Tampa Bay Surroundings
Manatee Viewing Center, Apollo Beach, Florida
A manatee sanctuary is located across from a Tampa Electric power plant. The manatee are drawn here by the warm water produced by the power plant and can sometimes be seen in very large numbers. They are most prevalent when the surrounding water temperatures are cold, dipping below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.Visitors will find a tidal walkway showcasing a variety of Florida plants and birds, butterfly gardens as well as an observation platform for the manatee. The Manatee Viewing Center is also home to an educational building that features the power plant and the manatee.
Dunedin has preserved its village like atmosphere, which began in the early days when it was a seaport and trading center. The Toronto Blue Jays have spring training camp at Dunedin Stadium.Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area and Caladesi Island State Park are located just off the coast and offer opportunities for water and nature enthusiasts.
Dunedin Historical Society Museum
Dunedin Historical Museum features over 2,000 artifacts, documents, buildings, and sites of historical significance to Florida and the Dunedin area. Antique clothing, household tools and utensils used by Dunedin pioneer families from the 1870's through the 1900's are a noted part of the collection.
Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
Indian Rocks Beach is a resort community near Sand Key, off the Pinellas County coast. Sandy beaches and convenient proximity to many attractions including Busch Gardens, Walt Disney World, Universal Studio, and Sea World make the town a popular option.
In 1905, Largo was incorporated with 291 people and covering an area of 1 sq. mile. It is bordered on three sides by water - the Gulf of Mexico is on the south and west sides, and Tampa Bay on the east.
Pinewood Cultural Park
Pinewood Cultural Park is home to three attractions: the Florida Botanical Gardens, Heritage Village and the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. The Pinellas County Extension Office of the University of Florida is also located within the park.
Gulf Coast Museum of Art (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.The Gulf Coast Museum of Art features permanent and changing displays of contemporary art and American crafts along with a sculpture garden on landscaped grounds. The nine permanent collections and changing exhibitions highlight artwork by Florida artists and Southeastern fine crafts.
Heritage Village and Museum
Turn of the century buildings were relocated to Heritage Village to create this 21-acre pioneer village set within a pine forest. It features a one-room schoolhouse, an 1852 log cabin, a church, and a museum with photographs and pioneer artifacts.
Address: 11909 125th Street, Largo, FL 33774, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Sun: 1pm-4pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Donations accepted. Closed major holidays.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 2 hours
Florida Botanical Gardens
Florida Botanical Gardens is a 150ac garden with many themed areas such as the Jazz Garden, Cottage Garden, Topiary Garden and Tropical Courtyard. Each garden has its own collection of flora including herbs, palms, roses and topiaries.
Address: 12175 125th Street North, Largo, FL 33774-3695, United States
Opening hours: 7am-7pm
Always closed on: Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: Welcome Center is open 8am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Facilities: Gift shop
Madeira Beach, Florida
Madeira Beach is joined to the mainland by a free causeway near St. Petersburg. Swimming, parasailing, personal watercraft rentals and fishing are available in and around Madeira Beach.
Plant City, Florida
Plant City was named after the railroad magnate, Henry B. Plant. It is well known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.The Pioneer/Heritage Museums have several exhibits with period themes that include clothing and furnishings.
Dinosaur World features more than 100 life-size fiberglass models of dinosaurs are on display in a tropical setting. Many hands-on exhibits allow visitors to examine fossils, and learn about why dinosaur remains are not found in Florida.