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Take it Outside Planner: Tampa Bay Boat Show, Wanderlust, bike the Withlacoochee State Trail

The Tampa Bay Boat Show will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend.

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The Tampa Bay Boat Show will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend.

FULL DECK: TAMPA BAY BOAT SHOW

Buying a boat is a big investment, so this weekend's Tampa Bay Boat Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds is a good way to do literal, side-by-side comparisons of the various models. Looking for a shallow-draft skiff to go on the flats or a tricked-out motor boat? Before you go, figure out your priorities. Do you value comfort over fuel economy? Form over function can affect the usefulness, and you may find yourself wishing you'd held out for more storage or a platform for scuba diving and fishing. The research and comparison shopping pays off. In addition to boating and fishing supplies, fishing guides and local experts will share tips on how to catch the big one. The show, presented by the Tampa Bay Times, is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission; $6 parking. 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (727) 893-8523. tampabay.com/expos.

BIG STRETCH: WANDERLUST 108

Called a "field day for your mind, body and soul," the huge outdoor yoga and wellness festival Wanderlust 108 is making its first stop in Tampa on Sunday at Curtis Hixon Park. The day starts with a "run, skip or walk" 5K at 9 a.m., followed by a massive yoga class then a variety of guest lectures and fitness classes, 30-minute guided meditation classes and the Kula Marketplace. Some activities, such as the Hula Hoop class, are already full. Tickets start at $44, $20 lunch. 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday. 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. wanderlust.com.

ROLL OUT: RAILS TO TRAILS RIDE

Get ready to ride. The 22nd annual Rails to Trails Bike Ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail is Oct. 2. What used to be railroad tracks is now a 12-foot wide, paved 46-mile trail that opened for bikers and hikers in 1992. (There's even horseback riding available on a separate trail adjacent to the paved trail.) One of the longest such trails in the state, it extends from near Dunnellon to Dade City. It connects scenic small towns and goes through the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest. The ride starts at the iconic Red Caboose at the Inverness trailhead (315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness). Riders of all levels will get a continental breakfast, hot lunch, five fully-stocked rest stops and volunteer support while riding from 1 to 100 miles. Those completing a Century (100 miles) or Metric Century (62K) will receive medals and certificates, and will get to ring the historic locomotive bell. Sign up early to be eligible for door prizes, including three bikes and weekend getaways. Registration is $30, $15 ages 12 and younger. Online registration ends Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m., but walkup registrations will be accepted at the ride from 6:30-9 a.m. rttwst.org.

Take it Outside Planner: Tampa Bay Boat Show, Wanderlust, bike the Withlacoochee State Trail 09/21/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:49am]
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