Collected by Cynthia Marias
Warm Mineral Springs, FL 34287, USA
People from all over the world are known to make a pilgrimage here. There are fifty-one healing, nourishing, essential minerals in the lake that is far more highly concentrated than any other spring in America. The water even flows out the Gulf of...
3928, 170 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Beach Drive has become something of a hotbed for diverse dining in St Petersburg. Under the direction of Executive Chef and partner Jermy Duclut, Cassis American Brasseire provides a delightful setting for a nice meal at a reasonable price. At the...
875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216, USA
The restaurant at the end of Rod and Reel Pier is a basic, funky, Florida fish and burger place. Decent food at a decent price. But it isn't just the food people come for. People come for the view over the crystal, clear turquoise waters of the...
948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242, USA
This annual art show is unique to the beach. The transient beauty is large as it is detailed.
927 Cape Coral Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL 33904, USA
Nevermind, named for rock group Nirvana's second album, is a small, locally owned eatery and bar in Cape Coral. The bar uses quality, fresh ingredients in preparing the many Italian-, Asian-, and American-style dishes, as well as in all of the...
101 1st St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday morning throughout the year, a wonderful market takes over a parking lot right in downtown St. Petersburg's pretty marina district. Locals and visitors descend in droves to listen to live bands while browsing...
2529 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
The Grand Central District in downtown St. Petersburg won’t leave you wanting for much, but may just pull on your purse strings a bit. Antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, a bookshop and a record store dot the tree-lined avenue. And when it’s...
701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
A 10-year-old boy giggled while he took a video of a playful otter turning somersaults, over and over again. The only thing that separated them was a glass panel and a few inches of air space. It was just another day of magic at the Florida...
420 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
The Oxford Exchange is my new favorite place in Tampa. First, there are books. Not just any books, but a well curated selection of books on interesting subjects, well displayed with helpful hints from bookstore staff. The room is light-filled and...
1523 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
For over five generations cigars have been made in Ybor City. The days of the huge cigar factories are pretty much gone, but the tradition of hand-rolled cigars and places to smoke them continues. King Corona Café and Bar is a warm, inviting and...
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
Founded in 1905 as a small café serving Cuban coffee and sandwiches to local cigar factory workers, the family-owned-and-operated Columbia has grown into an iconic Spanish restaurant that has been visited by generations of Tampa residents and...
333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Located along the Tampa Riverwalk where the Garrison Channel and Hillsborough River come together, the Sail Pavilion (the structure with the blue roof in the photo) is Tampa's only 360-degree waterfront bar. Open from 2 p.m. to last call, the Sail...
720 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Just a stone's throw from the St. Petersburg Museum of Art and the Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection is a remarkable museum that showcases Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures. Vibrant colors and dramatic compositions are displayed in rooms designed...
400 Bayshore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
The weather may stay mild and snow may not fall from the sky, but Christmas still arrives in a big way to downtown St Petersburg. By the day after Thanksgiving, bayfront North Straub Park is all decked out with animated light displays, sparkle...
2909 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
Mazzarro Italian Market is, hands down, one of THE BEST things about living in St. Pete, FL. First, there are the smells: freshly roasted coffee, bread baking in the ovens, wheels and wheels of parmesan cheese, meatballs cooking in the kitchen,...
St. Petersburg, FL, USA
St Petersburg is developing into a premier art town. It boasts three major art museums , a bounty of art galleries and studios, and a much loved 2nd Saturday Art Walk. Every second Saturday, galleries, studios, and workshops throw open their doors...
2223 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607, USA
If you leave your beachwear at home, you will have to visit Tommy Bahama and the shops at International Plaza and Bay Street. The mall is a great place to shop or find an indoor escape from the Florida heat or stormy weather. With a location near...
7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
It’s not easy to find beachfront dining in the Tampa area, but you can nearly put your feet in the sand at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach. The most popular item on the menu is the grouper sandwich; made fresh from the Gulf of Mexico...
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA
If you find yourself on the Gulf Coast of Florida don't miss Cà d'Zan the Ringling home. Built in the roaring twenties when the circus business was apparently rolling in the dough, the home spared no expense. Much of the construction done by...
13000 Fishery Rd, Placida, FL 33946, USA
Made Here Market in Placida’s Fishing Village is a great place to look for American made items that you can’t find in the stores. With upwards of 100 artists exhibiting at one time. This is the place to look for the unusual, unique and...
110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
If you have a kids or are just a kid at heart, you’ll have fun at the Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. More than 170 exhibits called “interactivities” are found throughout two levels of multiple-themed areas and encourage learning...
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