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Tampa and St. Petersburg

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Tampa and St. Petersburg

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Welcome to Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL

If you seek a destination that's no one-trick pony, the Tampa Bay region is a spot you can't miss. Encompassing an area from Tarpon Springs to Tampa proper and all the way south to Sarasota, it's one of those unsung places as dynamic as it is appealing—and word has definitely started to spread about its charms. With its long list of attractions—from pristine beaches to world-class museums—it's easy to see why. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Hands-On Fun at Tampa’s MOSI

The young — or young at heart — can try the Museum of Science & Industry’s zip line. Explore the science behind natural disasters in Disasterville.

Hands-On Fun at Tampa’s MOSI

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Commune With Nature at Fort De Soto Park

Explore five interconnected islands of mangroves, wetlands and palm hammocks, which provide refuge to loggerhead sea turtles and 328 species of birds.

Commune With Nature at Fort De Soto Park

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Samantha's Pick (Do) Big Cat Rescue

I always miss my cat whenever I travel. I get my fix at this sanctuary with its beautiful bobcats, tigers, cougars and jaguars. Snuggling is discouraged.

(Do) Big Cat Rescue

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Samantha's Pick Barrier Island Bliss!

I love to stay right on St. Pete Beach. No matter what the hotel’s price range is, the beach is the same, with pristine white sand and warm Gulf water.

Barrier Island Bliss!

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Find Paradise at Caladesi Island State Park

This completely natural island features what some consider the best beach in the world. As you’ll see, this isn’t the most controversial of opinions.

Find Paradise at Caladesi Island State Park

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Get Up Close at the Florida Aquarium

Feeling game? At Florida Aquarium, visitors have the opportunity to put on a wetsuit and go swimming with the 20,000 aquatic plants and animals on show.

Get Up Close at the Florida Aquarium

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Take a Safari at Busch Gardens Tampa

It may be known for its hair-raising rides, but Busch Gardens is also one of the largest zoos in the country. See over 2,000 animals roam the open plains.

Take a Safari at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Don’t Miss the 19th Hole at Fox Hollow Golf Club

A round at the Fox Hollow Golf Club in New Port Richey is best followed with a bite to eat at the course restaurant. Be sure to get a table near a window.

Don’t Miss the 19th Hole at Fox Hollow Golf Club

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Enjoy the Outdoors at Hyde Park Village

There aren’t many places in the U.S. where an open-air shopping mall could thrive, but Tampa just happens to have perfect weather all the time. Embrace it.

Enjoy the Outdoors at Hyde Park Village

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