The Tampa Bay Area

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Coquina Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Singles and families flock to Coquina Beach, a wider swath of sand at the southern end of Anna Maria Island. Beach walkers love this stretch...Read More

  • 4. Cortez Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Towering Australian pines greet you at the entrance of this popular beach park, a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Amenities: showers...Read More

  • 5. De Soto National Memorial

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the first Spanish explorers to land in North America, Hernando de Soto came ashore with his men and 200 horses near what is now Bradenton...Read More

  • 6. Gamble Plantation Historic State Park

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built in the 1840s, this antebellum mansion 5 miles northeast of Bradenton was home to Major Robert Gamble and is the headquarters of an extensive...Read More

  • 7. Greer Island Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Just across the inlet on the northern tip of Longboat Key, Greer Island Beach is accessible by boat or by car via North Shore Boulevard (you...Read More

  • 8. Manatee Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    In the middle of Anna Maria Island, Manatee County Beach is popular with beachgoers of all ages. Paid parking is in the gravel lot next to the...Read More

  • 9. Pine Avenue

    Neighborhood/Street

    Anna Maria Island's newly restored "Main Street" features numerous upscale mom-and-pop boutiques, including beach-appropriate clothiers, beach...Read More

  • 10. Robinson Preserve

    House/Mansion/Villa

    With miles of trails that wind through wetlands and mangroves to lookout towers and peaceful waterfront spots, this Manatee County park is a...Read More

  • 11. Solomon's Castle

    Building/Architectural Site

    For a visit to the wild and weird side, particularly fun for children, head to this "castle" about 45 minutes east of Bradenton through orange...Read More

  • 12. South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium

    Museum/Gallery

    Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity, is the headliner here. Programs about the endangered marine mammals run four times daily, and the first...Read More

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