Crystal River/ Citrus County
Begin your day feeling wonder again, swimming with manatees in the amazing springs of Crystal River’s Kings Bay. Afterward, take the trolley to the Three Sisters Springs boardwalk—it’s like a national park in a single acre. At the Kings Bay waterfront, dine on seafood fresh from the Gulf of Mexico and explore the shops of Heritage Village in downtown Crystal River. Later, take a sunset cruise or enjoy the show from Fort Island Gulf Beach. For dinner, reserve a table at Vintage on 5th, winner of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for seven years.
Cycle to Honeymoon Island, Florida’s most visited state park, to swim, fish and snorkel in the warm Gulf waters, or pack a picnic and ferry over to Caladesi to hike, paddle or bask on award-winning beaches. After lunch, return to historic downtown Dunedin to shop and stroll through waterfront parks. Sample craft beers at the Dunedin Brewery before admiring the sunset and dining on fresh seafood at the Harbourside Grill. During spring training, cheer for the Toronto Blue Jays at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
St. Pete/ Clearwater
Savor fresh guava turnovers and Cuban coffee at La Segunda Bakery in Ybor City before exploring Tampa’s eclectic Latin Quarter, one of Florida’s two historic districts. Visit José Marti Park, the only piece of American soil owned by the people of Cuba. At Columbia Restaurant,Florida’s oldest dining establishment, enjoy paella and sangria. Ride the TECO Historic Streetcar Line to the Tampa Riverwalk and nearby museums and attractions. Top off the day with cocktails at Franklin Manor, followed by a sunset dinner at Ulele and a nightcap at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club.
There’s always something fun to do in Central West Florida. How will you spend your days?
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