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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

PLANT FESTIVAL COMES TO PLANT CITY'S FAMED PARKESDALE FARM MARKET
It's all about plants at Parkesdale Market in Plant City, host to the "Flower Power Plant Festival," along with goth plant shop The Citrine Ghost. - Virginia Johnson


FREEDOM FEST AT LONGBOAT KEY OFFERS INDEPENDENCE DAY DOG PARADE COMPETITION
Freedom Fest will take place Thursday in Bicentennial Park, 2730 Gulf of Mexico Drive in Longboat Key. - Virginia Johnson


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LEGOLAND’S SUMMER BRICK PARTY
LEGOLAND's Summer Brick Party runs through Aug. 11. - Allison Walker


BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY LOOKING FOR THE UNDEAD FOR HOWL-O-SCREAM SCARES
Scare actor auditions for the undead at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - Virginia Johnson


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FLORIDA’S FIRST CAT CAFÉ
Cats go viral, even when they wake up here. - Allison Walker


LOCAL ACTOR TEACHES NEXT GENERATION OF BAY AREA MOVIE MAKERS
Local actor/director/writer in Juneteenth Film Festival teaching teens to make their own opportunities - Virginia Johnson


JUNETEENTH AT TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART: MORE THAN A PARTY
Juneteenth celebration offers free admission to Tampa Museum of Art on June 15. - Virginia Johnson


SUMMER DFAC EXHIBIT OFFERS ARTISTIC VIEW OF FLORIDA BEAUTY
“Wetlands in Transition: Encaustic Paintings by Leslie Neumann" will go on display at the Dunedin Fine Art Center on June 14. - Virginia Johnson


WEEKLY ASIAN FOOD MARKET GETS MONTHLY MEGA UPGRADE
The market hosts more than 75 vendors. - Virginia Johnson


ST. PETE CREATOR CELEBRATES NEW SPACE WITH FRIENDS
Creators work together for Astra & Friends storefront presence in St. Pete. - Virginia Johnson


WORKS OF GLASSBLOWER AND PAINTER MEET IN CHIHULY COLLECTION
Benjamin Elliott is a demonstration artist at the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop in St. Petersburg. - Virginia Johnson


VOLUNTEERS PREP MORE THAN 30,000 RUBBER DUCKS FOR MANATEE COUNTY CHARITY DERBY
It’s a major fundraiser for the Pace Center for Girls in Manatee County. - Virginia Johnson


CELEBRATE MEXICAN CUISINE AT THE 3RD ANNUAL TACOS FEST IN MANATEE COUNTY
The taco fest is on May 4 from noon to 7 p.m. - Virginia Johnson


TOMBOLO BOOKS CELEBRATES NATIONAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
National Independent Bookstore Day is on Saturday, April 27. - Virginia Johnson


EARTH DAY CELEBRATION IN DADE CITY
This family-friendly, educational event aims to increase environmental stewardship and awareness. - Erin Murray


BASIL STARS IN URBAN FARM’S PESTO FESTO
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm offers organic produce, sauce themed parties. - Virginia Johnson


TAMPA NATIVE LIVES HER DREAM PERFORMING IN 'STRANGER SINGS!' MUSICAL AT STRAZ CENTER
Caroline Huerta's voice can be heard singing in a parody of the popular Netflix show, "Stranger Things." - Jeff Butera


ART IN BLOOM DRAWS THOUSANDS IN PURSUIT OF FLORAL BEAUTY
Floral designer Cassie Osterloth prepares for Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Art St. Petersburg. - Virginia Johnson


BLUEBERRIES RIPENING AHEAD OF FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Blueberries and wine and blueberry lovers look to 15th Blueberry Festival at Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City. - Virginia Johnson


LEGO FERRARI BUILD AND RACE OPENS AT LEGOLAND FLORIDA RESORT
Families can build, test and race their own mini LEGO brick Ferraris. - Virginia Johnson


ZOOTAMPA OPENS STINGRAY SHORES EXHIBIT FOR GUEST EXPERIENCES
Guests can step into the water with the rays. - Virginia Johnson


'KART 4 KIDS' BURNS RUBBER, RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY EVENT IN ST. PETE
The event offers a chance for race car fans to mingle with drivers and for sick kids at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital. - Virginia Johnson


ANNE FRANK LIVES ON IN MASTER CHORALE OF TAMPA BAY PERFORMANCES
The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, in collaboration with the Florida Holocaust Museum, prepares for a musical retelling of the Diary of Anne Frank. - Virginia Johnson


TARPON SPRINGS SHOWCASES POPULAR OIL PAINTER'S WORK FOR FEBRUARY
After living in New York for some time, Fran Failla relocated to Tampa Bay, where she's enjoying the spotlight on her artwork. - Jeff Butera


DISNEY SPRINGS' SUMMER HOUSE ON THE LAKE NOW OPEN
New Disney Springs destination embraces summer vibes. - Allison Walker


ST. PETE'S ZULU PAINTER LEAVES LEGACY OF LOVE TO COMMUNITY, ONE MURAL AT A TIME
Painter is is behind several murals in St. Pete. - Virginia Johnson


TAMPA BAY COLLARD GREEN FESTIVAL FOR FOOD, FITNESS AND FUN
Music, fitness and collards await in St. Pete on Saturday, Feb. 17. - Virginia Johnson


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE LONELY DOG ATTRACTION
Where cats and dogs tolerate each other. - Allison Walker


GORDON RAMSAY'S FISHWICH AND CHIPS COMBO OFFERED IN ORLANDO
A dish that's fun to say, and even more fun to eat - Allison Walker


ST. PETE TEEN, DOG PHOENIX PLACE 3RD AT BROOKSVILLE DOG SHOW
The annual all-breed dog show is the largest of its kind in the state of Florida. - Virginia Johnson


TIBETAN MONKS OFFER PRAYER, CULTURE AT FLORIDA CRAFTART IN ST. PETE
Make malas and paint rocks at the Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg. - Virginia Johnson


ADULT EDUCATION DIRECTOR WANTS TO REIGNITE LOVE OF ART
Dunedin Fine Art Center starts new catalogue of art classes January 8. - Virginia Johnson


FARMER OPENS "U-PICK" EXPERIENCE FOR KIDS, FAMILIES
Sweet Berry Acres' patch spreads berry appreciation for farmworkers and farmers in Plant City. - Virginia Johnson


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT LEGOLAND’S NEW YEAR’S EVE FESTIVITIES
A kid-friendly New Year's Eve ball drop made of nostalgic toy pieces. - Allison Walker


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALFIE SILVA CHRISTMAS SHOW
Brevard County entertainer brings back Christmastime variety show concept. - Allison Walker


LOCAL ACTORS BRING HEART AND FEAR TO SIR HENRY'S HAUNTED CHRISTMAS
Krampus, Yeti and Jack Frost want your holiday to be horrible. - Virginia Johnson


CANCER SURVIVOR USING HER PAINTING SKILLS TO RAISE MONEY FOR RESEARCH
Joan Schnuerch paints to raise money for cancer research. - Julia Hazel


AN OLD FLORIDA CHRISTMAS AWAITS AT MANATEE VILLAGE HISTORICAL PARK
Manatee Village Historical Park offers is celebrating the holidays with pomanders, music, blacksmithing and vendors. - Virginia Johnson


ZOO MISSION OF EDUCATION AND CONSERVATION HELPED BY HOLIDAY CHEER
ZooTampa offers Christmas in the Wild on select night through Dec. 30. - Virginia Johnson


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IS A CHANCE TO SHOP LOCAL AND MEET NEIGHBORS
ARTpool Gallery in St. Petersburg is ready for Small Business Saturday. - Virginia Johnson


RUSSELL'S PARMESAN-CRUSTED SHRIMP LINGUINI
The dish serves four people. - Allison Walker


RAISE A GLASS TO THE CHOIR OF MAN AT THE STRAZ CENTER
The Poet from The Choir of Man speaks. He's playing at the Straz Center in Tampa through Dec. 10. - Virginia Johnson


FORMER BAY AREA RESIDENT PRODUCES 'JOURNEY TO BETHLEHEM' MOVIE
The musical, starring Antonio Banderas as king Herod, opens in theaters this week. - Rick Elmhorst


FREE BEER AND AN EAR FOR VETERANS AT BAYBORO BLOCK PARTY
Bayboro Brewing will open its tab for veterans to drink free at a block party this Saturday. - Virginia Johnson


END OF AN ERA: TAMPA 'PAWNFATHER' AUCTIONS OFF HIS TREASURES
The owner of Capital Pawn Shop, along Busch Boulevard, is retiring after 30 years. - Dalia Dangerfield


FOX SQUIRRELS MEET MATCH AT PLANT CITY FALL FARM FESTIVAL
Gourds and mazes and bounce pads await at Fox Squirrel Corn Maze for one more fall weekend in Plant City. - Virginia Johnson


GREEK BAKER MANOS KRANIAS DEVELOPS A NEW DESSERT FOR THE ANNUAL HOLY TRINITY GREEKFEST
Third-generation Greek baker Manos Kranias develops a new desert for the Holy Trinity GreekFest. It's a combination of baklava and galaktoboureko. - Rick Elmhorst


SIR HENRY’S HAUNTED TRAIL OFFERS A DECADE’S WORTH OF DEMENTED CREATIONS IN PLANT CITY
Werewolves, witches and scarecrows, oh my! - Virginia Johnson


FLORIDA KEYS NATIVE TAMMY FIREFLY PERFORMS AT BUSCH GARDENS’ CIRQUE X-SCREAM SHOW
Tammy Firefly is a fire artist at the park. - Virginia Johnson


FINE ART ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHER OPENS TAMPA GALLERY
On the Town introduces you to Ybor City Artist Michael McCoy and his new gallery in downtown Tampa. - Virginia Johnson


CREATURES OF THE NIGHT TAKE OVER ZOOTAMPA
Eerie Scale: 1 to 3 pumpkins. - Virginia Johnson


RAPRAGER FAMILY FARMS IN ODESSA HOST TO FALL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AND HAUNTED FARM
Striking terror in guests after the sun sets. But there's a dayside aspect of it also. - Virginia Johnson


AVIAN ARTIST APPRECIATES THE WONDER OF BIRDS AT SEASIDE SEABIRD SANCTUARY
Tampa Bay History Center partners with Seaside Seabird Sanctuary for Sangria and Stories series with animal ambassadors and avian artist John Costin. - Virginia Johnson


MODEL BUILDER BRINGS CHARM TO LEGOLAND'S BRICK-OR-TREAT
Brick-or-Treat at Legoland Florida offers shows, character meet-and-greets, a decked-out park and candy. - Virginia Johnson


BUSCH GARDENS' HOWL-O-SCREAM COMES EARLY FOR MORE FEAR
This year's event offers more dates, five haunted houses, six scare zones, creepily named treats and new entertainment. - Virginia Johnson


ARTISTS: MULTIPLE JOBS NECESSARY FOR SURVIVAL
New Tampa Performing Arts Center offers free inaugural Fall Festival - Virginia Johnson


LARGO DESIGNER USES UNIQUE RAW MATERIALS FOR CORSETS IN DUNEDIN RUNWAY SHOW
Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Marquis event, Wearable Art 17, is scheduled for Aug. 26. - Virginia Johnson


FAMILIES TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY WITH ONE LAST RIDE ON LEGOLAND'S FLYING SCHOOL COASTER
Legoland Florida will retire its Flying School coaster on National Roller Coaster Day — details about its replacement are still under wraps. - Virginia Johnson


ONE WEEK LEFT TO ENJOY THE SUMMER CIRCUS SPECTACULAR'S 18TH SHOW IN SARASOTA
The show runs through Aug. 12. - Virginia Johnson


FAIRGROUNDS ST. PETE INTRODUCES NEW MONTHLY 'ART AFTER DARK' EVENT
The immersive art and technology museum will host "Art After Dark" on the third Friday of every month. - Brian Rea


5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ESCAPOLOGY
New Escapology location nuzzles up against Margaritaville Resort - Allison Walker


COME FACE TO FACE WITH DINOSAURS AT JURASSIC QUEST IN TAMPA
The traveling exhibition will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend and the next. - Brian Rea


DUNEDIN ARTISTS TO GIVE LIVE ARTS SHOW DEMOS IN PASTEL ON BLACK PAPER
The 34th Professional Association of Visual Artists Cool Art Show offers live art demonstrations at St. Pete Coliseum Art as an act of fun. - Virginia Johnson


'MORE MUSIC, MORE PEACE:' LIFELONG MUSICIAN PASSES ON GIFTS
More than 200 pianists will attend festival. - Virginia Johnson


WORKING WOMEN DIGNIFIED BY RIVERVIEW PHOTOGRAPHER
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts latest exhibition at Tampa International Airport through August 18 - Virginia Johnson


BAY AREA YOUTH WIND BAND ALUMNI REUNITE FOR SUMMER BREEZE CONCERT
The concerts will take place this weekend. - Virginia Johnson


SAXOPHONIST OFFERS TRAINING, ADVICE FOR TEEN MUSICIANS
Jazz intensive workshop at Patel Conservatory will end with Friday, June 30th showcase - Virginia Johnson


INAUGURAL ASL FESTIVAL SATURDAY AT ST. PETE'S COASTAL CREATIVE
American Sign Language Festival in St. Pete at Coastal Creative offers cultural interface between hearing and non-hearing worlds - Virginia Johnson


PLANT PARENT ALERT: USF BOTANICAL GARDENS SUMMER FESTIVAL
It’s time for the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens Summer Plant Festival in Tampa. - Virginia Johnson


BEST IN SHOW HANDLER TRAINS GOLDEN GIRLS
AKC All Breed Dog Show at Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa brings out Westminster winning handler. - Virginia Johnson


UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE HELPED HOTEL TRANSFORM TAMPA SKYLINE
Richard Ellis on the latest exhibition at the Henry B. Plant Museum "Imagined East: Decorative Arts and the Imperial Gaze." - Virginia Johnson


ANNIE STARS VOLUNTEER IN HONOR OF RESCUE CO-STARS
A Tampa actor wraps months of travel on Broadway's Annie, stopping at animal rescues to advocate for her rescue animal co-stars. - Virginia Johnson


EXPERT: FLORIDA TURPENTINE INDUSTRY WEALTH BUILT ON NATURAL RESOURCES, SLAVE LABOR
On the Town visits the Living off the Land exhibit at the Manatee Village Historical Park. - Virginia Johnson


"BIG JOHN" TOWERS AT GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
World's largest unearthed triceratops fossil is on loan to the Glazer Children's Museum for three years - Virginia Johnson


TAMPA THEATRE UNDERGOES SECOND HALF OF RESTORATIONS AS IT APPROACHES 100TH BIRTHDAY
The movie palace is set to have a second screening room added as part of the renovation project. - Virginia Johnson


RETAIL SPACE FOR BARBARA'S IS A DREAM YEARS IN THE MAKING
A new business in Largo is brewing up tea parties and classes. We take you there On the Town. - Virginia Johnson


IF YOU GROW IT, THEY WILL COME: SUNFLOWER MAZE BRINGS FARM FANS TO MASARYKTOWN
They are at the height of their sunflower growing season and approaching their final weekend festival. - Spectrum News Staff


PIPELINE: THE SURF COASTER ROLLS INTO SEAWORLD ORLANDO
Pipeline: The Surf Coaster opens to the public May 27th. - Nicole Griffin


BONSAI AND BREWS: TREES AND HOPS ALL THE WAY
Larry Naeder has been taking his bonsai tree workshop to Tampa Bay area breweries and distilleries for about a year — called Bonsai and Brews. - Virginia Johnson


CITY OF TAMPA TO HONOR ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS WITH FESTIVAL
The inaugural Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival at Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park is slated for Saturday. - Virginia Johnson


FATHER-DAUGHTER DUO DEBUT THEIR BEDAZZLED BIKE
This weekend's Orange County Choppers Invitational Bike show will feature some of the world's best bike builders. - Spectrum News Staff


WIENER DOG DERBY TO BE FEATURED AT TAMPA RIVERWALK THIS WEEKEND
Love for the Dachshund dog breed will be out in full display at the race happening Saturday, May 6. - Virginia Johnson


WORLD TAI CHI DAY CELEBRATION ABOUT RELIEVING STRESS, ACHIEVING BALANCE
World Tai Chi demonstrations are happening Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Bradenton. The event is free. - Virginia Johnson


COME TO JEEP BEACH 2023 FOR FUN, AND A TICKET TO WIN ONE HELPS COMMUNITY
Volusia and Flagler charities benefit from the proceeds of a drawing for a new Jeep. - Ybeth Bruzual


MAINSAIL ART FESTIVAL OFFERS MARQUEE EVENT AT ST. PETE'S VINOY PARK
A Gulfport fiber artist prepares for the 48th Mainsail Art Festival at Vinoy Park. It's one of the biggest festival of its kind in the country. - Virginia Johnson


PASSION FOR HORROR DRIVES INDEPENDENT MOVIE SCENE
Indie horror fans prepare for the Tampa Bay Scream Horror Convention, April 14-15. - Virginia Johnson


SUGAR SAND IN CLEARWATER PERFECT MEDIUM FOR SCULPTING, FINDING LOVE
Clearwater's Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival kicks off Friday, April 7. - Virginia Johnson


ST. PETE TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL OFFERS A RARE LOOK INTO WORKING HISTORY
A total of seven ships are participating in the event. - Virginia Johnson


TUNING A BAGPIPE: ACT OF PATIENCE, LOVE
The city of Dunedin is embracing some its first settlers' roots — more than usual this weekend! - Virginia Johnson


COOL DOWN AT GATORLAND'S CENTRAL FLORIDA SPLASH PARK
Now through the end of March, Florida residents get half-off a single day admission ticket to Gatorland. The splash park is included in the price. - Julie Gargotta


FESTIVAL NAMED FOR NATIVE AMERICAN LEGEND OFFERS REAL NATIVE HISTORY
Nine days of celebrating the rich heritage of native Americans and New Port Richey kick off Friday with the Chasco Fiesta. - Virginia Johnson


BUSCH GARDENS FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL OFFERS TOUR OF WORLD CUISINES
Food and Wine Festival at Busch Gardens offers international faire among screaming swings and the Serengeti. - Virginia Johnson


TRASHY TREASURE WEEKEND IN DUNEDIN
Trashy treasure weekend arrives at Dunedin Fine Art Center. - Virginia Johnson


SEAWORLD GOES ALL GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY
The celebration runs through Sunday. - Nicole Griffin


AWAKENING INTO THE SUN OFFERS A DECADE OF PEACE IN ST. PETE
10th Annual Awakening Festival happening March 11 and 12 in North Straub Park in St. Petersburg. - Virginia Johnson


BUGTOPIA'S INSECTS AND SHRINK MACHINE AWAIT AT ZOOTAMPA
Bugtopia at ZooTampa, which runs through the end of April, offers a unique glimpse into insect life. - Virginia Johnson


DRINKING MEAD AND SAVING BEES: LOLLA-BEE-LOOZA IS COMING
It's the inaugural Lolla-Bee-Looza Festival in Terra Ceia from Noble Nectar Apiaries on Saturday, March 5. - Virginia Johnson


NEW THRILL RIDE NICKNAMED 'SCREAMIN' SWING' AT BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens opens Serengeti Flyer for swing soaring over their African plains. - Virginia Johnson


PERFORMER TALKS ABOUT BRINGING THE CARNIVAL FUN TO BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens continues celebrating Mardi Gras a few more weekends. - Virginia Johnson


HONEY & ARTS FESTIVAL TO DEBUT IN LEALMAN AS COMMUNITY GROWS
Neri Community Park will host the festival. - Ashonti Ford


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