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Best Landmarks in Tampa/St. Petersburg

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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.

Florida's subtropical climate makes it an ideal place for outdoor activities. Bayshore Boulevard is touted as the lengthiest, extended footway of the globe. Stretching across three miles (4.83 kilometers), it is a scenic road overlooking the Hillsborough Bay. It won't be surprising to see people walking, jogging, cycling or skating at this popular spot. Dotting this beautiful path are many historic homes, giving it a certain vintage charm. It is also home to the annual Gasparilla Parade, where citizens turn into pirates, trying to invade the city.

At Busch Gardens, animals roam free and you are the outsider. You can see the park by monorail, cable car or train. Roller coasters, wild animals, entertaining shows, rides, food, shopping, sightseeing, bird shows, exotic flowers, train rides, Serengeti adventures, river rapids...the list goes merrily on. Wear comfy walking shoes and spend the day at this 300-acre park. You can even taste the Anheuser Busch brew that started it all. Busch Gardens is open year-round with varying schedules. Call or see website for details.

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