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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

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GETMYBOAT OFFERS "SAILGATING" FOR SUPER BOWL LV IN TAMPA BAY
GetMyBoat says "sailgating" is an option to celebrate Super Bowl socially distanced. - Jorja Roman


DISNEY'S JUNGLE CRUISE ATTRACTION IS GETTING AN UPDATE
The attraction's story will be changed to make it more inclusive. - Ashley Carter


“KEEP THE SOUND ALIVE:” REMEMBERING FLORIDA MUSICIAN TOMMY MARA
His children say his real hobby was his family. - Tim Wronka


DISNEY: “FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING” TO RETURN THIS SUMMER
A modified version of the show is on the way. - Ashley Carter


CHEF'S KITCHEN: MOTORWORKS MONSTER AND DEVILS ON HORSEBACK APPETIZER
Motorworks features comfort food, minus the fryer - Allison Walker Torres


LARRY KING’S SON TALKS PIZZA, COVID-19 AND HIS FAMOUS DAD
He and his father were set to launch a new business together last year. But then Larry Sr. tested positive for coronavirus. - Dave Jordan


PHIL SPECTOR, FAMED MUSIC PRODUCER AND MURDERER, DEAD AT 81
Spector was serving a prison sentence handed to him by a Los Angeles jury in 2019. - Yazmin Cruz


BETTY WHITE MARKS 99TH BIRTHDAY SUNDAY; UP LATE AS SHE WANTS
“Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email. - Associated Press


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: VETERAN PIVOTS NEW BREWERY BUSINESS TO SUCCESS IN PANDEMIC
U.S. Marine Combat Veteran James Coleman owns Bayboro Brewery. - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: SET THE SCENE FOR A UNIQUE PHOTO EXPERIENCE AT WALL CRAWL ORLANDO
Wall Crawl Orlando first opened in 2019 as a unique photography experience for a one of a kind photo shoot. - Caitlin Wilson


AMID PANDEMIC, MANATEE COUNTY FAIR GOES ON
The Manatee County Fair is the state’s first fair of 2021 which means amid the pandemic, all eyes will be on them as doors open Thursday. - Angie Angers


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: RELIVE YOUR ARCADE DAYS AT REPLAY MUSEUM
Video games have been around for decades, but with all the new technology and gaming consoles, we may have forgotten just how far they've come. - Caitlin Wilson


FIRST KEN JENNINGS-HOSTED "JEOPARDY!" EPISODE TO AIR MONDAY
Jennings will be the first of what the show described as "a series of interim guest hosts from within the 'Jeopardy!' family." - City News Service


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: BROKEN PLATES HELP JUDGMENT DURING PANDEMIC
Susan Curry is a self-taught artist. - Virginia Johnson


FAMED CHEF WOLFGANG PUCK TALKS ADAPTING TO PANDEMIC, INDUSTRY'S FUTURE
The celebrated restaurateur remains optimistic despite challenges brought on by COVID-19. - Will Sayre


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: GO WILD AT SANDLOT OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE PARK
The park is located in Punta Gorda, Florida. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: ESCAPE TO THE BUREAU'S ROOMS OF ADVENTURES
The venue features three very different challenges to conquer - Caitlin Wilson


DR. DRE'S BRENTWOOD HOME REPORTEDLY TARGETED WHILE HE'S IN HOSPITAL
Suspects have reportedly been taken into custody. - City News Service


MEGACON ORLANDO 2021 GETS PUSHED TO AUGUST
The convention was initially scheduled for March. - Ashley Carter


CHEF’S KITCHEN: SORT O' REUBEN AND BEACH HIPPIE BITES
Who doesn't like an open-face Ruben sandwich? - Allison Walker Torres


GRAMMY AWARDS SHIFT TO MARCH DUE TO PANDEMIC CONDITIONS
The annual show would shift from its original Jan. 31 broadcast to March 14. - Associated Press


"PROP BETTING" ON THE SUPER BOWL, AND WHY MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T
You can make some weird and wild bets on things happening during the Super Bowl, just probably not in Florida. - Scott Harrell


TANYA ROBERTS DEAD AT 65 OF COMPLICATIONS FROM URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Roberts, who was 65, was taken to the hospital after collapsing on Christmas Eve. - City News Service


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: ZOOM, CHEESE AND FOOD BLOGGING
A Tampa Bay area food blogger is the new face of Cheeselandia—a group promoting Wisconsin cheese. It started with a Zoom call. - Virginia Johnson


DISNEY TO OFFER PRE-RECORDED “FANTASY IN THE SKY” FIREWORKS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE
You can watch Disney World fireworks from home. - Ashley Carter


HERE'S HOW AREA ATTRACTIONS ARE CELEBRATING NEW YEAR'S EVE
Some area attractions are offering modified celebrations for New Year's Eve. - Ashley Carter


FROM HOPPIN' JOHN TO CHAMPAGNE: 9 NEW YEAR'S EVE FOOD SUPERSTITIONS
With a new year comes new resolutions -- health-related ones, often. But first, one more day or two of eating. - Christie Zizo


BAY AREA ENTERTAINMENT VENUES HOPE COVID RELIEF BILL SERVES AS LIFELINE
The COVID-19 relief bill signed by the president on Sunday allocates $15 billion in grants to live entertainment venues. - Ashley Paul


"GILLIGAN'S ISLAND" ACTRESS DAWN WELLS DIES OF COVID-19
Wells, who portrayed farm girl, Mary Ann, was 82. - City News Service


HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE FILM CREWS TO CONSIDER PAUSING ACTIVITIES
Should the film industry be shut down during the COVID-19 surge? - City News Service


ZOOTAMPA ANIMALS OPEN CHRISTMAS PRESENTS OF THEIR OWN
Christmas gift giving also happens in the wild. - Niamh Larkin


KOBE, RBG, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, ALEX TREBEK: REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST IN 2020
In a year defined by a devastating pandemic, the world lost icons who helped define their genres. - Associated Press and Spectrum News Staff


30 YEARS AFTER MOVIE'S DEBUT, "EDWARD SCISSORHANDS" HOME STILL CAPTIVATES
The Tampa Bay-area house used as the main filming location was recently bought by a couple with a special connection to the movie. - Sarah Blazonis


MICHAEL JACKSON'S NEVERLAND RANCH SOLD TO BILLIONAIRE
The asking price of the property was $100 million in 2016 then dropped to $67 million a year later. It was sold for $22 million. - Associated Press


'EDWARD SCISSORHANDS,' NOW 30, WAS FILMED AT THESE TAMPA BAY LOCATIONS
Perhaps the world's weirdest Christmas movie was shot in Lutz, Lakeland and beyond. - Scott Harrell


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: RUSTY ANCHOR'S TOURS GET FESTIVE
A trip around Lake Dora provides a unique view of holiday lights - Caitlin Wilson


JEREMY BULLOCH, BOBA FETT IN FIRST "STAR WARS" TRILOGY, DIES
Bulloch died at a London hospital from health complications after years of living with Parkinson’s disease. - Associated Press


GATORLAND HOSTING FIRST-EVER HOLIDAY HO HO HO-DOWN EVENT
The event takes place select dates this month. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: TIME TO GO SNOW TUBING
You can now go snow tubing in Florida. - Caitlin Wilson


FLORIDA STATE FAIR MOVED TO APRIL BECAUSE OF PANDEMIC
The fair's Board of Directors has postponed the event until April. It was originally scheduled for February 11-22. - Spectrum News Staff


BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY TO OFFER MODIFIED NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
Visitors can celebrate during the day or at night. - Ashley Carter


ON A MISSION: TOM CRUISE INSISTS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING ON SET
Cruise launched a rant at colleagues on the set of his latest movie after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to respect social distancing. - Associated Press


MUSEUM OF ILLUSIONS ORLANDO SETS OPENING DATE
The new attraction is located at ICON Park. - Ashley Carter


TOM HANKS ON HIS COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS AND JOURNEY TO RECOVERY
Hanks was one of the first high-profile figures to be diagnosed with coronavirus. - Bianca Rae


ST. PETE'S CHRISTMAS HOUSE A LOCAL HOLIDAY TRADITION FOR 42 YEARS
Half a million lights and a staggering electric bill. - Scott Harrell


CHEF'S KITCHEN: CASA SANTO STEFANO'S SPAGHETTI AL NERO CON PULPO
This black-ink pasta recipe features octopus. - Virginia Johnson


DISNEY WORLD SETS REOPENING DATES FOR 3 RESORTS
Disney announced reopening dates for All-Star Movies Resort, Disney's Beach Club Resort, and Disney's Wilderness Lodge next year. - Spectrum News Staff


HIS BEST SHOT: WHIPPET NAMED BOURBON WINS TOP PRIZE AT AKC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Bourbon dethroned a Pekingese named Wasabi for coveted Best in Show honors and a $50,000 prize on Sunday in Orlando. - Pete Reinwald


CHARLEY PRIDE, COUNTRY'S FIRST BLACK SUPERSTAR, DIES AT 86
Pride released some 60 albums and sold more than 25 million records during a career that began in the mid-1960s. - Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS STAGE AND SCREEN ACTOR CAROL SUTTON DIES AT 76
Sutton died from complications from COVID-19. - Associated Press


FORMER DISNEY MUSICIANS FIND NEW HOLIDAY HOME AT JOLLY CREEK
The Jolly Creek Society Orchestra performs during the new holiday event. - Stephanie Bechara


TAMPA BAY'S INDEPENDENT MUSIC STORES CHANGE THEIR TUNE DURING COVID
Are you listening to music at home during COVID? Thank these local businesses. - Scott Harrell


DISNEY EXPANDS STREAMING SERVICES GLOBALLY, HIKES DISNEY+ PRICE
Seeking to reassure investors after an uncertain year, the Walt Disney Company touted upcoming projects across its entertainment properties Thursday. - Christie Zizo


TAYLOR SWIFT SURPRISES FANS WITH ANOTHER ALBUM DUE TONIGHT
“To put it plainly, we just couldn’t stop writing songs,” Swift wrote in social media posts Thursday morning. - Associated Press


WANT TO BUY A PLAYSTATION 5? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT
The season's must-have gaming console is extremely hard to find. - Scott Harrell


REMEMBERING BEATLES LEGEND JOHN LENNON 40 YEARS AFTER HIS PASSING
Typically, Beatles fans would gather today at Central Park’s Strawberry Fields in NYC near Lennon's apartment to pay tribute to Lennon's legacy. - Spectrum News Staff


ENTIRE BOB DYLAN CATALOG ACQUIRED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC
Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs, which reaches back 60 years, is being acquired by Universal Music Publishing Group. - Associated Press and Spectrum News Staff


DAVID LANDER, "LAVERNE & SHIRLEY" ACTOR, DIES AT 73
Lander died Friday in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. - Associated Press


HOW WILL FLORIDA THEATERS ADJUST TO WARNER BROS. STREAMING ANNOUNCEMENT?
Warner Bros. announcement about streaming movie premieres all next year comes as a major blow to theaters, especially those privately owned. - Krystel Knowles


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: LUXURY BOAT BUILDER THRIVING DESPITE THE PANDEMIC
“I never wake up not wanting to go to work, I can tell you that.” - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: SEE ST. AUGUSTINE'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS FROM SCHOONER FREEDOM
During this time of year, tours go out at sunset to experience St Augustine’s Night of Lights - Caitlin Wilson


WARNER BROS. WILL RELEASE 2021 FILMS SIMULTANEOUSLY IN THEATERS, ON HBO MAX
Warner Bros. will release 17 films in 2021, including "The Suicide Squad" and "The Matrix 4." - Susan Carpenter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: DRIVE THROUGH LIGHTS ON JETER ROAD IN CELEBRATION
The neighborhood decorates 11 homes and adds a light show and Christmas soundtrack - Caitlin Wilson


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: ART HELPING MAKE SENSE OF WORLD
"There are a lot of opportunities hidden under the rubble,” explained opera singer Eric Ferring. - Virginia Johnson


ELLIOT PAGE, STAR OF “JUNO,” “UMBRELLA ACADEMY,” COMES OUT AS TRANSGENDER
"I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot," Page wrote on social media. - Rachel Tillman


UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN SETS OPENING DATE FOR SUPER NINTENDO WORLD
The new land will feature a Mario Kart attraction. - Ashley Carter


JOLLY CREEK HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OFFERS OUTDOOR HOLIDAY FUN
The event runs select nights through January 2. - Ashley Carter


BACK TO THE FUTURE: TAMPA BAY BUSINESS RECREATES CLASSIC TIME-TRAVELING DELOREAN
The project has been about a year in the making. - Trevor Pettiford


SANTA CLAUS GOES DIVING WITH THE FISH AND THE SHARKS AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM
Here are the dates and times you can visit the jolly old elf taking a dive with the fish, rays, and sharks at the Florida aquarium. - Spectrum News Staff


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: DRIVE THROUGH DAYTONA SPEEDWAY'S MAGIC OF LIGHTS
There are so many ways to get into the Christmas Spirit in Florida. One of the truly unique ways takes off at the Daytona International Speedway. - Caitlin Wilson


AMID CORONAVIRUS, HISTORIC GARDEN THEATRE REMAKES “MATILDA”
Child actors inspire Winter Garden venue to keep masks on performers, as well as patrons. - Pete Reinwald


SNOWCAT RIDGE, FLORIDA'S NEW SNOW PARK, ADDS MORE SNOW TO INDOOR PLAY AREA
The park has filled its Arctic Igloo with thousands of pounds of more snow. - Ashley Carter


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: RESTAURANT OWNER AND DAUGHTER FIGHTING THROUGH PANDEMIC
Veronica Danko's work ethic is what she has to offer her daughter Ava Vellines as the high school senior prepares to leave for college. - Virginia Johnson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: ADRIANA’S CHICKEN EGGPLANT PARMIGIANA
This recipe is a favorite of Orlando chef Isabella Morgia di Vicari of The Meatball Stoppe. It was her Mamma's and can be served for Thanksgiving - Allison Walker Torres


A GRAMMYS SAVAGE: BEYONCÉ LEADS WITH 9 NOMINATIONS
The pop star’s anthem about Black pride scored multiple nominations Tuesday. - Associated Press


TREVOR NOAH OF "THE DAILY SHOW" TO HOST GRAMMYS ON JANUARY 31
The Recording Academy and CBS made the announcement on Tuesday. - City News Service


“JEOPARDY!” TO RESUME FILMING WITH KEN JENNINGS AS INTERIM GUEST HOST
Producers for the show said there is no long term replacement host "at this time." - Rachel Tillman


ST. PETERSBURG PIER NOMINATED AS TOP NATIONAL ATTRACTION IN USA TODAY POLL
You can vote for the St. Pete Pier in a 10Best Readers' Poll of top national destinations. - Scott Harrell


BRUCE, THE LAST "JAWS" SHARK, DOCKS AT THE ACADEMY MUSEUM
Bruce, the fiberglass shark made from the “Jaws” mold, is ready for his close-up. - Associated Press


SNOWCAT RIDGE, FLORIDA'S FIRST SNOW PARK, OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
Visitors can go tubing and play in the snow. - Ashley Carter


BLACK FRIDAY: ATTRACTIONS, THEME PARKS ROLL OUT DEALS
The deals include discounts on tickets and passes. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY WORLD, UNIVERSAL ORLANDO ATTRACTIONS WIN THEA AWARDS
The attractions are the latest recipients of the annual awards. - Ashley Carter


WWE'S "THUNDERDOME" SHOW MOVING TO TROPICANA FIELD IN ST. PETE
After spending the entire COVID-19 pandemic operating out of Orlando, WWE is making its way across I-4 to the Bay Area. - Jon Alba


"WONDER WOMAN 1984" COMING TO HBO MAX CHRISTMAS DAY
"Wonder Woman 1984" will be on HBO Max to stream on December 25. - Paco Ramos-Moreno


ST. PETERSBURG COMICS LOVER CREATES OWN BRAND, MAGAZINE
Once a medium associated exclusively with children, comics are now the foundation of a multibillion-dollar, multigenerational pop-culture industry. - Scott Harrell


CHEF'S KITCHEN: PARKSHORE GRILL'S BUTTERNUT SQUASH GUACAMOLE
Chef Tyson Grant puts a fall twist on guacamole - Virginia Johnson


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: LEATHER STORE OWNER, MOTHER MAKES LIFE ADJUSTMENTS AMID PANDEMIC
Amber Roberts shares what life has been like during the pandemic. - Virginia Johnson


DISNEY WORLD TO BRING BACK SOME RECENTLY CUT ENTERTAINMENT, PARKS CHAIRMAN SAYS
About 700 union performers were let go amid massive layoffs at the company. Many shows remain closed at the theme parks. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY RELEASES TEST FOOTAGE OF NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY COASTER
The footage shows “omnicoaster” vehicles in action, rotating as they make their way along a track. The coaster is under construction at Epcot. - Ashley Carter


DISNEY SHARES PEEK INSIDE STAR WARS: GALACTIC STARCRUISER HOTEL ROOM
New renderings presented by Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro show a queen-size bed and two bunks inside a "cabin" of the ship-themed hotel. - Ashley Carter


EPCOT’S RATATOUILLE RIDE ON TRACK TO OPEN IN 2021, DISNEY EXEC SAYS
Disney Parks chairman Josh D'Amaro shared the update Monday during an IAAPA Expo virtual conference. - Ashley Carter


CHRISTMAS TOWN RETURNS TO BUSCH GARDENS FOR SOCIALLY DISTANT HOLIDAY CHEER
The theme park will transform into the North Pole once again this year. - Ashley Paul


LIFE IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: FULL-TIME RV-ERS WORKING PANDEMIC-FRIENDLY JOBS AROUND THE COUNTRY
“The pandemic cut down on traffic, so there's no road noise.” - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: FLORIDA TIKI TOURS
If you're looking for an interesting, fun way to get a tour of Madeira Beach, Florida Tiki Tours may be for you. - Caitlin Wilson


INSIDE GAYLORD PALMS’ I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES EXHIBIT
The exhibit features scenes recreated from popular Christmas movies. - Ashley Carter


FLORIDA ON A TANKFUL: NEW SMYRNA BEACH'S SUGAR MILL RUINS
Florida has plenty of unique history around the state, especially surrounding the Sugar Mill Factory ruins you can still see today. - Caitlin Wilson


CHEF'S KITCHEN: TIMES SQUARE DINER'S PRIME RIB AND CRAB STUFFED LOBSTER TAIL
Times Square Diner's version of the menu favorite redefines the term "oversized" - Allison Walker Torres


FLORIDA CRACKER, WITH JJ GREY, PREPARES FOR FIRST CONCERT SINCE PANDEMIC STARTED
The Florida Cracker is arguably the place for the younger crowd in Hernando County when the sun goes down and the street lights come on. - Katya Guillaume


TAMPA FILMMAKER PENS LOVE LETTER TO LOCAL CRAFT BEER WITH NEW DOCUMENTARY
James Blankenship is in post-production on a documentary about the craft beer scene in Tampa Bay - Scott Harrell


ALEX TREBEK, BELOVED "JEOPARDY!" HOST, DIES AT 80
Trebek "passed away peacefully at home," the show confirmed in a tweet. - Spectrum News Staff


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