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Activities & Tours

Kozuba Craft Distillery

1960 5th Avenue South
St. Petersburg FL 33712
727-201-9078
Attractions

Florida Holocaust Museum

55 5th Street South
St. Petersburg FL 33701
727-820-0100   Fax: 727-821-8435

Florida International Museum

244 Second Avenue N
St. Petersburg FL 33701
(727) 341-7900   Fax: (727) 341-7908

Great Explorations

1925 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg FL 33704
727-821-8992

Busch Gardens

Busch Blvd
Tampa FL 33613
800-221-1339
Beaches

St. Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach FL


St. Pete Beach is a 4.5 mile long stretch of sandy beach located on Long Key, a barrier island off the coast of St. Petersburg. On the southern tip of St. Pete Beach is Pass-a-Grille, a historic district that started as a fishing village and includes the historic Don Cesar Hotel. Also called “the Pink Castle”, the Don Cesar is known for its rich history and famous clientele. St. Pete Beach offers a wide variety of shorelines, art galleries, restaurants and bed & breakfasts to draw tourist from all over the world


Fort Desoto Park

Tierra Verde FL


Fort Desoto Park’s North Beach was named America’s best beach in 2005. Fort Desoto Park occupies 1136 acres on five interconnected islands in southern Pinellas county and is named for the 1898 Fort built for the Spanish-American War. Fort Desoto has several ruined buildings open for the public, as well as four 12 inch mortars and two 6 inch rifled artillery pieces. Both North Beach and East Beach have made the top ten list numerous times. Fort Desoto Park has two fishing piers, paved bike trails, picnic areas, a boat ramp, and camping areas.


Casinos

Hard Rock Casino

5223 North Orient Road
Tampa FL 33610
813-627-7625
Entertainment & Nightlife

The Chic-a-Boom Room

319 Main Street
St. Petersburg FL 34698
727-736-0206

Side Spliters Comedy Club

12938 N. Dale Mabry
Tampa FL 33618
813-960-1197   Fax: 813-960-1459

The Florida Orchestra

101 S. Hoover Blvd
Tampa FL 33609
813-286-1170   Fax: 813-286-2316
Restaurants

Ponce de Leon

95 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg FL 33701
727.550.9300   Fax: 727.895.2287
Transportation

Tampa International Airport

5503 West Spruce Street
Tampa FL 33607
813-870-8700

Around Tampa Bay, Florida

CHEF'S KITCHEN: CHRISTO'S CAFE'S PEPPERONI BREAD & CHICKEN DE CHRISTO
Sanford joint shows off incredibly comforting flavors of Italy. - Allison Walker


TAMPA FRINGE FESTIVAL: LEAN, LIVE AND MASKED, FOR YOUR SAFETY
The Fringe Festival is in the middle of its third year, and after a virtual 2020, it’s in person — with audience safety in mind. - Virginia Johnson


MORE THAN COSPLAY MASKS RECOMMENDED FOR TAMPA BAY'S COMIC CON
The Tampa Convention Center is host to a major indoor event this weekend- Tampa Bay Comic Con as the CDC changes recommendations. - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: SELF-GUIDED TOURS AT THE CA' D'ZAN
The pristine mansion was built in 1924 and is full of history. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: FOURTH GENERATION PERFORMER TEACHES ABOUT NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE
Oskwanontona Pia Roya teaches the culture of long ago tribes at the Jororo Native Village. - Caitlin Wilson


EXHIBITION ON TRAVELING CAPTURES ARTISTS' FLIGHTS OF FANCY
What do artists dream of during the isolation of the pandemic? For some, it's travel, and it's part of Florida Craft Art's latest exhibition. - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: EXPLORE A STATE PARK ON FERNANDINA BEACH
Explore a historic state park on Fernandina Beach - Caitlin Wilson


‘MANDY’S VOICE’ FILM STARS PALM HARBOR ACTRESS WITH AUTISM
She’s starring in a new short film about a non-speaking autistic teenager. - Tim Wronka


SENTINEL: DISNEY COULD GET MORE THAN $500M IN TAX BREAKS WITH LAKE NONA REGIONAL CAMPUS
Disney could get more than half a billion dollars in tax breaks with the new Lake Nona regional campus. - Justin Soto


MEGACON ORLANDO ADDS BOB SAGET, JOHN STAMOS AND DAVE COULIER
The convention is scheduled for August 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. - Ashley Carter


'LEE MILLER: THE WOMAN WHO BROKE BOUNDARIES' FEATURED AT DALI MUSEUM
Lee Miller's dream that later became a reality can now be seen at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. - Ashley Paul


'JUSTICE LEAGUE' ACTOR RAY FISHER JOINS MEGACON ORLANDO LINEUP
The convention is scheduled for August 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. - Ashley Carter


OLD ST. PETE BODY SHOP TURNED INTO SPACE FOR ARTISTS TO DISPLAY THEIR CRAFTS
Bruce Allums is the owner of the Atelier De Sosi. Atelier, is a French word meaning "workshop or studio." - Katya Guillaume


PARTS OF PINELLAS COUNTY PLAYING CENTRAL ROLE IN NEW MOVIE
A popular Dunedin restaurant and parts of Pinellas County will soon become central characters in a brand new feature film. - Melissa Eichman


UNIVERSAL: TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN JOIN HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
The Halloween event runs select nights Sept. 3 through Oct. 31. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: HE SURE PLAYS A MEAN PINBALL AT HIS MUSEUM
Tim Trickett opened the Fernandina Beach Pinball Museum. - Caitlin Wilson


13-YEAR-OLD BALLERINA WINS GOLD AT WORLD BALLET COMPETITION
Taylor Tatiana-Andre practiced six days a week for more than nine months for the World Ballet Competition - Ashley Paul


CHEF'S KITCHEN: SHARKS UNDERWATER GRILL'S 'SHARK WEEK'-INSPIRED RECIPES
For Shark Week, we're not making shark dishes. Instead, the misunderstood creatures are inspiring noshes and sips. - Allison Walker


TAMPA BAY CRAFT BEER UPDATE: CRAFTAPPED, DISSENT RELEASE AND MORE
What's the Fourth without some red, white and brew? - Scott Harrell


MEGACON ORLANDO ADDS MICHAEL ROOKER, RON PERLMAN TO CELEBRITY LINEUP
The convention is scheduled for August 12-15. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: CUBAN IMMIGRANT LEAVING A LEGACY IN YBOR CITY
Cuban Immigrant, Odelma Matos, hand rolls cigars in her business La Faraona. - Caitlin Wilson


WHAT YOU'LL PAY TO SEE THE LIGHTNING IN THE STANLEY CUP FINAL
If you think they're expensive here, check out Montreal. - Scott Harrell


JULY 4TH IN TAMPA BAY: YOUR GUIDE TO ALL THE BIG EVENTS AROUND TOWN
A list of all 4th of July festivities in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. - Lauren Karwoski


ST. PETE FILMMAKERS USE QUARANTINE TO SHOWCASE THE SUNSHINE CITY
"AX2 Quarantine" is set to premier this summer at AMC-Sundial. - Saundra Weathers


WHAT YOU CAN SAVE ON DURING FLORIDA'S FREEDOM WEEK TAX HOLIDAY
From sports and shows to the great outdoors. - Scott Harrell


DISNEY ON ICE RETURNS TO ORLANDO’S AMWAY CENTER THIS FALL
The show is set for September 3-5. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: JAZZ MUSICIAN KEEPS VINYL ALIVE
Ed Smith owns and operates Re-Runz records. - Caitlin Wilson


MEGACON ORLANDO ADDS ‘THE OFFICE’ STARS TO LINEUP
Four cast members will be coming to Orlando this summer. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: WILD FLORIDA LETS YOU BE ANIMAL CARETAKER FOR A DAY
The VIP program at Wild Florida offers a behind-the-scenes look - Caitlin Wilson


PLAY SHOWS BURDEN OF GUILT A HEAVY WEIGHT FOR EXONERATED HARBOR PILOT IN 1980 SKYWAY BRIDGE COLLISION
A new play about the Skyway tradegy explores the life of the pilot harbor who brought the bridge down. - Virginia Johnson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: 'PRIDE' FUNFETTI RICE KRISPIE TREATS
How to make an "adult" version of Pride-related rice krispie treats. - Allison Walker


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT UNIVERSAL'S JURASSIC WORLD-INSPIRED FOOD AND DRINKS
As the VelociCoaster debuts at Universal, so does its Jurassic-sized noshes and sips. - Allison Walker


9 QUESTIONS WITH... HOOCH AND HIVE MANAGER DEAN ROSENBERGER
He's helped build home bases for Tampa Bay's creative scene. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: STOMPING THROUGH THE HISTORY OF BONGOLAND RUINS
Bongoland, once a Florida roadside attraction, is now preserved by the Sperber family. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: CARRIAGE TOUR OPERATOR KEEPS HORSE COUNTRY HISTORY ALIVE
Carriage Kimie gives tour of historic house country in Ocala. - Caitlin Wilson


TAMPA SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER INSPIRES STUDENTS WITH RAP
Marlon Wood wants to inspire others to be true to themselves. - Fadia Patterson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: A JAMAICAN TAKE ON AN ITALIAN FAVORITE
Taking an Italian dish to the islands is the journey in this episode in The Chef's Kitchen, Chef Rodney Williams uses jerk seasoning on Alfredo sauce - Virginia Johnson


MEGACON ORLANDO ADDS CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON TO GUEST LIST
The actor, known for his role in "Doctor Who" is coming to Orlando. - Ashley Carter


8 QUINTESSENTIAL TAMPA BAY FATHER'S DAY EXPERIENCES
Don't give him something to have, give him something to do. - Scott Harrell


BRENDAN FRASER SET FOR MEGACON ORLANDO
The convention is set for August 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. - Ashley Carter


ARKWALK: IT'S MORE THAN WINE AND CULTURE. IT'S BUSINESS.
There may be wine and song, but understand there's an economic strategy in place at Second Saturday ArtWalk in St. Pete - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: STROLL AT YOUR PACE THROUGH INDIAN ROCKS BEACH
Residents recently joined together to create a self-guided walking tour. - Caitlin Wilson


ON THE TOWN: "THE COLORS OF LIFE" EXHIBIT AT THE ART CENTER MANATEE
How did artists get through the pandemic? With more abstract work. - Virginia Johnson


BOOM BY THE BAY FIREWORKS SHOW RETURNS TO TAMPA THIS JULY 4
Over 200,000 people attended the 2019 inaugural event which featured Florida's largest Independence Day fireworks display. - Spectrum News Staff


NEW DISNEY+ SERIES TO SHARE THE STORIES BEHIND PARK ATTRACTIONS
The new series will debut in July. - Ashley Carter


ON THE TOWN: LADY FROM HAVANA A REUNION STORY
If you've waited 20 years to reunite with someone, where do you even begin? - Virginia Johnson


WHEN WILL CRUISES SAIL AGAIN FROM FLORIDA?
It is now up to District Court Judge Steven D. Merryday to announce the next step in the case. It is not clear when that will happen. - Angie Angers


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: SANFORD WELCOMES NEWEST WATER ACTIVITY: PEDDLE CRUISE
Sanford Welcomes Newest Water Activity Peddle Cruise - Caitlin Wilson


'PASS OVER' SET TO BE THE FIRST SHOW TO REOPEN BROADWAY
Previews begin Aug. 4. - Frank DiLella


MEGACON ORLANDO ADDS JAMES MARSTERS TO GUEST LINEUP
The convention is set for August 12-15. - Ashley Carter


ST. PETE CHEF TALKS BEATING BOBBY FLAY IN FOOD NETWORK COMPETITION
Il Ritorno's David Benstock bested the celebrity chef on last week's 'Beating Bobby Flay.' - Scott Harrell


CHEF'S KITCHEN: MAPLE BACON AND CINNAMON BUN BUTTERCREAM BROWNIES
These brownies look like cupcakes. They sure are not. They're like nothing we've had before. - Allison Walker


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: FOR NEW BUSINESSES, UNKNOWN IS THE "NEW NORMAL"
It’s a beginning forged in fire—new businesses that have only known a pandemic economy. - Virginia Johnson


MAKING A SPORTS REPORTING COMEBACK IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
A longtime radio sports journalist in the Tampa Bay area, Carney lost his job during pandemic. So, he started his own website and podcasts. - Virginia Johnson


9 QUESTIONS WITH... GROOVEHAVEN MUSIC'S STEVE PALMER AND GREG MORRISON
They're St. Pete's music men. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: KORESHAN STATE PARK HAS A UNIQUE HISTORY
Koreshan State Park was home to Cyrus Teed. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: EXPLORE FLORIDA HISTORY AT THE SAFFORD HOUSE
The Safford House, built in 1883 is a relic of the past, one of the first homes in Tarpon Springs that helped establish this coastal community. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: CITRUS TOWER OFFERS A VIEW LIKE NO OTHER
Citrus Tower stands at 226 feet and first opened in 1955. - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF’S KITCHEN: COOLING OFF WITH MATCHA
See what Matcha Café Maiko Orlando has to offer. - Allison Walker


JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR LANDS DEAL WITH CAPITOL RECORDS
Aidan Bisset says he hopes to become the next Justin Bieber. - Dalia Dangerfield


REGAL CINEMAS REOPENS MORE THEATERS ACROSS BAY AREA, CENTRAL FLORIDA
Multiple Regal locations reopened in the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida on Friday. - Spectrum News Staff


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: BASS FISHING IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY
Racing across the glass-like waters of Highlands County is an experience all on its own. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: EXPLORING FORT LAUDERDALE'S OLDEST HOME AND FIRST EPICENTER
Sitting on just a small plot of land in Fort Lauderdale is the city's oldest home - the Stranahan House. - Caitlin Wilson


SCHOOL BUDGET CUTS COULD MEAN CURTAINS FOR WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL'S THEATER DIRECTOR
Teachers across Hillsborough County are losing their jobs. - Laurie Davison


DAVE BAUTISTA TO APPEAR AT MEGACON ORLANDO
The convention is scheduled for August 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center. - Ashley Carter


CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON 2019 RESCUE OF PILOT WHALES
The aquarium will be back on the big screen this summer, documenting a major marine event that happened right here in Tampa Bay. - Ashley Paul


REVIEW: 'FEROCIOUSLY UNRELENTING' VELOCICOASTER A GREAT UNIVERSAL ADDITION
Jurassic World VelociCoaster, the latest attraction at Universal Orlando, is intense, thrilling, and just plain fun. - Ashley Carter


HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO TAMPA FUNERAL FOR MUSICIAN SHOCK G
Family and friends honored the life of producer and rapper Shock G on Saturday in Tampa. Gregory Jacobs, also known as Shock G, died last week at 57. - Adria Iraheta


BRAND NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER OPENING IN PASCO COUNTY
Pasco-Hernando State College students couldn’t be more excited. - Tim Wronka


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: POLE BOATING IN THE EVERGLADES
Everglades Pole Boat Safari Tours offers a glimpse into glades-man culture. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: THE HISTORY OF THE ALBIN POLASEK MUSEUM & SCULPTURE GARDENS
Artist Albin Polasek had a rich history. - Caitlin Wilson


WILLIAM SHATNER ADDED TO MEGACON ORLANDO GUEST LINEUP
The convention is scheduled for August 12-15. - Ashley Carter


NEW GATHERING SPOT: THE SQUARE AT LYKES GASLIGHT PARK
It’s the atmosphere that the Tampa Downtown Partnership hopes people have an appetite for. - Ashley Paul


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: GALLOPING ACROSS AMELIA ISLAND
Explore Amelia Island on horse back. - Caitlin Wilson


FANS IN TAMPA BAY REACT TO THE DEATH OF SHOCK G
Greg Jacobs attended Greco Middle and Chamberlain High - Alese Underwood


9 QUESTIONS WITH... LAKELAND-BRED SINGER-SONGWRITER JOSH STEPHENS
He's in Nashville now, but he still reps his hometown. - Scott Harrell


CELEBRATING TAMPA DURING NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
There’s a poetry contest underway to pay tribute to Florida’s third largest city, Tampa. - Dalia Dangerfield


FLORIDA STATE FAIR STARTS THURSDAY: VIEW THE LINEUP
The Florida State Fair runs from April 22 through May 2 after being postponed a few months due to the pandemic. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TREKKING THROUGH THE LUSH NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN
Naples Botanical Garden has themed gardens. - Caitlin Wilson


WHERE AND WHEN TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2021 IN TAMPA BAY
From cleanups to sand sculpting. - Scott Harrell


GEORGE TAKEI SET FOR MEGACON ORLANDO
The convention is scheduled for August 12-15. - Ashley Carter


GORDON RAMSAY'S ORLANDO RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN AUGUST
The celebrity chef is bringing his Fish & Chips concept to Orlando. - Ashley Carter


BAY AREA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL IS BACK IN A NEW PASCO COUNTY LOCATION
The festival opened this past weekend in Dade City. - Scott Harrell


GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2021 DATES
This year's fest will be combination of virtual and in-person events. - Scott Harrell


9 QUESTIONS WITH... DOG BAR 'WOOFEREE' ERICA SCHUBERT
She keeps the pooch patrons in line. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: PALM COTTAGE IS 'PORTAL TO NAPLES HISTORY'
The cottage was built in 1885 and features artifacts and architecture showing Florida history - Caitlin Wilson


BLUE ANGELS — INCLUDING 'FAT ALBERT' — WOW SPECTATORS AT LAKELAND AIRPORT
Navy Angel planes landed in Lakeland, but not before putting on a practice show for eager people crowded around the landing strip. - Ashonti Ford


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: REVS INSTITUTE SHOWS OFF CLASSIC CARS
Revs Institute has classic and antique cars. - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF’S KITCHEN: HAMPTON SOCIAL SERVES UP WILDBERRY FRENCH TOAST
Go ahead and enjoy some wildberry French toast. - Allison Walker


WRESTLEMANIA WEATHER: CROWD SEEKS SHELTER AS STORMS SOAK RAYMOND JAMES
You might want to have a rain jacket as rain is possible. - Dale Greenstein


SAFETY IS PRIORITY FOR WRESTLEMANIA THIS WEEKEND
Extra law enforcement is being brought in, and COVID safety protocols will be observed - Ashley Paul


A WEEKEND OF FIRSTS FOR WRESTLEMANIA IN TAMPA
Wrestling superstars Drew McIntyre and Bianca Belair are planning to make history this weekend at WrestleMania. It starts Saturday. - Tim Wronka


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT AQUATICA ORLANDO'S RIPTIDE RACE
The new dueling racer attraction in now open. - Allison Walker


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TREASURE COAST OFFERS MORE THAN JUST TREASURE
The Treasure Coast is rich with history ... and treasure. - Caitlin Wilson


WITH WRESTLEMANIA IN TOWN, INDEPENDENT PROMOTIONS LOOK TO CASH IN
It’s part of the tradition. - Tim Wronka


SBA TEMPORARILY CLOSES PORTAL FOR GRANTS TO LIVE VENUE OPERATORS
The agency is working to ensure technical issues are resolved - Spectrum News Staff


FLORIDA STATE FAIR OFFERING $20 THREE-DAY PASSES STARTING FRIDAY
Get yours before they're gone. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: ENJOYING A TASTY RIVERFRONT TOUR
Riverfront Gondola Tours partners with Casa Sensei for a tasty adventure. - Caitlin Wilson


LET THE MANIA BEGIN! TAMPA BEGINS WELCOMING DIE-HARD WRESTLING FANS
About 25,000 will be at Raymond James Stadium each night. - Tim Wronka


SUPER BOWL MVP TOM BRADY VISITS DISNEY WORLD
The Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback spent Monday at Galaxy's Edge. - Ashley Carter


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