.
  17. Isabelle Hayes of South Tampa plays in the toy trolley at the Glazer Children’s Museum’s new exhibition, "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood." The Tampa museum offers free admission on the first Tuesday of every month.
  18. The Duke Energy Drone Light Show will celebrate the 1st anniversary of the St. Pete Pier with an aerial display of 300 drones equipped with LED lights. Photo courtesy city of St. Petersburg
  19. Austin Valde of Gulfport, a worker for Sand Dunes Beach Services, sets up cabanas on Upham Beach in March 2020. You can get two lounge chairs and an umbrella or cabana for $25-$30 all day.
  20. In 2019, children watch the fireworks display from the Boom to Bay event in Tampa, the last time the area had big public July 4 displays. Because of COVID-19 most cities across the country canceled fireworks shows in 2020.
  21. An artist's rendering shows the new nighttime spectacular, “Disney Enchantment,” that will debut Oct. 1 at Magic Kingdom. The show will feature music, enhanced lighting, fireworks and, for the first time, immersive projection effects that extend from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.
  22. Busch Gardens has made its new end-of-night show “Spark” a nightly event that can be viewed every evening through Aug. 8. The show will then switch back to weekends only through Labor Day. “Spark” is Busch Gardens’ largest fireworks display ever, with lasers, pyrotechnics and water elements.
  23. Hundreds of guests watch the "Happily Ever After" fireworks show in front of Cinderella Castle on July 30, 2018 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. As part of its coronavirus limitations, the fireworks shows were ended when the park reopened last summer to prevent large crowds from gathering.