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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.
Being developed by the non-profit organization, Friends of the Riverwalk, and the City of Tampa, the Tampa Riverwalk is a multi-faceted, pedestrian friendly space. From strollers and joggers, to boaters and walkers, all come together at the Tampa Riverwalk. There are special events held periodically at the Riverwalk, such as a "Riverwalk Trick or Treat" for Halloween. Also, popping up from time to time is the waterfront pop-up bar where you can enjoy a drink. You can also buy a paver to commemorate a memory or a loved one.
Seeking the refuge of the warm canal waters near the old Big Bend Power Station, manatees were seen flocking to this area. From this, the Manatee Viewing Center was born and has since been designated a habitat sanctuary for these peaceful creatures. The onsite educational center features colorful displays and exhibits along with a hurricane simulator. A butterfly garden encapsulating the centers solar panels rounds out this ecologically and environmentally friendly tourist attraction.
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