718 Cypress Village Blvd.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Phone: (813) 633-3318
Fax: (813) 633-2747
Seeking the refuge of the warm canal waters near the old Big Bend Power Station, manatees were seen flocking to this area. From this, the Manatee Viewing Center was born and has since been designated a habitat sanctuary for these peaceful creatures. The onsite educational center features colorful displays and exhibits along with a hurricane simulator. A butterfly garden encapsulating the centers solar panels rounds out this ecologically and environmentally friendly tourist attraction.
Built in 1849 on the south shore across from the present public boat ramp as one of several fortifications around Tampa Bay, this 24 hour boat ramp offers access to the water, as well as swimming and other recreational activities.
Featuring expansive views of downtown Tampa, Davis Island is part of an archipelago of two islands. Expanded from the original natural island known as "Little Grassy Key and "Big Grassy Key", mud dredged from Tampa Bay was used to build up the area to create what it is today.
Alafia River State Park offers a full day of adventure all in one location, 354 days a year. The 6,260 acre park provides an environment for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, campers, and hikers. For cyclists, the park has 17 miles of adventurous biking trails and for equestrians, another 20 miles of scenic trails. Alafia has full camping and shower facilities for RV's, primitive camping, and sites specifically designed for campers with horses and trailers. Visitors can fish, canoe, or kayak along the Alafia River, picnic lakeside or at the pavilion, play volleyball or horseshoes, or spend time at the children's playground. The park is equipped with restroom facilities and the pavilion is ADA accessible. - Vickie Ferguson
Extending a mile out into the silvery waters of Tampa Bay, this five-story upside-down pyramid at the end of the city's famed Pier shimmers in the sun. Here, you will find a variety of stores, restaurants, evening entertainment spots and the city's aquarium plus a hands-on museum. You can sail off on a sightseeing cruise or a pirate adventure. On the ground floor is a replica of the HMS Bounty with galleries and boutiques. Top floors have an aquarium, Hands-On exhibits from the Great Explorations Children's Museum, and an observation area.
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Stretched across 15 acres of green fields, Lassing park came into being in 1926 when a Kentucky judge donated part of his land to the city. Known to be a favourite among the locals, the park revels in its beachside location and offers quality time to those seeking serenity. What with a quaint atmosphere adorned only with benches and palm trees, Lassing Park has been declared a “passive natural park”. The park is pet friendly.
This historic hotel has been standing in the Davis Boulevard locality since 1926. Today the hotel has been transformed into an assisted living facility for senior citizens complete with modern facilities and services. Personal tours can be arranged by appointment.
Vinoy Park is situated against the sea and adjacent to the Renaissance Vinoy Resort. Its greenery is inviting - be it kids who would want to play around or families who wish to picnic there. Fitness freaks also go to the park for reasons they know best - walking, jogging, running, skating etc. The park also hosts celebrations like the Fourth of July party and programmes such as jazz concerts annually.
Port of St. Petersburg is a gorgeous port in the natural harbor of Tampa Bay. The port is located right next to the Albert Whitted Airport consequently is very convenient for transit. The port has a marina to dock your private yacht. Several cruise ships call on the Port of St. Petersburg. You can also take a cruise of the Tampa Bay which lasts for a couple of hours.
The Gamble Plantation Historic State Park is a memoir of the sugar plantation in the area. The estate has a large mansion, which used to serve as the main office as well as the home of Major Robert Gamble. It also served as a safe-house for Judah P. Benjamin, the Confederate Secretary of State at one point in time. Now, open to the public, the mansion has been refurbished and echos a typical plantation from its time. While the mansion is open to tours and visitors, the garden area is great for picnics. They also have events here on a regular basis. So call ahead for more information.
St. Petersburg Yacht Club is often referred to as the sailing capital of the south. It is the premier sailing club in Tampa Bay. Apart from world class facilities, the club has a lot of prestige associated with it. Besides housing several splendid facilities available to members and guests like restaurants, banquet halls, the sailing center and many more attractions. This social venue hosts some very exclusive parties which attract all the movers and shakers of town.