Old Public Heights is New Hot Spot for Tampa’s Riverwalk

20180302_115744Tampa’s Riverwalk is buzzing with the latest opening of the Armature Works, Heights Public Market. Located just a few steps north of the popular Ulele’ Restaurant on Tampa’s North Riverwalk. The place packs an entertainment punch with several new trendy and innovative open floor plan restaurants. The concept follows the latest architectural trends happening in other U.S. Cities. Local developers retrofit older abandon buildings and warehouses into new trendy urban hang-outs.


The 22,000 sq-ft industrial market features many boutique style restaurants and bars with open seating showcasing local chefs and restaurateurs in the Tampa Area. Heights Public Market also includes a “Show + Tell” workshop that hosts an array of events such as cooking classes, wine tastings and pop-up dinners.

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The building dates back to 1910 and was originally the Armature Works maintenance facility for Tampa Electric’s (TECO) streetcars.


image003.jpgThis urban and trendy addition to Tampa’s Riverwalk is the brainchild of Developers Chas Bruck and Adam Harden of SoHo Capital, who envisioned a modernized neighborhood hangout for Tampa’s waterfront community and a national destination aimed to attract visitors from near and far. Over time, each piece of the 50-acre riverfront property was acquired with plans to create the Heights. The Heights will offer entertainment, workspace and shops, as well as a residential community. Whether you travel by land, bike or sea, the family-friendly district will connect the growing neighborhoods north of downtown to the Heights through the Riverwalk.

At the epicenter of The Heights is Armature Works, a 73,000 square foot mixed-use commercial space consisting of the Heights Public Market, multiple event spaces, a co-shared workspace as well as multiple restaurants and bars.


SoHo is recycling as many original materials as possible. Everything from refinishing the original steps leading up to the second-floor event space called the Theatre, to reusing the old roof that’s been milled down as hardwood flooring throughout. The inside of Armature Works features original exposed brick walls, skylights, windows and doors.

The official opening is scheduled in the coming weeks. I think you will hear more about the development as the renovations are completed.

See soft opening media video from local Fox 13 News: http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/new-venue-opens-in-old-armature-works-building


Contributed by Martin Allred, editor   www.Floridaography.com


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Cleaning Camera’s Sensor on Location


Dust Spots….Yikes!   Our digital cameras seem like dust magnets.  Dust spots on your images can be very frustrating and time-consuming to remove. Imagine how you would feel if you shot several hundred images while on assignment. URGH!

One could spend several hours trying to clean dust from images during the post-process. Who wants to do that?? Keeping the lens and camera covers on at all times will help keep dust off the sensors. Also, change your camera lens indoors if possible, especially on those windy days.

Most of the professional cameras have internal sensor cleaners. So, if you’re working on location and you suddenly find a dust spot on your sensor, don’t despair. Although you may not be able to physically clean the sensor, you can still use the in-camera sensor cleaning – don’t just turn the camera off and back on again though – use the Clean Now setting to force a deeper sensor clean. Make sure the camera is pointing forwards (not down) and do this process a couple of times. In most instances this will clear any dust spots.

Contributed by: Martin J. Allred   (editor) http://www.Floridaography.com


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Make Your Sunset Photos Pop!

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Many people ask me if I PhotoShop my images prior to posting to the web. Truth be told,  every single digital image needs a little tweaking.  Fact: Nearly every image used in commercial advertising  (billboards, newspapers, magazines, etc)  has been Photoshopped in some matter prior to being printed.

I shoot a lot of photos. While on assignments I can easily shoot over 8K in photos in a single week.  Although most of them are editorial photos and usually just a few are needed by the clients. I also shoot a lot of personal photos. I like to bracket exposures and shutter speeds, adjust lighting and shoot several shots of the subjects if time allows. This system makes the final editing easier and gives the client more choices since a good photo will help make their written articles standout.

NO ONE  wants to waste the time editing every single image photographers create, especially the photographer. If the photographer brackets his shots it’s easier to pick a decent exposure to work with in post edit. Getting the composition and exposure close will also pay dividends in time saved during post edit.

So what makes an image pop?  Composition, Lighting, Color, Exposure and Subject of course. The first three can be controlled in post-processing. Although, one can control exposure in post try to get the exposure close from the start.  After a decent exposure,  I crop the image and add a little color saturation at times and “whoa” that’s it! The whole process only takes about a minute or two.

Let’s talk about composition for a bit. Framing your photo in the camera viewfinder is most important if you want a great or compelling image. Try applying the basic composition rules like the “rule-of-thirds”. Turn your camera verticle or horizontal and pretend you see that tic-tac-toe graph. Also, try to get some low or compelling angles. Whatever you do, DON’T put the horizon in the middle of the photo. Yikes!!

If you notice the sky is more dramatic, try to include more of it. Including a live subject, building structure or animal to your photos will also help make many photos work. If you look at the sunset I shot at Bradenton Beach above you will notice the sky with the whispery clouds swirling around and the birds running at the base. I shot a very low angle with the camera just inches from the sand. I wanted to include some of the shine on the sand because it was reflecting a very dramatic sky which added another element of lighting which silhouetted the birds. During post I barely saturated the color and cropped the image a little and that was it.

The photo below was shot along the Gold Coast of Brasilito, Costa Rica. It was an amazing sunset and the color was right on. Again, just a tad of saturation. The young surfers in silhouettes added the human element and scale. Many may say the image is a bit over saturated. However, you as the creator of the image can adjust lighting and colors to get your desired effect. At times we can adjust colors to match a decor in place in our homes or offices.

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The image below is the same beach scene as above, but shot several minutes later. The lighting became so much more saturated as the sun started to set low in the sky and exhibited some astonishing brilliant colors, so I was compelled to shoot a series of photos which all turned out incredibly amazing.


The image below was right outside my hotel in Brasilito, C.R., . The lighting was right on with little photoshop. I had just arrived and hurried to get the shot. The moss hanging from the tree and the people added some extra elements.

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Below: Playa Hermosa Bch, just south of Jaco, Costa Rica.

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Below: Clearwater Bch, Florida


Exhibiting your Masterpiece: Try adding a border around your finished images. It completes the photo for publishing. If you want to hang your images you may want to skip the traditional frame and matting with glass.  Opt instead for a gallery wrap, metal or acrylic print. I’m loving the metal and acrylics.

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Gasparilla Pirates Set To Invade Tampa

20160130_125415bThis Saturday January 27th, the city of Tampa, Florida will be invaded by thousands of Pirates as part of Gasparilla Fest. Named for the pirate “Jose Gaspar”, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Tampa’s annual Gasparilla celebration begins with a flotilla of hundreds of  boats lead by the 165′ pirate ship “Jose Gasparilla” which sails across Tampa Bay in route to the Downtown Tampa Convention Center. Once the ship lands, the pirate captain demands that the mayor hand over the key to the city in a playful ceremony which has had different outcomes in different years.

It’s Like Mardi Gras in New Orleans”

Whether or not the mayor actually “surrenders”, the pirates hold a huge parade through the streets of Tampa as part of their victory celebration.
The festivities continue into the evening at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival with live music, food and entertainment. Many related events and parties start the week before the landing and continue until the conclusion of Pirate Fest.


Aerial view of the Pirate Ship “Jose Gasparilla” gathering followers and firing Canons as part of the Pirate Invasion of Downtown Tampa.

It’s like Mardi Gras in New Orleans but with a Pirate theme. During the parade, members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and dozens of other krewes throw beads, coins, and various souvenirs to the crowds from mostly pirate-themed floats. Area high schools and universities provide marching bands, cheerleaders, majorettes, and many local businesses and organizations participate by entering elaborate floats and joining the krewes in throwing beads and other trinkets to the crowd much like a Mardi Gras Parade. In the past, many members would fire .38 six-shooters loaded with blanks into the air and toss the empty shells into the crowd. This tradition was restricted in 1992 and ended entirely several years later.  However, trained members still fire loud mini-cannons mounted atop several of their parade floats.

The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is attended by over 300,000 onlookers, many donning period-themed pirate costuming. The parade is considered to be the third largest parade in the United States, following the two that are bigger: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.

20160130_141404bThe Gasparilla invasion begins at 11 a.m. Saturday out in the bay and the parade starts at 2 p.m., proceeding along the 4.5-mile route along Bayshore Boulevard from Bay to Bay Boulevard into downtown. The parade, which has been presented by the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla since 1904, has more than 140 units, over 100 floats, marching bands,  and over 50 participating social organizations. The economic impact is estimated at over 25 million dollars to the city of Tampa.

For more info on the parade and street closures click this link.


Contributed by: Martin J. Allred



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Cooler Beaches better for Sea Turtles Survival …

turtle hatchlingNearly 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida. The nesting season runs from May through October where most of the turtles return to their home beaches to lay eggs. Although, some species will come ashore as early as March.

Turtles deposit approximately 100 golf-ball size eggs, and gently cover the eggs with sand and then they spread sand over a wide area to obscure the exact location of the chamber. They then leave the nest site and re-enter the water never to attend to their hatchlings again.

The remaining article below is a reblog from my Daily Curio.

Climate change is having an unintended consequence affecting the gender of sea turtles. Sadly, this phenomenon could affect the future survival of the species. In a recent study from Current Biology, scientists found that in major breeding areas along The Great Barrier Reef, warming sands are causing over 99% of green sea turtles to be born female. A sea turtle’s gender is determined by the temperature of the sand where the egg incubates. At around 85º F, a clutch of turtles will be about 50/50 male and female. But if it’s slightly cooler, they skew male; slightly warmer and they skew female. The Current Biology study looked at a population of 200,000 turtles in the nesting area of Raine Island in northern Australia. They discovered that 99.1% of juveniles, 99.8% of subadults, and 86.8% of the entire population were female. Populations in southern Australia fared better, since beaches there are cooler, with 65% to 69% females. When the biologists combined their results with temperature data in the area, they concluded that these green turtle rookeries have likely been producing predominantly female populations for two decades. Since the animals don’t reach breeding age until 25 or 30, it means disaster could be right around the corner. What’s more, scientists have long looked at sea turtle populations to predict trouble for other heartier species. Sometimes called the “lawn mowers of the ocean,” sea turtles maintain coral reefs and transport their nutrients for other marine animals. Not all the news about turtles is grim. A study from last year showed many of the planet’s seven species of sea turtle are increasing in population. But where those populations will thrive is another question.

More info related visit:  Sea Turtle Conservancy, a non-profit group based in Gainsville, Florida.  https://conserveturtles.org/information-sea-turtles-threats-climate-change/

Contributed by: Martin J. Allred


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Christmas Stolen

images-2 copy copy copyJust recently I watched a news video on TV showing a person stealing a Christmas Tree,  if that doesn’t score an all-time low for the season,  gangs are targeting bus riders and drivers for their Christmas bonuses in Central American.  The Toys for Tots and Salvation Army collection bins are being robbed. We read about homes and cars being burglarized and the contents many being Christmas gifts are being stolen. The holiday crime stats show criminals are robbing and stealing more than ever.  Many of the culprits feel so pressured to provide gifts for their loved ones that they resort to theft.

I wonder what would happen if we stopped giving each other gifts for Christmas? Would this help prevent attacks on innocent people and theft during the Christmas holiday?

The over-commercialization of Christmas on television, print, and the Internet help fuel the criminal activity because many people,  especially children are so excited about receiving gifts.  Advertisements run day and night about many new products and create these desires.  Family and friends have grown accustomed to informing each other on which gift they expect for Christmas.

I was out shopping the other day and noticed a Christmas Tree dress on a mannequin. Although, I think it was just a display decoration for the holiday, because if it wasn’t who would wear such a thing?  It did reinforce my thoughts about how far our society has shifted and commercialized Christmas. Think for a moment, we buy a tree, all the decorations, ornaments, lights, stand, etc., then spend hundreds of dollars on gifts to pile under the tree. People overspend and many create debt on their credit cards that take months to pay-off.  Retailers spend millions on decorations, ads, and inventory for the holiday.

However, the holiday does provide some positive outcomes for many people and a great deal make a living on holiday retail sales.  As a matter of fact, some retailers only exist due to the holiday sales and jump-start their marketing campaigns early and skip right over the Thanksgiving holiday altogether to cash in early.  If that seems a little overzealous, you can actually find the popular after Thanksgiving shopping day Black Friday running multiple days. Just look at the recent sales posted by the online shopping giant Amazon last month. Early Monday after Thanksgiving, Jeff Bezos Amazon Founder and CEO was worth $99.6 billion, according to Forbes. By the opening bell, Bezos surpassed the $100 billion mark making him the richest man in the world, and Bezos made almost $2.4 billion on Black Friday alone. That’s Billion with a B! 2,400 million in one day. Wow!  I don’t think anyone has ever done that.  Makes one think about what will be spent on Christmas.


The Christmas gift of giving for many has been lost, stolen and overly commercialized along with the true meaning of Christmas.

As a society, we have created this monster holiday that manifests itself and feeds it’s growing appetite on the back of a lost Holy Day.

What if we just totally stopped giving each other expensive Christmas gifts altogether and started helping our fellow neighbor in kind acts?  We could spend a little time volunteering at local food shelter or church,  deliver food to the needy and elderly,  help with needed home repairs or purchase school supplies for unfortunate people.  We could lend a hand to a non-profit charity. Isn’t that the true meaning of Christmas? It would most certainly help stop the theft and focus more attention and help provide remedies to the neglected people in dire need. But I think most of all, it would be teaching our children good morals, which in return would be teaching our society to give rather than to take. I don’t know about you, but for me personally, I think that would be the best Christmas gift for all.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Contributed by: Martin Allred

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EOS 5D Mark IV: Timelapse movies

canon5d-mark-IV-dslr--800x534The EOS 5D Mark IV features a time-lapse movie shooting option to create time-lapse directly in-camera without needing to stitch the images together afterward. When you shoot a time-lapse movie, you will notice that the resolution is FHD and it is recorded at either 29.97P (NTSC) or 25.00P (PAL). If you wish to record a timelapse at a higher resolution or with a different frame rate, then you should use the interval timer instead to capture still images that you can later combine on a computer. This will allow you to capture a timelapse at a much higher resolution, in RAW, or with a faster or slower frame rate as required.

This feature works well with trade show set-ups, construction projects, and beach sunrise and sunsets. The camera should be mounted on a tripod and placed where it will not be moved for best results.

Source: Canon Professional Services

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Canon 5D Mark IV Tips for Lens Correction

caption_002.jpgEOS 5D Mark IV Diffraction Correction

As part of the lens correction options, the EOS 5D Mark IV features a Diffraction Correction option to remove any diffraction caused by the lens while shooting. This setting works well and helps ensure you achieve the best possible results from your lens. Under some shooting conditions though, there may be increased noise shown in the image, especially in the shadow areas. If this happens, either reduce the ISO speed where possible, or disable Diffraction Correction and instead apply it using the Canon Digital Photo Professional software on your computer.

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How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Photographer?


I’m writing this article which offers a few tips by ImageBrief, a stock photo agency that promotes and sells stock imaging created by professional photographers.  Professional photographers must pay an annual or a monthly subscription to be a member of the ImageBrief agency.  As part of the ImageBrief membership,  member photographers receive image criteria for certain types of professional imaging requested by other agencies, corporations, and publishers. The ImageBrief client picks the image(s) and the user pays a fee for the use rights to the member photographer.  The selected image(s) use-term rights are negotiated in the initial payment to the member photographer.  Image pricing can have a broad range of costs to factor in, e.g., image creation difficulty, rarity, demand, publication types, and circulation.  

Too often potential image-buyers wonder, “how much does it cost to hire a photographer?” Even more often, they shoot themselves in the foot before they ever even find out because they think hiring one will be too expensive. Without a comprehensive rate sheet floating around to guide them, clients looking for photographers don’t know where to start their negotiations, and it’s often left to the photographer to be the first one to pop the “what’s your budget?” question to get the ball rolling. Well, I’m here to tell you that hiring a photographer can be more affordable than you might think, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

What buyers sometimes don’t understand is that the cost for a photographer often depends on several factors: travel, day-rate, assistants, equipment, retouching, and, perhaps most important, usage. If a photograph is going to be published in a worldwide print campaign, the negotiation and cost for those rights is likely higher than if the same image were to be used for a one-off social campaign or internal catalog. Keep in mind, all this depends on the scope of the shoot, and of course the photographer.

Examples of photographers hired through ImageBrief offered a bit about each of their shoots to illustrate how hiring a photographer is more affordable than you might think. By no means is this an end-all-be-all guide to pricing, rather it’s meant to show a range of options and what can be involved. When hiring a photographer though, always keep one thing in mind: photographers have spent countless hours, years, and even decades honing their craft. If you’re looking to hire a photographer, you’re not just paying for an image, you’re also investing in the vision and creativity that’s behind the lens. When reaching out to a photographer, remember to be respectful of their abilities.

Half-Day, Quick Turnaround

Budget: Under $1,000
Usage: Internal, promotional
Time: Half-day

Depending on how much prep is involved and what you’re looking to do with the finished product, hiring a photographer for half a day can be within most shoe-string budgets. Standard pricing for a half-day portrait shoot of a popular Canadian Photographer with the rental of a couple of lights, and the usage of four photos for their website and a brochure is normally under $1,000 Canadian.

Big Client, Medium Budget

Budget: ~$1,500
Usage: Social media
Time: Single-day

Even giant brands can do moderately-priced campaigns. When Young & Rubicam was tasked with putting together Land Rover’s #GoSomewhereRare campaign, they needed to come up with 31 images from 31 parks and turned to ImageBrief to find a couple of photographers to add to their arsenal for the campaign. Y&R ended up hiring two ImageBrief photographers, each for a one-day shoot in their park of choice. The photographers were paid $1,000 each (plus expenses) and given a Land Rover for a day along with creative rein to show what it means to #GoSomewhereRare. Rather than a giant television campaign or world-wide print ad, the photos were used for a social media campaign for the brand, and the budget is reflective of that type of licensing.


Multiple Media Means a Budget to Match

Budget: Five-figures, enough to buy a new car
Usage: Worldwide, multiple print campaigns and more
Time: Single-day shoot, several days production

When a large agency came to ImageBrief looking to hire a photographer on a tight deadline, ImageBrief put out an assignment brief for a photographer able to work under a tight deadline. A member photographer put himself forward and was hired for the job, which had him involved with nearly every step of the creative process: location scouting, working with producers on wardrobe and with models, concept, and of course, actually shooting the campaign. Because the job was for such a high-profile client and the process was very involved, it called for a fairly large budget (in the grand scheme of things though, giant brands can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on shoots, but those are pretty rare). When it came time to negotiate the rights for the images Mat shot, this part of the puzzle weighed heavily on the final budget because it was for a print campaign that appeared in several large business magazines with a worldwide circulation.

As you can see, the price for hiring a photographer depends on a range of factors. If you’re looking to hire for a shoot, be honest and up front with the photographer about your budget and the scope of the project and you’ll likely get negotiations off on the right foot.


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“Volcano Bay” Orlando Now Open

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Universal Studios has added another theme park to their repertoire. Volcano Bay is now open and is expected to be at capacity for the memorial day weekend. The site ads are claiming no long lines like the other two theme parks experience. Now, that would be nice, if that holds true.   This weekend rates and notes.

All-New Wonders Of TapuTapu  At Volcano Bay

An image of a TapuTapu wearable, a device available at Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park.

Volcano Bay™ guests enjoy all the benefits of the TapuTapu™ wearable. The TapuTapu eliminates standing in long attraction lines by enabling you to relax and play while waiting in the park’s Virtual Line™ until it’s time to ride. Plus, with TapuTapu you can enjoy the fun and convenience of activating interactive surprises, opening lockers, making cash-free payments and more.

TapTu Pay™ Is The New Way To Pay

At Universal’s Volcano Bay™ your TapuTapu™ wearable lets you TapTu Pay™ to make cash-free purchases of food and merchandise throughout the park. You’ll just need to set up an account and assign a credit card. Then, when you’re in Volcano Bay, you’ll enjoy the ease and convenience of making most transactions with a simple tap of your TapuTapu.

Memorial Day Weekend

Volcano Bay™ capacity notification May 26-29

Due to Grand Opening excitement, Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park is currently at capacity. Guests can follow Universal’s social channels for real-time updates or call 407-817-8317.

The Attractions…..

The Volcano

Island Centerpiece

At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau™ streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.Image result for pictures of volcano bay hi res

Krakatau™ Aqua Coast

Honorary Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau™ on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.

Ko’okiri Body Plunge™

Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge™. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.

Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides™

Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin drop doors simultaneously plunge two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.

Punga Racers™

A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves. And to this day, the first racer to cross the finish line receives a watery salute from Punga himself.

Wave Village

Crystal Waters And Sandy Beaches

Wave Village is the first of three villages guests encounter at Volcano Bay™. This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.

Waturi Beach

Locals know that the waves are always perfect at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of the lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.

The Reef

Watch the bravest Waturi take the Ko’okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of this peaceful leisure pool. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through this 5.5-foot-deep pool, which features its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking.

River Village

Fun Flows Through

The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.

Honu ika Moana™

Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these two twisting, turning, multi-person slides. Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.

Tot Tiki Reef™

Even the youngest Waturi can get in on the fun in the shallows of Tot Tiki Reef. Play among splashy slides, a tot-sized water volcano and a family of friendly tikis with spraying fountains. Plus, adorable whales spray and sing as kids raise and lower their hands.

Runamukka Reef™

Once an exotic coral reef beneath the ocean, Runamukka Reef is now a favorite play place for young Waturi children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups. Shaded by fanciful bamboo sea creatures and waving seaweed, it’s the most playful spot in Universal’s Volcano Bay™.

Kopiko Wai Winding River™

Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River through the tropical landscape of Universal’s Volcano Bay™, a land full of surprises. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.

Rainforest Village

A Forest Full Of Excitement

The third village you’ll discover in Universal’s Volcano Bay™, Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.

Taniwha Tubes™

There’s a place in Universal’s Volcano Bay™ where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware—mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.

Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides™

This six-person rafting adventure isn’t for the faint of heart. Choose one of two lava-tube paths or try them both. Maku slides through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations. Then, test your bravery on Puihi, where you’ll feel the stomach-flipping thrill of a zero-gravity hang time before splashing your way to safety at the bottom.

Puka Uli Lagoon

This pool features elements that even the tiniest Waturi can enjoy like bongo drums and spraying water.

TeAwa The Fearless River™

Race along a roaring, watery stream of churning rapids and choppy waves while hanging tight to your inner tube on this thrilling whitewater ride.

Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slide™

Ascend the side of a cliff before plummeting down the twisting waters of the Ohyah Slide and dropping out four feet above the pool below. Then, brave the rope bridge and take the plunge down the Ohno Slide, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the awaiting pool.

Guests can also consider purchasing a 2-Park 1-Day ticket to visit Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Prices are $179.00 per adult and $174.00 per child and $ 149.00 for Florida Residents.

For more info click here: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/theme-parks/volcano-bay/index.html


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