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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

HERE ARE YOUR TAMPA BAY HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR 2021
They're so good it's scary. - Scott Harrell


ST. PETE BEACH INSTALLS FULLY AUTOMATED PADDLE BOARD RENTAL STATIONS
St. Pete Beach installed four fully automated paddle board rental stations across the city Tuesday. - Josh Rojas


GRAB YOUR SNORKEL, CRUISING RETURNS TO PORT TAMPA BAY AFTER AN 18-MONTH SHUTDOWN
Royal Caribbean is the first cruise line to set sail Saturday after an 18-month shutdown due to the pandemic. - Jason Lanning


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: EXPLORE THE WORLD OF MAGIC AT ALCHEMY AND ASHES
Explore the world of magic at Alchemy and Ashes - Caitlin Wilson


CROWDER JOINS LINEUP FOR ROCK THE UNIVERSE 2022 AT UNIVERSAL
The weekend-long event is scheduled for Jan. 28-30. - Spectrum News Staff


DISNEY REVEALS ENTERTAINMENT EXCLUSIVES FOR VERY MERRIEST AFTER HOURS
“Mickey & Minnie’s Very Merry Memories” is the latest yuletide celebration on stage. - Deanna Gugel


ADVENTURE ISLAND TO OPEN RAPIDS RACER, WAHOO REMIX RIDES IN MARCH 2022
The park is now open all year. - Deanna Gugel


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: FAMILY FUN ON THE FARM AT THIS PLANT CITY FALL FEST
Family fun on the farm at this Plant City Fall Fest - Caitlin Wilson


ADELE SAYS HER NEW ALBUM, '30,' IS BEING RELEASED NOV. 19
A new single, "Easy on Me," is being released on Friday. - Associated Press


UT SENIOR FROM LAKELAND POISED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEBUT AT STAGEWORKS THEATRE
Born to go bad, UT Senior thespian showcases devilish humor as demon summoned in rock horror show Evil Dead: The Musical at Stageworks Theatre. - Virginia Johnson


DOLPHIN TALE PRODUCER LURES NEW FILMS TO PINELLAS COUNTY
Four of those films are thriller type movies for Lifetime. The fifth film is a big budget romantic comedy with a couple of well-known actors. - Josh Rojas


MUSIC ADDS A NEW DIMENSION TO ART AT LAKELAND MUSEUM, COURTESY OF THE LAKELAND SYMPHONY
Lakeland Symphony Orchestra members lay down soundtrack under favorite pieces at the Polk Museum of Art. - Virginia Johnson


GAYLORD PALMS TO OFFER ‘ELF’-THEMED EXPERIENCE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
The resort has shared the lineup for its Christmas at Gaylord Palms event. - Ashley Carter


PRINTMAKER SHARES LOVE OF COLLABORATIVE WORK AT USF GRAPHICSTUDIO
Tim Baker has been making art at USF Graphicstudio for 30 years. - Virginia Johnson


GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL INVADES DOWNTOWN TAMPA THIS WEEKEND
This year, in addition to your ticket, you’ll also need to provide proof of a negative COVID test, or proof that you’re fully vaccinated. - Fallon Silcox


TAMPA PARKS & REC DEPARTMENT WINS NATIONAL AWARD, REACCREDITATION
Fewer than 200 agencies nationwide are accredited. - Scott Harrell


LIVE UPDATES: DISNEY WORLD CELEBRATING HALF A CENTURY IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
Follow along as our Attraction Insider gears up for the celebration. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY WORLD'S 'FIRST FAMILY' REMEMBERS EXCITEMENT OF OPENING DAY
The first family to visit Disney World on opening day 50 years ago remembers "unbelievable" experience. - Rebecca Turco


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TRAM TOURS RETURN TO MIXON FRUIT FARM IN TIME FOR FALL
The farm even has an animal center. - Caitlin Wilson


TRADEWINDS RESORT BRINGS BUCS BEACH BASH BACK TO ST. PETE BEACH
Cheer on the Super Bowl champs from the sand. - Scott Harrell


FRIDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE RETURNS TO HISTORIC ST. PETERSBURG COURTS
After a pause during the pandemic, the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Court has resumed Friday Night Shuffle: BYOB with music and lessons. - Virginia Johnson


SMASHED! IN BRADENTON OFFERS RAGE RELEASE ON RUMMAGED GOODS
It’s a business based on people’s need to blow off steam. - Virginia Johnson


AUTOPSY: ACTOR MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS DIED OF DRUG INTOXICATION
Williams had drugs including fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in his system when he died Sept. 6 in Brooklyn. - Associated Press


BAY AREA PINBALL PROFESSIONAL LIVING THE GAMER DREAM
Pinball games have evolved, and along with originals, the Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs carries the latest pinball releases as well. - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: LEARN TO RIDE DIRT BIKES IN BUSHNELL
Learn to ride dirt bikes in Bushnell with Dirt Bike Doug - Caitlin Wilson


SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY CELEBRATES THEIR RESCUED ALLIGATORS
Alligators celebrate their birthday very close to one another, so the Gator Crusader is throwing them a party, along with educational presentations. - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: EXPLORE THE WORLD OF GAMING INSIDE AN ARCADE BAR
Explore the world of gaming inside an arcade bar - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: HOMEMADE CURRY LAKSA RAMEN BY HAWKERS
Chef Allen Lo dedicates his childhood staple to his beloved grandma. - Allison Walker


HOWL-O-SCREAM: THINK YOU CAN SCARE ME? I LIVED THROUGH 2020!
Howl-O-Scream is turning up the fear volume to 11. Busch Gardens opened the scare fest a week earlier this year- September 10th through October 31st. - Virginia Johnson


GASPARILLA MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL 2021 LINEUP, SCHEDULE
It's time to start deciding when you need to be where at Tampa's biggest concert. - Scott Harrell


TAMPA'S GUAVAWEEN WON'T RETURN IN 2021, BUT THERE'S PLENTY TO DO
Here are some alternative Tampa Bay fall events. - Scott Harrell


STRAZ CENTER GUESTS MUST SHOW NEGATIVE COVID TEST OR VACCINATION PROOF
Starting Sept. 18, Straz Center guests will be required to show a negative covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance. - Spectrum News Staff


CHEF'S KITCHEN: USING MARINE BIOLOGY TO PICK THE RIGHT FISH
Black or Red Grouper? One marine biologist says Black Grouper is where it’s at or eating She grilled up a Grouper Reuben at her market in Palmetto. - Virginia Johnson


WHERE TO CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST IN TAMPA BAY
There are plenty of opportunities to pull on the lederhosen. - Scott Harrell


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT UNIVERSAL'S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
After a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, Halloween Horror Nights has returned - Caitlin Wilson


REMY'S RATATOUILLE ADVENTURE SQUEAKS INTO FRANCE PAVILION AT EPCOT
Disney offered a preview of the expanded France Pavilion at Epcot. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure squeaks in as the headliner. - Marisa Silvas


GULFPORT'S GECKOFEST RETURNS THIS WEEKEND FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY
The annual spate of parties was canceled last year due to COVID. - Scott Harrell


9 QUESTIONS WITH... TAMPA BAY PERFORMER MATTHEW MCGEE
Get to know the joyful gender-bending actor and comic. - Scott Harrell


FAIRGROUNDS ST. PETE OFFERS INTERACTIVE ART ADVENTURES
Fairgrounds St. Pete is an arts destination featuring interactive and immersive experiences. - Jorja Roman


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: CARSON SPRINGS WILDLIFE PROVIDES SANCTUARY FOR EXOTIC ANIMALS
Carson Springs Wildlife provides sanctuary for exotic animals - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF’S KITCHEN: USING WOODFIRE COOKING TO MAKE A PORK PORTERHOUSE SQUEAL
Chef Jason Campbell of Luke's Kitchen and Bar knows how to sizzle up a good pork porterhouse. - Allison Walker


CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘DOLPHIN TALE’
“Dolphin Tale,” the film that made Winter the Dolphin famous, is now turning 10! - Tim Wronka


DISNEY WORLD REVEALS NEW ANNUAL PASSES, SETS SALE DATE
The new passes will go on sale September 8. - Ashley Carter


THE EVER-EVOLVING AND CHANGING MURAL SCENE OF ST. PETE
More than 400 murals look out onto the St. Pete landscape - the murals that bathe the city in life. - Virginia Johnson


9 QUESTIONS WITH... ST. PETE AUTHOR CRAIG PITTMAN
The former Tampa Bay Times columnist knows Florida. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: A HONEY OF A TIME AT HERITAGE BEE FARM
The Vazquez family is always a buzz at their Heritage Bee Farm. - Caitlin Wilson


MENU FOR HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS FEATURES DELICIOUSLY DEVILISH TREATS
The themes are based mostly on the event's haunted houses. - Spectrum News Staff


ST. PETE PAWS INITIATIVE CELEBRATES DOG-FRIENDLY LOCAL BUSINESSES
Enjoy National Dog Day at a certified Mayor's Pet-Friendly Business. - Scott Harrell


FROM FIRST-TIMERS TO SEA DOGS, ANYONE CAN LEARN TO SAIL IN ST. PETE
It's a chance to disconnect and recharge — while social distancing. - Virginia Johnson


ST. PETE RAPPER ADDRESSES ADDICTION, ENVIRONMENT IN HIS MUSIC
Alexander "Dephree" Dunn gets personal to make universal connections. - Scott Harrell


HUGH JACKMAN PEDDLES THE PAST IN NEW SCI-FI THRILLER 'REMINISCENCE'
“Reminiscence” is a sci-fi thriller set in a futuristic Miami where the dark underworld lives in broad daylight. - George Whipple


SEAWORLD'S ICE BREAKER COASTER GETS 2022 OPENING DATE
The theme park announced Monday the opening timeline for its newest coaster, Ice Breaker. - Ashley Carter


HIGHLY DECORATED FLORIDA DACHSHUND IS PREPARING FOR MAJOR COMPETITIONS
Highly decorated Florida dachshund is preparing for upcoming competitions in both wiener racing and dock diving. - Stephanie Coueignoux


9 QUESTIONS WITH... TAMPA MUSIC PROMOTER JOE D'ACUNTO
The man with the plan for bands. - Scott Harrell


FORMER COMIC IS SERIOUS ABOUT RUNNING FOR FLORIDA'S 15TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
The 37-year-old that says younger people want more representation in D.C. - Mitch Perry


MAGIC THEATER, LISTENING BAR ADD TO ST. PETE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS
As nightlife returns, new experiences arrive. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TAKE A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH AMELIA ISLAND ON AN ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD
Amelia Island is a historic coastal community full of history and small-town charm, but the best way to see it might not be quite what you expect! - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: CHILEAN SEA BASS AND FLORIDA GROUPER BY EUPHORIA FISH HOUSE
An Irish chef, ironically, brings the taste of the tropics at Margaritaville Resort in Kissimmee. - Allison Walker


17 MONTHS OF DRAMATIC ANTICIPATION POURS ONTO THE STAGE
How patient is Heather Krueger? 17 months patient. The Bay Area actor returns to the stage at the Straz Center in Tampa for "Shout! The Mod Musical." - Virginia Johnson


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL'S 'DRAWN TO LIFE' TO OPEN AT DISNEY SPRINGS IN NOVEMBER
Tickets for the show go on sale August 20. - Ashley Carter


MEGACON RETURNS: STAN LEE LOOKALIKE DAZZLES GUESTS THIS YEAR
Dan Gruden is cosplaying the late Stan Lee at MegaCon this year. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: HISTORY IS RICH AT THE RICHLOAM COUNTRY STORE
Take a walk back in time at the Richloam General Store. - Caitlin Wilson


MEGACON RETURNS TO ORLANDO THIS WEEK
The event runs August 12-15 at the Orange County Convention Center - Ashley Carter


TAMPA VIRTUAL PRODUCTION STUDIO, AI SCRIPT, ELEVATE UT SUMMER FILM CLASS
A University of Tampa film class is getting a crash course this summer on the freshest movie technology with a script by artificial intelligence - Virginia Johnson


MARKIE POST, TV VETERAN ACTOR OF ‘NIGHT COURT,’ DIES AT 70
Post died Saturday after a years-long battle with cancer. - Associated Press


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: EXPLORING THE VINTAGE HISTORY OF FAR FOREST
The Far Forest is a meeting place for the community. - Caitlin Wilson


SEVERAL BAY AREA ENTERTAINMENT VENUES NOW REQUIRING INDOOR MASKS AGAIN
The changes come after the CDC adjusted its guidelines, encouraging even vaccinated people to wear their masks again while indoors. - Ashley Paul


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


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