Lines are 10 hours long for the new Harry Potter Hagrid ride at Universal!

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At 8:30 a.m., the line to get into Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was eight hours. By midday, the wait for the new Harry Potter ride was 10 hours and growing, according to Universal’s official Twitter. Twitter users reported the park began handing out water, letting people save their space[…]

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What’s happening in Tampa Bay food: SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival, rose tastings, Sweet Corn Festival

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Taste of Trinity, Temple Terrace Craft BrewFest and other worthwhile events also await. HUSK A MOVE: Sweet Corn Festival Feasting on roasted corn on the cob is a must. But the Sweet Corn Festival also fills you up with Southern-style barbecue ribs and chicken, pulled pork and ice cream. Arts and craft vendors[…]

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Top things to do this weekend: Sun ’n Fun Fly In, water lantern festival, Dunedin Highland Games

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Scottish traditions, planes and floating lights, as well as NPR’s Wow in the World podcast live at Tampa Theatre. SKY HIGH: Sun ’N Fun Fly In This week brings the return of the Sun ’n Fun Fly In, the air show that ranks among America’s biggest and best aviation events. The[…]

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Restaurant and bar openings in Tampa Bay: M.Bird lands at Armature Works, South Tampa welcomes The Mill

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And there’s more where that came from. Now Open M.Bird The region’s newest rooftop bar and lounge has premiered at Armature Works in Tampa Heights. It’s called M.Bird, and here’s what you can expect from the 21-and-up hangout: playfully named craft cocktails with a tropical touch, Caribbean-inspired small plates emphasizing[…]

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Dairy Queen to give away ice-cream for first day of spring

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Customers can get a free small vanilla soft-serve cone all day Wednesday. The first day of spring can lack excitement for Floridians compared to the rest of the country. Tampa Bay is expected to reach temperatures in the mid-70’s today. The high for the region on Jan. 1, meanwhile, was 82. Despite[…]

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‘Top Chef’s’ Fabio Viviani opens new Spanish restaurant in downtown Tampa

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The “fan favorite” from season five of the hit Bravo reality series already owns the newly-opened Osteria downtown. Now he adds a Spanish spot aiming for dishes reminiscent of “grandma’s cooking.” Fabio Viviani debuted Osteria, his upscale Italian restaurant across from Franklin Manor, just this past October. Now the “fan[…]

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