Sea, sand, laughter and a whole lot more – Tampa FL is all about non-stop fun in the sun.
There’s so much to do here that you won’t know where to look. First-timers to Adventure Island should carefully plan their day around which of the many, many attractions they’d like to squeeze into their visit. Adventure Island is all about the fun you can have in water. Here you’ll find an assortment of rides and attractions like the Riptide, a four-lane mat slide complete with a 55-foot drop and hairpin turns. Check out the Calypso Coaster, the Gulf Scream, the Runaway Rapids and the Wahoo Run for the kinds of thrills and spills you’ll never forget. Keep your energy levels up by enjoying a meal at one of the Adventure Islands restaurants. There are various ticketing options and packages on offer, so have a look online before making your purchases.
Big Cat Rescue
Now who doesn’t love cats? Well, the cats in this case a little bigger than the regular kind, but they’re also far more interesting. Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary for exotic big cats who have either been abandoned in the wild, retired from entertaining in circuses or were bred illegally as pets. Members of the public can view exciting big-cat varieties like leopards, ocelots, tigers, cougars, lions, bobcats, lynx, servals and caracals. Take a tour around the facility: there are day or night tours, feeding tours and an all-day tour. Private tours can also be arranged. Do your bit and sign up as a volunteer or adopt a cat. It’s a wonderful day out with these majestic creatures.
Keel and Curley Winery
Wine connoisseurs, this one’s for you. If you’ve never experienced blueberry wine, this is the place at which to tantalise your taste buds. Having found something constructive to do with the excess of blueberries on his farm, Joe Keely now produces 16 varieties of his famous blueberry wine. More than just a wine farm, Keely and Curley Winery hosts a tasting room where customers can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and fresh air from the tasting area’s deck. Head down to the farm on Fridays and Saturdays for the Uncorked after-hours wine bar parties with live music and a selection of the farm’s brilliant wines. You can purchase their wines online, or find a retailer close to you via their website. The Berry Nice Wine Club guarantees discounts for members.
Catch a show
There nothing quite like the immediacy of a live show. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Theater features a host of musicals, dramas, operas and other live extravaganzas that’ll take your breath away. Located on the east bank of the Hillsborough River, this facility has been billed as one of the finest theatre venues in the world. With its five theatre rooms, Conservatory, banquet and restaurants, there’s certainly no arguing with that proclamation. Check the online calendar for an up-to-date listing of the shows hosted at the venue and make a point of getting down there to see one.