Tired of the usual dinner and a movie date? Try your hand at something new and take your significant other or group of friends for a night of painting. Painting With a Twist offers patrons a unique atmosphere where they can partake in an art lesson, with paint and canvas provided, while sipping and snacking on food and beverages brought from home. Far from the usual date or girls night activity, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
When Madeira Beach's Church by the Sea was founded, it quickly gained fame for the beacon placed on the Spanish tower's mast, which was meant, literally, to guide fishermen safely home, and metaphorically, to lead the community towards its spiritual embrace. Today, the widespread popularity of a video game has put this church on the map for all the wrong reasons. Employees of the church are not amused by the moniker 'Chicken Church', so given because the exterior of this place of worship strongly resembles Red Bird from the runaway hit, Angry Birds. No matter when you visit, you are sure to catch flocks of tourists snapping away at this avian wonder.
Croc Encounters Reptile Park and Wildlife Center shelters rescued crocodiles, snakes, lizards, amphibians, tortises and turtles. Children and adults alike are spellbound by the diversity in the textures and colors of the retrieved species. Its most popular animal is Amos, an American Alligator, who even lent his name to the owner's son. Other animals include the Broad-snouted Caiman, Nile Crocodile, Black and White Tegu, Cane Toad and Cuban Tree Frog. Each exhibit is accompanied by fun facts about the corresponding species. This park also runs manifold outreach and educational programs, including Crocodilian Biology, Wetland Wonders and Amazing Australia. The hallmark of this center is the Alligator Wrestling Show, replete with exhilarating stunts. Hire this venue for a picnic, business function or birthday with a reptilian theme.
Find a multitude of local art here at Artpool Gallery. From vintage accessories, handmade jewelry, vinyl records, books, clothes and more, this shop has some funky and neat finds. Aside from the retail goods, Artpool Gallery also offers a cafe with delicious local eats with sandwiches, wraps, salads and local craft brews and gourmet coffee.
Enjoy the best of St. Pete Beach at the Trade Winds Splash Island Water Park. Guests can wade or swim out to the island for an hour of fun. Test your skill on one of the trampolines floating in the ocean, climb ladders, or take a ride on a slide. Kids can run and slide on runways and splashmats placed throughout the park while parents relax on a nearby raft. Certified lifeguards monitor the area. Height and weight restrictions apply to children and lifejackets are required. Discount pricing applies to guests staying at the Trade Winds Island Resort. Operating hours may vary due to water and weather conditions. - Vickie Ferguson
This indoor trampoline venue offers hours of fun for both kids and adults alike. From events like doge ball, cardio workout classes, and private parties, AirHeads Trampoline Arena has something for everyone. Literally let the kids bounce off the walls as they play, while parent can get in on the action or opt to relax with a cup of coffee or snack from the food bar while using the free WiFi. Monthly memberships are available and are quite cost effective if you plan on visiting often.
For a fun-filled sightseeing excursion around town, hop on a Segway at Magic Carpet Glide located in Channelside near Ybor City and downtown Tampa. Included in the tour is a 20-minute training class to instruct riders on how to maneuver the Segway and safety policies. The one and a half hour or two hour tour touches on all the interesting points of interest including Harbour Island, Davis Island, Channelside, and the long expanse of the scenic Bayshore Boulevard with its beautiful homes overlooking the bay. Tours can be reserved for two to more guests at a time and take place three times a day at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 5:30pm. Riders must be 12 years of age or older. - Vickie Ferguson
For a fun-filled outing, United Skates of America has a little bit of something for everyone. First, at United Skates, it's all about skating. Bring your own or rent what you need then take to the rink and show off your stuff. Take a break and play some arcade games or get a slice of pizza at the food bar. United Skates offers classes for skating and hockey, has planned events such as derby night, offers discounted admission on select days, provides packages for birthday parties, and has an adult skating night for guests ages 17 and older. Call ahead for further information.