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PLAY AROUND TAMPA BAY
 
(2013 - Fall/Winter Issue)

Writer: SUSAN B. BARNES



There’s more to Florida than theme parks and thrill rides.

And the Tampa Bay area showcases some of the best natural attractions found throughout the state. With a record 361 days of sunshine annually, it’s time to get outside and play.

Hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing—you can do it all along the Hillsborough River and its 6,475-hectare wilderness park. Paddle off on a two-hour to full-day downstream adventure or hike or cycle along the meandering trails. Whichever you choose, wildlife abounds so keep an eye out for birds, turtles and even alligators.

Speaking of wildlife, during the winter months you can spot endangered Florida manatees in their natural habitat. One of the best viewing spots is at the warm waters around TECO’s Manatee Viewing Center, where hundreds gather when water temperatures dip below 20 C. For something a bit more daring, certified scuba divers can swim with sharks, moray eels, barracuda and a sea turtle at the Florida Aquarium.

On the water, admire the surrounding scenery on board a dragon boat tour, on a stand-up paddleboard or while relaxing on a catamaran or captaining an electric boat through downtown Tampa.

With so many options to explore in the Tampa Bay area, it may be hard to choose. Guess you’ll just have to stay and play a bit longer!

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For more information, log onto VisitTampaBay.com.

 
 
 
 
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