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Roaring Springs Splashes Into ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park kicks off the summer with a splash as it introduces its brand-new family water adventure, Roaring Springs presented by Pinch A Penny. Following the debut of a refreshed, contemporary identity featuring a new logo and revitalized vision, ZooTampa launched its most thrilling expansion to date with the opening of Roaring Springs.

Roaring Springs will allow guests of all ages to discover a hidden part of Florida full of unexpected adventure and thrills. Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring surrounded by native landscape and wildlife. The journey takes a sudden turn when the elevation drops. Guests will feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a 3-story splashdown. The less adventurous can also revel in a rip-roaring splash on Lookout Landing, the bridge overseeing the attraction.

The journey continues as guests get back to nature and see a hidden part of Florida that remains untouched – a Florida that requires no filter. The area will combine old Florida charm with a nod to the original Florida way of life. Explorers will catch a glimpse of black bears, alligators, panthers, Key deer and other native species as they trek along the winding Florida Trail.

Roaring Springs is a welcome and refreshing escape for the entire family from the Florida heat. The attraction is also the Zoo’s largest expansion in ten years.

“Part of our mission is to create exceptional, personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways,” said the Zoo’s CEO, Joe Couceiro. “Roaring Springs will provide thrills for guests while the continued transformation of the Florida Region improves the Zoo’s capacity to rescue threatened native wildlife throughout the state. With these enhancements, the evolution of the Zoo continues and gives our guests reasons to keep coming back.”

The water adventure is set within the town of Roaring Springs featuring a traditional Country Store with Florida souvenirs and local novelties. Joe’s Diner serves classic Florida favorites, including adult beverages and food options – from conch fritters to fish tacos to frozen rum drinks. Adults can indulge in these treats while kids enjoy the town’s new play area.

The Zoo’s family membership continues to provide Tampa’s best values for the whole family for an entire year including previewing Roaring Springs, unlimited admission to the zoo, and all seasonal events for 12 full months from the date of purchase.

Guests who purchase memberships or admissions to the Zoo are helping support the Zoo’s mission to protect and preserve wildlife. For more information on ticket pricing and benefits visit the website at zootampa.org/tickets.


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Most Visited Memorial Day Travel Destinations for 2018

You may be a little surprised to find what this year’s most-visited Memorial Day destinations are.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend.

So let’s begin. Here’s this year’s list of the most-visited Memorial Day destinations in the U.S., based on AAA advance travel bookings…

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AAA Lists Worst Times to Hit the Road This Memorial Day Weekend

For the 36.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 – in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while New Yorkers could see three times the delay.

“Ranked the most congested country in the world, U.S. drivers are all too familiar with sitting in traffic,” said Graham Cookson, Chief Economist and Head of Research, INRIX. “Drivers should expect congestion across a greater number of days than in previous years, with the getaway period starting on Wednesday, May 23. Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak commute times in major cities altogether – traveling late morning or early afternoon – or plan alternative routes.”

Worst Days/Times to Travel for Select Cities…


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Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer with a Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and Americans will kick off the season by traveling in near-record numbers. According to AAA, more than 41.5 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, nearly 5 percent more than last year and the most in more than a dozen years. With nearly 2 million additional people taking to planes, trains, automobiles and other modes of transportation, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects travel delays on major roads could be up to three times longer than normal, with the busiest days being Thursday and Friday (May 24-25) as commuters mix with holiday travelers.

“The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing. “A strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.”

The vast majority of travelers – 36.6 million – will hit the road this Memorial Day, 4.7 percent more than last year.

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I-4 Ramp to Adventure Way Closing Nightly Thru May 3

Motorists looking to head to the attractions area at night could encounter the nightly closure of the westbound Interstate 4 (I-4) exit ramp to Adventure Way.

The ramp closes from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. thru May 3 to assist with ongoing work at the Kirkman Road (State Road 435) and I-4 interchange.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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I-4 Exit to Fairbanks Avenue Shifting to 2 Miles Sooner

Beginning the morning of April 12, motorists on eastbound Interstate 4 (I-4) who wish to exit to Fairbanks Avenue will be required to do so nearly 2 miles sooner. The new temporary configuration will combine the exits to Fairbanks Avenue (Exit 87) with Par Street (Exit 86).

The purpose of this temporary configuration is to move the auxiliary lane of existing eastbound

I-4 to the newly constructed portions of the roadway.

In August 2017, traffic entering eastbound I-4 from Princeton Street and exiting eastbound I-4 to Par Street was separated from the mainline of eastbound I-4 onto newly constructed portions of the roadway. The temporary Fairbanks Avenue exit ramp opening on April 12 will add to this temporary road configuration. This configuration is not part of the final design for the I-4 Ultimate project, but is a necessary intermediary step to create space so crews can continue building the new eastbound I-4 while maintaining the same number of lanes.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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Nighttime Closures on I-4 and Central Parkway in Orlando Scheduled for March 26-28

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that both directions of Interstate 4 under Central Parkway are temporarily closing for one night each on March 26 and 27 for nearby construction activity.

  • Eastbound I-4 closes at 10 p.m. on Monday, March 26, and concludes at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27.
  • Westbound I-4 closes at 10 p.m. on March 27, and concludes at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28.
  • Central Parkway over I-4 will close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. both nights to support the operation.

The detours use Douglas Avenue, Montgomery Road, State Roads (S.R.) 436 and 434.

Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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Lane and Ramp Closures, Detours for I-4 Construction in Seminole and Volusia Counties

The Florida Department of Transportation will be installing lighting and new highway signs at several interchanges along I-4 in Seminole and Volusia counties. The lighting will be installed along the main travel lanes and ramps, and will include both standard light poles and the taller high-mast poles. The I-4 locations are at U.S. 17/92, Dirksen Drive, S.R. 472, Orange Camp Road, S.R. 44 and U.S. 92 ramp.
This project also includes lighting on County Road 15 (Monroe Road) at U.S. 17/92.

The following traffic impacts will result:

Lane Closures
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 to Saturday, March 31st, 2018

  • I-4 ramp closure: Tuesday – Wednesday, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m., S.R. 472 westbound on ramp to I-4 eastbound will be closed. Traffic will be directed to take I-4 westbound to Saxon Boulevard toward Deltona to access I-4 eastbound.
  • Thursday – Friday, 8:30 p.m. – 6 a.m., single lane closure on I-4 westbound west of the Dirksen Drive interchange for installation of light pole bases.
  • Sunday, March 25th, 2018 to Saturday, March 31st, 2018
    Sunday – Monday, 8:30 p.m. – 6 a.m., single lane closures possible on S.R. 472 eastbound and westbound near the I-4 interchange for installation of light pole bases

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Traffic Shift for I-4 Westbound Construction in Orlando

The Florida Department of Transpoertation reports that motorists traveling on westbound Interstate 4 between Maitland Boulevard (SR 414) and Lee Road (SR 423) and will notice a new traffic shift.

All traffic on westbound I-4 between Maitland Boulevard and Lee Road is now shifted to the old eastbound I-4 lanes to prepare for roadway demolition and construction of the permanent westbound I-4 lanes. In December 2017, all eastbound I-4 lanes between Lee Road and Maitland Boulevard were shifted to new, permanent lanes. The westbound I-4 exit ramp to Lee Road also will shift about one-tenth of a mile sooner. The exit lane leading to the ramp will be maintained.

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Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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I-4 Construction in Orlando Closing Local Roads This Weekend

The Florida Department of Transportation reports that portions of Douglas Avenue and Wymore Road are closing near State Road (S.R.) 436 for one weekend beginning the night of March 16.

The two road closures will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and will continue until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19.

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Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions. Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving through the work zone.


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