St. Petersburg is home to the Salvador Dali Museum (www.webcoast.com/Dali/
727 823-3767 ) which hosts the largest collection of the surrealist's works
outside of Spain, as well as many other notable museums. Contact the St
Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 727 582-7829,
Clearwater Beach (located 2 miles west of downtown Clearwater, which is a separate city) is where you will find white-sand beaches and great areas for canoeing, or kayaking. Hotels located along the bay side of this barrier island often have kayaks and canoe for use or contact kayak tours, (727) 530 7555 or the Clearwater Visitor Information Center (727) 462-6531.
Sand Key Beach is a beautiful beach for dolphin watching and shelling at low tide. Nearby is the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary (727 391-6211) www.gulfside.com/seabird/ is the largest wild bird hospital in North America and harbors around 500 recuperating sea and birds.
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park is a 168-acre park with diverse wildlife including manatees, bears, deer alligators and otters. The area is filled with wetlands and spring-run streams that originate come from the 45 foot deep Homosassa Spring. Pontoon boats will take you on a tour of the park, although you can also enjoy walking on nature trails. Educational programs offered daily, (904) 628-2311.
Hillsborough River State Park is 3400 acres of greenery, wildlife, and a mild river current perfect for lazy canoeing. The park is free and the camping and canoeing are inexpensive. (813) 987 6771. Located near Tampa.