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5 places to cool off while you wait for the power to come back

With more than half the state still without power, here are five places to escape the primitive environs of a powerless house and find some sweet, chilly air.

Malls

Most of the malls have opened their doors. Tyrone Square, International Plaza, University Mall, Westfield Citrus Park and the Shops at Wiregrass have resumed normal operating hours. Countryside Mall and Westfield Brandon finally opened on Wednesday, though some store hours may vary.

Movie theaters

Theaters that have power and opened Tuesday include AMC Sundial in downtown St. Petersburg, Cobb theater at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, Hyde Park Cine Bistro in Tampa, Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel, the Lakeside 18 in Lakeland and Cine Bistro on Siesta Key in Sarasota. Regal Park Place in Pinellas Park reopened Wednesday.

Bookstores

Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, is open and offering customers a charging station for their phones. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Inkwood Books in Tampa, at 216 S Armenia Ave., is open form 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

YMCA

Most Tampa area YMCAs opened Tuesday morning. You can find a list of locations at tampaymca.org/locations.

Museums and attractions

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando theme parks are open. The Salvador Dalí Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art will reopen today. The Glazer Children's Museum opens today and will offer $7 admission for the rest of September. The Henry Plant Museum in Tampa, the St. Petersburg Museum of History and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg will reopen Thursday. Lowry Park Zoo plans to open at 9:30 a.m. today. Busch Gardens and SeaWorld will reopen today.


What's open for food? To find out which restaurants and bars are open around Tampa Bay, go to bit.ly/2wYjDP4.

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