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Where Tampa Bay - - The Guide -

AD­VEN­TURE IS­LAND—Lo­cated

right across the street from Busch Gar­dens® Tampa, Ad­ven­ture Is­land® is 30 acres of wa­ter-drenched fun in the sun fea­tur­ing the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion of high-speed thrills and trop­i­cal, tran­quil sur­round­ings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or re­lax all day in a pri­vate ca­bana. New for the 2015 sea­son, hurtle high and ex­pe­ri­ence a feel­ing of weight­less­ness on Colos­sal Curl™, Ad­ven­ture Is­land’s new­est fam­ily thrill slide. www.ad­ven­tureis­land. com. 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, 888.800.5447.

BUSCH GAR­DENS TAMPA BAY—Busch

Gar­dens® Tampa is the ul­ti­mate fam­ily ad­ven­ture, com­bin­ing world-class thrill rides, live en­ter­tain­ment and one of North Amer­ica’s largest zoos with over 12,000 an­i­mals in an un­for­get­table ad­ven­ture. Ven­ture across the Serengeti and race like a Chee­tah aboard Florida’s first triple-launch coaster Chee­tah Hunt. Plus, en­joy the ful­lyre­mod­eled Pan­topia with sen­sa­tional new din­ing op­tions, ex­cit­ing en­ter­tain­ment, shop­ping, a ren­o­vated in­door theater and thrilling rides, in­clud­ing North Amer­ica’s tallest free­stand­ing drop tower, Fal­con’s Fury®. www. buschgar­dens.com. 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, 888.800.5447.

CALADESI IS­LAND AD­VEN­TURE AND

FERRY—Ac­ces­si­ble

only by boat, Caladesi Is­land is con­sis­tently rated as one of Tampa Bay’s best beaches. Catch this ferry that de­parts daily on the hour from Hon­ey­moon Is­land State Park, weather per­mit­ting. The Caladesi Is­land Ferry can be con­tacted at: 727.469.5918 www.calade­si­ferry.org. Hon­ey­moon Is­land State Park, End of State Road 586, Dunedin, 727.469.5918.

CITY OF DUNEDIN—Bustling

with history and ac­tiv­ity for all ages, the City of Dunedin is as ex­cit­ing as it is pic­turesque. With per­fect weather around the cal­en­dar, Dunedin’s boast­ful is­lands and white sand beaches make for the per­fect place to spend your days. Dis­cover Dunedin to­day. www. dunedin-fl.com. Dunedin,.

CLEAR­WA­TER ICE ARENA—The

Ice Arena has been serv­ing the area since 1987

with cool fam­ily fun year-round. The rink is open for daily public skat­ing and fea­tures a live DJ on Fri­days and Satur­days. There is some­thing for ev­ery­one, from fig­ure skat­ing lessons and hockey leagues for all ages. Host a birth­day party or rent the arena for just you and your friends. Visit their web­site for sched­ules and pric­ing. www.clear­wa­tericearena.com. 13940 Icot Blvd., Clear­wa­ter, 727.536.5843.

CLEAR­WA­TER MARINE AQUAR­IUM—This

work­ing aquar­ium is ded­i­cated to the res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­lease of marine an­i­mals. See marine ex­hibits, un­der­wa­ter view­ing tanks and an­i­mal care pre­sen­ta­tions. Closed only ma­jor hol­i­days. Dif­fer­ent ticket pack­ages avail­able; gen­eral ad­mis­sion from $11.95 (chil­dren) to $17.95 (adults). Se­niors (60+) pay $14.95. For a cur­rent an­i­mal-pre­sen­ta­tion sched­ule and an­i­mal-in­ter­ac­tion op­tions, visit www. seewin­ter.com. 249 Wind­ward Pas­sage, Clear­wa­ter, 727.441.1790.

DOWN­TOWN DUNEDIN MER­CHANTS

AS­SO­CI­A­TION—Ex­plore

the magic of Dunedin, a city with more than 100 pri­vately owned shops, restau­rants, bars, pubs, bou­tiques, art gal­leries, an­tique stores and more. This quaint city of 35,000 has the charm of a small town and the ameni­ties of its larger city neigh­bors of St. Peters­burg and Tampa. Let this as­so­ci­a­tion keep you in the know of what’s hap­pen­ing in Dunedin. www.de­light­ful­dunedin.com. P.O. Box #2112 Dunedin, 727.298.3201.

DUNEDIN STA­DIUM—In

2002, Dunedin Sta­dium was ranked by Sports Il­lus­trated as one of the top 5 places to watch a spring train­ing game, a re­mark that is oft cited in most write ups of the quaint lit­tle 5,509-seater. Sports Il­lus­trated writer Tom Ver­ducci, one of the best scribes in base­ball, wrote that the Blue Jays spring train­ing ball­park was one of the best of its kind be­cause of its “old­school charm,” which in­cludes ev­ery seat be­ing near the field. 373 Dou­glas Ave., Dunedin, FL,.

FLORIDA AQUAR­IUM—Ex­hibits

at this 200,000-square-foot aquar­ium are cat­e­go­rized by ecosys­tems and in­clude wet­lands, bays, beaches and coral reefs. An out­door play area al­lows chil­dren to “Ex­plore a Shore” with wa­ter jets, an­i­mal mod­els and a pi­rate ship. Guests can im­merse them­selves in in­ter­ac­tive dive pro­grams like “Swim with the Fishes”, an in-wa­ter reef ex­pe­ri­ence for any­one 6 or older, or “Dive with the Sharks”, for cer­ti­fied SCUBA divers 15 and older. Par­ents can re­lax with a bev­er­age at the Cantina Bar and Grill while the chil­dren play the day away. Come ab­o­rad the new, dou­ble-decker, Bay Spirit II cata­ma­ran for a wild dol­phin en­counter. Dis­cover the magic found in wa­ter at this spot that is per­fect for the whole fam­ily. Open daily; closed Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion $18.95 (chil­dren un­der 12) to $23.95 (adults). www.flaquar­ium.org. 701 Chan­nel­side Drive, Tampa, 813.273.4000.

GLAZER CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM—One

of Tampa’s newer at­trac­tions of­fers 170-plus, hands-on “in­ter­ac­tiv­i­ties” in 12 themed ar­eas, in­clud­ing a crane, a cruise ship, a mini-theater and a gi­ant tele­phone. All are in­tended to “grow the minds” of chil­dren up to age 10. The 53,000-square-foot site also in­cludes a gift shop and eatery. Adults, $15; chil­dren, $9.50; chil­dren un­der 1

and mem­bers, free. Open daily, ex­cept Easter, Thanks­giv­ing, and Christ­mas and New Year’s days. www.glaz­er­mu­seum.org. 110 W. Gas­par­illa Plaza (Curtis Hixon Wa­ter­front Park), Tampa, 813.443.3861.

LOWRY PARK ZOO—Fifty-six

acres of nat­u­ral habi­tats are home to The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Cen­ter, Na­tive Florida Wildlife Cen­ter, Asian Gar­dens, Pri­mate World, the Free-Flight Aviary and the newer Sa­fari Africa. Feed the birds in Lori­keet Land­ing or the stingrays at Stingray Bay. Wal­la­roo Sta­tion Chil­dren’s Zoo in­cludes a play­ground and splash ar­eas, plus one of the zoo’s new­est res­i­dents, Bun­daleer the Queens­land koala. Par­ents Mag­a­zine has rated Lowry as the top zoo in its “10 Best Zoos for Kids” for 2009. Open daily. Ad­mis­sion $19.95 (chil­dren) and $24.95 (adults). www.lowry­park­zoo.com. 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, 813.935.8552.

SUNKEN GAR­DENS—The

old­est liv­ing mu­seum in St. Peters­burg, Sunken Gar­dens is home to more than 50,000 plants and flow­ers in a 100-year-old gar­den. Gar­den tours, hor­ti­cul­tural pro­grams and spe­cial events, such as Oc­to­ber’s Hot Pep­per Fest, are also for the off­ing. Open daily. Ad­mis­sion $4 (chil­dren) to $8 (adults). www.stpete. org/sunken. 1825 Fourth St. N., St. Peters­burg, 727.551.3102.

TREA­SURE IS­LAND FUN CEN­TER—

With nearly 200 games in the ar­cade room, this is a day of fun away from the sun. There’s plenty of pizza, ice cream, wings and other treats if you need a break from gam­ing. Theme par­ties are avail­able. www.ti­fun­cen­ter. com. 7770 Semi­nole Blvd, Semi­nole, 727.391.9105.

TAMPA BAY GRAND PRIX—Fully

equipped with Ital­ian elec­tric OTL pro-karts, Tampa Bay Grand Prix is the kart­ing cen­ter to rev up the fun. Race along the 1/4 mile track at 45mph head to head with your friends, fam­ily, or the clock. Rent two pri­vate rooms or the whole fa­cil­ity for your event. Open seven days a week in both Clear­wa­ter and Tampa lo­ca­tions for fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment for all to en­joy. www.tam­pabaygp.com. 12350 Au­to­mo­bile Blvd., Clear­wa­ter, FL 33762, 727.527.8464.; 3404 Crag­mont Drive, Tampa, FL, 727.527.8464.

CAP­TAIN MEMO PI­RATE CRUISE—Sail

with Cap­tain Memo and his pi­rates on a two-hour cruise in the Gulf of Mexico while en­joy­ing live mu­sic and a fullser­vice bar. Day­time cruises at 10 am and 2 pm all year (Sun 2 pm only). Sunset cham­pagne cruises avail­able in the evenings. Tick­ets range from $11-$39. www.capt­memo.com. 25 Cause­way Blvd., Clear­wa­ter, 727.446.2587.

SEA LIFE SA­FARI—Take

a hands-on ex­pe­di­tion for the whole fam­ily on the 2-hour boat tour to a shell is­land while learn­ing about sea life. Tours de­part at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tick­ets from $13.75 (chil­dren); com­bi­na­tion tick­ets with aquar­ium also avail­able. www.seal­ife­sa­fari­cruise.com. Clear­wa­ter Marine Aquar­ium, 249 Wind­ward Pas­sage, 727.412.7992.

SWEET­WA­TER KAYAKS—For

the out­door lover, Sweet­wa­ter Kayaks has the per­fect day planned. Visit the pad­dle sports cen­ter for be­gin­ning as well as ex­perts. Pad­dle board yoga classes are of­fered each Sun­day and a va­ri­ety

of other classes are avail­able. Be sure to check Sweet­wa­ter Kayaks’ web­site for more in­for­ma­tion. 727.570.4844.

THE TROP­ICS BOAT TOURS—Have

a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence aboard this trop­i­cal-themed,125-pas­sen­ger, dou­ble-decker cata­ma­ran. Of­fers Dol­phin Ex­plo­ration Tours, Hur­ri­cane Pass Tours, Sunset Cel­e­bra­tion Tours, Caladesi Is­land Ex­cur­sions, also pri­vate, Sat. night and chil­dren’s birth­day party cruises. www.thetrop­ics­boat­tours.com. 25 Cause­way Blvd., Slip #5, Clear­wa­ter, 727.442.7433.

TIERRA VERDE BOAT RENTALS—Ex­plore

the ocean on your own with Tierra Verde Boat Rentals. The com­pany pro­vides equip­ment along with pro­fes­sional as­sis­tance. Rates range from $60 to $319 for boat and WaveRun­ner rentals. www.tvboa­trentals.com. 100 Pinel­las Bayway S., Tierra Verde, 727.867.0077.

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