Central West Florida consist of the Tampa Bay area including the areas north and south along the West Coast of Florida. Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, this region includes part of the Nature Coast, the Sun Coast and the Cultural Coast. The diversity of the Central West region varies from nature, to beautiful beaches, to arts and cultural, to the popular Busch Gardens theme park. 

Includes Desoto, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus Counties

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Upcoming Events in this Region

August 2 - 4, 2019

Location: Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

Fans of comic books, stories, art and pop-culture unite in Tampa Bay for this family friendly convention that features exhibitors, celebrities, cosplay and more. 

August 3, 2019

Location: Morean Arts Center, St. Pete, Florida

Join the search for the best cupcake in the area! Awards are given for professional, novice, and youth cupcakes, so you can compete no matter who you are.

August 30 - September 1, 2019

Location: Tampa, Florida

Experience powerful, informative workshops led by trained professionals, in addition to scene, monologue, and short play competitions, and theatrical entertainment that will leave audiences with a memorable experience.

August 31, 2019

Location: Julian B. Riverfront Park, Tampa, Florida

Every rum lover should make their way to Tampa for this fun labor day weekend celebration. Here you will find all kinds of rum drinks perfect for closing out the summer with a bang!

August 31 - September 1, 2019

Location: 401 W Venice Ave, Venice, Florida

Browse arts and crafts of all kinds as you stroll along vibrant downtown Venice. It features lots of vendors and a Green Market that offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces.

September 7 - 8, 2019

Location: Palm Harbor, Florida

Head to main street to shop at some of the best craft vendors from all around the country. Stroll along the streets near the gulf of Mexico while you look at art of all kind!

September 14 - 15, 2019

Location: Minnreg Hall, Largo, FL

One of the Largest Gourmet Spicy Food Fests in Florida featuring Hot & Spicy food vendors from all around Florida, competitions, Pepper Eating Contest, Intensity Academy's Spicy Lolly Lick-A-Thon, Hot Hula Hoop Contest and much more. It's all about the Pepper!

September 20 - November 2, 2019

Location: Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida

Home to lots of terrifying haunted houses, this event is the West Coast's best Halloween celebration. Enjoy the park's thrill rides while you enjoy their additional scares throughout the season!

September 28 - November 3, 2019 (Select Dates)

Location: Sweetfields Farm, Masaryktown, Florida

Featuring 5 acres of a life-sized living corn crop labyrinth, harvest crop and activities for the whole family. Come check out this farm for a day of fall family fun. 

October 6, 2019

Location: Tampa, Florida

This festival celebrates Hispanic heritage in the Tampa Bay area. Celebrate with amazing music, food, and so much more!

October 10 - 13, 2019

Location: Our Lady of Lourdes, Dunedin, Florida

For over forty years, the OLL Fall Festival has been an integral part of the Dunedin community. Every October, volunteers from our parish and school come together to put up the “big tent” and fill our campus with rides, games, music, laughter, and fun! Dozens of rides cater to children of all ages with a special section of “kiddie rides” for the little ones. This year we are also pleased to announce our “Craft Beer and Sports Tent”
Enjoy seasonal, craft beer while watching TVs showing the weekends big sporting events.

One of Florida's best parks for dynamic biking trails is the Alafia River State Park. The park features 17 miles of bike trails that cover some of the highest elevation changes found in Florida. The park also offers at least 20 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians through pine flat wood, and with the abundance with wildlife it is also great for bird watching. The giant park is also home to a campground, playgrounds, opportunities for canoeing and fishing, and much more.

The South Fork State Park is a rare natural wonder of Florida. The park is very underdeveloped making it ideal for Wildlife viewing, birding, or exploring its hiking trails. The park is home to many rare plant life including its rosemary scrub habitat which is only found in Florida; as well as many rare plants and animals which are not commonly observed. 

Visitors can request a gate code to visit the Wingate Creek State Park and explore its rare and untouched natural habitats. Currently hiking and biking in the park is limited and it is primarily used for nature research, birding, or simply exploring nature. 

Caladesi Island State park is one of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast and it's only accessible by boat. Visitors can kayak through the bayside mangrove forest and walk along the beautiful shores of the beach. There's also a nature trail along the island where guests can see a multitude of animals in their natural habitats. Also on the island is the historic ruins of the Scharrer Homestead, once home to a family who lived in peace on the island. Myrtle Scharrer Betz, who lived in the home, called this place "paradise" in her memoirs. 

What is essentially a series of islands in the South Eastern region of Tampa Bay, Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park does not actually have cockroaches on the property. What early Spanish explorers called "cockroaches" were nothing more than horseshoe crabs, and at one point, there was an abundance of these little sea critters. While the islands are 617 acres, about 500 of those acres are mangrove swamp, which makes it the perfect place for fisherman and/or birdwatchers. Keep in mind the islands are only accessible by watercraft so there are no actual facilities on them. In two small creeks along the shores, canoeing and kayaking is allowed. 

This National Historic Landmark is 61 acres of pre-Columbian, Native American lands with burial mounds, temple platform mounds, a plaza area, and a midden. For over 1,600 years, the site served as a ceremonial center for Native Americans and people traveled to the complex from great distances to bury their dead. It's estimated that 7,500 Native Americans may have visited the area every year. Aside from the history, this park is also great for bird watchers and fisherman. 

Some of the activities that can be done at Crystal River Preserve State Park include bicycling, fishing, hiking, walking, and running. There are also boat tours available to take visitors through the rarity that is the spring-fed body of water that is the Crystal River to see how it supports the sea and wildlife with it being both fresh and salt water. Boat tours are about one and half hours long for those who are interested. There is a seven-mile loop trail that is away from the simpler trails of the state park that's perfect for those who love to go off the beaten path. 

Egmont Key is a Florida State Park located in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The park is primarily a wildlife refuge, and is accessible only by boat or ferry. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the views and abundance of wildlife that the park has to offer. There are multiple trails and unique historical sites here, including the ruins of Fort Dade: a 19th century era fort. Also present is a manned lighthouse that has stood since 1858. The remote nature of Egmont Key makes for a perfect getaway on its secluded beaches. However, this also means that there are no stores or drinking water to be found here. Come prepared, and enjoy a slice of the natural beauty that Florida has to offer!

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has many things to offer including walking information tours to get up close and personal with the surrounding wildlife in an underwater observatory. The park also provides a variety of animals including: manatees, alligators, black bears, red wolf, key deer, flamingos, whooping cranes, and a hippopotamus named Lu. At the park you can enjoy boat tours, swimming, hiking, picnics, bird watching, and more. These beautiful crystal waters provide a clear insight into what lies beneath the water while making it interesting for all ages. 

Open 365 days a year, Felburn Park sits on 140-acres of property owned by the Felburn Foundation. Located on the south side of the Cross Florida Barge Canal, Felburn Park has several picnic pavilions, paved running trails, and a small playgrounds for the kiddos. If you find yourself heading west from the park along Withlacoochee Bay you will be running into multiple use platforms. These platforms are great for picnicking, taking a break from your run, or a day of fishing. Adding to Felburn Park is Phil's Lake. At this lake you will be able to find a number of freshwater fish. In addition, canoes, kayaks, and non-motorized crafts are allowed in the lake. 

Fort Cooper State Park offers a wide variety of natural sights and wonders. To start, Lake Holathlikaha is a pristine lake that is best viewed by boat or while kayaking across its majesty. Fort Cooper also boasts 700 acres of fertile lands covered in hiking trails to take in the beauty of Florida. 

Fort Foster State Historic site was originally a fort occupied by Col. William S. Foster and some 430 men. Today, the park can be enjoyed with a re-enactment of the conflict between the Seminole Nation and the U.S. military during the Second Seminole War. Park staff and re-enactors will be sure to provide families with a welcome trip into the history that sits in the backyard of Hillsborough River State Park with two living history events, featured annually in January and December: Fort Foster Rendezvous and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster.

This is a beautiful state park near the downtown Tampa area. There are over seven miles of natural trails to enjoy and it's also a great place to go for a swim on a hot day. Hillsborough River State Park is also home to Fort Foster State Historic Site, where they do occasional living-history demonstrations of life at Fort Foster. There are two occasions throughout the year: Fort Foster Rendezvous in January and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster in December. Both events are historical and neat to view, so be sure to check it out if you're close enough. They also tell you all about the fort and the part it played in the Second Seminole War. 

If you're looking for a peaceful escape, Honeymoon Island State Park is the place to find it. As its name suggests, it's a natural getaway with an abundance of activities and amenities to explore. Discover miles of beach and pine forests on a trail as you identify the native wildlife to the area, like horned owls and gopher tortoises. You can partake in activities like paddling, surfing, picnicking at one of their pavilions, or even hold a wedding ceremony near the playground, but the getaway's comforting nature and unforgettable sights truly make the ideal park experience.

The Inglis Dam & Recreation Area is home to a historic dam that was built in the early 1900s. It offers several unique experiences. Visitors are able to go horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, boating, and more.

The Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is the only surviving plantation house in South Florida. Once a 16-acre sugar plantation, the preserved mid-19th-century Antebellum mansion is now a portal to the past, allowing visitors to experience a bygone era in Florida's history.

Lake Manatee State Park is located 15 miles east of Bradenton, bordering the south shore of the lake that lends it its name. Although you won't be able to view manatees from this location, the park features a beautiful swimming beach, camping and picnicking areas, freshwater fishing from your boat or the park's fishing docks, and a variety of hiking trails through pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, and hardwood forest. 

Little Manatee River State Park is known for having some of the cleanest water in Florida. Visitors can camp on site, horseback ride, fish, picnic, hike, and more. An amphitheater, shower station, playground, and laundry station are some of the amenities available at the park.

MacDill Air Force Base is a US Air Force base in Tampa, FL. It is home to many commands of military units from all branches of the military including the U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 927th Air Refueling Wing. 

Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site is a ceremonial mound composed of sand and shells. Archaeologists have found at least three periods of Native American Cultures on this lush coastal landscape. This ancient site was the first in Florida to be considered an archaeological site, and has been dated back as far as 2000 years. This site is located in Terra Ceia, Florida and has picnic tables available for use currently and interpretive exhibits available. 

Oscar Scherer State Park is located between Sarasota and Venice on the West Coast of Florida and features a wide array of experiences and amenities. The park is a 1400-acre sanctuary to local wildlife, as it is surrounded by highways and housing developments. Referred to as one of Florida's hidden gems, 15 miles of hiking trails allow visitors to encounter the park's wildlife such as bald eagles, bobcats, North American river otters, alligators, gopher tortoises, and - most notably - the Florida Scrub Jay.  The Florida Scrub Jay is endemic to Florida, meaning it is found no where else on the planet and requires the unique features of Florida scrub habitats in order to survive. This curious bird attracts thousands of visitors each year, with the park even offering 'Sunday Scrub Jay Walks'. Other amenities such as canoeing, biking, camping, hiking, snorkeling, and even wedding services are offered at the park.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater is located in Clearwater at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. It is the largest U.S. Coast Guard air station and is home to nearly 700 USCG aviation and support personnel. The air station’s motto, reflecting its busy pace of operations is “Anytime, Anywhere.”

Weeki Wache Springs State Park includes Florida's only spring-fed water park with cool 72-degree water. Approximately 45 minutes north of Tampa, this State Park includes Buccaneer Bay, with an all natural lazy river, a children's play area, water slides that go into the spring, and a mermaid show. 

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This is a local park that features three fenced in areas and has water bowls, picnic tables, and other amenities for the whole family.

Real, raw, radio conversation air on 102.5 The Bone with Mike Calta, Roger, JP, and Drew Garabo. Live interviews, and current news will keep you entertained.  

Listen to the greatest hits from the 80s on 107.9 in the Sarasota area. Jones and Company are on the air every morning, and you can listen on the iHearRadio app. 

A'GACI is a store dedicated to all women's fashion. Clothing, shoes, and accessories fill the walls of this store to the max, complete with dressing rooms to try those outfits on. Casual and business attire alike, there is something here for even the pickiest female shopper!

Aspirations Winery is best known for their fruit juice wine, and their 23 other variations of different wines. They often include fruits other than grapes into their wine including oranges, limes, and blackberries.

Bamboozle Cafe is an urban Vietnamese fusion restaurant. They offer an array of fresh vegan and affordable Vietnamese delicacies. Their goal is to Bamboozle their customers into healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.

BAMF Comics and Collectables is a comic shop with a little bit of something for everyone. Find comics both popular and unknown as well as collectables, books, apparel, and more!

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System offers services for America's Veterans by guaranteeing extraordinary health results.

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte has provided over 80 years of health care services for the people in the Southwest region of Florida. Bayfront's staff are highly-trained physicians that provide care in over 25 specialties. Their top of the line technology makes it one of the only hospitals in the area with a New Vision medical stabilization program for people with drug, alcohol, and health-related issues.

The Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a non-profit animal rescue that tends to a wide variety of exotic animals. Guests are able to view lions, ligers, bears, and more at the rescue. 

Big Storm Brewing has three taprooms on the east coast of Florida in Odessa, Clearwater, and Cape Coral. They are innovators in the craft beer community and are committed to serving up quality beer using the finest local ingredients. They have been the recipient of numerous awards over the past 7 years since their inception in 2012 and have remained humble whilst slowly becoming one of the premiere Florida craft breweries. 

Big Top Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based brewery that crafts unique and tasty beers. Big Top Brewing Company's mission is to create beers that reflect the rich and powerful history of Sarasota, Florida. The brewery offers tasting room hours so that visitors are able to try different beers.

Blake Medical Center concentrates on giving their patients a quality experience by treating all their patients with fairness, dignity, and respect.

Brandon Regional Hospital is an acute care facility offering a number of specialty services including the Heart & Vascular Center, where the latest in cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive techniques are performed, The Behavioral Health Center, The Women’s Center, which includes their Baby Suites and 22 bed neonatal intensive care unit, The Reflux Center, and a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Buddy Brew Sarasota is located in Downtown Sarasota. Contrary to the coffee shop's small space, the coffee packs quite a punch and keeps locals coming back. Buddy Brew coffee is high-quality and the brand is offered at several different locations. 

Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee company that believes coffee should be more than just a boring cup o' joe. Whether you need your thirst quenched or a jolt of energy, Buddy Brew invites you to "brew good and do good" with their unique coffees and nitro cold brew.

 

Known as a Certified Florida Farm Winery, Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery is a green winery with recycled wine bottles that focuses on the taste of the wine.

Calusa Brewing is a Sarasota-based brewery that brews a great variety of different beers. The brewery always has a good amount of beers on tap at their location and customers are also able to buy canned and bottled beers for to-go. It also has a tap room for visitors to check out and usually a food-truck on-site.

A one of a kind amusement park, Celebration Station has some epic fun to be had. There are only five of these amusement parks throughout the United States, and one just so happens to be located in Florida. There's bumper boats for those hot days and the days that you just want to beat people up, in a fun and not-dangerous way. There's also an arcade filled with all kinds of games and prizes to be won, mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag, and playland rides like a roller coaster and swings. For those feeling extra jumpy, check out the Eurobungy, which is safe for all ages. This "ride" allows it's users to jump as high as 24 feet into the air and showing off is allowed, so try a flip if you want!

Centerstone Hospital is focused on tailoring services around individual needs and choices, delivering the right services at the right time to the right person, providing increased access to consumers, and proactively moving to innovate and improve services due to the changing landscape of behavioral healthcare.

While Chakana SoHo serves modern Peruvian and South American cuisine, its decor and atmosphere has a South Florida vibe. Situated in the "SoHo" district of Tampa, this restaurant focuses on the nightlife of Tampa.

Charley's Boutique in Bradenton is one of the most popular local-owned shops in its area! At Charley's, you can find on-trend fashion and cute trinkets. Come to Charley's Boutique for your next prom or formal dress!

Cigar City Brewing is one of West Florida's main attractions for those who seek excellent beer. They say it best themselves when explaining the quality of their passion, "Behind all our beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people."

Cigar City Cider & Mead is a second location to Cigar City's famous Tampa brewery, located in the Ybor City district of East Tampa. They specialize in craft ciders, but also carry an array of meads from around the world and a selection of craft beers. 

Citrus County has a large number of diverse and intriguing activities to partake in year round. In addition to the extensive trails, waterways for boating, and playgrounds for the kids, there are several lesser-known activities to explore.

Citrus Memorial Health System is committed to the care and improvement of human life. Their day-to-day mission is to strive to deliver the highest quality and the most cost-effective health care in their community.

Home of Winter and Hope, the inspirational Dolphins of Dolphin Tales 1 & 2. This well-known aquarium focuses on rescue, rehab and release. "Clearwater Marine Aquarium is fundamentally a hospital for sick and injured marine life.  However, what we do is so much more.  We inspire the human spirit, through the animals and their stories of survival, which touch all of us. " 

Complex Care Hospital at Ridgelake is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and maximizing their potential for healing and recovery. Powered by passionate care teams, they specialize in helping patients with expert, aggressive medical care in warm, caring environments.

Congo River Golf has 8 different locations in the state of Florida and it's so much fun here! The mini golf course is perfect for those with little kids, as well as the gemstone mining feature that sits on the grounds. But what makes this place so unique is the fact that there are live alligators here to pet and feed. Only the baby alligators can be held and pet but the bigger ones are more interesting to watch when they eat. So find a location near you to check this cool experience!

Cool Stuff Games is a shop that sells everything related to tabletop gaming including CCGs, Board Games, Miniatures, RPGs, and so much more. There are several Cool Stuff Game locations around Florida. They have daily events and tournaments every week, so check the website to find the fun event for you.

Coppertail Brewing is a Tampa based brewing company rooted in the historic Ybor neighborhood famous for its boutiques and vintage shops that stretch across 7th Avenue. Coppertail derives its name from a mythical sea monster that lives in Tampa Bay, given fictional life by the owner's 5-year-old daughter. The brewing company is most notable for its dark beers and dark label designs. 

Croc Encounters is a non-profit sanctuary for unwanted reptilians, most famously alligators and crocodiles. The wildlife center provides educational tours for all ages.

Crystal River Mall is a small mall in rural Florida. It is anchored by Rural King, a farm supply store. Many of the other storefronts remain vacant, but the Regal Cinema makes the mall worth a visit.

Set some time aside and do your heart and soul a service by visiting some of the natural attractions in DeSoto County. Sports, trail walking, playgrounds, and areas of historical significance have all made their homes here for as long as can be remembered.

Founded in 1984, the Eaton Literary Agency is happy to consider authors who are looking for agents to represent them. Although a small company, the literary agency has been publishing for more than 40 years. 

El Rincon Peruano serves Latin and Peruvian food. They have Happy Hour which runs Monday through Friday, 4 to 8pm. They also have a lunch special, running from Monday through Friday, 12pm to 3pm.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen and Bakery is a quick service restaurant that offers a well rounded, 100% plant-based menu. Customers can choose from a variety of made to order acai bowls, smoothies, wraps, and baked goods.

Fiorelli Winery produces 6-10 wines per year and focuses on dry red and white wines. Their philosophy is having home picked wines with European flavors added on.  

Florida Avenue Brewing is a Tampa based brewery whose goal is to create beers that epitomize what it means to be Floridian. The company was acquired by Brew Bus Brewing in 2015 and the two brands have since operated under the same roof. Florida Ave has several staple items, but outside of its Passion of the Heights Wheat Ale, is most notable for its seasonal Berliner-Weisse series. 

A distillery in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. They are award winning distillers of products from an array of spirits including vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and moonshine.

Open since 2001, Florida Estates Winery has been creating world class wines with different kinds of flavors to offer including a Key Lime flavored wine.

Florida Gulf Coast University opened it's doors in 1998 in Fort Myers to offer innovative programs and degrees to a growing Southwest Florida region. 

Today over 10,000 students attend FGCU. 

Florida Orange Groves & Winery is known for making tropical, citrus, and fruit wines. They are also the only winery to be featured at Disney's Food and Wine Festival every year.

Located near the area of Clearwater, Fort De Soto Park is a beautiful place to take the children to play in the sand or walk the shore line with a significant other. The sands are sugary white and waters are blue, it really does make for the perfect setting for something special. The grounds are just over 1,100 acres full of natural beauty. With a wonderful beach, play area for the kids, and so much to explore, this is the perfect sunny day outing for a group of friends or a family. 

Gulf View Square is a relatively small mall just a stone's throw away from the Gulf of Mexico. Current plans are in place to turn vacant stores into an apartment complex so you can live where you love to shop.

Happy Fish serves authentic Peruvian cuisine. They are best known for their large portions and unique atmosphere, which won best atmosphere in 2015.

Offering a wide array of historical and athletic attractions to its residents, Hardee County is a surprising visit for many. From festivals and historical museums to world class softball facilities, let’s dive into some of what Hardee County has available.

Featuring many varieties of locally Florida produced honey and honey products. 

Hernando County is home to many parks, sports complexes, and activities to check out. This article will focus on the Tom Varn Stadium, a slew of summer camps for kids, and the Delta Woods Park which all offer their own reasons for leaving the house.

Hillsborough County has the variety you are looking for all year round with the quality and creative parks that best exemplify the culture of the Tampa Bay Area. Discover the history of Hillsborough with the Burgert Brothers Photo Collection. Take it outside and commune with the birds at the Upper Tampa Bay Park. Get of your car and step onto another four wheeled vehicle at the Providence Skate Park. Try a hand at baseball and a number of other sports activities. 

Hitland 106.9 plays music from 60s and 70s, and music news about artists of these decades. You can also stay updated with current event in the Sarasota area. 

A visit to the International Plaza and Bay Street gives you an amazing indoor/outdoor shopping experience in downtown Tampa. It has over 200 upscale stores, many many delicious restaurants, and a hotel you can crash at when your shopping day is over. The top floor is home to Bay Street, an open air village of night life and restaurants.

Jannus Live is a small music venue that is located in St. Petersburg. Since opening in 1984, there have been countless live music performances in a building that holds just 2,000 concert goers. What started out as originally local musicians only eventually expanded into hosting both local artists and bigger artists when the Red Hot Chili Peppers played there for the first time in 1987. Although they like to stick to the local artists, bigger names do come through here on occasion. The outdoor music venue was refurbished in 2009 but it continues to bring in many musicians and music lovers. 

JDub's Brewing Company is a Sarasota-based brewery, taproom, and beer vendor. JDub's offers several different types of beers, including India pale ales (IPAs), porters, and wheat ales. Visitors are welcome to come to tour the brewery, drink beer, and talk with the JDub's crew.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, named after John Ringling and his wife, has art exhibits, a circus museum, a beautiful flower garden, and more. John Ringling and his brothers were part of the Ringling Brothers circus. The house that John built for his wife is part of the museum, visitors are even able to walk through most of the home. 

This is a local dog park that has plenty of shade and water fountains for both dogs and humans as well as other great amenities that include two separate areas for larger and smaller animals.

Lotus Vegan Restaurant serves vegan, vegetarian, and Vietnamese meals and baked goods. Once a month, they have an all you can eat buffet throughout the whole day.

Loving Hut is an Asian inspired vegan cuisine restaurant dedicated to health, compassion, and sustaining the planet. They have several locations in Florida and are always growing!

The Lucky Pelican Bistro in Sarasota is known for fresh seafood dishes. The restaurant also offers burgers, sandwiches and other non-seafood options. The bistro is open for both lunch and dinner.

Manatee County is home to a variety of locations that invite its visitors to participate. The G.T. Bray Recreation Center welcomes guests the chance to improve their physical health while working in a cooperative environment. The Agriculture and Extensive Service serves to educate the residents of Manatee County with education from the University of Central Florida. Finally, the Florida Maritime Museum educates its visitors with important records of the essential relationship with Florida has always had with the ocean.

This is a dog park that features two separate areas for larger and smaller dogs, picnic tables, a dog wash area, and a hitching post. 

Marina Jacks in Sarasota sits right on the water and is close in proximity to Downtown Sarasota. Marina Jacks has sightseeing cruises, waterfront dining, harbor docking, and the option to host events. Each year Marina Jacks hosts different events, including an annual Fourth of July Fireworks show.

Winery that specializes in three different table wines, blueberry, strawberry, and blackberry. They make their wine fresh from the farm.

Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina has locations two locations in Sarasota and one in Venice. The restaurants are known for authentic Mexican food, great prices, and fast service. 

Michael's On East is an award-winning restaurant and wine cellar in Sarasota. The restaurant is the only restaurant in Sarasota to hold the title of the "AAA Four Diamond Award". Michael's On East caters and is well known for high-end events and parties. 

The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium is home to many different types of aquatic wildlife and innovative marine research. Some of the animals that can be seen at the Aquarium are sharks, sea turtles, otters, and manatees. There is also a reef animal exhibit where visitors can touch rays.

At Murielle Winery, everything is made by hand. By being conscious about energy and sustainability, they are cautious about how the process is done. By taking their time, they were able to lower the sulfate level in their wines, thus making them more organic.

Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota was home to the 2017 Rowing Tournament. The park offers beautiful scenery, great biking and walking trails, and a large building that holds events. 

The New Leaf Cafe in Tampa is located inside of a shop called New Leaf Elements. The New Leaf Cafe offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu items. There are also several different drinks available, including gourmet tea and varying coffee drinks.

New Leaf Elementals is more than just a unique gift shop, it is an experience. They have an array of drinks and vegan foods to choose from. New Leaf Elementals is a special place where you can go meet your friends and enjoy a cup of healing organic herbal tea or a vegan sandwich.

This news/talk radio station has several personalities hosting NewRadio throughout the day. Jack Welsh starts the day with Arcadia Mornings, and NewsRadio airs Tampa Bay Bucs football, Orlando Magic basketball, and live football games for Desoto High School.

Do you like craft beer and great food? Looking for a fun and safe place to hangout with your family, watch some sports, and let loose?

Then, you need to check out Oak & Stone. They are a restaurant chain that started in the Sarasota Florida area, but is slowing taking the rest of Florida by storm.

Pasco County has 22 active parks, 13 passive parks, 3 recreation complexes, 5 community centers, 2 swimming pools, 4,600 acres of environmentally sensitive land, and 15,000 acres of land dedicated to parks, trails, and open space. 121 recreational programs and 49 yearly events are also available all year round for those who want to get out and participate in its offerings. 

Paw Patch Dog Park is an off-leash 2 acre dog park that features a dog fountain, a pavilion, and other great amenities for the whole family to enjoy.

PBNT (Pizza Burgers N Tacos) is a restaurant located in downtown Sarasota that offers (you guessed it) pizza, burgers, and tacos. PBNT's burgers have been voted the best in Sarasota and the restaurant is near several shops and other restaurants, making it a great tourist destination. Customers can dine in or order take-out. 

 

Perq Coffee Bar in Sarasota is known for specialty coffee and a relaxed atmosphere. Wine, light food choices, beer, and tea are also available. Vegan and gluten-free food options make this bar unique and inclusive.

The Pier Aquarium is a private aquarium and marine education science center located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at The Pier on the waterfront. Features hands-on activities including a fresh fish theater, touch tank experience and more. 

Pinellas County has over 20,000 acres of parks and preserves and a host of unique examples of Florida Beauty.

This is a dog park that features a double gated entry, areas for small and larger dogs, and lots of shade.

Originating in Bradenton, Poppo's Taqueria now has six locations and quite a following. Poppo's is a Mexican style restaurant known for having organic, high-quality ingredients and unique beverage options. Poppo's offers kombucha, Virgil's sodas, and different craft beers.

Port Manatee is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, South Tampa Bay, the closest U.S. deepwater port to the Panama Canal. One of Florida's largest and fastest growing seaports, Port Manatee offers services for a wide range of cargo.  

Port of St. Petersburg, located on Central Florida's Gulf Coast in Tampa Bay, offers services for large yachts, as well as benefits of marine science/research facilities on port property.

Port Tampa Bay on Central Florida's Gulf Coast, is largest of the Florida ports by tonnage and land and is a full service port for both cargo and cruise ships as well as other maritime activities including important shipbuilding and repair facilities. 

Pure Kitchen is an Organic and Vegan Grab'n Go with weekly meal delivery. Their menu varies from day to day and their prices are fairly low.

Are you ready to Rawk? Rawk Star Café offers organic, raw, vegan, corn-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, GMO-free and soy-free menu.

Rock Brothers Brewing is an Ybor City brewing company that specializes in recruiting some of the best musicians to play at their attached venue "The Attic." The company features a wide range of musical artists, brews its own craft beer, and are innovators in the realm of craft cocktails, creating some very unique drinks from unsual ingredients such as hop bitters.

 

Sarasota County is an area that shows great appreciation for its natural resources and the role they play in the culture of this area. Its natural preserves, specialty parks, and the special location of Snook Haven offer a little bit of everything.

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is among the largest public health systems in Florida. With over 5,000 staff, over 900 physicians, and 600 volunteers, it is one of Sarasota County’s largest employers. This is a community hospital that was founded in 1925.

The Soho Juice Company is based out of Florida, located in five different locations. Three of the locations are in Tampa, one is in St. Petersburg and the other is in Winter Park. The restaurant specializes in healthy vegan smoothies, bowls, and other treats.

Sparacia Witherell Family Winery & Vineyards has been a family owned winery since 2016. They grow muscadine and hybrid varieties of wine grapes in the western part of Florida. 

Established by Karen Solem in 2001, Spencerhill Associates is a literary agency dedicated to representing new and experienced authors. Spencerhill Associates specializes in fiction and works diligently to connect its authors with a suitable publishing company. The Spencerhill Associates agents take their authors through the process of publishing and educate them on the business side of publishing.

The Sprouts farmers market is a nice sized store with just about any kind of grocery you may want or need. It's well organized and the employees are sweet to all of their customers! Be sure to check out the bulk section to choose your own nuts and grains. There are some yummy finds here including toffee coated peanuts. 

This is a local vineyard and winery in Spring Hill, Florida. Many events are held here throughout the year including yoga classes and glass painting.

Sunnyside Cafe in Sarasota is a great breakfast spot. The cafe has vegan and gluten-free options as well as daily specials. All of the dishes are homemade and cooked in house.

There are two locations for the Tampa famous brewing company that has been around since 1995 in West Tampa. Located in the Centro Ybor Station and Westchase, Tampa Bay Brewing has proven to be one of the most influential brewing companies in Tampa.

 

The Tampa Theatre is one of America's most elaborate movie palaces. It was built in 1926 featuring a romantic Mediterranean style so people could enjoy a beautiful environment while they watched the latest silent film. Today it is a not-for-profit foundation that hosts more than 600 events each year.

The winery is constructed to look like a 1820 federal building. This makes it one of the best tourist attractions, with select handcrafted wine.

Terra Sur Cafe serves traditional Peruvian cuisine, especially well known for its Ceviche. The restaurant has a cozy, warm atmosphere, and is referred to as "the best kept secret". Not only can you dine in, but the restaurant offers take out and delivery too! 

The Avenue Viera is an outdoor shopping and lifestyle center where you can relax and enjoy yourself while you browse the many stores in the peaceful atmosphere. The many restaurants are a great place to grab a meal before you catch a movie at the AMC theater.

3 generations of beekeepers working diligently to maintain the health of their bees by using essential oils, hard work and loving care to produce high quality raw Florida honey and natural skin care.

 

The Breakfast House in Sarasota serves breakfast/brunch at an old house near downtown Sarasota. Locals flock to the restaurant because of the consistent quality of food and hometown feel. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available at the Breakfast House.

The Bricks in Tampa is a restaurant that offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free menu items. The menu also consists of coffee and different drink options. Guest can dine in or take-out.

The Crystal Cave in Sarasota has a plethora of crystals, stones, and other spiritual items. Each crystal and stone has been hand-selected by the owner and is unique and individual. Come check out this one-of-a-kind shop!

At The Florida Winery, there are over 20 varieties of wine to be tasted. They have been awarded over 50 awards in just their first four years! 

The goal for JOY FM is to help you find the joy within yourself. This Christian radio station starts mornings with The Morning Cruise where they share the big word of the day and devotional. Throughout the day you can listen to the top Christian artists.

Tourists and locals alike love a visit to The Mall at the University Town Center. It is easily accessible with shuttles from many local hotels and offers all kinds of deals at its many upscale shopping locals. You will find shopping and dining for every budget and taste.

The Reserve in Sarasota is a truly wonderful place. The location serves several purposes, such as a casual hangout, a meeting place, or a coffee+tea room. The Reserve offers kombucha, coffee, craft beer, wine, tea, light foods, and books for sale. There is often live music during the week and different events.

The Shops at Wiregrass is an outdoor shopping center that gives you all the classic mall stores to enjoy in the beautiful Florida weather. Shop for all your needs and wants and then grab dinner at one of the many delicious dining options.

ThinkGeek is the store to go to for all things geeky. They have memorabilia for Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, Game of Thrones, Pokémon, Harry Potter, Fortnite, Fallout, Doctor Who, and so many other awesome names that people love. This is definitely worth the check out if you're in one of the four areas they are located in in Florida. 

At Tyrone Square you can find everything you're looking for with a multitude of shops to choose from. Eat a meal at the food court and watch a movie at the Cobb luxury theater at this location just 4 miles from the gulf coast.

University of South Florida was founded in 1956 and now has more than 48,000 students. Located in the Tampa Bay area with 14 colleges and 3 schools, USF main campus in Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. 

The University Of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) is an extension of The University of South Florida. There are over 30 bachelor's degree programs and 15 master's programs offered at USFSP. USFSP also offers great ways to get involved on campus and in the community.

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota holds concerts, musicals, and plays year-round. Touring acts will often stop to play at the Van Wezel. Seasonal packages are available or individual event tickets.

Venezia Italian Restaurant is located on St. Armands Circle and originated in 1966.  Venezia offers authentic Italian food, they are especially known for their pizza. The placement of the restaurant makes it a great tourist attraction but the food keeps locals and visitors coming back.

At the Westfield Brandon Shopping Centre you will find all the classic mall stores for a day of excellent shopping. All the dining options and events throughout the year keep people coming back time and time again.

Westfield Citrus Park is a large mall with all kinds of stores to choose from including the major department stores. You can also check out the Regal Cinemas movie theater and events taking place throughout the year.

The Westfield Countryside Shopping Centre is a great place to get your shopping done, but it's also so much more than that. It is home to an indoor skating rink, a Cobb 12 Theatres, and Restaurant Row, where you can grab a delicious bite.

Westfield Sarasota Square is the perfect place to go shopping for everything on your list. It has all of the clothing stores you love and also a Costco for your grocery needs. You will also find an AMC movie theater for entertainment.

Westfield Siesta Key is a small mall that lets you get your shopping done in an intimate setting. In addition to great shopping you will also find delicious dining options and a Cobb CineBistro for entertainment.

Have a great day doing your shopping here at the WestShore Plaza. In addition to all kinds of stores you will also find a Regal Cinemas movie theater, lots of dining options, and events throughout the year to keep you coming back for more.

96.5 presents a cultural, artistic, and political perspective to the Sarasota community. This is a non-profit, non-commercial station that encourages peace, equality, social and economic justice, and more. 

WSMR 89.1 & 103.9 play classical music, while WUSF 89.7 shares news and other information then plays jazz music in the evening. This station is owned by the University of South Florida. 

Found in a few locations in Florida, Zeno's always seems to be near a beach. This candy store started in 1948 and has since been family owned and operated. While saltwater taffy is their specialty, they also have gourmet popcorn, homemade ice cream, fudge, brittle, and what they call seafoam which is a very light and airy caramel tasting treat. 

Zydeco Brew Werks is a brewing company in Ybor City, Tampa that specializes in NOLA-style cuisine alongside carefully crafted beers. The company features quite a few traditional staples as well as a rotating selection of some very "wild" beers brewed with innovative methods to produce some very unique products. 

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