Saturday, 15 June 2013

More Highly Recommended Activities In Tampa, Florida

By Jony Mozen

Lowry Park Zoo was voted the "Best Family Friendly Zoo" and the "Best mid-sized zoo" in the U.S. With more than 1,500 animals, housed in 56 acres of lush natural habitats, it's a diverse collection that is suited for our local climate. Guests can see most animals in one of eight habitat areas with engaging interactive exhibits visitors can enjoy up close. Safari Africa & Ituri Forest. See elephants, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, meerkats, white rhinos, cheetahs, pygmy hippos, okapi, African penguins and much more! Guests can also experience the Safari Ride, a 15-minute long narrated ride offering behind-the-scenes views of dozens of African animals, including the Zoo's elephant herd, Patas monkeys and more. Asian Gardens & Sulawesi Aviary. Watch as the tigers explore the water's edge. Observe the Indian rhinos as well as the clouded leopards. Florida Boardwalk. Stroll along the boardwalk and see all the wonderful creatures that make Florida home. Feed and touch Florida's stingrays at the Harrell Discovery Center and Stingray Bay. Primate World. See endangered Bornean orangutans, chimpanzees and brilliant-colored mandrills, plus tiny marmosets and tamarins.

Wallaroo Station. This interactive family area is an Australian adventure with koalas, wallabies, cockatoos, bats, New Guinea singing dogs, kookaburras, and more! Kids can play in "The Billabong" water play area, pet the goats, ride on a horse and the Tasmanian Tiger family roller coaster, too. Free Flight Aviaries. This sub-tropic rainforest lets you see our fine-feathered friends in their free-flight habitat. You'll Red-legged Honeycreeper, the Purple Swamp hen, the Toucan and the Blue Bellied Roller. Enjoy the peaceful waterfalls and river that runs though this area and watch exotic and endangered birds gracefully soar overhead. Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center. Twin observation pools allow for year round, up-close viewing of manatees. The Zoo operates the only non-profit manatee hospital in the world and to date the hospital has cared for more than 290 manatees. Birds of Prey. Also known as raptors, the birds of prey make amazing debuts daily in the Spirits of the Sky show.

BioWorks Butterfly Garden & Flight Encounter. Enter into an engineered ecosystem to view multiple kinds of free-flying butterflies. This unique outdoor butterfly exhibit focuses on butterflies native to West Central Florida. The exhibit includes: Flight Encounter: A free-flying butterfly enclosure where guests can encounter butterflies up close as they feed on native and Florida-Friendly nectar plants. The Butterfly Garden directly adjacent to BioWorks contains native and Florida-Friendly nectar and host plants. This garden provides a model for homeowners who wish to create their own butterfly gardens.

Caladesi Island State Park. Most of coastal Florida used to resemble Caladesi Island and now it's one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the state. Pine and palm forests lead to rolling dunes covered with grasses, which in turn lead to a long strip of white sandy beach. A relative newcomer to the Florida west coast, the island was created when a savage hurricane in 1921 separated it from what was then Hog Island. To this day, the origin of the island's name is uncertain, though it has appeared on maps since the 1930's. Accessible only by ferry from Clearwater and nearby Honeymoon Island State Park, a visit to Caladesi Island makes a great day trip. You can fish, picnic, go boating or shelling, sunbathe on the beach, and wander at will through the pine and oak forests. A wide variety of bird life call the park home, and you're likely to see an osprey soaring overhead. Picnic tables and concessions are located near the beach, and a 99-slip marina is available for those who bring their own boats. Overnight docking is permitted if you register with the park ranger.

The poured-concrete, steel-reinforced structure of the building was advertised as fireproof. The hotel has six minarets, four cupolas, and three domes. In the early 90's, all were restored to their original stainless steel state. The grounds of the hotel spanned 150 acres with 21 buildings on the hotel's campus. With its magnificent Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and tropical gardens, a visit to the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, will transport you to Victorian splendor. The museum's exhibits focus on the Gilded Age lifestyle of the old Tampa Bay Hotel's guests during the 1890s, when Tampa was experiencing sudden population and economic growth, including the beginning of the local tourist industry. Learn the significance of the hotel during the early stages of the Spanish American War and how Tampa was thrust into the world arena in the summer of 1898.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for these annual festivals: the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in January, The Florida State Fair in February, the Florida Strawberry Festival in March, the Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival in May, and the Ruskin Seafood Fest in November. Visit Tampa now and discover how historic Old Florida blends well with the modern, upscale style of some of the most beautiful, master-planned communities for families and retirees. Yes, climate, dining and shopping, cultural attractions, educational and business opportunities, and the beautiful beaches help make Tampa home to a wonderful lifestyle. Tampa is a lot more than beautiful sunsets! Make it your home, too.

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