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  • 1. Big Cat Rescue

    Citrus Park | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Suburban Citrus Park in North Tampa is probably the last place you'd expect to be able to get face-to-face with an 800-pound tiger. Yet at the...Read More

  • 2. Busch Gardens

    Central Tampa | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The Jungala exhibit at Busch Gardens brings Bengal tigers to center stage and puts them at eye level—allowing you to view them from underground...Read More

  • 3. Chihuly Collection

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    In October 2016, the first permanent collection of world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly's work received a new, 10,000-square-foot home...Read More

  • 4. Clearwater Beach

    Beach–Sight

    On a narrow island between Clearwater Harbor and the Gulf is a stretch of sand with a widespread reputation for beach volleyball. Pier 60, which...Read More

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  • 5. Fort De Soto Park

    Beach–Sight

    Spread over five small islands, 1,136-acre Fort De Soto Park lies at the mouth of Tampa Bay. It has 7 miles of waterfront (much of it beach...Read More

  • 6. Giraffe Ranch

    Farm/Ranch

    Rural Dade City is known mostly for its strawberries, but word is quickly spreading about something else that makes people flock here: giraffes...Read More

  • 7. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

    Educational Institution

    Administered by Florida State University, the museum encompasses the entire Ringling estate, far more than just the art museum; there's also...Read More

  • 8. Pass-a-Grille Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At the southern tip of St. Pete Beach (past the Don Cesar), this is the epitome of Old Florida. One of the most popular beaches in the area...Read More

  • Siesta Beach

    9. Siesta Beach

    Beach–Sight

    With 40 acres of nature trails, this park is popular; you'll find tons of amenities. This beach has fine, powdery quartz sand that squeaks under...Read More

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  • 10. Sunset Beach

    Beach–Sight

    A peninsula that's technically part of Treasure Island, this 2-mile-long outcrop is one of Tampa Bay's best-kept secrets. The northern end has...Read More

  • 11. The Dalí Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Inside and out, the waterfront Dalí Museum, which opened on 1/11/11 (Dalí is said to have been into numerology), is almost as remarkable as...Read More

  • 12. TreeUmph! Adventure Course

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Daredevils of all ages will love this collection of aerial ropes courses and zip lines. Those who partake will traverse swinging bridges, Tarzan...Read More

  • 13. Adventure Island

    Central Tampa | Amusement Park/Water Park

    From spring until fall, rides named Everglides, Aruba Tuba, and Key West Rapids promise heat relief at Busch Gardens' water park. Tampa's most...Read More

  • 14. Anna Maria Bayfront Park

    Beach–Sight

    This narrow yet secluded beach fronts Tampa Bay at Passage Key Inlet and the Gulf of Mexico. It's also situated between two fishing piers. Don...Read More

  • 15. Beach Drive

    Neighborhood/Street

    Just a short stroll from the Vinoy, this upscale stretch along downtown's waterfront is the epicenter of St. Pete's cultural revival and serves...Read More

  • 16. Blind Pass Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This is a good beach for nature lovers and a great spot if you are looking for a tranquil stretch of beach. The park contains about 60 acres...Read More

  • 17. Caladesi Island State Park

    Beach–Sight

    Quiet, secluded, and still wild, this 3½-mile-long barrier island is one of the best shelling beaches on the Gulf Coast, second only to Sanibel...Read More

  • 18. Caspersen Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Sarasota County's largest park is known for its fossil finds. Amenities: playground;showers; toilets. Best for: solitude; walking. ...Read More

  • 19. Centennial Park

    Ybor City | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    You can step back into the past at Centennial Park, which re-creates a period streetscape and hosts a farmers' market called the "Fresh Market...Read More

  • 20. Clearwater Marine Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This aquarium gives you the opportunity to participate in the work of saving and caring for endangered marine species. Many of the sea turtles...Read More

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