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Tampa Bay is home to many attractions and plenty of fun for the whole family on a beach vacation.


CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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249 Windward Passage
Island Estates
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 441-1790 & (888) 239-9414

The Home of WINTER, the tailless dolphin who was not expected to survive after her tail got caught in a crab trap. The subject of a major movie, "Dolphin Tale"to be released in September of 2011.

See and learn how to protect Dolphins, Otters, and Sea Turtles. The Aquarium is a non-profit facility dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals.

Unique on the West Coast of Florida and one of only eight facilities in the United States authorized to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals.
Great for the Kids. A family can easily spend a couple of hours at this worthwhile attraction. Learn the biology and behavior of bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, Kemp's Ridley sea turtles, river otters, sting rays, local fish and coral reefs via daily presentations, "hands on" opportunities, and daily feedings.

Gift shop with educational items. Had too much beach or a raining day? Head for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium just off Clearwater Beach in Island Estates.
Admission Charged

CLEARWATER BEACH MUNICIPAL MARINA


Clearwater Beach, FL

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Home of the largest and finest fishing fleet on the west coast of Florida, and Parasail & Cruise boats

Dock your boat at the Clearwater Beach Marina.

PIER 60 PARK, PLAYGROUND AND PIER


Clearwater Beach just south of Hilton Resort.
Sunset Website

Fishing Pier info.
Pier 60 Park features a unique covered children's playground housed under two large blue pavilions. Age appropriate equipment is available for preschoolers to 12 years olds including swings, slides, monkey bars, a ship and one of the world's largest sand boxes.

Playground is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Each night, from two hours before to two hours after Sunset, visit the Sunsets at Pier 60 street festival featuring local artisans and performers. Free.

The 1,050 foot fishing pier provides Gulf fishing opportunities for residents and visitors. No license required. Equipment rental available. Fee charged for admission.

SAND KEY PARK


A Pinellas County Park
Gulf Blvd. just South of Clearwater Pass
at the North End of Sand Key
Clearwater Beach, FL

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1/2 mile of white powder-sand beach, Shelters, Picnic tables with grills, & Restrooms and changing rooms

No Admission Charge
Metered Parking

BEACH ART CENTER


1515 Bay Palm Boulevard
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785

727-596-4331 Fax: 727-596-4331

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Exhibitions, classes, and workshops.
A non-profit membership organization open to anyone who wishes to experience, support and promote an appreciation of quality visual art and craft work, both traditional and contemporary

Gallery hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 - Noon on Saturday; closed on Sunday. Closed in August.

INDIAN ROCKS AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY


203 Fourth Ave.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
727-593-3861

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The rich history of this beach area is explained with displays of pictures, exhibits, and artifacts. Housed in the original the historic Carl & Caroline Moseley 1930's beach cottage, Indian Rocks Beach history is traced from its founding as one of the earliest beach communities to the present day. The Indian Room contains early relics, including weapons, attire, a doll collection, and handicrafts portraying the ways of the region's original inhabitants.

A wooden "swing bridge" was build to connect the barrier island to the mainland and the bridgetender's chair, a bridge lantern and photos of the bridge tender opening the bridge with a giant key are on display. All this and many more reminders of old-time Indian Rocks Beach await visitors to the Museum.

The Museum is entirely supported by its volunteer members, The Indian Rocks Beach Historical Society, which was founded in 1980. This group of dedicated individuals strives to preserve a most interesting beach history for the enjoyment of many generations to come.

Visit from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday. Admission is free. (Hours are subject to change, an advance phone call is suggested.)

SUNCOAST SEABIRD SANCTUARY


18328 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Shores, FL
(727) 391-6211

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The nonprofit Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, Inc. is the largest wild bird hospital and bird sanctuary in the United States, based on the admission of up to 8,000 birds per year. For over 38 years, the Sanctuary has helped injured wild birds. The Sanctuary's mission is dedicated to the rescue, repair & rehabilitation of injured birds and then their release back into nature.

Founded in 1971 the Sanctuary is world renowned for its innovative rehabilitation techniques, and was the first facility to breed Eastern Brown Pelicans in captivity. The Sanctuary is staffed by experienced professionals and dedicated volunteers. Similar to a human hospital, it is equipped with emergency facilities, a surgical center, bird injury recovery areas, and an outdoor wild bird recuperation area.

Free - Donations Accepted

JOHN'S PASS VILLAGE & BOARDWALK


On the Waterfront at Johns Pass
Gulf Blvd. North of John's Pass
Madeira Beach, FL
Home to the local fishing fleet, cruise boats, rentals, and parasailing. Includes a unique shopping area with restaurants housed in a scenic, turn-of-the-century Florida fishing village.
Free Parking

THE GULF BEACHES HISTORICAL MUSEUM


115-10th Avenue
Pass-A-Grill
St. Pete Beach, FL
(727) 552-1610

Website
The Gulf Beaches Historical Museum is located in the National Historic District of Pass-a-Grille, in the first church built on the barrier islands of Pinellas

Early pioneer life is exhibited in a village of restored homes and buildings. Skill demonstrations occur regularly.

Mid-May through Mid-September: Friday and Saturday, 10 A.M. - 4 p.m. & Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mid-September through Mid-May: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Donations

PINELLAS COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM


AND HERITAGE VILLAGE
11909 125th Street North
Largo, FL
(727) 582-2123

Website
21-acre living history museum home to some of Pinellas County's most historic buildings.

More than 28 historic structures and features, some dating back to the 19th century, include a school, church, sponge warehouse, railroad depot and store and a variety of historic homes.

Early pioneer life is exhibited throughout the village. Skill demonstrations occur regularly.

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

FREE

THE FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS


AT PINEWOOD CULTURAL PARK
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL
(727) 582-2100

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THE FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS AT PINEWOOD CULTURAL PARKA unique blend of Florida native plants, and beautiful exotic tropicals, displayed in both natural and formal gardens.

The natural wonder of this site also provides a natural habitat for Florida's fabulous wildlife.

Open 7 days a week, - gates open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Welcome Center is open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 pm.

FREE

DUNEDIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM


349 Main Street
Dunedin, FL
(727) 736-1176

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Located in the old train station, the museum contains artifacts, photographs and a library pertaining to local and Florida History. Included in the museum collection is a CD computer program of the Dunedin Times Newspaper, from 1924 through 1965. The collection includes antique clothing, household tools and utensils used by Dunedin pioneer families during the 1870's through the 1900's. City history includes original material from the Dunedin Post Office, Dunedin's first bank and other major companies in the Dunedin area, including the Orange Concentrate plant.

The Society's mission is the collection, preservation and promotion of the community of Dunedin and Florida history.

DUNEDIN FINE ART CENTER


1143 Michigan Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 298-3322

Website
Exhibitions, classes, and special events.

HOURS:
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00

NORTH PINELLAS HISTORICAL MUSEUM
PALM HARBOR HISTORICAL MUSEUM


2043 Curlew Road
Palm Harbor, FL
(727) 724-3054

Website
A satellite facility of Heritage Village housed in an historic home built about 1915 by "Judge" Thomas William Hartley, a justice of the peace, Methodist lay minister and businessman who originally settled in this area in the early 1880's. Museum features exhibits focusing on the history of the Palm Harbor, Crystal Beach and Ozona and Curlew communities from first settlers in the 1800's up to the present day. Open Thursday & Saturday


Donations

LEEPA-RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART


Tarpon Springs Campus
600 Klosterman Road
Palm Harbor FL
(727)712-LRMA(5762)

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A new museum (2003) presenting works of Abraham Rattner and Allen Leepa as well as providing gallery space for Special Exhibitions, and student exhibitions.
Open Tuesday thru Sunday


CELEBRATION STATION 24546 US Highway 19 N.


Clearwater, FL
(727) 791-1799

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Open year 'round, this family-oriented entertainment complex features indoor and outdoor activities and plenty of good things to eat and drink. Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, and Carnival rides plus games of all types.

ADVENTURE ISLAND


10001 Malcolm McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 987-5600

Website
Adventrue IslandBusch Garden's water theme park, Adventure Island , is right down the road from Busch Gardens. Don't miss the new thrills and spills of Key West Rapids, splash your way through more than 700 feet of twists and turns, water mines and a grand finale plunge into a refreshing pool.
Admission - varies, including combination tickets with Busch Gardens

AFRICAN ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM


1711 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa
(813)272-2466
Authentic African artifacts and artwork of leading African and African-American artists are on display at the African Art Gallery and Museum .

Wednesday to Friday: 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Saturday: 11:00 to 6:00 pm

BUSCH GARDENS


3000 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa 33612
(813)987-5082

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Busch Gardens, Tampa Florida
The nation's fourth largest zoo, Busch Gardens is where you can see African animals roaming free and an exciting amusement park featuring its world-famous rides like Kumba and the new inverted roller-coaster, Montu.. Kids will enjoy the Land of the Dragons and the whole family will enjoy shows like Hollywood Live on Ice and Dolphins of the Deep.
Admission - varies, including combination tickets with Adventure Island.

CHANNELSIDE


Channelside Drive
Tampa
(813)273-4020

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Channelside has every kind of entertainment: complementary catamaran cruises, IMAX movies, extreme games, dance clubs, piano bars, and unique shops and restaurants. Stroll the waterfront and watch the Port of Tampa at work, explore a 3D cave at the IMAX theater, or play state of the art arcade games. Explore the diverse world of Channelside. The best entertainment is waiting for you.

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM


701 Channelside Drive
Tampa 33602
(813)273-4020

Website
Florida AquariumLocated in the Channelside area of Tampa, during your visit to The Florida Aquarium you can follow the path of a drop of water from the underground aquifer to the deep sea, see birds, plants and sea creatures of all descriptions in near-natural habitats
Admission charged

GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM


Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
(813) 277-3199

Website
The Glazer Children's Museum contains games, challenges and activities here that are like nothing else you’ve seen. They are all geared for kids aged birth to around 10 years. They’re all about the amazing world we live in. A lot are about Tampa Bay. And they’re all extremely hands-on…and a whole lot of fun!

Come and play in our world today!
IT’LL GROW YOUR MIND.
Admission charged over age 1

HENRY B. PLANT MUSEUM


401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa 33606
(813)254-1891

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Henry B. Plant MuseumDiscover a museum which transports you to turn-of-the-century Florida. The Henry B. Plant Museum is housed in the original 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel which is now a National Historic Landmark and the symbol for the city of Tampa. You won't want to miss this Victorian palace featuring dramatic towering minarets.

The Henry B. Plant Museum on the campus of the University of Tampa provides a taste of what the leisure-class visitors to Tampa enjoyed a hundred years ago.

LOWRY PARK ZOO


7530 North Boulevard
Tampa 33604
(813)932-0245

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Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features rare Asian animals and a Florida wildlife section, shaped like the state itself. Marvel at manatees from a unique underwater perspective. The zoo's Aquatic Center is home to one of three critical care facilities in Florida for this endangered species.
Admission charged.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (MOSI)


4801 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL
(813) 987-6100

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The Museum of Science & Industry presents over 400 "hands on" displays and science exhibits, including the hurricane room where you can feel what it's like to be in an 80-mile-per-hour wind, the butterfly encounter, and three and a half miles of nature trails.

MOSI is the largest science center in the Southeast, has an IMAX Dome theater, where viewers thrill to magnificent scenery projected on an 85-foot-high domed screen.

Admission charged.

FLORIDA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS


200 N. Tampa Street, Suite 130
Tampa, Florida 33602-5161
813-221-2222

Website
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a non-profit museum of photography exhibiting photographic art presenting a photographer's vision as vital and central to life and culture.

Special exhibitions at the gallery, workshops, seminars, and programs for "at risk children" are all part of the programs available from this relatively new player in the Tampa Art scene.

Donation requested. Open Weekends

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART


120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa 33602
(813)274-8130

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The Tampa Museum of Art opened their new riverside building in February, 2010. has established important collections in Greek and Roman antiquities and modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and decorative arts. Traveling exhibitions are also featured.
Admission charged.

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER


801 Old Water Street
Tampa 33602
(813)228-0097

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The Tampa Bay History Center is a history and heritage museum and research library in downtown Tampa between the Tampa Convention Center and the Channelside area. Regional history, archeology and multicultural heritage. Special exhibits about Florida and U.S. history, archeology, antiques and collectibles. Gallery exhibits show the geographical, historical and multicultural influences that have shaped the region through the centuries, from 12,000 years ago to the present.
Charge - See Website for Details

TAMPA THEATER


711 Franklin St.
Tampa 33602
(813)274-8981

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Tampa TheaterThe Tampa Theatre opened on October 15, 1926 and during its early days presented extravagant vaudeville shows, concerts by the Tampa Theatre Orchestra, and silent films. In 1977, the City of Tampa reopened the Theatre and began a comprehensive restoration program. Tampa Theatre is now open year-round and features an acclaimed Film Series of cinema from around the world. The Theatre also hosts live concerts and special events.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM


USF Campus
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CAM 101
Tampa 33620
(813)974-4133

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The USF Contemporary Art Museum brings vital, investigative and scholarly contemporary exhibitions, while simultaneously contributing to the dialogue within the international arts community by organizing exhibitions, producing relevant catalogues, scheduling critically significant traveling exhibitions and by underwriting experimental projects of artists emerging on the national and the international fronts.

Located on the Campus of USF

YBOR CITY STATE MUSEUM


1818 9th Avenue
Tampa 33605
(813)247-6323

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Ybor City State Museum The Ybor City State Museum complex includes an ornamental garden and three restored cigar worker's houses. One house, La Casita, is a museum. The Ferlita Bakery building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed on major holidays.
Admission is charged.
Historic Tours each Saturday at 10:15 a.m. start at the Ybor City State Museum. Tour of the Cigar Worker's House Museum and a walk about tour of Ybor City. Cost is $4 per person and limited to 20 people, no reservations taken, approximately 1 hour.

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