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  1. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Home of Winter the Dolphin

    Editor's pick

    Clearwater : 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, 33767

    The modest-sized aquarium near Clearwater Beach offers a unique spin on the conventional aquatic experience because CMA doubles as a working animal hospital that rescues and rehabs sea creatures deemed unfit to survive on their own in the wild.It's home to perhaps one of the world's most famous  …

  2. Beachhouse Restaurant

    Manatee beaches : 200 Gulf Drive N, Bradenton Beach, 34217

    Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thurs., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

  3. Roadside Grill at Harley-Davidson of Tampa

    South Tampa : 6920 N Dale Mabry, Tampa, 33614

    At Harley-Davidson of Tampa.Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thur.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.

  4. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at CityWalk

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Plaza, Suite 704, Orlando, 32819

  5. Glazer Children's Museum

    Editor's pick

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Pint-sized fun awaits in this hands-on museum that lets kids take on many roles at a variety of play stations. From becoming tug boat captains and working on a cruise ship to following the journey of water and "working" as an engineer, children will be the stars of their own adventures …

  6. Hooters (Tampa, Channelside)

    Channelside : 615 Channelside Drive # 127, Tampa, 33602

    With a prime corner spot at Channelside, this Hooters gets its share of Gasparilla revelers, cruise boat passengers, Forum partiers and anyone else that comes into its orbit. So consider yourself either stoked for meeting far-flung constituencies or forewarned about a large mass of party-minded  …

  7. Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza

    Downtown Tampa : 203 E Twiggs St, Tampa, 33602

    When one of the ginormous cheese pies emerges from the pizza oven, it's easy to lose your cool. You want to stand there, fold a slice in half and inhale. It's pure NYC, get this, made with real New York City water. The pie: Thin, pliable crust but with the right chewy tooth-resistance, it's the  …

  8. Bella's Italian Cafe

    South Tampa : 1413 S Howard Ave. # 101, Tampa, 33606

    Joanie Corneil and Bill Shumate opened the SoHo restaurant more than 25 years ago. At the time it was one of only a handful of restaurants between Kennedy and Bayshore. Years later, many times more restaurants have come to the area. The place has had two remodels in its lifetime and still manage …

  9. Adventure Island

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. The park's laid-back Florida Keys theme is punctuated with corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool and a rambling river.The 17,000-square foot Endless Surf produces rolling waves up to 5 feet high. Paradi …

  10. Universal Orlando

    Editor's pick

    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  …

  11. 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:  …

  12. Beach Theatre (closed)

    South Pinellas beaches : 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    The 1939 art-deco theater closed Nov. 17, 2012 after years of financial struggles.It had specialized in arthouse flicks and cult favorites, cinema classics, second- and first-run movies, concerts and concert films. The theater also hosted big-screen competitions for video games like Halo 3 and R …

  13. Cheesecake Factory

    International Plaza District : 2223 N West Shore Blvd. # B201, Tampa, 33607

    The chain has lots of devotees - maybe because the portion sizes verge on ridiculous. How are you supposed to order one of the 50 varieties of cheesecake once you've plowed through a salad as big as your head? Their finger-food appetizers are much better than they have to be.

  14. Thuy Cafe

    Editor's pick

    St. Petersburg : 5944 34th St. N, St. Petersburg, 33714

    Vietnamese variety shows on the TV and a few low-slung couches make it an easy place to while away an hour or two, but the bulk of the business seems to be quick in-and-outs for boba tea and one of 10 styles of banh mi. Boba for the uninitiated is a curious thing. Milky tea or fruity smoothies ( …

  15. 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  …

  16. Dinosaur World

    Plant City : 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, 33565

    Just outside Plant City, north of Tampa, visitors can find what might be referred to as real Florida. This park has all the kitsch you would expect from an old-time attraction, except it's only been around since 1998. But like Gator Land or Jungle Gardens, this attraction offers low-key entertai …

  17. SeaWorld

    Editor's pick

    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  …

  18. 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"  …

  19. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    Editor's pick

    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 …

  20. Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park

    Editor's pick

    Citrus County : 4150 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, 34446

    A 45-foot deep natural spring is the centerpiece of this more than 210-acre park. It's home to a whole host of animals, including native birds, alligators, crocodiles, red wolves, bears, bobcats, cougars, snakes, turtles and more.And did we mention the hippo? He's somewhat of a local celebrity.  …

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