Sightseeing in Palmetto

Up to 52% Off Visit to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

Sarasota

$60 $29

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Lions, tigers, bears, ligers, birds, lemurs, tortoises, primates, and a petting zoo await visitors at this wildlife sanctuary

Up to 53% Off at Florida Holocaust Museum

Florida Holocaust Museum

Saint Petersburg

$16 $8

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To promote its message of tolerance, the museum bears witness to the Holocaust with original artifacts and stories from survivors

50% Off Waterfront Segway Tour

All About Fun Tours

St. Petersburg

$50 $25

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Scenic tour of St. Petersburg’s waterfront; basic training, tour guide, and personal headgear provided

54% Off Romantic Helicopter Tour

Tampa Bay Aviation

Albert Whitted Airport

$384 $175

Private helicopter flight reveals aerial views of historic St. Petersburg; includes roses, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries

The Armed Forces History Museum – Up to 53% Off

The Armed Forces History Museum

Largo

$35.90 $17

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Day or year-round access to a museum of armed-forces memorabilia, interactive exhibits, dioramas, and audio visual effects

Up to 64% Off Walking Tours of Ybor City

Ybor City Historic Walking Tours

Statue of Vicente Martinez Ybor

$40 $16

Charismatic guide escorts fellow pedestrians on 120-minute strolls through Ybor City, stopping at historic sites to share anecdotes

Up to 45% Off Helicopter Tour for Up to Three

Old City Helicopters, LLC

Davis Islands

$270 $149

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

American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum – Up to 47% Off

American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum

Channel District

$20 $12

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

55% Off Glass-Art Class

West of the Moon Art Glass

Forest Hills

$110 $49

Stained glass artwork made over the course of five classes

The Florida Aquarium – Up to 39% Off a Visit for Two or Four

The Florida Aquarium

Downtown Tampa

$47.90 $29

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Marine exhibits reveal the mysteries and magic of the undersea world; visit the new Journey to Madagascar exhibit to see ring-tailed lemurs

Up to 60% Off Photography Museum Membership

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Downtown

$55 $22

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Expansive museum hosts large permanent collection, rotating exhibits, and international photography as well as classes and events

Up to 43% Off at Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater

$19.95 $11.95

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Learn the real-life story of Winter and Hope from Dolphin Tale 2, then meet other marine animals that the aquarium team work to rehab & save

Half Off Dolphin Tour for Two

The Tropics Boat Tours

Clearwater

$44 $23

Spot dolphins on two-hour tour from Clearwater Bay to Gulf of Mexico

45% Off Family Membership to Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

Palm Harbor

$150 $82

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

Up to 47% Off Sailing Outing

Atlantis V Charters

Tarpon Springs

$72 $39

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4.5- or 8.5-hour excursion leads passengers out to Anclote Key Preserve State Park aboard a 50-foot gulfstar yacht

Up to 51% Off Florida Air Museum Membership or Admission

Florida Air Museum

Lakeland Municipal Airport

$20 $10

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

Up to 48% Off Two-Hour Boat Tour

Fort Myers Princess

Fort Myers Beach

$27.85 $15

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Captain Gene Becker steers guests into calm waters for dolphin spotting or party cruises aboard a 75 ft. US Coast Guard–certified vessel

Southwest Florida Museum of History – Up to 61% Off

Southwest Florida Museum of History

Fort Myers

$25 $12.50

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Permanent and rotating exhibits explore the history of southwest Florida dating back millions of years

50% Off Ghost Tour from Haunted Fort Myers

Haunted Fort Myers

Downtown Historic District

$20 $10

During an approximately 70-minute walking tour of historic Fort Myers, guests hear supernatural stories and visit haunted locales

40% Off a Ride from Jet Boat Fun LLC

Jet Boat Fun LLC

Fort Myers Beach

$70 $42

Helmed by a USCG master captain, Jet Boat Fun zooms passengers around Hurricane Bay while exploring local sights, coves, and inlets

Up to 55% Off Manatee-Snorkeling Tour

Paradise Boat Tours

Crystal River

$110 $55

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

52% Off Manatee Snorkeling Tour in Crystal River

Native Vacations

Crystal River

$60 $29

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Snorkeling adventure in King's Bay with gentle manatees that reach up to 12 feet long

50% Off RV or Tent Camping at Lake Rousseau RV Park

Lake Rousseau RV Park

Crystal River

$50 $25

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

Up to Half Off a Four-Hour Private Manatee Tour

Nature Coast Manatee Tours

Homosassa

$350 $175

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

Up to 71% Off The Alligator Academy

Gator Adventure Productions

Multiple Locations

$60 $25

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

50% Off at Museum of Military History

Museum of Military History

Kissimmee

$14 $7

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

Up to 54% Off Day- or Weeklong Bike Rental

West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co.

Oakland

$30 $15

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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

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Florida has long been a source of fascination for scientists and explorers, who have searched the Sunshine State for everything from fossilized mammals to gold. The state's natural riches are rivaled only by the cultures that have sprung up around them, and both are on full display at South Florida Museum.

The museum's first floor starts at the very beginning, with fossil evidence of Florida's earliest marine and mammal inhabitants. These fossils eventually make way for archaeological material from cultures that predate European contact. Special exhibits often fill out the museum with unique artifacts ranging from prehistoric artifacts to Penny Hardaway's fossilized high tops. As if that weren't enough, the museum also shares a campus with the Bishop Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Aquarium, where guests can observe and learn about the beloved sea cow. And the museum is also home to Snooty, the world's oldest known manatee.

201 10th St W
Bradenton,
FL
US

At Crowley Museum and Nature Center, a pioneer museum set up like a general store, historic structures, and a sugar-cane mill depict a Florida homestead as it would have existed between 1850 and 1920. At the heart of the homestead is the Tatum-Rawls House, which was built as a single-story house between 1888 and 1892, and is the oldest example of rural architecture in Florida. Over time, it was expanded to accommodate the Tatum clan, by the addition of a second floor, consisting of William Tatum and his wife and eight children, and was recently restored to its original glory with a wide front porch. Elsewhere on the 185-acre expanse, the Crowley Farm continues to pluck away at the land with pigs, cows, and a horse named Sugar who pulls the cane press to make the juice that is later boiled to syrup crystals. Boardwalks and nature trails traverse the delicate swamp, flat woods, and Tatum Sawgrass marsh that contain a variety of wildlife species including white pelicans, swallowtail kites, and eagles.

16405 Myakka Rd
Sarasota,
FL
US

For owners Jo Massaro and Karen Ierna, Benjamin's Studios is all about creativity. They showcase this passion for creativity with the imaginative hairstyles and glowing skin they impart in the salon and spa, but also in the Treasure Island facility's onsite art gallery, which displays work from local artists. There's even a fashion boutique overflowing with men's and women's clothing and accessories.

Jo and Karen primarily put their 30+ years of hair experience to use in the hair studio. Here, they craft new 'dos using foil highlights, perms, and straightening techniques—techniques the designers of Pisa's famous tower boldly ignored. The spa’s aestheticians, meanwhile, release stress by rendering massages, mani-pedis, and ionic footbath services. They also perform eight skin-type-specific facials, such as teen, men's, and problematic, and they enhance them with aromatherapy and Chakra testing.

200 104th Ave
Treasure Island,
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

Built in 1918, the Craftsman House's expansive, adobe-toned bungalow collapses time as visitors step onto a breezy veranda, walk past a lush carpet of flowers and fronds, and witness more American craftwork than they can shake an intricately whittled stick at. Blown glass, turned wood, and fine pottery and jewelry provided by a 300-strong network of local and national artists are just a few of the pieces that settle in at this homey abode. The building is so homey, in fact, that one artist hardly ever leaves. Surrounded by the courtyard, what was once an old-time carriage house is now the clay-caked studio of professional potter Stephanie Schorr. There, visitors can find her partway through many projects at once, crafting functional wares and feeding the carnival fire breathers that keep her kiln hot.

The historic hub of creative know-how hosts a multiplicity of events, including live music, gallery tours, and artistic workshops. In honor of the gallery's tireless community efforts, Craftsman House was named the 2011 Top Retailer for a Charitable or Philanthropic Event by Niche magazine.

2955 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

Since opening in 1987, Great Explorations Children's Museum has sparked a love for learning for visitors of all ages with a constantly rotating lineup of interactive exhibits that fill 18,000 square feet with touch, light, and sound. Whether they're learning about nearby sea life at Beth's Beach, honing their knowledge of textures on a crawl through the Touch Tunnel, or exploring arachnids in the Critter Cave, kids benefit from each exhibit's emphasis on interactivity. Visitors can find friendly professionals and their orange polo shirts bouncing between exhibits while performing science experiments, dancing, and playing music.

In addition to visiting the museum's permanent exhibits, kids can also take extend their learning journeys through the museum's lengthy list of camps and programs. The museum even takes its show on the road, with the Express Yourself Art Mobile bringing creative craft opportunities to neighborhoods around St. Petersburg.

1925 4th St N
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US