Tampa Travel Guide
When it comes to the offerings at theme parks we’re usually most interested in the big, bad roller coasters. A ride that goes up in the air and drops you back to the ground usually isn't our thing, but we’ve got to say the thing Busch Gardens has planned kind of has us intrigued.
Falcon's Fury is part of the 2014 plans for the theme park down in Tampa, and what makes it unique when compared to other drop tower type rides is its seating configuration. Sure the thing rises to well over 300-feet—like 335-feet to be exact—but when the seating contraption reaches the top is when the fun begins.
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When it comes to airport news you know that we can’t get enough, so when we heard that Tampa was planning a revamp and reno at its facilities we just had to share.
The Tampa International Airport is famous for connecting chilly passengers with some fun in the sun, and now the place is going to exude a little bit more warmth. It’s all about a more modern and open feel, as even some of the shops and restaurants will be moved from the middle to make some more space.
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Public restrooms aren't the most thrilling topic, but we've all used them and considered them a godsend at some point. Well, the folks over at Cintasyou know, the people behind the management of many such bathroomshave put together a list of the nation's best public commodes. It's actually more of a contest, and this round sees an airport facility in the running. No, it's not the infamous Larry Craig bathroom at MSP, but the regular stalls at Tampa International Airport.
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James Franco's character Alien in Spring Breakers has been described as a guy "out to have a demonic good time," and isn't that what everyone is looking for on spring break?
Even if you're wrapping up this year's trip it's never too early to start planning for 2014, so here a few serious party places featured in the new movie because after all, according to Alien, "Bikinis and big booties, y'all. That's what spring break is all about!"
Anytime an airport starts spending cash on improvements and upgrades we get a little excited, and this is especially the case when it comes to refreshing and renovating airport restaurants. We mentioned a while ago that officials at Tampa International Airport were hard at work keeping the airport fresh and fun for years to come, and now it looks like some of the initial work has been completed.
The main terminal is scoring a new wine bar—First Flight—that’s run by a local Tampa area restaurant, and of course we can never complain when it comes to another drinking establishment being added to an airport. Green Iguana Bar & Grill is coming to the post-security side of Terminal A, and Cigar City Brewing is doing the same thing over in Terminal C. Football coaching legend—and Florida resident—Don Shula is expanding his meat and potatoes empire into Terminal C with Shula’s Bar & Grill and Shula Burger.
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Not that long ago we mentioned that TLC—the network that used to teach you stuff, but now just has Jon and Kate reruns—was looking to film a new reality television show starring Southwest Airlines. It looks like filming has already begun, and crews will be roaming the terminals and concourses of Tampa International Airport as soon as this week.
That means if you’re flying through Tampa—or to Tampa—now’s your chance to score fifteen minutes of reality show fame. We’d recommend causing a scene or just totally being rude and flipping out at a gate agent, because that should definitely get the attention of anyone with a camera—especially some fancy pants TV cameras. Of course we’re kidding, but the crew should be doing their thing at the airport this week so be on the lookout.
The folks over at Tampa International Airport are taking a new approach to airport dining, but it has nothing to do with serving up sandwiches and other on-the-go items within the terminal. They’re ensuring that any and all airport leftovers make their way to those in need, instead of simply tossing the leftover Sbarro slices in the trash.
It’s been about two years since someone at HMSHost—purveyor of fine airport foods everywhere—was concerned about the amount of waste from airport dining establishments. Things like sandwiches, fruits, and yogurt parfaits were past their sell-by-date, but they were hardly spoiled or expired. So instead of just sending them off to the landfill, the airport began partnering with organizations like Feeding America to ensure that someone else could benefit from a little extra nourishment.
We love oversized checks and construction equipment, and both of those things are now slowly making their way to Tampa International Airport. In total the airport is planning to spend around $30 million to refresh and update some of its terminals, and we’re sure we’re not the only ones who enjoy an airport concourse with a fresh coat of paint.
Some of the airport signs, restrooms, and flooring are approaching 40 years old, so officials want to make sure everything is renovated before it's too late. Some of the updates have been made a priority, as they’re hoping to get at least half of the bathrooms fixed up before the end of next summer.
We’re not sure if Busch Gardens was a little intimidated by what Harry Potter has added to Florida’s theme park belt or what Legoland could bring to the state, but the park isn’t sitting around as they’re adding a new ride for the 2011 season. Basing things on their love of African critters, the park is planning to include the new coaster “Cheetah Hunt” on their theme park map next spring.
The coaster will have plenty of big numbers to thrill riders, like speeds of up to 60 mph and drops of over 130-feet. It will also be the park’s longest ride at over 4,000 feet, but the thing that makes it most unique is what it zooms over. Busch Gardens is adding a new cheetah exhibit to the park, and the new coaster will twist and turn side by side with some of the fastest creatures on earth.
One Florida Mayor has more on her mind than where all that oil in the Gulf is eventually headed, but it does seem that tourism is something that she’s considering. Mayor Pam Iorio of Tampa sent a letter to President Obama last week asking for a little bit of help, because she wants her city to start air service to Cuba.
Specifically, she wants Tampa to get the government seal of approval to start authorized flights between Castro-country and Tampa. Right now only Miami, New York, and Los Angeles are authorized to fly nonstop routes to Havana, but remember that doesn’t mean that any American can just hop on board to check out Cuba. There’s still all kinds of rules and regulations that leave most of us out of the fun, or at least force Americans to head to Canada before they can enjoy freshly rolled cigars and too many Cuba Libres.
It was a bad week to be a celebrity last week. We spent the weekend mourning Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon but it turns out we've still got some more mourning left to do. Famous pitchman Billy Mays, who you probably remember from the Oxiclean commercials, died at his home in Tampa, Fla. yesterday, hours after a rough landing at the Tampa airport where the US Airways plane he was on blew out a tire as it touched down.
Mays had told news reporters after he got off the plane that something had hit his head. He also complained about not feeling very well before going to bed later that night.
Tampa police initially said that any connection between his death and the landing was "purely speculation." Indeed, the results of an autopsy where just released moments ago and the Hillsborough County Coroner said heart disease, not the rough landing, was to blame for Mays' death. Either way, the world has lost its best "pitchman."
While Mays only had about 4,000 Twitter followers before his death, that number has jumped to 10,000 today. But we can't imagine US Airways is too happy about his last ever tweet which he wrote just after landing:
Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing. Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air."
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It's so, so hard to be Lindsay Lohan. But we'd sure love to get away with the tantrum she pulled Saturday morning when she was mistakenly booked in a coach seat for her Delta Airlines flight out of Tampa.
Lohan accompanied girlfriend Samantha Ronson to her DJ gig at the ESPN Magazine NEXT Party Friday night, but didn't bother staying for the game. When she discovered she was in the cheap seats for the overbooked flight, Lohan stomped and swore, telling someone she was with (possibly Ronson) to visit her in coach "in case I die," according to FOX News. Soon after that, a seat "magically" opened up for the squeaky wheel.