Summer is finally here, and while we love Ann Arbor, this means we’re all ready for a long vacation and a break from the real world. If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, head on down to Florida and experience all that the Tampa Bay Area has to offer.
Here are a few of our favorite things that you won’t want to miss:
Theme Parks. Despite the heat, families tend to migrate to the theme parks in the summer. Head to North Tampa to experience a plethora of wild animals and roller coasters at Busch Gardens or cool off next door at it’s water park partner, Adventure Island. You can even get a discounted pass if you’re going to be visiting both parks! If you’re looking for a little more magic, take a drive up to Orlando to visit Disney World or Universal Islands of Adventure. It’s only a little over an hour away and well worth the drive!
Sporting Events. No matter what your sport, Tampa Bay has something to offer. Head to downtown St Petersburg to catch a Rays baseball game or hit downtown Tampa to see the Bucs hit the field or the Lightning hit the Ice. If basketball is more up your alley, stop by to see the Orlando Magic play after that Disney trip. Don’t forget to pick up an authentic jersey while you’re here – we wouldn’t want you going home empty handed!
The Arts. The Tampa Bay Area is well known for the arts. Downtown St Petersburg in particular has been voted the #1 mid-size art destination in the country two years in a row! From local co-ops and galleries to the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s works (Dali Museum pictured above), the Chihuly blown glass exhibit and the Museum of Fine Art, there is an endless amount to experience. This truly gives the city life.
Nightlife and Dining. From the laid back atmosphere provided by Central Avenue to the more upscale Beach Drive, Downtown St Pete is definitely a first choice for all ages, both locals and travelers alike. Be sure to check out the unique local cuisine before hitting the town! You can also head over the bridge to South Tampa or Bay Street and you’re sure to find some of the best dining and nightlife around. Whether you’re looking for a drink on the beach, the night of your life or something family friendly, Tampa Bay has got you covered.
The Pinellas Beaches. While there’s plenty to do to keep you busy, the Tampa Bay area also provides a healthy amount of beautiful beaches perfect for relaxation. If relaxing just doesn’t cut it you’re itching to check out a few prime pieces of Real Estate while your in town, you may want to stop by a few of the most expensive beach homes on the market. They won’t let you down.
Kortney Campbell is a Social Media Consultant serving the Tampa Bay Area. She has spent the past two years growing with Smith & Associates Real Estate and learning the ins and outs of the business. Kortney resides in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown St. Pete with her husband, John, dog, Keyshia and two cats, Doris and Rodney. They are currently expecting a new addition, their very first son, this October and can’t wait to welcome him into the world! She loves the St. Petersburg area and on her free time runs a lifestyle blog titled Vegan Housewives where she shares recipes, local restaurant reviews and all sorts of fun things.