Attractions

Top Choice Museum in St Petersburg

Salvador Dalí Museum

The theatrical exterior of the Salvador Dalí Museum augurs great things: out of a wound in the towering white shoe box oozes a 75ft geodesic glass atrium. Even better, what unfolds inside is like a blueprint of what…
Top Choice Beach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Fort DeSoto Park

With 1136 acres of unspoiled wilderness, Fort DeSoto is one of Florida’s premier beach parks. It includes 7 miles of beaches (including a dog beach), two fishing piers and an extensive nature trail hopping over five…
Top Choice State Park in Honeymoon Island & Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island State Park

Directly to the south of Honeymoon, this park is accessible only by boat and is virtually as nature made it: unspoiled and pristine. Consequently, it often tops national beach polls, and its 3 palm-lined miles of su…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in St Petersburg

Weedon Island Preserve

Like a patchwork quilt of variegated greens tossed out over Tampa Bay, this 3700-acre preserve protects a diverse aquatic and wetland ecosystem. At the heart of the preserve is the excellent Cultural and Natural His…
Top Choice Beach in St Pete Beach & Barrier Island Beaches

Pass-a-Grille Beach

The epic sliver of sand that is Pass-a-Grille Beach is the most idyllic barrier-island beach, backed only by beach houses and a long stretch of metered public parking. Here you can watch boats coming through Pass-a-…
Top Choice Aquarium in Tampa

Florida Aquarium

Tampa's excellent aquarium is among the state's best. Cleverly designed, the re-created swamp lets you walk among herons and ibis as they prowl the mangroves. Programs let you swim with the fishes (and the sharks) o…
Amusement Park in Tampa

Busch Gardens

This theme park has 10 loosely named African zones, which flow together without much fuss. The entire park is walkable. Admission includes three types of fun: epic roller coasters and rides, animal encounters, and v…
State Park in Tampa Bay

Hillsborough River State Park

When Tampa residents need a woodsy escape, they head to this fantastic 3400-acre state park, just 20 miles (30 minutes) northeast of Tampa. For visiting families, it provides easy, kid-friendly encounters with Flori…
Buddhist Temple in Tampa

Wat Mongkolratanaram

Why is there a Buddhist Thai temple in the middle of Tampa? Who cares, the noodle soup is amazing. On Sundays hundreds of people show up for the food and flower markets, lining up Busch Gardens–style for the beloved…
Amusement Park in Tampa

Adventure Island

This 30-acre water park has everything a modern, top-flight water park requires: a long lazy river, a huge wave pool, bucket-dumping splash zones, a swimming pool, sandy lounge areas and enough twisting, plunging, a…