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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

    Drawing some 4½ million visitors each year, Busch Gardens Tampa is a major theme park, with its popular roller coasters being the biggest lure...Read More

  • 3. Caladesi Island State Park

    Beach

    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

  • 4. Chihuly Collection

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    An electrifying 10,000-square-foot Albert Alfonso–designed building is home to world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly's work. Here, impossibly...Read More

  • 5. Clearwater Beach

    Beach

    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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  • 6. Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sanctuary for the manatee. Kings Bay, around which manatees congregate in winter (generally from November...Read More

  • 7. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Here you can see many manatees and several species of fish through a floating glass observatory known as the Fish Bowl—except in this case the...Read More

  • 8. Fort De Soto Park

    Beach

    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

    Historic Home

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

  • 11. Pass-a-Grille Beach

    Beach

    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

  • 12. Siesta Key Beach

    Beach

    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

  • 13. St. Pete Pier

    Downtown | Marina/Pier

    Downtown St. Pete's waterfront is abuzz with activity now that its 26-acre entertainment district has opened, complete with a beach, walking...Read More

  • 14. Sunset Beach

    Beach

    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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. TreeUmph! Adventure Course

    Amusement Park/Water Park

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

  • 17. Weeki Wachee Springs

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    At Weeki Wachee Springs, the spring flows at the remarkable rate of 170 million gallons a day with a constant temperature of 74°F. The spring...Read More

  • 18. Adventure Island

    Central Tampa | Amusement Park/Water Park

    From spring until fall, Busch Gardens' water park promises heat relief with rides like Vanish Point, Aruba Tuba, and Caribbean Corkscrew. Tampa...Read More

  • 19. Anna Maria Bayfront Park

    Beach

    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

  • 20. 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

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