Welcome To Destination Florida’s Gulf Coast!
Tampa At A Glance
Tampa Bay – the second largest metro area in Florida – offers a variety of treasures in the communities that surround its beautiful waters. From gleaming high rises and the rich Latin heritage of Tampa, to St. Petersburg’s European-style charm of café-lined streets along the nation’s most beautiful waterfront, and to Clearwater’s white sand beaches, Tampa Bay offers everything under the sun.Read More
Thirty-five miles of some of the best beaches in the world border the Gulf of Mexico: from Clearwater’s pristine Caladesi Island to south beyond St. Petersburg and the expansive Fort de Soto Beach. Here, fresh grouper is king, and golden sunsets are the dessert to cap off a perfect day in the sun.
Just minutes away in downtown St. Petersburg, this resort city boomed while the big bands played and is now home to a thriving arts community.
Seven arts districts, dozens of galleries, world-class museums such as the Dali Museum and the Chihuly Collection, and a rising curtain on a host of performing arts rival the best arts cities in the world. And, sandwiched between museums and galleries, is stylish Beach Drive, a European promenade with open-air cafés overlooking beautiful waterfront parks, Mediterranean-tiled towers and the masts of sailboats.
Tampa’s Busch Gardens is not only one of America’s most popular theme parks with heart-palpitating rollercoasters, but it is also home to one of the largest zoos in the United States.
Downtown Tampa’s Riverwalk provides a linear path past the Tampa
Museum of Art, Curtis Hixon Park and the city’s gleaming business district.
And less than a minute away, the Ybor City Historic District, where former cigar factories transformed into restaurants and nightclubs and the smell of Cuban coffee seems to seep from the old hexagon block sidewalks.
From the shores of Tampa Bay, discover everything from 21st century cities embracing the future, to spine-tingling rollercoasters, the crack of a Major League Baseball bat and the perfect place to nestle your toes in the sand. We invite you to explore and discover the treasures of Tampa Bay.
Surprising St. Pete Your Sunshine City
Recently, the New York Times named St. Petersburg as one of the “52 must see places in the world”. Yes, the world! Touting its museums and rich cultural, a thriving craft beer industry, and its ranking as one of America’s Top 10 most beautiful cities, St. Petersburg’s a must-see stop on any traveler’s Tampa Bay itinerary.Read More
The city hops after dark. A thriving craft beer industry and a 24/7 downtown attracts the region’s largest clusters bars and entertainment spots in the Tampa Bay area. Along Beach Drive, stylish open air cafes line a European-style promenade overlooking a ribbon of green city parks and the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay. In between, discover great shopping at Sundial or throughout downtown, or the eclectic home-grown businesses in the Grand Central District.
Ranked as America’s No.1 Arts Destination, and its No.1 crafts town, the Sunshine City is home to a surprising number of museums, including the world famous Dali Museum, Dale Chihuly’s only collection of his glass art, and an acclaimed Museum of Fine Arts. Add to that a rich performing arts scene, including the home of the Florida Orchestra, and the cultural lover will be captivated by what’s on exhibit or on stage. Don’t miss a trip to downtown St.Petersburg, and discover for yourself the warm hospitality that has made the Sunshine City famous.
Clearwater For Everything Under the Sun
From its renowned white sand beaches, amazing marine life and glorious weather, to fabulous dining, shopping, cultural attractions and festivals, Clearwater has it all. Lots of sports and recreational activities here also make it a perfect place to stay and play.Read More
And speaking of dolphins, you may be greeted by any number of six-foot tall dolphins – 115 of them in fact, that comprise the Clearwater Dolphins Trail. Just Google tinyurlcom/cwdolphin and you can discover where to find them – from Tarpon Springs on south to St.Petersburg.
If shopping’s your bag (and even if it’s not) check out the Westfield Countryside Mall. With 180+ retailers, twelve movie theaters, an indoor ice-skating rink and Restaurant Row, it has just about everything you need for a day of fun. Another “Must-See:” The free nighty Sunset Celebration at Pier 60 which starts two hours before sunset and includes local artisans, street performers, musicians and terrific live entertainment.
FYI: On Friday and Saturday nights, you can kick back and enjoy free movies at the outdoor Sunset Cinema. For true world-class entertainment, check out the performance lineup at Ruth Eckerd Hall, long a mainstay of the Tampa Bay Cultural scene and downtown Clearwater’s beautifully restored Capitol Theatre which also hosts some of the nation’s hottest acts. No matter what you’re looking for, Clearwater really does have it all!
Gainesville At A Glance
Uncover the unexpected in North Central Florida! Gainesville isn’t like any other place in Florida. Our combination of college-town vitality and protected natural beauty makes us one of a kind—a place “where nature and culture meet.” Gainesville offers 30+ miles of biking and hiking trails while spotting wildlife like birds, bison, wild horses or alligators in seven area Florida State Parks.Read More
Spend your afternoon antiquing in Gainesville’s surrounding small towns, and then grab a bite downtown at some of the best local farm-to-fork dining around. Wash it all down with a beverage from one of our four local breweries, and catch some theater or local music before calling it a day. A rich melting pot, Gainesville is full of vibrant, college town fun, inexpensive and often free attractions for the family and peaceful, relaxed outdoor experiences for those seeking a slower pace. Whatever your passion, the nature and culture of Gainesville and Alachua County await.
Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration
JUNE 24 – OCTOBER 1, 2017
This exhibition is not only a celebration of artistic practice in Tampa Bay but also an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between three institutions: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Working together, curators from these institutions will provide context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties within the past year. After an open call for artwork, nearly 300 entries were culled down to 57 artists.
Final selections were made by curators from each institution as well as guest juror Diana Nawi, Associate Curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. “This is an opportunity to focus on and celebrate Tampa Bay-area artists in an unprecedented way. It’s important to us as curators to provide context for the diverse work being made in our region,” said Katherine Pill, Curator of Contemporary Art for the MFA. “This area is home to several premier arts organizations and schools, which create a nurturing environment for contemporary art practice. I have long been aware of the significant community of artists here, but was extremely impressed with the level of work submitted,” said Christopher Jones, Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Ringling. This sentiment was echoed by Joanna Robotham, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tampa Museum of Art, “as a newcomer to the museum and Tampa, it has been exciting to see the breadth of artistic talent in our region.
Skyway will give visitors a sense of the extraordinary work made in the Tampa Bay area.” It is the very first time the three leading art museums in the area have worked in such close collaboration to simultaneously provide a single exhibition. “I hope that this exhibition will help to make the museum a place for dialogue, both within Tampa and across the region with our colleagues in St. Petersburg and Sarasota,” remarked Seth Pevnick, chief curator and Richard E Perry curator of Greek and Roman art at the Tampa Museum Art.
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Venture behind-the-scenes and discover what makes DAYTONA the “World Center of Racing” and the leader in motorsports entertainment. DIS offers three separate tours throughout the year that take race fans inside the hallowed grounds of NASCAR’s marquee race track. An experience to remember for any race fan! Admission to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and its spectacular displays is included as part of your tour!
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach • 386-681-5588
Tour dates are listed online at: daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours
KEY WEST’S 35th ANNUAL HEADDRESS BALL
Hold on to your hat. Because on Thursday, October 26, you may flip your lid at the 35th Annual Headdress Ball which debuts Key West’s beautiful new Amphitheater at the Truman Waterfront Park. This off-the-charts annual fundraiser is for the Key West Business Guild. More than 25 contestants are judged only from the head up and compete for $5,000 in cash prizes so expect to see some of the most extravagant, most outlandish creations imaginable! Local vendors, food purveyors and three full bars by Aqua Nightclub and its sister club, Side Bar round out the party. Rain date is Friday, October 27. Info: 305-294-4603; headdressballkeywest.com. Tickets: keystix.com.
Join us September 22 – October 1, 2017 for a festival featuring nationally acclaimed singer-songwriters brought to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel by BMI & iHeart Radio. This award-winning festival includes over 100 live performances, more than 60 songwriters, and 20 unique venues! Past performers include Parmalee, Thompson Square, and Grammy Award winner Maren Morris.
Captiva Island: September 22 – September 24, 2017
Downtown Fort Myers: September 25 – September 28, 2017
Fort Myers Beach: September 29 – October 1, 2017
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