Play tourist at the Museum of Science and Industry, where you'll battle hurricane force winds, a bed of nails and The Ultimate Wave

Bioworks Butterfly Garden, Back Woods Forest Preserve and the Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove. Be sure to pick up a map when you get there and jot down the times of any shows or presentations you wish to see.

I started out by heading up to the second floor to catch the 11:15 a.m. showing of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti at the IMAX Dome. The hour long movie featured pro-surfer Kelly Slater's efforts to find the perfect wave. It was really cool to see the waves crashing on such a gigantic screen.

Another show playing at the IMAX Dome was Hubble, a film following a group of astronauts working on the Hubble telescope. Other full length films -- like Avatar and Ironman 2 -- are also shown at the Dome Theater, but at additional cost.

Next, I headed to the third floor to check out The Amazing You, an exhibit dedicated to promoting health and wellness. Visitors can get their sight and hearing tested, put on goggles and see what it is like to drive while intoxicated and view what goes on inside the body from the time of conception to adolescence. You can also view displays about diseases and learn how age plays a role in your ability to stay healthy.

[image-1]After checking out The Planets at the Saunders Planetarium, I decided to explore Kids in Charge, an area full of touchy-feely exhibits and displays designed to impress kids of all ages. Of course, I stumbled upon the chance to lie on a bed of nails and just had to test it out. By doing this, I learned about how the pressure of your body spreads out over all the nails, causing you to feel nothing but a gentle push, rather than tons of pointy nails colliding with your skin.

Other Exhibits:

I didn't get a chance to try riding the high wire bike this trip, but luckily I still had time to explore Disasterville, an exhibit on the second floor where guests are able to experience the fury of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wild fires, tsunamis, hail storms, earthquakes, lightning and volcanoes. Weatherquest offers guests a chance to see what it's like to be a meteorologist. Another fun exhibit to check out is Gulf Coast Hurricane, a room that is filled with hurricane force winds so strong you must wear goggles and headphones to experience them.

What's your favorite MOSI exhibit or experience?

When I first moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2001, it seemed like everyone I talked to had been to The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) for one reason or another, whether for a fun day with the family or for a school field trip. Not wanting to feel left out any longer, I decided to pay a visit to MOSI a few weeks ago to check out their exhibit, Da Vinci: The Genius.

While the Da Vinci display has moved on, visitors to MOSI can look forward to their next visiting exhibit, CSI: The Experience, which will be in Tampa through September 6. Become part of the action by searching for clues, analyzing data and learning about the science that goes on behind the hit television series.

Current Specials:

MOSI offers a deal for Fourth of July weekend, giving away one free

admission with the purchase of a

regularly priced ticket.

MOSI is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for ages 13 to 59 are $20.95 and $18.95 for seniors over the age of 60. Children ages 2-12 pay $16.95. Included in the price of admission are access to MOSI's permanent exhibits, a show at The Saunders Planetarium, a standard film viewing at the IMAX Dome Theater and access to an area of the museum called Kids in Charge.

Things to Check Out:

Be prepared to make a day of it. There are three floors full of things to investigate, even more if you include the

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