Gulf Coast Attractions
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This page has well over 100 attraction links, all over Florida, but mainly on the Florida Gulf Coast. We have grouped them into into 11 groups. You can scroll through the complete list below, or you can click on each of the following categories of attractions:
Florida Panhandle
Gulf Beaches of Tampa Bay
  and Pinellas County (St. Pete)
Hillsborough County (Tampa)
Anna Maria / Bradenton / Sarasota area
Fort Myers / Sanibel Island
Naples / Marco Island
Florida Keys & Key West
Orlando Area
Professional Sports
Other Attractions in Florida

Click here for Calendars of Events for the various parts of the Florida Gulf Coast

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Capt. Memo's Pirate Cruises
Fun for all ages. Daytime and sunset cruises
(727) 446-2587
Big Ben Pub
A British pub on Clearwater beach!
(727) 446-8809
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Home of Winter the Dolphin.
(727) 447-0980
Starlite Cruises
Dinner Dance cruises, Luncheon cruises, sightseeing cruises and more.
(800) 444-4814
(727) 462-2628
Celebration Station
Family-oriented entertainment complex featuring rides, games and much more.
(727) 791-1799
The Long Center
Recreation complex with a wide array of indoor and outdoor sports.
(727) 726-2181
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater - Musical, dance and educational programs in a state-of-the-art setting.
(727) 791-7400
Florida Botanical Gardens
12175 125th St. N., Largo - Open 7 days a week - Gates open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(727) 582-2100
Seaside Seabird Sanctuary - formerly the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, renamed after Ralph Heath, Jr. fell afoul of the law in a series of well-publicized scandals. (727) 391-6211
John's Pass Village
12902 Village Blvd - Madeira Beach, FL 33708
John's Pass was created by a hurricane on September 27, 1848. This "village" is a bit of a tourist trap, but go have a look and judge for yourself. There are lots of activities and shopping to chose from!
Hubbards Sea Adventures
150 John's Pass Boardwalk - Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Fun narrated tours daily. Dolphin watching cruises, and beach BBQ trips to Shell Island and Egmont Key.
(727) 393-1947
(800) 755-0677
Shell Key Shuttle - Go Shellhunting!
Merry Pier - 801 Pass-A-Grille Way - St. Pete Beach, Florida

Eco-tour with low impact on an unspoiled Shell Key, a small barrier island located just south of Pass-A-Grille and St. Pete Beach.
You get to Shell Key via a 10 minute boat ride aboard "Corinthian," a 49 passenger Coast Guard inspected vessel. Sunset Cruises are also available by reservation.

(727) 360-1348
The Don Cesar Hotel (Historic Landmark) (727) 360-1881
Fort De Soto Park (Historic Place, Beach Park) (727) 360-1881
Gulf Beaches Historical Museum
115 10th Ave., St. Pete Beach - The museum's exhibits trace the rich history of the barrier islands.
(727) 360-2491
Mahaffey Theater
400 1st St. S., St. Petersburg - Arena and performing arts theater featuring a multitude of entertainment.
(727) 892-5767
The Coliseum
535 4th Ave. N., St. Petersburg - One of the nation's largest dance floors, featuring a variety of live entertainment.
(727) 892-5202
Dal? Museum (727) 823-3767
Derby Lane Greyhound Racing (727) 576-1361
Great Explorations (727) 821-8885
Pro Karting Experience
Race European-style go karts at speeds up to 50 MPH. Family friendly and open to the public!
St. Petersburg Museum of History
Displays and exhibits depicting St. Petersburg's past. Also home to an exact replica of the world's first commercial airliner.
(727) 894-1052
The Pier (727) 821-6164
Tropicana Field
Home to the Tampa Bay Rays and other sporting events, conventions, trade shows, concerts etc.
(727) 825-3100
Tarpon Springs Aquarium
850 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs - 120,000 gallon main tank aquarium plus other displays featuring marine life.
(727) 938-5378
510 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs - A museum, theater and gift shop which captures the history of the sponge industry.
(727) 942-3771
Tampa's Water Park
Adventure Island

Phone: 813-987-5600

Now Featuring "Gwazi"
Busch Gardens

Phone: 813-987-5082

Hands-on learning for all ages
The Florida Aquarium

Phone: 813-273-4000

One of North America's finest zoos with natural habitats.
Lowry Park Zoo

Phone: 813-935-8552

IMAX? Dome motion pictures
Museum of Science and Industry

Phone: 813-987-6300

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (813) 222-1000
Historic Ybor City (813) 248-3712
Excellent Collection of Fine Art
Ringling Museum of Art

Phone: (941) 359-5700

South Florida Museum
201 10th Street West - Bradenton, Florida 34205 - Located on the Manatee River waterfront and taking up an entire city block, the South Florida Museum is a unique educational resource exhibiting Florida's history from the prehistoric to the present.
(941) 746-4131
Babcock Wilderness Adventures
Eco-tours on a 90,000 acre ranch (approx. 35 square kilometers). Info in German as well.
(800) 500-5583
"Supernova" Botanical Garden.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Phone: (941) 366-5730

Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
Founded by birdlover Dale Shields.
(941) 388-4444
Myakka River State Park
Exit 37 on I-75 - Florida's largest state park has a lot to offer - canoeing, biking, hiking and just plain relaxation. A personal favorite.
(941) 361-6511
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
811 South Palm Ave, Sarasota - 120-car collection, four of which are cars personally used by John Ringling.
(941) 366-5730
Village of the Arts
The new jewel in the crown of downtown Bradenton, Florida. Over 30 artists within walking distance of each other. Art Fest at least once a month.
(941) 747-8056
Please note: Fort Myers is not the same as Fort Myers Beach.
The Big "M" Casino
A luxury yacht you can "bet" on! Casino cruise with superb dining that leaves twice daily from Fort Myers Beach. Affordable and entertaining.
(941) 765-PLAY(7529)
(888) 373-3521
Visit the estates of two inventors
Edison/Ford Winter Estate

Phone: (941) 332-6634

8 Productions Each Season
Broadway Palm Dinner Theater

Phone: (941) 278-4422

Seminole Gulf Railway
Dinner train, murder mystery train and many other offerings.
(941) 275-8487
(800) SEM-GULF
The hands-on museum that kids (and adults) will love. Enrich your mind and have fun at the same time.
(941) 337-3332
Lee County Alliance of the Arts
OK, so it is not an attraction, but they can help you with information about everything from the Cape Coral Community Theater to the Sanibel Music Festival.
(941) 939-ARTS (2787)
J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
6,000 acre (9 square miles, 24 square kilometers) refuge, Perfect for birdwatching, walks and nature appreciation.
(239) 472-1100
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum
The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum features more than 30 exhibits of mollusks from around the world.
(239) 395-2233
Everglades Day Safari
The Everglades are one of a kind, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. Learn more on an eco-safari for the day.
(800) 472-3069
(239) 472-1559
Billie Swamp Safari
HC-61, Box 46, Clewiston, Florida 33440 - 2,200 lush acres of its Big Cypress Reservation open to the public.
(800) 949-6101
(863) 983-6101
Fifth Avenue South
Old Naples, very picturesque, nice shops, nice for simply strolling around.
Naples Trolley Tours (941) 262-7300
Nature Tours (Everglades) Captain Doug. One of many nature tour operators in the area.
(941) 860-9823
The ZOO in Naples!
Caribbean Gardens

(941) 262-5409

Tin City Shopping and Restaurants
Over 40 eclectic shops and restaurants. Well worth a visit.
(941) 598-2711
Swamp Buggy Races
Racing in the swamps? More fun than you can imagine...
(941) 598-2711
National Audubon Society's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Site let's you go on a pretty good virtual tour. Visit the real thing 21 miles east of Naples.
(239) 348-9151
Parks on Marco Island
Marco Island has no major attractions, which is part of it's quiet, peaceful charm.
(941) 394-5454

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Harry P. Leu Gardens
Kissimmee Golf Club
Florida's National Parks
Orlando Museum of Art
SeaWorld (407)363-2200
Universal Studios Florida (407) 63-8000
Walt Disney World (WDW)
(407) W-DISNEY

Tampa Bay Rays - Major League Baseball
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - NFL Football
Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL Hockey
The Fort Myers Miracle
The Minnesota Twins Class A team.
Ft. Myers

Bok Tower Gardens

Lake Wales
Buccaneer Bay - family water park. Spring Hill
Butterfly World Ft. Lauderdale
Gatorland - alligators !! Orlando
Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach
National Parks (all in Florida)
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