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$175 for a Romantic Helicopter Tour for Up to Three People from Tampa Bay Aviation ($384 Value)

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

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

Island Ferry

Pass-a-Grille Beach

$499 $259

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

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

Dolphin Quest

Madeira Beach

$33 $19

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

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

The Alligator Attraction

Madeira Beach

$33 $16

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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

Visit for Two or One-Year Family Membership to 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

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

Flatsaholic Inshore Charters

Seminole Boat Ramp

$300 $149

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

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

The Tropics Boat Tours

Clearwater

$50 $25

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

$25 for Entry to Tampa Challenge: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race on Saturday, October 25 ($55 Value)

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Pour House

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

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

MOSI

Temple Terrace

$22.95 $12.99

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

$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

$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

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

Spirit Expeditions

Gaspar's Grotto

$50 $25.99

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

Memorial Museum Visit for Two or One-Year Companion or Family Membership (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

$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

$110 $49

Stained glass artwork made over the course of five classes

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

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

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

Duckwing Triking

Palm Harbor

$230 $119

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

Half- or Full-Day Sailing Outing with Refreshments from Atlantis V Charters (Up to 54% Off)

Atlantis V Charters

Tarpon Springs

$72 $34

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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

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

$18.99 $11

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

Sea Fari Adventure Cruise for Two Adults or a Family of Four from Sun Line Cruises (44% Off)

Sun Line Cruises

Tarpon Springs

$32 $17.99

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

Admission for Two or Four to South Florida Museum (Up to 51% Off)

South Florida Museum

Downtown Bradenton

$36 $18

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Special and permanent exhibitions explore everything from fossilized mammals to historical surgical implements

Fruit-Farm Outing with Grove Tour and Ice Cream for Two or Four at Mixon Fruit Farms (Up to 56% Off)

Mixon Fruit Farms

Bradenton

$27.30 $12

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

$29 for Visit for Four to Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary (Up to $60 Value) 

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

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

Paradise Boat Tours

Crystal River

$240 $145

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

$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

$350 $175

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

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

$50 $25

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

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

Showcase of Citrus

Clermont

$15 $10

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

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

Chocolate Kingdom

Kissimmee

$16.95 $10

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

60-Minute Airboat Nature Tour for Two or Four from Boggy Creek Airboat Rides (Up to 49% Off)

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

Kissimmee

$87.90 $45

Glide through swampy wetlands at speeds of up to 45 mph on a certified airboat while spotting wildlife such as gators and eagles

Alligator Academy Visit for One, Two, or Four from Gator Adventure Productions (Up to 71% Off)

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

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

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

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

$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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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

Much like professional skydivers, wily coyotes, and other careers that involve a degree of danger, most professional glassblowers aren’t self-taught. Joshua Poll, however, learned to harness the glass furnace all by himself, today imparting more than a decade of self-taught experience to Zen Glass Studios, where he and fellow glass smith David Walker create custom works of art by hand. Together they shape glass into authentic and unique pieces, including custom glassware and jewelry to wear while meeting a spouse’s goldfish for the first time.

Within their studio, Joshua and David teach workshops and classes, during which students survey basic to advanced glass-blowing techniques, crafting their own handmade objects such as ornaments, beer glasses, and vases. The duo also runs a full glassblower training program, which follows a syllabus structured to arm all students with all the necessary skills to set out on their own in the industry, just as Joshua did all those years ago.

600 27th St South
St. Petersburg,
FL
US

The Morean Arts Center connects visitors with myriad forms of modern art, welcoming them to explore galleries, a glass studio, and a clay workshop, all of which host classes and events. The Chihuly Collection showcases a permanent exhibition of world-renowned glass-blowing artist Dale Chihuly's work. His magnificent bright forms, many of which are inspired by nature, spiral toward the ceiling, housed in a 10,000-square-foot structure designed by award-winning architect Alberto Alfonso. A visit to the Glass Studio and Hot Shop immerses guests in the creation of glass works, as artists manipulate molten glass into vibrant orbs and vases. At the Center for Clay visitors can get their hands dirty in forming delicate earthenware during classes and open-studio time.

400 Beach Dr NE
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US

Since 1922, St. Petersburg Museum of History has preserved the heritage of St. Petersburg and the Pinellas Peninsula with expansive collections and four galleries that host annually rotating exhibits. Its permanent exhibits, meanwhile, trace the area’s history from Native Americans to the present day through artifacts such as a cannonball fired by Union sailors and replica of a parlor car from the Orange Belt Railway. Elsewhere, the World's First Commercial Airline Gallery charts commercial aviation history with a full-size working replica of the Benoist Airboat and the first-ever pterodactyl to earn a commercial-flying license. Visitors looking to delve deeper into the past can explore more than 32,000 artifacts in the museum archives or partake in one of its educational programs such as tours, community classes, and camps.

335 2nd Ave NE
Saint Petersburg,
FL
US