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Hyde Park Tampa is an historic neighborhood and Tampa shopping district in South Tampa, popular for its bars, restaurants, open-air shopping center and recreation areas. It's located near the University of Tampa and close to the city's business and cultural arts districts. Hyde Park Tampa was the first suburb built in western Tampa. It features bungalow homes, mansions, and condominiums. Old Hyde Park Village is an upscale outdoor Tampa shopping mall, located in the center of Hyde Park Tampa.
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The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay is offering cruises aboard a 72-foot, 130-passenger catamaran, officially named Bay Spirit II. The Aquarium has partnered with the Tampa Port Authority in order to bring this important project to life.
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MOSI, The Museum of Science and Industry

MOSI, The Museum of Science and Industry, in Tampa, is considered the largest science center in the Southeastern United States. It features a "hands-on, minds-on" approach, which is particularly appealing to children.The more than 450 interactive exhibits at this Tampa museum offer experiences as diverse as witnessing open heart surgery to flying a virtual mission as a fighter pilot.In the Gulf Coast Hurricane exhibit, you can experience the impact of 74 mph hurricane force winds. You can order tickets to MOSI online,so you're ready to enjoy the exhibits as soon as you get to this Tampa attraction.

BioWorks Butterfly Garden

This unique outdoor butterfly exhibit features butterflies native to West Central Florida. This garden demonstrates Florida-Friendly gardening techniques that homeowners can use to attract the wildlife that turns their yards into butterfly sanctuaries. At BioWorks, visitors can experience an engineered marsh, a free-flying butterfly enclosure, a multimedia classroom, and an animal husbandry laboratory where the butterfly lifecycle can be witnessed from egg to adult. There are also extensive outside gardens for wandering among the butterflies and diverse plant species.

The "New" Saunders Planetarium

The Saunders Planetarium at this Tampa museum features a new projection dome, new seating arrangements and a state-of-the-art star projector—the GOTO Space Simulator Chronos projection system—capable of recreating the night sky from any time in less than 20 seconds from the past, present, and future from anywhere on the planet! The new interactive planetarium can project movies, ultra 3D graphics and live videos from NASA.

The Earth's Wild Ride show teaches kids about eclipses, Earth's water cycle, the Ice Age, and geological differences between the Moon and Earth. Using the perspective from a roller-coaster-like ride through canyons of raging rivers and hot flowing lava, the Earth's Wild Ride includes an interactive tour of the night sky showing the current position and phase of the moon and the position of planets visible at night.

IMAX Dome Theater

MOSI boasts the only IMAX Dome Theater in Florida. The IMAX® Dome motion picture system, projects images of unsurpassed size, clarity, and impact onto a dome shaped screen providing 10,500 square feet of visual imagery. The film is enhanced by a superb specially-designed, six-channel, multispeaker sound system.

The IMAX® Dome image is ten times larger than a conventional 35mm frame and three times larger than a standard 70mm frame. It is this oversize film frame, combined with the unique projection technology, that's responsible for the sharpness and clarity of an IMAX® film. The six-channel, high fidelity motion picture sound system, with sub-bass, allows every member of the audience to experience amazing sound quality regardless of their seat position. Another feature is the IMAX's “Rolling Loop” film movement. The Rolling Loop advances the film horizontally in a smooth, wave-like motion. During projection, each frame is positioned on fixed registration pins, and the film is held firmly against the rear element of the lens by a vacuum. This results in unusually acute picture steadiness and focus. MOSI, a Tampa museum, is a non-profit, community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology. MOSI's core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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