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.
The Holocaust Museum chronicles one of the grimmest segments of the world's history. The terrible story unfolds in photos, letters, and objects related to the Holocaust experience, including an authentic boxcar used to transport prisoners. An Anne Frank exhibit is one of the most touching and not to be missed. Exhibits of art that are genocide-related can be viewed as well, and exhibits change frequently.
Located in downtown Tampa across the river from the University of Tampa and near Riverwalk, the Glazer Children's Museum provides plenty of fun and entertainment for children. The museum offers a full range of games, workshops and interactive exhibits. Craft activities, story time, parades, and fun fitness and aerobics are just a few of the daily programs accessible to children. Monthly events are scheduled with special themes, guests, face painting, demonstrations and exhibits designed just for kids. Food, snacks and beverages are available at the Tiny Bites Café.
Walk the corridors of the Tampa Bay Hotel, now a museum and a National Historic Landmark, and experience a stroll through time when exquisite art, elegant furnishings and opulent grandeur conveyed the image of the Gilded Age. Built in 1891, the hotel, with its Moorish architecture and spiraling minarets, was created as a resort for the rich and affluent. Reservations needed for groups of 10 or more. Parking is free in front of the building and in a nearby parking garage.
Featuring expansive views of downtown Tampa, Davis Island is part of an archipelago of two islands. Expanded from the original natural island known as "Little Grassy Key and "Big Grassy Key", mud dredged from Tampa Bay was used to build up the area to create what it is today.
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.
81Bay Brewing Company, established by three friends who bonded over their love for beer, is a microbrewery with its own taproom. The spacious taproom features picnic tables, a separate stage for musical performances, TVs, and games such as table tennis, darts, Corn Hole as well as card and board games. Cold beers such as Reel Slo Irish Red, Hook'd On Hefeweizen and Not On Porpoise Dunkel Weizen Bock are dispensed from the large bar. You can BYOF to the taproom or pick up bar bites from an on-site food truck.
Ben T Davis Beach is a cloistered white sand beach adjacent to the Courtney Campbell Trail in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL. It is one of the largest beaches in the city with small shelters and shacks for refreshment. It is a pleasant sight to see groups playing beach volley or families on a picnic here.
As an exclusive Dale Chihuly gallery, this venue features the gorgeous and breathtaking glass sculpture works. Unique to the field of blown glass, this man has single handedly pioneered the medium to what its become today. With his exhibits found all over the world, this particular gallery is a St. Petersburg gem.
St. Petersburg Museum Of History has been amassing exhibits since 1920, the early boom days of St. Petersburg. A decidedly eclectic collection, the items range from fossilized footprints to St. Pete's famous green benches. There's an audio-visual presentation, hands-on exhibits of costumes and the Flight One gallery, devoted to pilot Tony Jannus. In the archives are 30,000 objects relating to the history of local tourism and businesses. Those are available to the public by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
When planning a vacation along the beautiful beaches of the west coast of Florida, you will have a variety of choices to choose from when selecting accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, beaches, and family attractions. To help guide you around the popular destination cities of St Petersburg, Clearwater, and surrounding cities, a visit to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Visitors Bureau, in person or via the official website, provides plenty of useful information. Find out about local and annual festivals taking place during your visit, hotels and transportation in the area, the best beaches and parks, sporting events, tours, and shopping venues as well as maps and directions to attractions and nearby cities. -Vickie Ferguson