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.
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Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.
We roll up our sleeves and donate time, money and blood. We learn or teach life-saving skills so our communities can be better prepared when the need arises. We do this every day because the Red Cross is needed – every day.
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
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: The Force Be With You!
Star Wars™ And The Power Of Costume
November 11 – April 1
St Petersburg: When George Lucas released his epic space opera, “Star Wars™” in 1977, it instantly became a global phenomenon. Today, this movie franchise remains incredibly popular and continues to have a major impact on modern pop culture. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume,” an incredible exhibition at The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, takes you on a journey into the Star Wars™ universe where characters from all seven Star Wars™ movies are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes.
From Darth Vader’s imposing black armor to many of Queen Amidala’s ornate gowns, this fascinating exhibit explores the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Chewbacca, X-Wing Pilots and the endearing Droids, C-3PO and R2-D2.
Two exhibition videos and multiple digital flip-books allow you to see and hear from the designers, actors and George Lucas himself.
You’ll discover all about the challenges and triumphs of dressing a mythical universe. From the mind of creator George Lucas, to the concept artists who put these ideas to paper, to the artisans and costume designers who produced these fantastical iconic wardrobes, “Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” examines the exciting process of turning ideas into a dynamic reality.
It’s one powerful and engaging exhibition that you don’t want to miss! Catch it from November 11 – April 1 at The Museum Of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr., NE, St. Petersburg. Info: 727-896-2667; mfastpete.org.
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
FEB 18, 2018
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 Food & Wine Festival
January 24 – 28
The festival’s indoor and outdoor events showcase local chefs’ culinary flair and favorite indigenous ingredients, intriguing libations and distinctive Florida Keys atmosphere.
Festival events include informative wine seminars, the intriguingly named “Bad Ass Brunch Series” and a traditional shrimp boil featuring Key West pink shrimp. In addition, the popular Key West Kitchen Tour turned to the Key West Tropical Garden Tour & Tasting, specialty brunches festival goers can choose to attend the Master Chefs Classic culinary competition that showcases the talents of local chefs. A VIP “connoisseur experience” package is available covering admission to multiple events and exclusive benefits, or attendees can purchase tickets for individual events. Festival information and tickets: kwfoodwinefest.com
DOWNTOWN CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA
JAN 13 & 14 2018
The Cape Coral Festival of the Arts is one of the largest art shows in Southwest Florida and is considered one of the top 75 best art fests in the country. There are over 300 juried artists in the categories of painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal works, mixed media, and fine crafts. There are activities, sidewalk sales, and food.
The festival is located on Cape Coral Pkwy near Vincennes and is free. Merchants also take part in the activities with sidewalk sales and special offerings during this Cape Coral festival.
You will find paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, clothing, metalwork, and fine crafts.
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