Winter in The Sunshine State usually looks like a light jacket and close-toed shoes for a few weeks before you're back to shorts and flipflops. If you want to actually see snow though, you’d normally have to leave the state. This winter may be a little different with the opening of Florida’s first-ever outdoor snow park. Even with the pandemic, Snowcat Ridge Snow Park is still on track to open its doors before Christmas.
While the outbreak may have forced some theme park projects to halt construction, the snow park is still working steadily toward their anticipated November 2020 opening date.
“At this time, construction is underway and we are still on track for a November 2020 opening,” Marketing Manager Winston McDaniel told FOX 35 News in an email.
As they get closer to fall, more updates will be available.
If you’ve been dying to take a wintery retreat and want to know where to go to get seasonal vibes once it opens, Snowcat Ridge will be located in Dade City next to Treehoppers treetop obstacle courses.
With real snow, you’ll get to frolic in a 10,000 square foot play dome, build snowmen, pummel your friends with snowballs, tube downhill, as well as top the day off with hot cocoa by a bonfire at the Alpine Village.
The park's snow tubing hill will be 60 feet high and 400 feet long. If you’re already dreading the trek back up to the top, don’t worry. A “magic carpet” lift will ferry riders and their tubes back the summit.
Guests can even look forward to a light show atop the hill and inside the snow dome.
It sounds like it might end up being a place fit for Queen Elsa herself!
Do you wanna build a snowman? You can keep your eyes peeled on Snowcat'ssocial media pages for updates and an official opening date for this snowy wonderland.
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Florida is looking to ease government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions as cases slowly continue to drop and vaccines are administered across the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis, in a press conference on Monday, issued an executive order that immediately suspends all current local COVID-19 restrictions, while also signing a bill that will prohibit local governments from enforcing COVID-19 emergency orders, including mask mandates and social distancing requirements, starting July 1.
On top of the new order, DeSantis also reinforced his ban on "vaccine passports," saying it is unnecessary to be "policing people at this point."
"If you're saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data," he said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the order only prevents local governments from issuing COVID-19 restrictions, meaning local businesses and restaurants may still enforce restrictions such as mask mandates and/or social distancing precautions.