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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

FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ERGLE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM
This family business will help you find the perfect Christmas tree. - Caitlin Wilson


WATCH: DISNEY LIVE-STREAM OF RISE OF THE RESISTANCE CEREMONY
The ride opens to the public December 5 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and January 17 at Disneyland in California. - Ashley Carter


SNEAK PEEK INSIDE MICKEY AND MINNIE'S RUNAWAY RAILWAY
The new attraction is set to open March 4. - Ashley Carter


WATCH: INSIDE RISE OF THE RESISTANCE: DISNEY'S NEW STAR WARS RIDE
Rise of the Resistance offers more than just thrills. - Ashley Carter


CHRISTMAS MOVIE SHOT IN BAY AREA OVER THE SUMMER NOW AVAILABLE
The new film “Elfette Saves Christmas” is available now. - Tim Wronka


CHEF'S KITCHEN: DELANEY'S TAVERN'S HONEY CHILI BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Check out there recipe here. - Allison Walker Torres


DISNEY SHARES SNEAK PEEK AT EPCOT'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SING ALONG
The new experience debuts January 17. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY SETS OPENING DATE FOR MICKEY AND MINNIE'S RUNAWAY RAILWAY
The attraction will put riders inside a Mickey cartoon short. - Ashley Carter


WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT EPCOT’S UPCOMING RATATOUILLE RIDE
It's scheduled to open next summer inside the park’s France pavilion. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY TO LIVE-STREAM EPCOT'S CANDLELIGHT PROCESSIONAL
Neil Patrick Harris will be the night's celebrity narrator. - Ashley Carter


GET PAID $1,000 TO BINGE 10 "STAR WARS" MOVIES
Do you have what it takes to watch every Star Wars movie back-to-back? - Ashley Carter


COLD WEATHER CLOSES ORLANDO WATER PARKS
The water parks will be closed Monday and Tuesday. - Ashley Carter


ST. PETE PUBLIC NUDE PHOTOGRAPHER FEATURED IN "DALI DOZEN" EXHIBIT
Photographer Harvey Drouillard will be one of twelve local up-and-coming artists featured at the Dali Dozen exhibit on Wednesday. - Josh Rojas


"FROZEN 2" BREAKS THANKSGIVING BOX OFFICE RECORD
“Frozen 2” kept a wintry wind at its back in its second week, setting a Thanksgiving record with a whopping box office bounty - Associated Press


PHOTOS: HOUSE LIT UP FOR THE SEASON? SEND US YOUR HOLIDAY HOMES
Are you obsessed with Christmas lights? Plan new themes every year and set them to music? - Spectrum News Staff


UNIVERSAL REVEALS CHARACTERS FOR INAUGURAL RACE WEEKEND
The event takes place February 1-2. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY DROPS NEW FOOTAGE OF STAR WARS: RISE OF THE RESISTANCE
The new Star Wars attraction opens December 5. - Ashley Carter


ON THE TOWN: NEXT GENERATION BALLET'S NUTCRACKER RETURNS TO STRAZ
Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker is happening this weekend and the Artistic Director says this year is bigger and better than ever. - Kim Leoffler


BLACK FRIDAY: AREA ATTRACTIONS ROLL OUT DEALS
Some of the deals include discounts on tickets and merchandise. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CANAVERAL NATIONAL SEASHORE
The expansive national park runs some 24 miles along the east coast of Florida. - Caitlin Wilson


RARE AFRICAN, OCEANIC ART COLLECTION ON DISPLAY AT LAKELAND MUSEUM
The rare private collection is on display for the first time at the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College. - Stephanie Claytor


CHEF'S KITCHEN: BRAISED CARAMELIZED PORK BELLY FROM TAMPA'S JULIAN RESTAURANT
Executive Chef Steven Hall from Julian Restaurant in Tampa prepares braised caramelized pork belly in the latest Chef’s Kitchen. - Melissa Eichman


ON THE TOWN: "GRASSHOPPER AND THE ANT" COMES TO ST. PETE'S MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Bugs aren't typically art, but in this exhibition by artist Jennifer Angus, the insects are in the spotlight. - Ashley Paul


PHOTOS: INSIDE ICE! FEATURING THE POLAR EXPRESS AT GAYLORD PALMS
Ice! is now open at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. - Spectrum News Staff


ON THE TOWN: DERMOT MULRONEY TALKS ANIMATED FILM "CATS"
Dermot Mulroney voices indoor cat named Blanket in "Cats" film. - Allison Walker Torres


WHITE CASTLE COMING TO ORLANDO WITH BIGGEST RESTAURANT
White Castle, the 98-year-old burger chain officially announced Monday that it was bringing its first Florida shop in over 50 years to Orlando. - Spectrum News Staff


EPCOT'S NEW SPACE RESTAURANT EYEING 2020 OPENING?
The restaurant is located next to the Mission: Space attraction. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: JAXSON’S ICE CREAM PARLOR IN DANIA BEACH
This mom-and-pop diner has stood the test of time. - Caitlin Wilson


CARNIVAL REVEALS MORE DETAILS ON ITS CRUISE SHIP ROLLER COASTER
The coaster will debut on Carnival's upcoming Mardis Gras ship. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY WORLD SHARES PEEK AT NEW CIRQUE DU SOLEIL SHOW
The new show is set to debut at Disney Springs in the spring. - Ashley Carter


LEGOLAND FLORIDA BRINGS BACK "KIDS GO FREE" OFFER
The deal is available for a limited time. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: CROCS & ALLIGATORS EXHIBIT AT FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The new exhibit features the history of crocodiles and alligators. - Caitlin Wilson


HOW TO SPEND THANKSGIVING AT THE THEME PARKS
Here are some things to know if spending the holiday at the parks. - Ashley Carter


CHEAP HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AROUND DISNEY WORLD
Here are a few activities that won't break the bank. - Ashley Carter


LATE RAPPER NIPSEY HUSSLE SCORES 3 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
Nipsey Hussle, who died in March and was nominated for best rap album earlier this year and scored three Grammy nominations. - Associated Press


CHEF'S KITCHEN: PAPPARDELLE WITH CREAMY MUSHROOM SAUCE
Recipe: A truffle oil-lover's delight - Allison Walker Torres


DISNEY, UNIVERSAL NAMED WINNERS OF ANNUAL THEA AWARDS
The winners were announced Tuesday at the IAAPA Expo. - Ashley Carter


SEAWORLD ORLANDO REVEALS ICE BREAKER COASTER VEHICLE
SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled the ride vehicle for Ice Breaker, its upcoming multi-launch family coaster. - Ashley Carter


BUSCH GARDENS UNVEILS RIDE VEHICLE FOR IRON GWAZI COASTER
A new record-breaking coaster is on the horizon for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY+ USER ACCOUNTS ALREADY FOUND ON HACKING SITES
Disney Plus says there's no security breach, but some users have been shut out after hackers tried to break into their accounts - Associated Press


LEGOLAND FLORIDA OPENS FLORIDA PREPAID SCHOOLHOUSE ATTRACTION
The attraction is an indoor play area that lets young visitors explore future careers. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY REVEALS NEW POSTER FOR MICKEY AND MINNIE'S RUNAWAY RAILWAY
The new attraction is set to debut spring 2020. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA THEME PARKS TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTS AT IAAPA EXPO
The annual expo has returned to Orlando. - Ashley Carter


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICKEY AND MINNIE MOUSE
The iconic characters turn 91 today. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO KICKS OFF ITS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Holiday Whovillations and magical celebrations are underway at Universal Orlando. - Spectrum News Staff


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CATTY SHACK RANCH
Step into a world of "big cats." - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: A TRIP BACK IN TIME AT THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME
The Ernest Hemingway Home gives visitors a look into the author’s life when he lived in Key West. - Caitlin Wilson


LINE UP FOR 2020 CLEARWATER SEA-BLUES FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
The City of Clearwater has released the line up for its 2020 Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival in February. - Spectrum News Staff


DUELING WATER SLIDE ATTRACTION SET FOR AQUATICA ORLANDO
Riptide Race will debut in 2020. - Ashley Carter


ON THE TOWN: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FESTIVAL OF TREES
Some of the finest, most over-the-top Christmas trees you've ever seen are now on display. - Allison Walker Torres


GET PAID $1,000 TO WATCH 24 HALLMARK MOVIES IN 12 DAYS
Do you love Hallmark Christmas movies? This might be the perfect challenge for you. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY OFFERING PASSHOLDER DISCOUNT AT NBA EXPERIENCE
The deal is available November 15-March 31. - Ashley Carter


ON THE TOWN: TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL YEAR
Tampa Museum of Art marks is celebrating their centennial year in 2020 with a special exhibit — The Making of a Museum: 100 Years, 100 Works. - Melissa Eichman


DISNEY TO LIVE-STREAM JINGLE BELL, JINGLE BAM FIREWORKS SHOW
The show features holiday music, special effects and fireworks. - Ashley Carter


LEGOLAND FLORIDA TO CLOSE STAR WARS MINILAND DISPLAY
Visitors can see the display through the end of the year. - Ashley Carter


CHRISTMAS TREE TRAIL TO RETURN TO DISNEY SPRINGS
More than 20 themed trees will be featured this year. - Ashley Carter


ZOOTAMPA CARING FOR ORPHANED FLORIDA PANTHER KITTENS
The mother was euthanized for unknown neurological disorder. - Ashley Carter


STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MUSIC LINEUP FOR 2020
The Florida Strawberry Festival has released its lineup of entertainers for the upcoming 2020 event. - Spectrum News Staff


DISNEY+ WARNS USERS OF MOVIES WITH "OUTDATED CULTURAL DEPICTIONS"
Films like Dumbo and Peter Pan come with disclaimers. - Ashley Carter


RON JON SURF SHOP SETS DATE FOR DISNEY SPRINGS DEBUT
The new 10,000 square foot store will be located in the Town Center area. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY REVEALS PERFORMERS FOR DISNEY ON BROADWAY CONCERT SERIES
The concert series takes place during the Festival of the Arts. - Ashley Carter


ON THE TOWN: EXPLORE HISTORY IN LEGO BRICKS AT TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
About two dozen historical moments were recreated with Lego bricks. - Kim Leoffler


RESCHEDULED: JIMMY BUFFETT'S 2019 TOUR
Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band were playing Tampa and Orlando in December. - Spectrum News Staff


DISNEY STREAMING SERVICE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES, SOME PROBLEMS REPORTED
Disney+ is available now. - Spectrum News Staff


MAN SUES MADONNA OVER LATE CONCERT START TIME
The man says the 10:30 p.m. start time is too late. - Spectrum News Staff


NEW HOLIDAY DECORATIONS ARRIVE AT DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM
Each land of the park has festive decor. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL SETS OPENING DATE FOR DOCKSIDE INN AND SUITES
The new value hotel is part of Universal's Endless Summer Resort. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM
You can honor veterans and active military members all year. - Caitlin Wilson


CHECK OUT THESE VETERANS DAY DEALS AT AREA ATTRACTIONS
Most of the deals include free admission. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: COME EXPLORE ARCADIA'S OPERA HOUSE, BIZARRE BIZARRE
Come explore the Arcadia's Opera House. - Caitlin Wilson


WATCH: DISNEY TO LIVE-STREAM NEW HOLIDAY FIREWORKS FROM MAGIC KINGDOM
The new show, Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, debuts November 8. - Ashley Carter


BERLIN WALL: WHERE TO SEE A PIECE OF HISTORY IN ORLANDO
The wall fell 30 years ago. - Ashley Carter


HOLIDAY TREATS SET FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
Holidays at Universal Orlando runs November 16-January 5. - Ashley Carter


CHRISTMAS TOWN TO RETURN TO BUSCH GARDENS
The event runs November 16-January 6. - Ashley Carter


NEW "RACE AGAINST THE SUN" EXHIBIT OPENS AT EPCOT'S MOROCCO PAVILION
The exhibit features immersive displays and photo ops. - Ashley Carter


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE SWAN & DOLPHIN FOOD AND WINE CLASSIC
Come explore at the Swan and Dolphin Resort. - Allison Walker Torres


DISNEY: REVENUE UP, ATTENDANCE FLAT AT THE THEME PARKS
The theme parks division made $6.7 billion. - Ashley Carter


SEAWORLD NAMES NEW CEO AMID ATTENDANCE DIP
Sergio D. Rivera has been tapped as SeaWorld's new CEO. - Ashley Carter


LEGOLAND FLORIDA ROLLS OUT HOLIDAY TICKET DEAL
The discounted tickets can be used through December 25. - Ashley Carter


CHEF'S KITCHEN: AMERICAN SOCIAL'S COUNTRY BISCUITS & GRAVY AND "BRUNCH IN THE KEYS"
Check out two very different ways to eat your eggs, courtesy of American Social. - Allison Walker Torres


ON THE TOWN: THE ORIGINS OF FANTASTICAL BEASTS AT THE BISHOP
Ready to have your Unicorn bubble burst? Fossils and faulty science made the glittery wonder possible. The Bishop Museum in Bradenton explains. - Virginia Johnson


UNIVERSAL WON'T BE CITED FOR ELECTRIC SHOCKS AT VOLCANO BAY
Lifeguards and visitors reported feeling electrical shocks in the water. - Ashley Carter


VETERANS GET FREE ADMISSION TO ISLAND H2O LIVE! WATER PARK
The deal is available November 6-11 with military ID. - Ashley Carter


BUSCH GARDENS TO CELEBRATE SESAME STREET 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The party will take place November 9-10. - Ashley Carter


UBER ADDS $4 SURCHARGE FOR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PICK-UPS
This is part of a deal between Universal, Uber. - Ashley Carter


WATCH: DISNEY HOLIDAY CASTLE LIGHTING FROM MAGIC KINGDOM
Lights transformed Cinderella Castle into an ice palace. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: DARK HORIZON, A WEST COAST STYLE HAUNTED ATTRACTION IN ORLANDO
A haunted house with a west-coast style is making its way to Orlando. - Caitlin Wilson


ON THE TOWN: INVERNESS FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Citrus County has hosted the Inverness Festival of the Arts for decades at the historic courthouse. - Melissa Eichman


DISNEY WORLD TO OFFER FREE CHIP AND DALE MAGNETS TO PASSHOLDERS
The magnets will be available during Epcot Festival of the Holidays. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: PUMPKIN SMASHING AT AXE ON AXE OFF IN ORLANDO
The new hatchet house in Orlando is putting a Halloween spin on axe throwing with its pumpkin smashing event. - Caitlin Wilson


MADAME TUSSAUDS ADDS BRAZILIAN FORMULA 1 DRIVER AYRTON SENNA
The wax figure will be in place through January. - Ashley Carter


SEAWORLD ORLANDO SETS DATES FOR CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
The holiday event runs November 23-December 31. - Ashley Carter


"FROZEN 2" TREATS ARRIVE AT DISNEY WORLD
Frozen 2 arrives in theaters on November 22. - Ashley Carter


BUSCH GARDENS HIRING 200 POSITIONS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
The theme park has part-time and full-time positions available. - Ashley Carter


UNIVERSAL PASSHOLDERS GET HOLIDAY PERKS
Perks include special viewing areas and exclusive magnets. - Ashley Carter


ON THE TOWN: DOWNTOWN ORLANDO GETS SPOOKY WITH COCKTAILS & SCREAMS
Downtown Orlando is getting a little spookier with the addition of a new Halloween themed bar. - Allison Walker Torres


"BALA" THE TIGER DIES AT BUSCH GARDENS AFTER INTERACTION WITH BROTHER
The 13-year-old Tiger had lived at the park since 2007. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY WORLD SHOWS OFF PLANT-BASED DISHES
More than 400 plant-based options are available. - Ashley Carter


WATCH: DISNEY WORLD SHARES PREVIEW OF NEW CHRISTMAS FIREWORKS SHOW
Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show debuts November 8. - Ashley Carter


LEGOLAND FLORIDA TO CELEBRATE "YEAR OF THE PIRATE" WITH NEW HOTEL, EVENT
The theme park has announced a pirate-themed lineup. - Ashley Carter


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