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Best Hidden Gems in Tampa/St. Petersburg

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Weedon Island Preserve

Nestled along the shores of Tampa Bay is a popular fishing and boating area over the tangled roots of mangroves. This nature lover's paradise is called the Weedon Island Preserve. Here, from the top of an observation tower, visitors can relish a great view of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg's gorgeous skyline. Here, herons and egrets amble through lush, wooded expanses, while black crabs dart along mangrove branches that form marvelous arcs over streams. Sheltering a fishing pier, picnic tables with charcoal grills and a canoe/kayak trail, this preserve is also home to a picturesque boardwalk, ruins of an erstwhile airport and historical markers pointing out a Native American mound. Displaying a brilliant convergence of nature, culture and archaeology, the Weedon Island Preserve is a sprawling canvas of magnificence and unabashed, natural grandeur.

St. Petersburg, FL, United States
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SS American Victory Mariners Museum

Come aboard this 61-year old merchant ship and experience its history of past service to the US during WWII and both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Take your time on the self-guided tour of the nine decks and get a bird's eye view of the areas where the crew worked and lived. The ship is available for private and corporate events or it can be booked for small group tours. Also, a six hour cruise event can be arranged which includes breakfast, lunch, tours and a fly-over. Make reservations ahead of time to ensure your spot.

Tampa, FL, United States
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Lettuce Lake Park

A hub for outdoor activities, this Tampa park offers visitors the opportunity to hike, fish, kayak, and more. The little ones can let loose on the playground structure and the picnic tables and barbecue's are perfect for a summer gathering. A nature center informs visitors on the local flora and fauna along with the extensive hiking trail information.

Tampa, FL, United States
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