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Spend a day among the stingrays
Two girls hold their hands out into a pool of water with food for a stingray
Experience what it’s like to be a stingray trainer for the day. |Photo via the Florida Aquarium
You’ll want to shuffle to the front of the line for this one.

The Florida Aquarium just unveiled its latest immersive marine life encounter: the Feeding Stingray experience. Yes, you read that right. This is your chance to see just what taking care of cownose stingrays actually looks like.

“I think this is a cool opportunity for guests because you get to see what we do in our normal day. This is how we take care of our stingrays,” said Anna Garcia, senior biologist at The Florida Aquarium. “People usually just see it when we’re feeding, but they don’t see the intricate details of what it takes to prep their food.”


The behind-the-scenes experience will also enlighten you on the creature’s diets, training, and their overall care, Garcia said.

What does the experience entail?

  • Meet a stingray biologist to learn about the creatures + how to care for them
  • Help prep the rays’ daily diet
  • Hand-feed the animals
  • Take part in a training session + pet the rays
A family watches their daughter measure out food on a scale for a stingray's meal.

Soon you’ll know what stingrays eat for dinner.

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Photo via the Florida Aquarium

Get prepped for your visit

  • The experience takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Aquarium guests can choose to add the stingray experience to their admission package — make sure to reserve your spot online. The additional package costs $30.
  • Guests must be at least eight years old, and accompanied by a parent if 12 and under.
  • Make sure to wear clothes you’re okay with getting a little sloshed.
  • The experience entails handling raw seafood + shellfish.
 
Asked
 
What is a group of cownose stingrays called?

A. A school
B. A fever
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, May 29
  • “Everything We Never Said” | Wednesday, May 29 | 7-8 p.m. | Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | Free with reservation | Dark romantic thriller fans will love this interview with Sloan Harlow about her debut novel.
Thursday, May 30
  • Cat Yoga for the Girlies | Thursday, May 30 | 7:30-8:15 p.m. | Cats and Caffeine, 4033 Henderson Blvd., Tampa | $42 | Paws for a moment of relaxation with the furry friends at the cafe — ticket includes playtime with kittens after class, refreshments, and a $5 donation to Cat Lovers Inc.
Friday, May 31
  • Live and Local | Friday, May 31 | 6 p.m. | Tampa Riverwalk, 601 Old Water St., Tampa | Free | Watch singer + songwriter Eliana Blanchard rock out on the riverfront.
  • Niall Horan | Friday, May 31 | 7 p.m. | Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 US Hwy. 301 N., Tampa | $30+ | The One Direction alum plays the outdoor stage on his “The Show” Live On Tour.
  • Jessica Michelle Singleton | Friday, May 31 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Coastal Creative, 2201 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg | $15+ | Prepare to chuckle at the latest installment of Coastal Comedy Night from the “Ignorance is Blessed” podcast host.
Saturday, June 1
  • PRIDE Sculpt on the Lawn | Saturday, June 1 | 9-10 a.m. | Armature Works, 1910 N. Ola Ave., Tampa | Free with registration | Kick off Pride Month with guided sweat sesh from the folks at CAMP Tampa — bring your own towel and water.
  • 30th Annual St. Pete Beach Corey Area Craft Festival | Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach | Price of purchase | Hunt for your new favorite piece with 100+ makers selling everything from jewelry and pottery to ceramics and photography.
  • Blue Crab & R&B Festival | Saturday, June 1 | 4-8 p.m. | 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Pete | Price of purchase | Shop for fresh seafood eats and enjoy live R&B tunes.
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Roskin is committed to providing safe, sustainable, highly effective skincare products. |Photo provided by Roskin
Snag a win for your skin this summer with Roskin’s medical-grade mineral matte face sunscreen.

Founded by a local businesswoman seeking more from her sunscreen, this lightweight, tint-free formula was designed to blend seamlessly with a wide range of skin tones and types, meaning even sun-goers with darker or acne-prone skin can wear it without regret.

The sunscreen offers 33 SPF and additional blue light protection — and even includes restorative moisturizing ingredients to keep your skin soft and silky all summer long.

Here’s what else sets this unique brand apart:
  • No nanoparticles
  • Non-tinted zinc oxide formula
  • Includes niacinamide to help strengthen your skin’s natural protective barrier
  • Free from fragrances, SLS, silicone + paraben
  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Dermatologist tested and approved
  • Made right here in the US
Check out the glowing reviews for yourself, or get answers to common questions about ingredients, sustainability (hint: it’s fully biodegradable), and more.
 
News Notes
 
Open
  • Bring on the lobstah rolls. Leon’s Lobstah just started serving up buttery goodness at Ballast Point. Stop by to chow down on cold lobster rolls, smash burgers, and other tasty options with one of the best views of TBAY’s waterfront. (That’s So Tampa)
Market
  • Meet Astra and Friends. Located at 242 Dr. MLK Jr St. N., the new St. Pete collective marketplace offers goods from local artists and vendors like Chad Mize, Fox and Crow, Pure with Love, and Groovy Art by Hailey. (I Love the Burg)
Announced
  • Here’s another new offering from The Florida Aquarium. The downtown Tampa attraction also just launched an interactive bird show: “Feathers in Flight.” The show — whose cast features a black vulture, kookaburra, and a singing yellow-naped Amazon parrot — runs through Monday, Sept. 2. (That’s So Tampa)
Try This
  • The City of St. Pete is looking for its most beautiful yards + buildings. The city will choose spots with the best exterior curb appeal, landscaping design, and yard maintenance to honor in the City Beautification Awards. Nominate your favorite slice of the Burg by Thursday, Aug. 1. (I Love the Burg)
Closed
  • Central Avenue breakfast joint Bacon Bitch recently shut its doors. After four years of breakfast croissants and boozy bevs, owners announced the spot’s closure on the entrance — not citing a reason for the shutdown. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Ranked
  • No. 48. That’s where Tampa fell on WalletHub’s list of “Best Places to Raise a Family.” The rankings took factors like cost of housing, quality of local school and health-care systems, and options for having fun into account.
Sports
  • The Tampa Bay Rays were able to avoid the sweep on Sunday. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Rays with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Arts
    Shop
    • Summer’s fast approaching — which means we’re hitting the Tory Burch sandal shop.*
    Home
    • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
     
     
    Outdoors
     
    🌿 Waste not, want not
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    Minimize your food waste while maximizing your garden’s potential.|©Janine Lamontagne via Canva.com
    Happy National Composting Day, TBAY. To celebrate, we’re plowing ahead into composting + overall summer gardening season tips + events:
    • The City of Tampa hosts its own Backyard Composting Program. Sign up for a workshop to start your journey. Pro tip: These sessions fill up, so book your slot early.
    • The Burg also offers its own composting program... and it’s equally popular. Book a workshop to get started — slots are full until September.
    • Want to learn from the plant pros? Sign up for Sustainable Living: Compost and Summer Garden Strategies on Sunday, June 23 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The guided workshop is $5 and digs into gardening tips for these steamy Florida summers.
    • For even more flourishing tips, check out our comprehensive Gulf Coast gardening guide. You won’t be disappointed.
     
    The Buy
     
    Handcrafted candles. Transport yourself to the breathtaking landscapes and scents of your favorite National Parks with scents from The Roosevelts Candle Co.
     
     
    The Wrap
     
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    From the editor
    Is anyone else obsessed with the idea of a honeysuckle or bougainvillea-covered trellis? If you’d like to join me on my journey, here’s a kit that has most everything you need — sans the plants, duh.
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