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  1. Busch Gardens

    Editor's pick

    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  …

  2. Florida Aquarium

    Editor's pick

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The aquarium, located near the Port of Tampa, has more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals in its various exhibits. Unlike other aquariums that might feature dolphins or other large mammals, the aquarium focuses on telling the story of water in Florida. The exhibits follow a "drop"  …

  3. Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

    Editor's pick

    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:  …

  4. Florida Holocaust Museum

    Editor's pick

    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 …

  5. Dali Museum

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    The museum holds the largest collection outside of Spain of art by the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Cleveland industrialist Reynolds Morse and his wife, Eleanor, donated the collection, which represents a 45-year friendship between the Morses and Dali and his wife, Gala. Built at a cost of  …

  6. Keel & Curley Winery

    Plant City : 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, 33565

    Hosts springtime Blueberry Festival each year.

  7. Rosa Fiorelli Winery

    Bradenton : 4250 County Road 675, Bradenton, 34211

    Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon., and Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed Tues. and holidays.

  8. Pioneer Florida Museum

    East Pasco : 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City, 33523

    Historical park on 20 acres, with restored 1864 farmhouse, one-room school, church, train depot, shoe shop, sawmill buildings, barn with antique equipment and exhibit hall, including doll collection.

  9. Behind-the-Scenes Tours at Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Learn in-depth about animals and how the zoo works on a guided tour, for guests 18 and up only. Tours can be booked by calling (813) 935-8552 ext. 268. Tours are scheduled seven days a week and run approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. The zoo is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week; closed …

  10. Francis Wilson Playhouse

    Downtown Clearwater : 302 Seminole St., Clearwater, 33755

    Complimentary 20-minute conducted backstage tours available by appointment. For more information, call the box office.

  11. Historic Asolo Theater

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    The Historic Asolo Theater was the original home of the Asolo Theatre Festival. It was built as a palace playhouse in Asolo, Italy, in 1798 to honor the 15th-century exiled Queen Catherine Cornaro of Cyprus. In the late 1940s it was dismantled and moved to the John and Mable Ringling Museum. Th …

  12. Albert Whitted Airport

    St. Petersburg : 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg, 33707

    Owned and operated by the City of St. Petersburg, Albert Whitted Airport's two runways provide convenient access to the city's downtown waterfront, business district and urban communities. The 110-acre facility handles approximately 80,000 aircraft annually and is home to an estimated 185 aircra …

  13. FSU Center for the Performing Arts

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34243

    The Florida State University Center for the Performing Arts is the home of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and the Sarasota Ballet. The Asolo Repertory Theatre and conservatory perform in the FSU Center on two stages, the Mertz and Cook theaters. The Asolo Rep performs p …

  14. Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    This roughly 8,700-acre preserve is the largest remaining natural open space in Pinellas County. Pine flatwoods dominate the uplands ecosystem. More than 50 percent of the preserve is wetlands, with branches of Booker Creek, wetlands forests, marshes, cypress domes and wet praires. The park is h …

  15. FSU Center for Performing Arts Cook Theatre

    Sarasota : 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34243

    The FSU Center for the Performing Arts is the home of the Asolo Repertory Theatre, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and the Sarasota Ballet. The center contains two stages, the Mertz and Cook theaters. The Asolo Rep performs primarily in the Mertz Theatre, a 500-seat facility. The teaching and acting  …

  16. Kumquat Grower's Packing House

    East Pasco : 31647 Gude Road, Dade City, 33525

    Growers hold Open House prior to Kumquat Festival every year.

  17. Biscayne National Park

    Editor's pick

    Homestead : 9700 SW 328 St., Homestead, 33033

    Biscayne National Park lies a few miles south of Miami. On weekends, the park's two main keys, Boca Chita and Elliott, fill with pleasure boaters trying to escape the hustle and bustle of one of Florida's largest cities. The bay, while not deep, is exceptionally clear. On a sunny day, you can se …

  18. Myakka River State Park

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, 34242

    It is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks, and as a result, there is no shortage of things to do. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through the heart of the 58-square-mile wilderness playground. Tour the lake on one of the world's largest airboats …

  19. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota, 34236

    More than 20,000 tropical plants, including 6,000 orchids, in an 11-acre open-air and under-glass museum.

  20. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

    Editor's pick

    Clermont : 19239 US 27 N, Clermont, 34715

    The winery has 80 acres of vineyards and 127 acres total for the property. It offers tours and wine tastings daily. Plus, throughout the year there are arts and crafts festivals, jazz concerts, harvest festivals and grape stomping. There's a gift shop to take home some of what you like, as well. …

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