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AAG 2014 Tampa Excursions

Florida Aquarium

See fierce sharks in a natural coral reef setting with endangered sea turtles, moray eels and more! Take a journey down the Wetlands Trail past playful river otters, alligators, free-flighted birds and 14-ft invasive Burmese Pythons. A favorite amongst all is the ray and starfish touch tanks! Encounter marine animals found throughout the world. The Florida Aquarium's 2-acre outdoor water adventure zone lets the kids cool off while parents relax under the shade of the Cantina bar and grill. Want to experience amazing, graceful and beautiful wild dolphins? Check out the Wild Dolphin Cruise departing daily from The Florida Aquarium to view some of the 500 wild dolphins that call Tampa Bay home.

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The Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Winter)

This nonprofit aquarium, home to numerous forms of marine life, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured marine animals, public education, and animal-assisted therapy and research. Its marine residents have had serious injuries, which do not permit their return to the wild. The aquarium's best-known permanent resident, Winter, is a bottlenose dolphin who was rescued in December 2005 after having her tail caught in a crab trap. Her injuries caused the loss of her tail, and the aquarium fitted her with a prosthetic tail which brought worldwide attention to the facility. Winter later starred in the 2011 film, Dolphin Tale, and an upcoming 2014 sequel, Dolphin Tale 2, shot partially on location at the aquarium. The aquarium opened in 1972 at its current location on Clearwater Beach, a former water treatment plant (the large tanks being well-suited for rehabilitation operations).

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Busch Gardens

This 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida, covers 335 acres. The area includes a 29-acre tropical landscape allowing its African wildlife to roam freely within this space. The park also offers other entertainment and thrill rides, such as its well-known roller coasters.

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Disney and Other Orlando Theme Parks

This park, covering 25,000 acres, is the most visited attraction in the world. It houses 24 themed resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, and several additional recreational and entertainment venues, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new water park, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun!

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Theater Tickets

The center provides world class entertainment, ranging from leading Broadway series to grand opera, as well as presenting a variety of concerts, performances and events.

29th Annual Best of Tampa Bay

Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:00PM
Price: $65
Venue: Morsani Hall, Straz Center

ALL YOU CAN EAT - ALL YOU CAN DRINK - ALL LIVE MUSIC - ALL FOR THE STRAZ - Since its inception, Best of Tampa Bay – the Straz Center's signature fundraising event and Tampa’s longest running culinary fundraiser – has generated more than $2 million to benefit the Center's programs. Because of events like Best of Tampa Bay, everyone in our community has the chance to discover the life-changing impact of the performing arts.

Jersey Boys

Show Times:
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 2014 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Price: $43-$104
Venue: Morsani Hall, Straz Center

JERSEY BOYS, is the Tony®, Grammy ® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “It will run for centuries!” proclaims Time Magazine. The JERSEY BOYS creative team comprises two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and authentic “profane Jersey language.

Hat Trick presents Unnecessary Farce

April 10-27, 2014
Show Times:
Thursday, April 10, 2014 8 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 2014 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 4 p.m.
Price: $23
Venue: Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center

In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a Scottish hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. This comedy will have you doubled over in fits of laughter.

The Florida Orchestra presents Mozart, Diamond and Brahms

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00PM                 
Price: $18 - $48
Venue: Ferguson Hall, Straz Center
Gerard Schwarz, guest conductor
Mozart: Symphony No. 28 in C major, K.200
Diamond: Symphony No. 4
Brahms/Schoenberg: Piano Quartet in G minor (orchestra version)

In an all-TFO premiere program, it’s a night with Mozart’s Symphony No. 28, Arnold Schoenberg’s orchestral arrangement of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, and David Diamond’s Symphony No. 4 with its lush flowing string themes, bold brass and sparkling woodwinds. Pre-Concert Conversation: All Masterworks programs offer a pre-concert talk about the music and the composers in the concert hall beginning one hour prior to curtain. Part of the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks Series

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Ride the Streetcar FREE

Explore Historic Ybor City, Channel District and Downtown Tampa on the TECO Line Streetcar System at no cost. Take advantage of this great savings and tour Tampa’s downtown attractions, restaurants, retail shops, and bars along the Streetcar line. Simply show your convention credentials to the motorman upon boarding the Streetcar. 

This complimentary fare is good for AAG 2014 attendee badgeholders only. Guests may choose from several fare options conveniently located at ticket vending machines at each station stop. 

Operating Hours

Monday-Thursday — Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday — 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Sunday — Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Fares

One-Way Cash Fare: $2.50
1-Day Unlimited Ride Fare Card: $5.00
Discount Cash Fare: $1.25*
Family All Day Ticket: $12.50**

* For seniors age 65 or older, youths 17 and younger, those on Medicare or with disabilities. Children age four and younger ride free when accompanied by an adult with proper ID. 

** Valid on Streetcar only for two adults and three children or one adult and four children. The Family All Day Ticket is available only at streetcar ticket vending machines.

For more information visit www.tecolinestreetcar.org or www.tampaconventioncenter.com

AAG annual meeting attendees can display their event badge to receive the below discounts to these cultural and entertainment venues.

eBoats Tampa
@ Tampa Convention Center
813-767-2245
www.eboatstampa.com
10% discount total reservation

The Florida Aquarium 701 Channelside Drive
813-273-4000
www.FLaquarium.org
$6 off
Friends & Family $4 off with brochure
Coupon Code 110

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
400 North Ashley Drive
813-221-2222
www.FMOPA.org
Buy One, Get One

Henry B. Plant Museum
401 West Kennedy Blvd.
813-254-1891
www.Plantmuseum.com
$2 off delegate + 2 Guests

Magic Carpet Glide Segway Tours
@ Channelside Bay Plaza
813-637-9797
www.magiccarpetglide.com
$2 off each ticket

SS American Victory Ship
705 Channelside Drive
813-228-8766
www.americanvictory.org
$5.00 off includes friends & family

Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street
813-228-0097
www.tampabayhistorycenter.org
$3 off delegate + 1 Guest

Tampa Bay Sailing Tours
@ Tampa Convention Center
813-767-2245
www.Tampabaysailingtours.com
$5 off per person

Tampa Dolphin Tours
@ Jackson’s Bistro
813-900-3288
www.tampadolphintours.com
25% off 2 guests

Tampa Water Taxi
@ Jackson’s Bistro
888-665-8687
www.watertaxitampa.com
25% off 1 hour or longer tours

Urban Kai Paddleboard Tours
2305 N. Willow
813-598-1634
www.UrbanKai.com
$5.00 off 1 hr. lesson
10% off group of 5 or more

Yacht Starship Dining Cruises
Dining Cruises
603 Channelside Drive
813-223-7999
www.YachtStarship.com
10% Off Source Code: CNV

The Official Ybor City Ghost Tour
1523 East 7th Avenue, Ybor City
813-386-3905
www.yborghosttour.com
$3 off including friends & family

Ybor City Historic Walking Tour
Vicente Martinez-Ybor statue at
Centro Ybor on Seventh Avenue
813-505-6779
www.yborwalkingtours.com
$3 off including friends and family

Badges are non-transferrable. Blackout dates apply and are not valid for special events or promotions. Discounts cannot be combined. Parking is not included.