THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA

Old Jun 25th, 1999, 05:21 AM
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KRISTA
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THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA

My husband and I will be visiting Tampa for a weekend to visit friends. What, other than Busch Gardens, is there to do? Since we only have 2 days Disney, Sea World, etc. in Orlando are out of the question. Please help!
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 05:35 AM
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Do a search specifically for Tampa for past postings.
also check out this site:
http://www.sptimes.com/
The Wagonwheel Flea market is open on weekends. We went on Sun. but I believe it is open Sat also. Go out to Tarpon Springs for a Greek meal and fun just walking about & brousing the shops. It's not far from Tampa (Rt 19 or 19A).
You can also visit the "Old" section of Tampa -- the former Cigar factory or go down to the St. Pete pier. Just don't bother with the Indian Casino -- it's not a Foxwoods!
Enjoy your weekend.
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 06:25 AM
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Hey Krista!

Don't miss Ybor City, the old Cuban section the poster above mentioned. Lots of restaurants/bars/nightclubs. It is a little like Buckhead - lots of partying - but retains a neat atmosphere, and you can certainly get a decent cuban sandwich. But be careful, the areas surrounding the main strip are a bit, well, very sketchy. It's worth it to pay to park your car in a resectable lot. Beware the bums with cones trying to make you pay for free parking.

The bayfront is beautiful for a walk or drive during the day or night. It think it's called Bayfront Drive, or something like that.

It's fun to watch the Hy-ly (I know I didn't come close to spelling that right) if the sight of ruined people betting away the last of their social security checks doesn't bother you.

Clearwater beach is nice, but will be crowded this time of year. St. Pete is a bit further away from Tampa, but may not be as crowded and has a great hotel to see, the Don Cesar (sp?).

Have a great time!
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 07:27 AM
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The Dali Museum in St. Pete's is not that far and worth the trip if you have any interest at all in WEIRD art.

(hy-ly = "j'ai alai" -- just being helpful).
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 02:17 PM
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Krista:

I used to live in Tampa, and go home to visit every year. If you like zoos, Lowry Park is a beautiful one. The landscaping is lush, and they have manatees (or did, I hear that they may be moving them). Also, do go to Ybor City -- and plan to eat at the Columbia restaurant. It's an old spanish restaurant with a really pretty dining room. Ask for Cafe con leche. It's the best. Lunch is really reasonable. Also, you can drive over to St. Pete and visit the Pier, which is kind of fun. There's usually street entertainment and if you're lucky, you'll see dolphins. They have a Columbia, too, but the atmosphere doesn't compare. There are some pretty beaches around St. Pete. I prefer them to Clearwater. Just drive along the Gulf until you find one you like. Also, you can drive over to Honeymoon Island (north of Clearwater, but you have to go through Dunedin, I think -- look at a map), and take the ferry to Caledesi Island. You can picnic there, or swim. If the weather is rough, the ferry won't run. Also at Honeymoon Island, there's a pretty path through the woods at the end of the island, and when we we there at Christmas, shells just washed ashore as we stood there (not very pretty shells, but it was fun, nevertheless). The beach at Honeymoon Island is rocky, though, while the one on Caledesi is sand. Also, you can head down the other way, south of St. Pete to Fort Desoto. The beach there isn't very pretty, but if you wade out through the water, you can reach this little barrier island and beach there. The fort is fun to look at, but it's hot as blazes with little shade. Also, Tarpon Springs is kind of fun, if not a little depressing. We always eat at Pappas', because I love the greek salad there. They have this funky sponge museum which is a kind of a hoot. Also, I always love to go to Hillsborough Park, which is northeast of Tampa, along the Hillsborough River. You can rent a canoe there (or used to be able to), and see lots of turtles sunning on the edge of the river. I love those woods, but I'm a Florida girl. Some people (my husband) say they look like scrub. Have fun!
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 02:53 PM
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Hello Krista,

Yes, Busch Gardens is a wonderful place to visit.
For dinner one night I suggest the Colonnade on Bayshore ( I think this is the street Brian was referring to). I used to work there and have eaten there numerous times. It is very,very good.
Ybor City is an old cigar making area that has been transformed into a restaurant/bar/nightclub spot. Lots of drinking/dancing and people watching. If you take the regular precautions you should be fine. Great restaurants! I love the Ovo Cafe. I also like the Irish Pub (I can't remember the exact name, but it is the only Irish pub there).I would suggest that you "dress down" meaning you can walk quite a ways from one end of 7th Ave. to the other. Don't wear high heels unless you are very used to them!
I agree that Tarpon Springs is alot of fun. There are sponge diving trips there. The restaurants are all good-Greek food.
Clearwater Beach is not too bad right now. My boyfriend and I like to go to dinner at either Frenchy's (jeans/beach attire) or Bob Heilman's Beachcomber (dress pants or dresses) then walk along Clearwater Beach. It is quite peaceful.
The Florida Aquarium in downtown on Channelside Drive is great! I have season passes to that. It is open from about 9am to 5pm. They have a new "Dragon's of the Deep" exhibit that deals mostly with very rare sea animals from Australia.
I am sure that the jai alai fronton is now closed.
If you like gambling there are gambling boats that leave from St. John's Pass in the Treasure Island area and from Clearwater and from Tarpon Springs. You have lunch/dinner while docked then go to the Gulf. There is bar service and entertainment on board. It's great during the day when you can sit outside and get some sun. They go out for about 5 hours. They do throw out the anchor for an hour or so, so if you get sea sick I would avoid this.
Btw, I don't know about the bums with cones charging people for free parking. I know it happened once about 8 months ago near the Ice Palace during an event ( I don't remember which event). I usually park in a lot on 17th St. just north of 7th Ave (the main drag). It is accross form a police station- the police station should be on any map. Beware of signs that say that you will be towed...been there...done that.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
kittie
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 02:54 PM
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Hello Krista,

Yes, Busch Gardens is a wonderful place to visit.
For dinner one night I suggest the Colonnade on Bayshore ( I think this is the street Brian was referring to). I used to work there and have eaten there numerous times. It is very,very good.
Ybor City is an old cigar making area that has been transformed into a restaurant/bar/nightclub spot. Lots of drinking/dancing and people watching. If you take the regular precautions you should be fine. Great restaurants! I love the Ovo Cafe. I also like the Irish Pub (I can't remember the exact name, but it is the only Irish pub there).I would suggest that you "dress down" meaning you can walk quite a ways from one end of 7th Ave. to the other. Don't wear high heels unless you are very used to them!
I agree that Tarpon Springs is alot of fun. There are sponge diving trips there. The restaurants are all good-Greek food.
Clearwater Beach is not too bad right now. My boyfriend and I like to go to dinner at either Frenchy's (jeans/beach attire) or Bob Heilman's Beachcomber (dress pants or dresses) then walk along Clearwater Beach. It is quite peaceful.
The Florida Aquarium in downtown on Channelside Drive is great! I have season passes to that. It is open from about 9am to 5pm. They have a new "Dragon's of the Deep" exhibit that deals mostly with very rare sea animals from Australia.
I am sure that the jai alai fronton is now closed.
If you like gambling there are gambling boats that leave from St. John's Pass in the Treasure Island area and from Clearwater and from Tarpon Springs. You have lunch/dinner while docked then go to the Gulf. There is bar service and entertainment on board. It's great during the day when you can sit outside and get some sun. They go out for about 5 hours. They do throw out the anchor for an hour or so, so if you get sea sick I would avoid this.
Btw, I don't know about the bums with cones charging people for free parking. I know it happened once about 8 months ago near the Ice Palace during an event ( I don't remember which event). I usually park in a lot on 17th St. just north of 7th Ave (the main drag). It is accross form a police station- the police station should be on any map. Beware of signs that say that you will be towed...been there...done that.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me.
kittie
 
Old Jun 25th, 1999, 03:03 PM
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Krista,
Cindy has given great suggestions!
She's right, the Columbia at the Pier doesn't compare to the Columbia in Ybor City.
I'm not sure about the canoe rental.
Ft.Desoto is a nice place to go for paece and quiet.
Kittie
 

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