Tampa Bay Area
The Tampa Bay area is a perfect Base Camp for any visit to Florida.
Sports fans can cheer on the Bucs, the Lighting (Go Bolts!) or the Rays. There are plenty of Spring training teams in action. Zoos, museums, galleries, roller coasters and science centers are all in the immediate area. Great Beaches and parks are not far away at all.
Think of Tampa, St Pete's, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Brandon and Bradenton as one large metropolitan area. There is much to choose from and you won't have to travel far to get there.
As you approach Tampa from the east along I-4, near the I-75 junction watch for what some call an eyesore, but we call a roadside attraction. The Airstream Ranch is an "art piece" erected in 2007 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Airstream.
For birders and nature enthusiasts the Tampa Bay area is ripe with opportunity. Fort Desoto Park is one of the premiere locations in the West Region. Just south of Saint Petersburg, on the north end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Fort Desoto Park is a must do day trip.
If you are a fan of Winter and Hope from the movie Dolphin Tale, The Clearwater Aquarium is a pleasant day spent hanging around these two stars. Click on the poster to the left to visit the Clearwater Aquarium.
The Tampa Bay area's most popular beach is no doubt Clearwater Beach. Madeira, Redington, Bradenton or St. Pete's Beaches offer lesser populated but equally worthy alternatives. Whichever Beach you find be sure to stay till dusk and then settle into a sunset dolphin cruise.
The Big Cat Rescue is an eclectic attraction that is well worth checking into if big game cats is your thing. Inquire about the private photography tour.
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champs, The Tampa Bay Lightning, are a must see attraction if in the area. There is just something different about going to a hockey game in the sunny south with no snow on the ground.
John B Sargeants Park
Along the Hillsborough River just east or Tampa, near Thonotasassa is a lovely little park for a stroll. The boardwalk is wheel chair accessible, but the real draw here is the canoeing. Bring your own, or rent one and spend a coupe hours paddling around with the alligators.
This is real up close and personal Florida.
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