25 Tampa Bay tourist attractions actually worth the struggle
The label "tourist trap" isn't always fair, because some attractions are legitimately worth the pain of looking for parking, surviving the Florida heat, and braving busy crowds. Tampa Bay has quite a few good ones, ranging from upscale eateries to museums and some of the most beautiful natural parks in the state. So, here are a few local attractions that are always worth the struggle.
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1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa, 813-250-3725
Armature Works, the massive food hall and center of life in South Tampa Heights, assembles innovative eateries, the Heights Public Market and event spaces with picture perfect moments for everyone to enjoy.
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3500 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, 727-582-2100
Dive into Florida’s history by visiting Fort De Soto and learn how the military built it for coastal defense (the fort never actually saw action). Additionally, visit the park’s other amenities such as camping, fishing, ferry and biking.
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One Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, 727-241-6106
Honeymoon Island offers the perfect escape to Florida’s best natural attraction – the beach! It has more than four miles of sand, a three-mile trail and the Rotary Centennial Nature Center, which helps visitors learn about the park’s history and natural resources. You can also catch a ferry ride to Caladesi Island departing from the state park.
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5145 Harvey Tew Rd., Plant City, 813-717-9865
Involving a slightly longer drive from Tampa, Dinosaur World is one of the few attractions in Florida solely dedicated to these Jurassic creatures. The park includes hundreds of life-sized dinosaur figures, themed playgrounds, trails through natural areas and a gift shop. Bring your little explorers for a day full of dino fun. You can bring your own food, too.
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With its Florida small-town charm, downtown Dunedin becomes a tourist attraction despite off the beaten path location in between Pinellas County and Tampa. Different restaurants and shops cover the streets in addition to a part of the Pinellas Trail, bringing both foot and wheeled traffic.
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