The Tampa Bay Lightning were Stanley Cup Champions in 2004. The Lightning sailed through the 2003-04 regular season with 106 points, their first 100-point season. In the first round of the playoffs, the Lightning bested the New York Islanders in five games. In the second round, the Lightning swept the Montreal Canadiens, followed by the Philadelphia Flyers, who put up a hard seven-game battle until the Lightning squeezed them out. This pitted the team against the Calgary Flames for the Stanley Cup and the Lightning became the southernmost team ever to win the Stanley Cup.
Adventure Island is a 25-acre waterpark with loads of twisting and turning slides and water attractions. The Water Moccasin is a 6-story-high twisting, high-speed, extra-wide water slide. Tampa Typhoon has a 76-foot near free-fall drop. Splash Attack is a 12-level tree house with more than 50 slides, water jets and rope climbs. Visitors young and old will entertained for hours. Paradise Lagoon is a giant swimming pool for the whole family with waterfalls, jumping platforms, cannonball slides, and translucent water tubes. Riptide is a four-lane mat slide with a 55-foot drop inside your own enclosed tube. Aruba Tuba is a twisted slide ride that is fast, wet, and a whole lot of fun. Calypso Coaster flume ride will get you soaked then spill you into the calm Rambling Bayou River. Caribbean Corkscrew swirls you through 230-feet of intertwined translucent tubes giving you the tumbling of your life. The last blast is a wet, whirling ride through the 47-foot decelerator lane. Everglides is a floating toboggan ride that speeds down a 72-foot watery incline then skims you across the pool's surface while you hydroplane up to 20 yards before coming to a stop. Gulf Scream propels you down a massive 210-foot body slide at speeds exceeding 25 miles per hour till you make one big splash in the pool below.
J.B. Starkey's Flatwoods Adventures offer eco-tours on safari buggies with trained guides who will introduce you to the Starkey family history and show you the workings of a genuine Florida cattle ranch. You'll learn about how the land sustained earlier inhabitants such as Native Americans and about the wide variety of animals that call the ranch their home.
Canoe Escape offers self-guided, downstream trips; hourly rentals; shuttles for canoe/kayak owners; and guided paddling adventures. Spend some quiet time enjoying the Hillsborough River on this one of a kind canoeing adventure. Explore the river through a 16,000-acre wilderness park and discover the natural Florida - birds, turtles, gators and more on a 2-hour to full day, downstream paddling adventure with family, friends or business associates.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for these annual festivals: the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in January, The Florida State Fair in February, the Florida Strawberry Festival in March, the Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival in May, and the Ruskin Seafood Fest in November. Visit Tampa now and discover how historic Old Florida blends well with the modern, upscale style of some of the most beautiful, master-planned communities for families and retirees. Yes, climate, dining and shopping, cultural attractions, educational and business opportunities, and the beautiful beaches help make Tampa home to a wonderful lifestyle. Tampa is a lot more than beautiful sunsets! Make it your home, too.
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