Sightseeing in Largo

$169 for a Helicopter-Flying Lesson with a Simulator Session and Flight at Tampa Bay Aviation ($312 Value)

Tampa Bay Aviation

Clearwater

Learn basic flight maneuvers in an FAA-approved simulator before piloting an R22 helicopter over the scenic coast

$312 $169

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$149 for a Two-Hour Sunset Cruise or Sightseeing Cruise for Four from Flatsaholic Inshore Charters ($300 Value)

Flatsaholic Inshore Charters

Seminole Boat Ramp

Passengers enjoy views of the sunset or spend the day hopping islands, collecting seashells, and spotting turtles, dolphins, and manatees

$300 $149

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Sunset Celebration Cruise for Two or Four from The Tropics Boat Tours (Up to 51% Off)

The Tropics Boat Tours

Clearwater

Sea captains sail luxury catamaran to Gulf of Mexico, charting courses as the sun goes down on frolicking bottlenose dolphins

$50 $25

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$16 for Family Visit for Five with Alligator Holding and Feeding at The Alligator Attraction ($33 Value)

The Alligator Attraction

Madeira Beach

Visitors use long fishing poles to feed hot dogs to gators that are 18 to 48 inches long and hold a large gator with its mouth taped shut

$33 $16

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90-Minute Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise for Two or Four by Dolphin Quest (Up to 47% Off)

Dolphin Quest

Madeira Beach

A Coast Guard–licensed captain takes passengers out onto Boca Ciega Bay in search of dolphins, manatees, and seabirds

$33 $19

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Two-Hour Pirate-Ship Cruise for Two or Four with Drinks on The Pirate Ship at John's Pass (Up to 51% Off)

The Pirate Ship at John's Pass

Madeira Beach

Sip beer, wine, or soda, and watch for dolphins while the crew leads limbo games, treasure hunts, and dancing

$70 $38

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$82 Off Family Membership to Suncoast Primate Sanctuary ($150 Value)

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

Palm Harbor

Members visit more than 100 apes, birds, reptiles, and other animals that call the park home; includes events, discounts, and other benefits

$150 $82

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$119 for 30-Minute Flight Lesson on Sea & Sky Cygnet Amphibious Aircraft from Duckwing Triking ($230 Value)

Duckwing Triking

Palm Harbor

Soar above Clearwater Beach, the Gulf of Mexico, and St. Joseph Sound in an FAA-certified powered hang-glider

$230 $119

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Glass-Studio and Hot Shop Visit for Two, Four, or Six at Morean Arts Center (Up to 48% Off)

Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg

Visitors view working artists blowing, creating, and sculpting glass artwork; access to regular exhibits also included

$17.90 $10

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$259 for a Five-Hour Private Boat Charter for Up to Six from Island Ferry ($499 Value)

Island Ferry

Pass-a-Grille Beach

In luxury watercrafts, passengers take in costal views; the BYOB cruises are helmed by U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captains

$499 $259

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90–120 Minute Narrated Dolphin Adventure and Nature Cruise for 1, 2, or 4 from Odyssey Cruises (Up to 47% Off)

Odyssey Cruises

Tarpon Springs

Sightseers journey down the Anclote River into the Gulf of Mexico on a narrated cruise, glimpsing wildlife such as dolphins and birds

$18.99 $11

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Sea Fari Adventure Cruise for Two Adults or a Family of Four from Sun Line Cruises (48% Off)

Sun Line Cruises

Tarpon Springs

Cruises head to the Gulf of Mexico; a guide shares facts about the estuaries, bayous, wildlife, and shore birds.

$32 $17

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Shark-Fishing Trip, Dolphin-Viewing Trip, or Sunset Boat Trip for Two from Twisted Tails Charters (Up to 57% Off)

Twisted Tails Charters

Anclote River Park Boat Launch

During a private aquatic expedition, guests try to catch sharks, find dolphin fins in the surf, or enjoy a romantic sunset

$400 $199

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$12.99 for General Admission for One at MOSI ($22.95 Value)

MOSI

Temple Terrace

A fun day at MOSI includes permanent exhibit galleries, IMAX documentary film, and hands-on interactive exhibits

$22.95 $12.99

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$30 for a Two-Hour Segway Tour from Magic Carpet Glide ($65 Value)

Magic Carpet Glide

Channel District

Auto-balancing personal transporters glide riders through tours of Tampa to explore downtown, the riverwalk, and Harbour Island

$65 $30

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Bump In the Night Haunted Tour for One, Two, or Four from Ghost Party Haunted Tours (Up to 59% Off)

Ghost Party Haunted Tours

Multiple Locations

Get spooked during haunted tours that visit haunted sights

$35 $16

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$149 for a Bay and Downtown Tampa Helicopter Tour for Up to Three from Old City Helicopters, LLC ($270 Value)

Old City Helicopters, LLC

Davis Islands

Pilots fly over historic structures such as St. Pete Times Forum, the Florida Aquarium, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and Fort De Soto

$270 $149

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Gaspar's Grotto

A two-hour walking tour covers the creepy history of Tampa’s most haunted areas; includes ghost-hunting equipment and a set of dowsing rods

$50 $25.99

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Memorial Museum Visit for Two or One-Year Companion or Family Membership (Up to 47% Off)

American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum

Channel District

Shipboard museum showcases historic artifacts on a 455 ft. cargo vessel that survived WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War

$20 $12

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$49 for a Five-Week Beginners' Stained-Glass Class Plus $10 Toward Supplies at West of the Moon Art Glass ($110 Value)

West of the Moon Art Glass

Forest Hills

Stained glass artwork made over the course of five classes

$110 $49

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Fruit-Farm Outing with Grove Tour and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Mixon Fruit Farms (Up to 51% Off)

Mixon Fruit Farms

Bradenton

Tram tours wind through citrus trees and stop at a wildlife refuge before dropping visitors off at the café for ice cream

$27.30 $14

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Single-Day Admission for 4, or 1-on-1 or Family Membership to Explorations V Children's Museum (Up to 50% Off)

Explorations V Children's Museum

Downtown

Explore three floors of interactive children’s exhibits, including a pretend supermarket, a theatre, and a treehouse with a slide

$28 $14

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Admission for 2 or 4 or 1-Year Family Membership to Aerospace Discovery at Florida Air Museum (Up to 60% Off)

Florida Air Museum

Lakeland Municipal Airport

Aviation museum displays homebuilt and military planes, plus artifacts from the largest collection of Howard Hughes memorabilia in the world

$24 $12

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Guided Manatee-Snorkeling Tour for One or Two from Adventure Diving (Up to 55% Off)

Adventure Diving

Crystal River

Guides lead small groups of snorkelers into the waters of Crystal River to examine manatees in their natural habitat

$55 $26

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$175 for a Four-Hour Private Manatee Tour for Up to Six at Nature Coast Manatee Tours (Up to $350 Value)

Nature Coast Manatee Tours

Homosassa

The houseboat boasts satellite TV and a hearty breakfast spread, although swimming alongside manatees trumps those amenities

$350 $175

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2 Nights of RV or Tent Camping With Options for Hook-Up & Canoe Rental at Lake Rousseau RV Park (50% Off)

Lake Rousseau RV Park

Crystal River

Hook-up site water, sewer, cable, WiFi, electricity, and trash services

$50 $25

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Three-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Manatee-Snorkeling Tour for Four or Six at Paradise Boat Tours (Up to 46% Off)

Paradise Boat Tours

Crystal River

Glass-bottom boat tours explore Crystal River, stopping to let passengers out to swim with the manatees with the help of a guide

$240 $145

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Monster-Truck Off-Road Eco Tours at Showcase of Citrus (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Showcase of Citrus

Clermont

Monster swamp buggies cruise through a 2,500-acre family farm inhabited by exotic wildlife and more than 50 varieties of citrus fruits

$15 $10

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Day- or Weeklong Bike Rental from West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co.

Oakland

Choose from a variety of bicycles to rent for the day or all weeklong, whether using it to get in shape, hit the trails, or to get around

$30 $15

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Chocolate-Factory Adventure Tour for One or Two from Chocolate Kingdom (Up to 41% Off)

Chocolate Kingdom

Kissimmee

Professional Chocolate Tour guides lead 45- to 60-minute tours through a cacao-tree greenhouse, chocolate museum, and a micro batch factory

$16.95 $10

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Paranormal Investigation and Ghost Tour for Two or Four from Agency For Eternal Justice (Up to 51% Off)

Agency For Eternal Justice Paranormal Investigators

Multiple Locations

Guides will take tour-goers to paranormal locations and attempt to investigate and contact the spirits during each 90-minute session

$50 $25

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Alligator Academy Visit for One, Two, or Four from Gator Adventure Productions (Up to 74% Off)

Gator Adventure Productions

Multiple Locations

Visitors get up-close views of crocodiles and alligators as they learn how to feed and catch them

$60 $23

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Visit for Two, Four, or Six to the Museum of Military History (50% Off)

Museum of Military History

Kissimmee

Museum hosts workshops, lectures, and interactive exhibits to help museum-goers better understand the combat experience of American veterans

$14 $7

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Spread across 50,000 square feet, the Armed Forces History Museum's collection boasts rare military vehicles, re-creations of historic battlefields, and artifacts with a militaristic purview that spans from WWI through current conflicts. Smoke machines and battlefield sound effects simulate the fog of war in a replica WWI trench and a Japanese battleship flight deck. A motion-simulation theater hydraulically emulates pitch and yaw as passengers' eyes alight with scenes from the Battle of Iwo Jima or Operation Desert Storm.

In the open terrain behind the museum, a fully functional WWII-era M8 armored vehicle seats four passengers in its turret and open-air compartments as it rumbles off-road for a quick thrill ride.

2050 34th Way
Largo,
FL
US

In December of 2005, an orphaned bottlenose dolphin was rescued after being caught in a crab trap. She was brought to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium's rehabilitation center, where the team worked constantly to bring the dolphin, now named Winter, back to health. Soon, for the first time in her adult life, Winter swam like a true dolphin. It was a story of courage and heart worthy of Hollywood?in fact, Winter starred as herself in 2011's Dolphin Tale, a cinematic recreation of her life that reached #1 at the box office.

Today, Winter lives at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with her her bottlenose friend Hope, who'll soon star with her in the upcoming Dolphin Tale 2. Here, visitors can watch them swim and play, along with many more animals who got a second chance thanks to the aquarium's rehabilitation team. Visitors can meet these inspirational animals, witness the team in action, and support the effort to save marine animals.

249 Windward Passage
Clearwater,
FL
US

With nearly 30 years of glass industry experience, professional artist Kathleen leads students of all levels in creating works of art. Her classes?which are kept small to allow for individualized attention?teach the basics of stained glass, fused glass, and mosaics, as well as creating jewelry items such as beads and pendants. Kathleen can also be commissioned to create custom pieces, such as church windows and stained glass doors.

29146 US Highway 19 N
Clearwater,
FL
US

As they flock to the nearby beaches of Clearwater or the nightlife of Tampa, most tourists overlook Dunedin, a pretty burg known for its sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. But, thanks to the segway-riding guides at Sun Glide Tours, the region’s hidden gem just became much more accessible. Astride their two-wheeled steeds, visitors can explore the Pinellas Trail that cuts through downtown, steering their segways alongside runners, bikers, and the town’s famous rollerblading squirrels.

1059 Broadway St.
Dunedin,
Florida
US

Staffed by a corps of chimp-loving volunteers working alongside veterinarians, the nonprofit Suncoast Primate Sanctuary provides a safe haven for more than 100 rescued animals. Chimpanzees and monkeys swing freely in their enclosures, living out their days after being moved from other environments, including zoos, sanctuaries, and research centers, or retiring from the film industry as animal actors and studio executives. During public hours, children and adults can wander among the menagerie to feed the monkeys and meet other critters such as orangutans, macaws, lemurs, and alligators.

4600 U.S. 19 Alternate
Palm Harbor,
FL
US

The Experience

Inside a building in St. Petersburg, works of art from around the world gather like good friends. Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy hangs not far from Paul Cézanne's A Corner of the Woods, Pointoise. Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament gives a glimpse of faraway lands, while Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape stays closer to home.

With a range of permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts seeks to engage visitors with art while preserving the pieces in its care. Much of the collection resides in an original 1960s building, but an adjacent modern gallery draws in visitors with special exhibitions, an art library, and interactive educational facilities—ensuring they have plenty of ways to experience art or at least overcome a fear of informational plaques.

The Highlights

  • Permanent collection houses pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as classical and modern American art
  • Daily events include docent-led tours, hands-on workshops, classical concerts, and lectures
  • MFA Café overlooks the waterfront

Who They Are

Even before the Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in 1965, founder Margaret Acheson Stuart saw its galleries as a space where diverse audiences could explore art "from antiquity to the present." Architect John Volk had designed the original museum wing to instill visitors with a feeling of solidness and permanence. Decades later, the museum sought to expand, and conducted a nationwide search for a worthy architect. They were rewarded with designer Yann Weymouth, who completed a second building in 2008—a two-story, modern glass conservatory.

255 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US