Naturally there’s lots of water and sunshine. But you’ll also discover an area that’s full of rich arts, professional sports, sights to see and things to do you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever your pleasure, you'll find it in Tampa Bay!

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Top Central West Florida Destinations

St. Petersburg / Clearwater

Time your visit to coincide with the Mainsail Arts Festival, which draws more than 100,000 people, or the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which features IndyCars racing through city streets, or the great eats and live music of the Ribfest or . . . well, you get the idea.

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From the indulgence of a powder white sand beach, to the escape of a kayak cutting through tropical mangroves, to the power of awe-inspiring works of art, Sarasota and Her Islands truly offer an experience for every taste, every age, every desire. Many visitors come to Sarasota to experience the casual elegance of our thriving beach community.

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Tarpon Springs

Throughout a ten-mile radius of downtown Tarpon Springs, you will discover beautiful parks, pristine beaches, golf courses, marinas, salt and fresh-water fishing spots and many other outdoor attractions. Marine enthusiasts can participate in deep-sea or inshore fishing for more than 300 species of fish.

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Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is a thrilling African safari and a sun-soaked Florida vacation all rolled into one. Experience up-close encounters with wild animals, and explore attractions based on cultures and legends of far away lands. In addition visitors can expect state of the art roller coasters.


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Weeki Wachee State Park

See the world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs as they perform their version of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid celebrates her birthday and comes face to face with her Prince! Yearning to have legs like her Prince, the Little Mermaid makes a deal with the sea witch to give her what she wants in exchange for her beautiful voice

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.There’s plenty to do in Bradenton, making it a great spot to take a break from the beach. Visitors will find a vibrant downtown with restaurants, galleries and boutiques along with the South Florida Museum (home to Snooty, quite possibly the world’s most famous manatee) as well as a planetarium, science and natural history exhibits.

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