We spent an amazing week in Tampa, FL with David’s parents. We stayed away from the big commercial attractions like Disney, SeaWorld, Universal, and Busch Gardens – voting to check out more local, educational opportunities. If you’re looking for neat, local stuff to do – I’ve compiled a list for you!
I haven’t been to an aquarium since I was little, but this was awesome. David’s mom volunteers there so we had a personal guide the whole time. From the tiniest sea horses to the largest sharks to the fascinating corral I was hypnotized the whole time. I especially loved the sea otters! A must see for anyone of any age.
2. The Dali
Salvador Dali was a very, very interesting man. He’s most famous for his “melting clocks” (actually called “The Persistence of Memory”). If you don’t know anything about him you should probably look him up. He was seriously a legend. I really have nothing more to say. This is not a negotiable option.
Food. Food. Art. Food. We stumbled on this by accident and I was annoyed I wasn’t hungrier. This market is energetic, delicious, and intoxicating. You’ll undoubtedly leave with vegetables you’ve never heard of and some of Florida’s best fruit.
The Weedon Island Preserve is worth going to just for it’s small museum dedicated to the Seminoles that used to live there. Once you’re done doing that, and if you’re physically able, you should drive up the road to Sweetwater Kayaks and rent a half-day kayak to cruise the five mile mangrove trail. We saw a dolphin(!) as well as many, many, many tiny mangrove crabs. A wonderfully worthwhile day.
If you’re a history nut, or even if you aren’t, this museum is truly remarkable. Beautifully constructed. There are small, impressive, shows and movies on almost every subject. I’ve learned about many groups of native americans but the Seminoles were new to me. A truly fascinating peoples. The temporary exhibit really sold it – paintings of pirates showing how artist representatives of them changed over time.