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Best Water Sports in Tampa/St. Petersburg

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If you're looking to get away from the standard vacation spots of Florida, be sure to check out Canoe Escape. Once there you can experience an exciting outdoor adventure or explore the quiet scenery of the Hillsborough River, all from the safety of your kayak or canoe. As you drift downstream you might glimpse a wandering deer, a wild hog, or even a sunbathing aligator. Leisurely independent tours can be booked, as well as guided tours, where an experienced staff member will show you the ins and outs of the swamp reserve. So whether you're going it alone or having a family outing you'll be sure to have an experience you'll never forget. Various trips are offered so check out the website for details.

Feel the wind whip through your hair and the mist of the water on your face from the wake. Learning how to water ski or wake board has never been easier, or more fun than with McCormick Water Ski & Wake Board School in Seffner. Featuring three man-made lakes made my none other than Jim McCormick himself, this facility is one-of-a-kind. With a state-of-the-art cable system, riders can learn and practice without having to be towed behind a boat! The school even welcomes little ones. The pro shop offers all the equipment you need, even helmets so all you need to arrive with is your swimsuits!

For a fun-filled day on the water, Windsong Boat Rentals has an assortment of watercraft perfect for a day in the Gulf or surrounding lakes and rivers. Reserve a boat for a half or full day of water action or reserve your spot on a sunset cruise. Choose a pontoon boat perfect for cruising the coast, inlets and islands with friends. Reserve a Jon boat for a day of fishing, sailboats for comfort cruising, or for a leisurely afternoon of paddling and sightseeing, kayaks and canoes are available. The larger pontoon boats come equipped with a CD player, marine radio, and a GPS system. Windsong provides overnight charters and sailing lessons. - Vickie Ferguson

Touted to be one of the world's longest piers for fishing, the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is flanked by sparkling cerulean waters of the Tampa Bay. The park is complete with a northern and southern pier, both locations being marvelous fishing destinations. However, the pier also hosts an array of other recreational activities like kayaking, kite surfing and swimming among others. From flounders and sea bass to mackerels and cobia, a melange of aquatic mammals reside in these deep blue depths. Each location has a bait shop open twenty-hours a day, everyday of the week, selling tackles, rods for rent, accessories, and buckets. Snacks, sandwiches, and hot and cold beverages are also available. A picture-perfect paradise, this idyllic state park is one of Florida's favorite past-time destinations.

Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere await slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions.

For a fun time on the water, Belle Boat Rentals can handle all of your needs. From one and two-person kayaks and fiberglass pontoon boats to small skiffs, hurricane deck boats, and stand up paddleboards, customers can find just what is needed for an outing in the Florida waters. Accessories are also available for rent to complete your water excursion including ice chests, offshore fishing rods, and a portable stereo. Fuel is included in the rental price for boats. Boats and equipment are available for full days, or for morning or afternoon half days. Boats can be rented for extended periods up to a week. The marina is available for private docking, fuel, and boat repairs. - Vickie Ferguson

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