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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

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


IT'S 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


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO SEEKING DANCERS FOR HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
The event will run September 3-October 31. - Ashley Carter


NEW RUNDISNEY VIRTUAL SERIES PAYS TRIBUTE TO “THE LION KING”
The virtual event will include three different 5Ks. - Ashley Carter


DEPUTIES: LOUISIANA MAN ARRESTED AT DISNEY SPRINGS AFTER REFUSING TEMPERATURE CHECK
Kelly Sills, 47, is scheduled to appear in court Monday on a charge of trespass. - Mark Boxley


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: WORLD'S LARGEST MAN-MADE GATOR LIVES AT JUNGLE ADVENTURES
The park also is home to the 200-foot-long Swampy. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TREKKING THROUGH RAINBOW SPRINGS STATE PARK
Rainbow Springs State Park has a rich history. - Caitlin Wilson


COMMUNITY REMEMBERS LONGTIME TAMPA RADIO PERSONALITY TEDD WEBB
His family made the announcement Tuesday. Webb went into hospice care last week. - Spectrum News Staff


CHEF'S KITCHEN: EASTER BRUNCH IDEAS FROM CHEF DAVID HACKETT
Here are some Easter egg brunch ideas. - Allison Walker


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: WINDOW WASHER'S HUMOROUS OUTLOOK
Nick Karras, a window-washing gardener in Bradenton, is leaning on a humorous outlook on life as he waits for the end of the pandemic. - Virginia Johnson


KISSIMMEE PASTOR EARNS SPOT ON "THE VOICE"
Jose Figueroa has been holding a mic since he was 3 years old. - Stephanie Bechara


FLORIDA MANATEE FESTIVAL UNDERWAY IN CITRUS COUNTY
The festival usually brings thousands of people to Crystal River. - Katya Guillaume


BUSCH GARDENS ADDS MORE CONCERTS TO FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
The additional concerts mean concerts will also take place on Sundays in the month of April. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: LIPIZZAN STALLIONS PUT ON MAJESTIC SHOW
Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions ranch carries on a family tradition. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TAKING A RIVERBOAT CRUISE ON THE ST. JOHNS RIVER
Explore St. Johns River while learning its history. - Caitlin Wilson


WWE MOVING WRESTLING SHOWS FROM TROPICANA FIELD TO YUENGLING CENTER
After a four-month run at Tropicana Field, WWE is moving its Monday Night Raw show to the Yuengling Center at USF. - Spectrum News Staff


10 TAMPA BAY OUTDOOR DAY TRIPS TO TAKE BEFORE SUMMER
Get outside before it gets too hot. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA STATE FAIR ANNOUNCES 2021 ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP
From a demolition derby to animal races, this year has it all. - Scott Harrell


9 QUESTIONS WITH... TAMPA MUSICIAN AND BOOKER MARK WARREN
He's a veteran local guitarist and the man to know to play one of Tampa's hippest venues. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: BARTOW'S UNFILTERED SERVES COFFEE, CREATIVITY
You'll find familiar sounds inside a weathered building in Bartow that houses Unfiltered Coffee. - Caitlin Wilson


CHASCO FIESTA SCRAPPED AGAIN, BUT NATIVE AMERICAN POW WOW RETURNS
It's the second year in a row the iconic event was canceled. - Tim Wronka


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: BONNET HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENS
Bonnet House is open for limited house and ground tours. - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: NEW PUNJAB INDIAN RESTAURANT BRINGS LIFE TO CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA
Find out how to make chicken tikka masala. - Allison Walker


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: HORROR FILMMAKER SAW INCREASE IN WORK DURING PANDEMIC
For a decade, Sean Donahue has bathed in the gore and the glow of horror movie making, along with organizing the Tampa Bay Screams Horror Convention. - Virginia Johnson


A TIKI BAR BOAT IS LIKE A VACATION IN OUR BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD
What says “St. Pete” more than a day spent on the water? - Ashley Paul


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: WOMAN FINDS SUCCESS IN NANNY, SWIM COACH SERVICE DURING THE PANDEMIC
When Shannon Foreman lost her job, she enacted her business plan for a nanny swim service. - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART’S NEW EXHIBIT DAZZLES
The new exhibit is the acclaimed Glasstree. - Caitlin Wilson


BUSCH GARDENS’ NEW GIRAFFE BAR TO OPEN THIS MONTH
A soft opening is scheduled for March 19. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TAKE FLIGHT AT FLAMINGO GARDENS
Flamingo Gardens has more than just birds. - Caitlin Wilson


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: PERSONAL SHOPPER STARTS OWN BUSINESS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF HER CLIENTS
Tameka Fountaine's personal shopping business became a lifeline for people trying to survive a pandemic. - Virginia Johnson


TAMPA FILM CREWS WEIGH IN ON HOW TO ATTRACT MORE PRODUCTIONS
Tampa Bay Filmmakers and production crews say they are beginning to see business pick up again. - Fadia Patterson


SWAN AND DOLPHIN TO HOLD SPRING EDITION OF FOOD & WINE CLASSIC
The event will be held in April. - Ashley Carter


WRESTLEMANIA 37 TICKETS GO ON SALE NEXT TUESDAY
Pro wrestling's signature event returns to Tampa in April. - Spectrum News Staff


FLORAL CITY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN CITRUS COUNTY
Despite rain and humidity, Saturday's event was well attended. - Katya Guillaume


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: RACERS START THEIR ENGINES AT SEBRING RACEWAY
The Sebring International Raceway has a lot of history. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: FIND SOME LAUGHS, HISTORY AT NATIONAL COMEDY HALL OF FAME
The National Comedy Hall of Fame is filled with history. - Caitlin Wilson


UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESUMES CONSTRUCTION ON EPIC UNIVERSE
The restart will take several months to ramp up to full speed as the company reassembles teams and workers, it said. - Ashley Carter


CHEF’S KITCHEN: THE WHARF'S SIGNATURE OYSTERS, ABITA SHRIMP
There is a lot of taste in the Wharf's oyster and shrimp dish. - Allison Walker


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: LONGTIME TAMPA CHEF DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
Bailey is a longtime chef, caterer, foodie consultant, and radio host in the Tampa Bay area. - Virginia Johnson


BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMER TRACY MCGRADY OPENS SPORTS-STYLED RESTAURANT IN LAKELAND
Tracy McGrady is a seven time NBA All-Star and Auburndale native who is investing in his hometown community. - Ashonti Ford


DISNEY MOVES LARGE "HARMONIOUS" RING ONTO EPCOT LAGOON
Work on the new nighttime spectacular at Epcot has reached another milestone. - Ashley Carter


CRYING IN MY CAR: FORMER TEACHER HELPING CURRENT ONES LAUGH DURING PANDEMIC
Devin Siebold left teaching after the pandemic broke out to focus on his comedy career full-time, but he is gearing his humor toward classroom life. - Laurie Davison


VOLCANO BAY WELCOMES BACK VISITORS AFTER SEASONAL CLOSURE
The park is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until pandemic-related capacity is reached - Spectrum News Staff


"NOMADLAND," "BORAT," "THE CROWN" HEADLINE BICOASTAL GLOBES
The show was hosted by Tina Fey, who was in New York, and Amy Poehler, who was in Los Angeles. - Associated Press


LIVE UPDATES: 78TH ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS PRESENTED; NOMADLAND WINS BEST DRAMA FILM; ANDRA DAY WINS BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Follow along for all the highlights as they happen during Sunday's ceremony. - Spectrum News Staff


LADY GAGA'S DOGS RECOVERED SAFELY
Lady Gaga’s representative and detectives confirmed the identity of the dogs. - Associated Press


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TAKE AN AIRBOAT TOUR TO EXPLORE THE EVERGLADES
Get to see the swamps and wildlife that the Everglades have to offer. - Caitlin Wilson


LADY GAGA'S DOG WALKER SHOT, FRENCH BULLDOGS STOLEN IN LA
The singer is offering a $500,000 reward. - Associated Press


CEO: PORT CANAVERAL CRUISES "IN THE HANDS OF THE CDC" AS COVID-19 PANDEMIC CONTINUES
Port officials say they have experienced a $14 million loss just since October. - Greg Pallone


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: DINOSAURS INVADE LEU GARDENS
Leu Gardens has a dinosaur problem. - Caitlin Wilson


SPRINGSTEEN FINED FOR DRINKING IN PARK; DWI, RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGES DROPPED
Bruce Springsteen pleaded guilty Wednesday to drinking alcohol in a national park after a prosecutor dropped drunken and reckless driving charges. - Ryan Chatelain


DESANTIS ORDERS FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF STAFF FOR RUSH LIMBAUGH
The order is not statewide. - Dale Greenstein


HILLARY CLINTON, LOUISE PENNY CO-WRITING MYSTERY NOVEL
One of the world's better known fans of mystery novels, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is now writing one. - Associated Press


ST. PETE BEACH RANKED NO. 1 IN U.S. BY TRIPADVISOR
The beach also landed at No. 5 worldwide. - Scott Harrell


DISNEY WORLD PASSHOLDERS CAN PICK UP THIS DONALD DUCK MAGNET
The complimentary magnet is being given out during the week. - Ashley Carter


“LOCALTOPIA” BRINGS HOPE TO ST. PETERSBURG VENDORS
Despite the pandemic, organizers pulled off the event which showcases Bay Area vendors. - Tim Wronka


"KIMYE" IS NO MORE: KARDASHIAN FILES TO DIVORCE WEST
The couple has been married for six-and-a-half years. - Associated Press


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: FORT LAUDERDALE CAN BE EXPLORED BY WATER TAXI
Tour allows visitors to see the area at their own pace - Caitlin Wilson


TAMPA ROCK BAND THINKS THEIR NEW SINGLE COULD ATTRACT TOURISTS TO FLORIDA
The song is titled “Sunshine State.” - Mitch Perry


DOLLY PARTON ASKS TENNESSEE LEGISLATORS TO PULL BILL ERECTING STATUE IN HER HONOR
Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced legislation that would place a statue of Parton in the state’s Capitol. - Rachel Tillman


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: JACKSONVILLE’S MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY ALLOWS YOU TO EXPLORE
Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History offers different exhibits. - Caitlin Wilson


"MOVIE THEATER OF THE FUTURE" OPENING IN WESLEY CHAPEL
The new Grove Theater, Bistro and Entertainment Complex, is renovated from the old Cobb Theater in Wesley Chapel. - Tim Wronka


DEMI LOVATO REVEALS SHE HAS BRAIN DAMAGE FROM 2018 OVERDOSE
The 28-year-old singer had three strokes and a heart attack, leaving her with physical limitations. - Associated Press


CHEF’S KITCHEN: CHICKEN TORTA & SHRIMP TACO BY LIME FRESH MEXICAN GRILL
Enjoy the tastes of chicken torta and shrimp taco. - Allison Walker


PIRATE INVASION OF TAMPA CALLED OFF: GASPARILLA 2021 CANCELED AMID PANDEMIC
The iconic Tampa pirate invasion had originally been postponed to April. - Josh Rojas


NICKI MINAJ'S FATHER KILLED BY HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER, POLICE SAY
Police are asking any witnesses to the fatal crash to come forward. - Associated Press and Spectrum News Staff


PHILANTHROPIST GIVES LADIES MINK LASHES FOR VALENTINES DAY
Sunday was Valentine’s Day, and one Florida man spent it making women feel special by sending them home with mink eyelashes. - Ashonti Ford


DUCHESS OF SUSSEX EXPECTING 2ND CHILD, A SIBLING FOR ARCHIE
A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the news on Valentine's Day. - Associated Press


FLORAL SHOPS SEEING DECLINING VALENTINE'S DAY BUSINESS AMIDST PANDEMIC
Lack of product is no issue, but lack of customers is for Bay Area floral shops on Valentine's Day weekend. - Ashley Paul


SINGER RICKY MARTIN JOINS EFFORTS TO BUILD PULSE MEMORIAL
Singer Ricky Martin will be a spokesman for the foundation that is building the Pulse memorial and museum. - Associated Press


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE APOLOGIZES TO BRITNEY SPEARS, JANET JACKSON AMID DOCUMENTARY BACKLASH
The apology came in the wake of an explosive New York Times' documentary entitled "Framing Britney Spears." - Rachel Tillman


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: IT’S THE SURVIVAL OF THE … SLOWEST
The exhibit looks at some of the slowest animals. - Caitlin Wilson


JAZZ ICON CHICK COREA PASSES AWAY AT 79
Corea passed away from a rare form of cancer, a post on his official Facebook page reads. - Spectrum News Staff


NEW PIRATE-THEMED SHOW AT LEGOLAND FEATURES STUNTS ON WATER
Athletes perform wakeboarding, barefoot-skiing, and fly-boarding stunts - Ashley Carter


GINA CARANO FIRED FROM "MANDALORIAN," DROPPED BY AGENCY AMID OUTRAGE OVER SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Lucasfilm called her social media posts "abhorrent and unacceptable" - Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: A LITTLE SLEIGHT OF HAND AT MUSEUM OF ILLUSION
Each illusion has a fun and strange twist. - Caitlin Wilson


HUSTLER PUBLISHER LARRY FLYNT DIES AT 78
Flynt's nephew, Jimmy Flynt Jr., told The Associated Press that Flynt died Wednesday of heart failure at his Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles. - Associated Press


CAROLE KING, JAY-Z, DEVO, TINA TURNER HEADLINE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2021 NOMINEES
Nearly half of the nominees are led by women. - Lydia Taylor


TAMPA DANCER MAKES HISTORY AS SUPER BOWL HALFTIME’S FIRST DISABLED PERFORMER
Joshua Felder's TikTok dance routines got him noticed by the NFL. - Gabrielle Arzola


LONGEST-REIGNING ORIGINAL SUPREME MARY WILSON DIES AT 76
The cause of her death has not been released. - Associated Press


SUPER BOWL EVE BUSY, OFTEN MASKLESS IN TAMPA
Revelers in Ybor City ignore mandates to celebrate the Big Game. - Scott Harrell


PIRATE SHIP LASER SHOW LIGHTS UP TAMPA ON SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
There’s plenty of space to spread out and watch the spectacular display. - Dale Greenstein


A QUIET RADIO ROW BROADCASTS FROM TAMPA
It’s a lot different than in years past. - Tim Wronka


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: MISSING OUT ON MILLIONS
It’s the plight of so many restaurants and venues during this Super Bowl week as the pandemic continues to make gathering in large crowds dangerous. - Virginia Johnson


OSCAR WINNER, "SOUND OF MUSIC" STAR CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER DIES
Christopher Plummer whose prolific career spanned over seven decades, died Friday, according to his talent agent. - Associated Press


SUPER BOWL 2021 VS 2003: TVS NOW COMPARED TO TVS BACK THEN
The look and price of home TVs are strikingly different compared to when people last watched the Bucs play in the Super Bowl in 2003. - Tim Wronka


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: SIGHTSEEING KAMPONG’S BOTANICAL GARDEN
Check out the Kampong, a botanical garden. - Caitlin Wilson


SUPER BOWL HALFTIME ARTIST THE WEEKND TALKS ABOUT HIS LOVE OF TAMPA
Super star recording artist The Weeknd addressed reporters from a Tampa virtual news conference, and he’s got fond memories of Cigar City. - Virginia Johnson


LOCAL BUCS ANTHEM PREDICTS SUPER BOWL APPEARANCE
A must add to the Super Bowl play list is a Buccaneers anthem written by a local artist. - Erin Murray


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