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2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

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2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

Hi,

We have a one week trip to FL coming up, with a couple of days in the Tampa/St Pete area (rest in Orlando). Early April. We are planning to hit the beach one half day or so (St Pete Beach or Ft De Soto.) Wondering what else would be good to see to fill our limited time.

Our interests are the outdoors, walking, nature/animals, dining at local establishments serving fresh local foods. Not so much museums or downtown city scapes as we have small children.

I am very curious about seeing manatees, have never seen them before.

Ideas?

Thx!

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1. Re: 2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

You can see Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Clearwater Beach. Take a dolphin sighting cruise, kids love the pirate ship cruises. Hit a good beach bar for a grouper sandwich.

In Tampa:

Busch Gardens

Lowry Park Zoo

Florida Aquarium

Glazer Childrens Museum

Great Cuban food or a Cuban Sandwich at the Columbia Restaurant. They have a location in Ybor City in Tampa, and one on Clearwater Beach/Sand Key.

Manatees will be just hit or miss. They won't be out and about in the bay as much as it will still be a bit chilly for them, but you never know. May see some in the bay. Check off the boardwalk at John's Pass www.johnspass.com It's a fun place to visit anyway, fun shops and some good, fresh seafood. www.waltzfishshak.com

About 1.5 hours North of Tampa/St. Pete is Homosassa, and Crystal River. This is the hot spot for Manatees. River cruises to see them, swim with manatee tours etc.

http://www.captmemo.com/

http://www.littletoot.us/

http://www.calypsoqueen.com/

http://www.cmaquarium.org/

http://www.sunsetsatpier60.com/

http://www.palmpavilion.com/

http://www.frenchysonline.com/

http://www.cooters.com/

http://www.crabbybills.com/BW.html

http://www.crabbybills.com/Clrwtr.html

http://jimmysfishhouse.net/

Edited: 23 January 2013, 16:20
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2. Re: 2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

Not sure when you are going. But the TECO power plant in Apollo Beach, about 20 mins south of Tampa attracts a large manatee population in the colder months. They have a free observation area to view them from. Also, great waterfront restaurant in town called Circles.

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3. Re: 2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

The Henry B. Plant Museum at the University of Tampa is worth a visit. Nice location on the banks of the Hillsborough River.

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4. Re: 2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

Many thanks for this list folks:)

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5. Re: 2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

i would say go to busch gardens.

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6. Re: 2 night stay in Tampa area - things to do

Thanks for all the ideas. We are actually staying on Anna Maria Island for two nights but plan on the short trek to Ft De Soto and will take in some sights as we head northward.

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