3 PLACES WITHIN
Along with award-winning beaches, St. Petersburg is home to the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum, top-rated restaurants, and beautiful Fort De Soto Park. The St. Pete Pier combines the peaceful blue waters of Tampa Bay with the vibrant greenery of downtown St. Petersburg’s parks, creating the ultimate place to stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, and take in a concert. Downtown St. Petersburg is the city’s heart, home to great shopping, restaurants, bars and cultural attractions. After making a stop to check out the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Spain, swing by the Chihuly Collection on Central Avenue to witness mind-blowing glasswork. For more information and more ideas for what to do in St. Pete, check out Visit St. Pete-Clearwater.
For close to 60 years, Cape Canaveral has been the world’s launchpad for manned space flight. Mercury. Gemini. Apollo. The space shuttle. At the Kennedy Visitors Center, you can stroll through a garden of rockets or watch one rise into the blue. Cape Canaveral, located midway between Jacksonville and Miami along Florida’s Space Coast, also offers Atlantic beaches, a popular cruise ship port, the nearby Brevard Zoo, and friendly hotels, inns and restaurants. Also near the space center is Canaveral National Seashore, 24 miles of undeveloped beach with 1,045 plant species and 310 bird species. Plan your trip to Cape Canaveral.
Weeki Wachee is an Old Florida attraction that has gained international attention thanks to underwater shows starring honest-to-goodness mermaids. A 400-seat theater with a wall of underwater windows allows guests to watch the twice-daily shows. The mermaid attraction is part of Weeki Wachee State Park. Families can fill the day at neighboring Buccaneer Bay water park, but purists most love visiting the original attraction where mermaids are still swimming, animal shows still entertain and educate, and guests escape the pressures of life by canoeing, kayaking, and taking river boat cruises on the Weeki Wachee River.