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Sightseeing
They have bike hubs very near the house and it's a fun way to get around.
It's a waterfront museum with tons of interesting Tampa history! It's also close to the house.
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Tampa Bay History Center
801 Old Water Street
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It's a waterfront museum with tons of interesting Tampa history! It's also close to the house.
Nice aquarium with some unique exhibits. It's also close to the house.
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Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr
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Nice aquarium with some unique exhibits. It's also close to the house.
It's a beautiful waterfront park that offers open green space and a play area for kids. There are various events held there throughout the year. It's located in downtown and next to 2 great museums.
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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
600 North Ashley Drive
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It's a beautiful waterfront park that offers open green space and a play area for kids. There are various events held there throughout the year. It's located in downtown and next to 2 great museums.
Wow, gorgeous waterfront park. Tons of events and free films, splash park for kids, dog park, green space... The natural spring is so pretty and you can see lots of wildlife, including manatees!
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Water Works Park
1710 North Highland Avenue
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Wow, gorgeous waterfront park. Tons of events and free films, splash park for kids, dog park, green space... The natural spring is so pretty and you can see lots of wildlife, including manatees!
This is an historic part of Tampa, originally settled by Cubans & Italians. Lots of cigar making history hear. Now there are tons of restaurants, bars, shops, historic markers, brick streets & charm.
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Ybor City
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This is an historic part of Tampa, originally settled by Cubans & Italians. Lots of cigar making history hear. Now there are tons of restaurants, bars, shops, historic markers, brick streets & charm.
This college is absolutely beautiful. It sits on the river across from downtown and the minarets sparkle in the sunshine. The Henry B. Plant museum is on campus and even better at Christmas time.
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The University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
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This college is absolutely beautiful. It sits on the river across from downtown and the minarets sparkle in the sunshine. The Henry B. Plant museum is on campus and even better at Christmas time.
Download their app on your phone and rent and return bikes all over the city.
Coast Bike Share
Download their app on your phone and rent and return bikes all over the city.
The trolley is FREE and connects Ybor city to Channelside to Downtown. It's a fun way to get around.
TECO Line Streetcar System
603-611 Channelside Dr
The trolley is FREE and connects Ybor city to Channelside to Downtown. It's a fun way to get around.
Arts & Culture
Their exhibit space is great, the architecture is fun and it's a great location with beautiful views.
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Tampa Museum of Art
120 West Gasparilla Plaza
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Their exhibit space is great, the architecture is fun and it's a great location with beautiful views.
AMAZING & beautiful historic theatre built in 1926. They show new & classic films, have concerts/events, have a working organ, and they give tours. Ranks in the top 10 theatres in the world.
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Tampa Theatre
711 North Franklin Street
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AMAZING & beautiful historic theatre built in 1926. They show new & classic films, have concerts/events, have a working organ, and they give tours. Ranks in the top 10 theatres in the world.
This is in St. Pete, but it's a top notch museum. Whether you're a Dali fan or not, it's something to see. It's on the water near downtown St. Pete, which is a great area to visit. 2 thumbs up!
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Salvador Dali Museum
1 Dali Boulevard
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This is in St. Pete, but it's a top notch museum. Whether you're a Dali fan or not, it's something to see. It's on the water near downtown St. Pete, which is a great area to visit. 2 thumbs up!
Restaurants/Food
Opened in 1905 in Ybor City (neighborhood next to mine)- great atmosphere, good food, go on a weekend night and see flamenco dancing while you dine. They're famous for their 1905 salad.
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Columbia Restaurant
2117 East 7th Avenue
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Opened in 1905 in Ybor City (neighborhood next to mine)- great atmosphere, good food, go on a weekend night and see flamenco dancing while you dine. They're famous for their 1905 salad.
Great food! Brunch is packed on weekends, so you want to get a reservation or do the call ahead seating. Chicken and waffles are pretty good!
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Datz
2616 South MacDill Avenue
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Great food! Brunch is packed on weekends, so you want to get a reservation or do the call ahead seating. Chicken and waffles are pretty good!
Inexpensive Cuban food! Place has been around for a long time. The puerco asado (roast pork) is wonderful.
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La Teresita Restaurant
3248 W Columbus Dr
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Inexpensive Cuban food! Place has been around for a long time. The puerco asado (roast pork) is wonderful.
Yum, not much amazing Mexican food around, but this is pretty great. The pork roasted in blood orange on tacos is tasty and so are the fish tacos, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
Taco Bus Downtown Tampa
505 North Franklin Street
Yum, not much amazing Mexican food around, but this is pretty great. The pork roasted in blood orange on tacos is tasty and so are the fish tacos, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
Fun bar and restaurant. It offers indoor & outdoor seating in a cool atmosphere with great food. They have live music too. Sunday brunch is a great experience.
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Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe
5119 N Nebraska Ave
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Fun bar and restaurant. It offers indoor & outdoor seating in a cool atmosphere with great food. They have live music too. Sunday brunch is a great experience.
Interesting and weekly changing menu, serving locally sourced foods. Located in a neat old bungalow with rooftop dining to boot. Yum!
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The Refinery
5910 North Florida Avenue
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Interesting and weekly changing menu, serving locally sourced foods. Located in a neat old bungalow with rooftop dining to boot. Yum!
Waterfront dining at its best! Beautiful views of a Florida sunset. The food is local and native inspired w/ a unique menu. You can walk from the house and it's located in a restored brick building.
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Ulele
1810 North Highland Avenue
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Waterfront dining at its best! Beautiful views of a Florida sunset. The food is local and native inspired w/ a unique menu. You can walk from the house and it's located in a restored brick building.
Awesome pizza & craft beer pub! It's a 3 block walk! The walls are covered with album covers. They have a cute patio area for hanging out. The "Minor Threat" pizza is to die for. They also do wings. Voted Best Pizza in Tampa Bay.
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Lee's Grocery
2210 North Central Avenue
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Awesome pizza & craft beer pub! It's a 3 block walk! The walls are covered with album covers. They have a cute patio area for hanging out. The "Minor Threat" pizza is to die for. They also do wings. Voted Best Pizza in Tampa Bay.
Just a tiny & quaint restaurant with high end comfort food!
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Rooster & the Till
6500 North Florida Avenue
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Just a tiny & quaint restaurant with high end comfort food!
It's fantastic! The food, decor and dishes are science lab inspired! The food and drinks are wonderful. The atmosphere is fun.
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Edison: Food+Drink Lab
912 West Kennedy Boulevard
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It's fantastic! The food, decor and dishes are science lab inspired! The food and drinks are wonderful. The atmosphere is fun.
Great Vietnamese food. There are a lot of different fresh spring rolls to choose from. The curry served in a coconut bowl is spicy and tasty and you can't go wrong with the pho.
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Bamboozle Cafe Downtown
516 North Tampa Street
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Great Vietnamese food. There are a lot of different fresh spring rolls to choose from. The curry served in a coconut bowl is spicy and tasty and you can't go wrong with the pho.
The name of this place is right on! They offer dim sum at lunch time. Everything I've ever tasted is delicious: seafood fried rice w/tomato sauce, any of the salt & pepper appetizers, braised eggplant
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Yummy House China Bistro
2620 East Hillsborough Avenue
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The name of this place is right on! They offer dim sum at lunch time. Everything I've ever tasted is delicious: seafood fried rice w/tomato sauce, any of the salt & pepper appetizers, braised eggplant
Great brunch place- enough said! :)
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Pinky's Diner
3203 West Bay to Bay Boulevard
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Great brunch place- enough said! :)
Famous steak house. Huge wine list. They have a separate dessert room. It speaks for itself.
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Bern's Steak House
1208 S Howard Ave
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Famous steak house. Huge wine list. They have a separate dessert room. It speaks for itself.
My favorite Japanese/sushi place in town. It's not really close to the house, but it's worth the 15 minute drive. Authentic Japanese, fresh sushi.
Yoko's Japanese Restaurant
3217 South MacDill Avenue
My favorite Japanese/sushi place in town. It's not really close to the house, but it's worth the 15 minute drive. Authentic Japanese, fresh sushi.
$2 martinis (any flavor) from 4-7pm everyday along with half priced entrees at the same time. The Italian food is great, especially at 50% off and the drinks are good too.
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Bernini of Ybor
1702 East 7th Avenue
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$2 martinis (any flavor) from 4-7pm everyday along with half priced entrees at the same time. The Italian food is great, especially at 50% off and the drinks are good too.
If you like Thai food and can enjoy an "off the beaten" path type of experience then go to this temple on Sundays between 9:30am-1pm for authentic, cheap Thai food enjoyed riverside on picnic tables.
5306 Palm River Rd
5306 Palm River Rd
If you like Thai food and can enjoy an "off the beaten" path type of experience then go to this temple on Sundays between 9:30am-1pm for authentic, cheap Thai food enjoyed riverside on picnic tables.
Coffee and cafe! The best pressed sandwiches! If you're there when they have "crazy slaw" order it, because it's excellent. They carry a locally roasted Cuban coffee too. Thursday night is open mic.
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Cafe Hey
1540 North Franklin Street
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Coffee and cafe! The best pressed sandwiches! If you're there when they have "crazy slaw" order it, because it's excellent. They carry a locally roasted Cuban coffee too. Thursday night is open mic.
2 words- Cuban Sandwich!!!! You can walk from the house and it's dirt cheap and delicious. The place is nothing to look at, but the cubans are top notch. This sandwich is part of Tampa's culture.
Palm Ave Sandwich Shop
2002 North Nebraska Avenue
2 words- Cuban Sandwich!!!! You can walk from the house and it's dirt cheap and delicious. The place is nothing to look at, but the cubans are top notch. This sandwich is part of Tampa's culture.
Great food & bar. It's on the main drag in Ybor City, so it's a great place to hang, listen to music, people watch & feel a funky skater vibe. Last time I tried a strawberry infused vodka they made!
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The Bricks
1327 East 7th Avenue
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Great food & bar. It's on the main drag in Ybor City, so it's a great place to hang, listen to music, people watch & feel a funky skater vibe. Last time I tried a strawberry infused vodka they made!
Can't believe I just discovered this place. It's been there 7 years and I never knew. I am not a rib person, but I ordered them and they are amazing! The smoked turkey leg and chicken are fabulous too
Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que
1609 Angel Oliva Senior Street
Can't believe I just discovered this place. It's been there 7 years and I never knew. I am not a rib person, but I ordered them and they are amazing! The smoked turkey leg and chicken are fabulous too
Incredible, thoughtful, Italian food. Seafood risotto was amazing!
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Cena
1208 East Kennedy Boulevard
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Incredible, thoughtful, Italian food. Seafood risotto was amazing!
Deeelicious! Duck paprikash is fabulous as is the spring risotto. Service is impeccable and the decor is simple, natural and beautiful.
Élevage SoHo Kitchen & Bar
1207 South Howard Avenue
Deeelicious! Duck paprikash is fabulous as is the spring risotto. Service is impeccable and the decor is simple, natural and beautiful.
I've heard great things about this restaurant and now I can say I agree. It's also ramen focused, which is unique in the area, but I love the rice bowls best.
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Ichicoro Ramen
5229 N Florida Ave
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I've heard great things about this restaurant and now I can say I agree. It's also ramen focused, which is unique in the area, but I love the rice bowls best.
Cool, funky coffee shop and store. They have a 2nd location in Seminole Heights too.
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The Blind Tiger Cafe - Ybor City - Coffee Shop
1901 East 7th Avenue
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Cool, funky coffee shop and store. They have a 2nd location in Seminole Heights too.
Incredible coffee shop walking distance from the house! Beautiful space, wifi and great coffee. Outdoor space too.
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Foundation Coffee Co.
1607 N Franklin St
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Incredible coffee shop walking distance from the house! Beautiful space, wifi and great coffee. Outdoor space too.
Awesome Jamaican food. The jerk chicken is so tender and the sweet sauce that it comes with is drinkable. If you want some reggae music and an easy atmosphere, this is it!
Jamaican Tropicale by Jerk Hut
513 Franklin Street
Awesome Jamaican food. The jerk chicken is so tender and the sweet sauce that it comes with is drinkable. If you want some reggae music and an easy atmosphere, this is it!
Very cool food court. There are 4 restaurants, a bakery, a coffee shop and a cocktail bar. You can order from one menu and don't have to run from place to place. It's in a beautifully restored historic building walking distance from the house. They are open late!
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The Hall on Franklin
1701 N Franklin St
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Very cool food court. There are 4 restaurants, a bakery, a coffee shop and a cocktail bar. You can order from one menu and don't have to run from place to place. It's in a beautifully restored historic building walking distance from the house. They are open late!
This is a public market, with food vendors, coffee, event space and weekend market (3rd Sunday of the month) and it's located on the river in a beautifully renovated building.
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Armature Works
1910 N Ola Ave
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This is a public market, with food vendors, coffee, event space and weekend market (3rd Sunday of the month) and it's located on the river in a beautifully renovated building.
This place is by far the best bargain breakfast and the food is great. Casual, low-key diner...
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Trips Dinner
6416 N Florida Ave
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This place is by far the best bargain breakfast and the food is great. Casual, low-key diner...
Awesome, fresh Indian food. They have a lunch buffet for only $10.49 and it's great. They bring hot naan to your table to order.
Rasoi Indian Cuisine
1701 E 8th Ave
Awesome, fresh Indian food. They have a lunch buffet for only $10.49 and it's great. They bring hot naan to your table to order.
Great restaurant on the river and walkable from the house. Something unique and fantastic on the menu is the marrow appetizer. Menu is delicious!
Steelbach
1902 N Ola Ave
Great restaurant on the river and walkable from the house. Something unique and fantastic on the menu is the marrow appetizer. Menu is delicious!
Amazingly delicious Korean/Asian fusion rice/noodle bowls. It's also in an old diner and the setting is just cool. Reasonably priced and vegetarian options too!
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Chop Chop Shop
6605 N Florida Ave
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Amazingly delicious Korean/Asian fusion rice/noodle bowls. It's also in an old diner and the setting is just cool. Reasonably priced and vegetarian options too!
They have great Poke, salmon jerky, smoked fish spreads and fresh seafood for sale. There are few tables inside so you can enjoy a meal.
Heights Seafood Co
6415 N Florida Ave
They have great Poke, salmon jerky, smoked fish spreads and fresh seafood for sale. There are few tables inside so you can enjoy a meal.
Everything Else
This is a restaurant, coffee house, tea bar, bookstore and gift shop! The interior is absolutely gorgeous, so it's a great place for a bite to eat or to lounge and have a cup of coffee.
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Oxford Exchange
420 W Kennedy Blvd
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This is a restaurant, coffee house, tea bar, bookstore and gift shop! The interior is absolutely gorgeous, so it's a great place for a bite to eat or to lounge and have a cup of coffee.
AMAZING Cuban bakery! They have every kind of baked good you can dream of, however the guava pastries and the casitos (cheese pastry) are the best! They are famous for their 3' long cuban bread.
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La Segunda Ybor
2512 North 15th Street
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AMAZING Cuban bakery! They have every kind of baked good you can dream of, however the guava pastries and the casitos (cheese pastry) are the best! They are famous for their 3' long cuban bread.
If you need chocolate while you're in town, then treat yourself to this local chocolatier! He makes a couple dozen different truffles that are exquisite. They were featured in the "Hunger Games" films
William Dean Chocolates
2223 North Westshore Boulevard
If you need chocolate while you're in town, then treat yourself to this local chocolatier! He makes a couple dozen different truffles that are exquisite. They were featured in the "Hunger Games" films
Drinks & Nightlife
It's also a restaurant and open for lunch (food is great). They have a million beers and do live music. It's a funky, relaxing place to hang and have a drink.
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Independent Bar and Cafe
5016 North Florida Avenue
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It's also a restaurant and open for lunch (food is great). They have a million beers and do live music. It's a funky, relaxing place to hang and have a drink.
Just a great local brewery, walking distance to the house and owned by the nicest guys.
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Hidden Springs Ale Works
1631 N Franklin St
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Just a great local brewery, walking distance to the house and owned by the nicest guys.
Amazing craft cocktails! Indoor or outdoor seating with interesting décor.
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Mandarin Heights
5901 N Florida Ave
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Amazing craft cocktails! Indoor or outdoor seating with interesting décor.
Great local brewery in a nice setting. They serve food too.
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Coppertail Brewing Co.
2601 East 2nd Avenue
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Great local brewery in a nice setting. They serve food too.
Essentials
Publix is the best "general" grocery store. This one closest to the house is not the biggest store, but it should have everything you need. Ask me about specialty stores.
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Publix Super Market on Bayshore
243 Bayshore Boulevard
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Publix is the best "general" grocery store. This one closest to the house is not the biggest store, but it should have everything you need. Ask me about specialty stores.
It's a great Asian market and the produce is less expensive than at traditional grocery stores. They have great snack foods from many Asian countries and prepared foods (peking duck, rice dishes).
Oceanic Oriental Supermarket
1609 N Tampa St
It's a great Asian market and the produce is less expensive than at traditional grocery stores. They have great snack foods from many Asian countries and prepared foods (peking duck, rice dishes).
Parks & Nature
Gorgeous walking trails where you can see birds, alligators, tortoises and other wildlife. You can rent canoes and kayaks too and it's a beautiful paddle!
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Lettuce Lake Park Boardwalk and Nature Trail Observation Tower
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Gorgeous walking trails where you can see birds, alligators, tortoises and other wildlife. You can rent canoes and kayaks too and it's a beautiful paddle!
If you want to see manatees, they gather here when the weather is cold. There is a viewing area and boardwalk, plus a gift shop play area.
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Manatee Viewing Center
6990 Dickman Road
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If you want to see manatees, they gather here when the weather is cold. There is a viewing area and boardwalk, plus a gift shop play area.