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  1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

    Editor's pick

    Titusville : On State Road 405 between Range Road and E Avenue SW, Titusville, 32780

    NASA Kennedy Space Center launch headquarters is located on a huge island wildlife refuge of 140,000 acres. Admission to the center includes tours (reservations suggested for most), the Shuttle Launch Experience, Astronaut Encounter, 3D IMAX space films, exhibits, Space Shuttle Atlantis and the  …

  2. Ringling Museum of Art

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    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    Permanent collection includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from ancient through contemporary periods. The grounds are also home to the Ringling estate, Ca d'Zan and to the Ringling Circus Museum.Currently: Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the A …

  3. Museum of Fine Arts

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    Downtown St. Petersburg : 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Comprehensive permanent collection of 19th century French and American paintings, early 20th century American paintings and photography. Docent tours: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.Currently: Aaron Siskind's Harlem Document, documentary and abstract photographs of people  …

  4. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI's goal is to expand public interest and understanding of science, industry and technology. The non-profit, community-based organization specializes in informal, and fun, science education. It is the largest science center in the southeast and the fifth-largest in the United States.Among the …

  5. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

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    Tarpon Springs : 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    When Greek immigrants first settled in the area, they found the waters off Tarpon Springs to be rich with highly sought-after sponges. Now the area is the focal point of local Greek culture and dining. Walk along colorful Dodecanese Boulevard, winding through the shops that smell of the unique n …

  6. German Bistro 2

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    Largo : 1300 E Bay Drive, Largo, 33771

    Irena Hoxie performed a Teutonic transformation with new sconces, paint in a warm orange-red-cream palette, ficus and trellising greenery, and a soundtrack of oom-pah and Bavarian polka music. For newbies she'll explain what spaetzle is (you have to get it: soft, irregular nubbins of buttery han …

  7. Columbia Restaurant

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    Ybor City : 2117 E Seventh Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The granddaddy of them all, Columbia Restaurant bears the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in Florida as well as the nation's largest Spanish/Cuban restaurant, with 13 rooms extending one full city block. Some of these waiters have been here a lifetime, there are stirring flamenco show …

  8. Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

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    Lake Buena Vista : 1515 N Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 32830

    The original concept for this Disney park was that it would operate as an actual production facility, so the park has a real backstage Hollywood vibe, including behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action live shows. For thrill-seekers, there's some of Disney's most heart-racing rides:  …

  9. Salt Rock Grill

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    North Pinellas beaches : 19325 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, 33811

    This gorgeously designed collaboration between Frank Chivas and Tom Pritchard is renowned for its straight-ahead grill cookery, fresh seafood, raw bar and deep wine list. The restaurant also has a fantastic patio bar that overlooks the Intercoastal Waterway, and an outrageous early-bird special  …

  10. SideBern's

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    South Tampa : 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Where Bern's is the big-name brawn in wine, steaks and overindulgence, SideBern's is the modern brains and R&D lab. The next generation of Laxers caught up to contemporary cooking and turned SideBern's into a culinary academy. On the plate, that results in mind-bending entrees, especially gr …

  11. Polk Museum of Art

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    Lakeland : 800 E Palmetto St., Lakeland, 33801

    Modern and contemporary art, Asian art, European and American decorative arts, pre-Columbian and African art are features of the permanent collection. All Decked Out, as part of Innoskate 2014, this exhibition celebrates the artistic and innovative spirit of skateboarding. Runs through July 20. …

  12. Roy's

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    International Plaza District : 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    It's hard to resent chain restaurants when Outback can bring a chef like Roy Yamaguchi and his jeweled fusion of French polish and Asian flavors to our table. Love rack of lamb or Hawaiian fish? Roy's local partners do them up teak-brown, with orchids, breezy guitars and a happy crowd of casual  …

  13. Roy's

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    Sarasota : 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, 34239

    It's hard to resent chain restaurants when Outback can bring a chef like Roy Yamaguchi and his jeweled fusion of French polish and Asian flavors to our table. Love rack of lamb or Hawaiian fish? Roy's local partners do them up teak-brown, with orchids, breezy guitars and a happy crowd of casual  …

  14. Busch Gardens

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    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    One of Tampa Bay's top tourist attractions, Busch Gardens is an Africa-themed park with some of the southeast's largest roller coasters, Broadway-style shows, exotic animals, multi-story family play areas, rides and live entertainment.Rollercoaster enthusiasts, you'll love the choices here. The  …

  15. SeaWorld

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    Orlando : 7007 SeaWorld Drive (Interstate 4, Exit 71) , Orlando, 32821

    SeaWorld, one of Florida's top attractions, is like a giant aquarium smack dab in the middle of the state. You can see creatures of all stripes -- fish, sharks, dolphins, rays, manatees, penguins, and of course, the famous killer whales. But there's more to the park, like Manta, a super smooth  …

  16. Universal Orlando

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    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

    Orlando's other big theme park franchise always seems like it's trying to keep up with Mickey Mouse and Co. down the road. But it's come a long way in the past decade. The first thing you must know is the terminology: the entire complex is known as Universal Orlando, and that includes two theme  …

  17. Tampa Museum of Art

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    The museum has an extensive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, contemporary photography, contemporary American art and works on paper and an impressive LED installation by Leo Villarea along the south facade.Currently: Graphic Studio: Uncommon Practice, Over 100 works by 45 artists highl …

  18. A Taste for Wine

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    Downtown St. Petersburg : 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 33701

    Bern's may have the better wine list, but many of us would rather hang out at A Taste for Wine. The wrought-iron balcony offers a great view of Central Avenue in St. Pete. Inside, there's art on the walls from JJ Watts gallery, and live music on weekends: jazz, folk, flamenco, pop, etc. They als …

  19. Florida Holocaust Museum

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    Downtown St. Petersburg : 55 Fifth St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Remember. Educate. Empower. The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust, the systematic murder of European Jews and others by the Nazis before and during World War II. The focus is on the policies, events a …

  20. World of Beer Carrollwood

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    Carrollwood : 12904 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    It's a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales,lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from aWeltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug indoo …

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