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Kissimmee, St Pete & Tampa Scene Setter

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Kissimmee, St Pete and Tampa

Florida might be best known for thrilling Orlando and hip Miami, but did you know it also offers a wealth of other destinations for the traveller looking for something different? From the laid-back beach paradise of St Pete/Clearwater to Tampa – home of Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium. Kissimmee is a great alternative to Orlando for families and those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle – here’s to some quality time together in the sun!

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Good to know

Getting there: For Kissimmee, fly to Orlando in as little as 9 hours. For St. Petes and Tampa fly to Tampa International in 9.5 hours

Climate: Warm and tropical year-round, temperatures range from lows of 20°C in winter to highs of 35°C in the summer

Local currency: US Dollar ($)

GMT: -5 hours

Kissimmee

Located just south of busy Orlando and with easy access to the iconic Disneyland and Universal parks, the city of Kissimmee is a more relaxed location for those looking to enjoy some off the beaten track activities. An area of outstanding natural beauty, there is plenty for wildlife lovers to enjoy. Take a trip into the Everglades, hop on board an iconic hovercraft and go alligator spotting or explore the great outdoors by foot at the picturesque Shingle Creek Park. Want to notch up the pace? There are plenty of sports to watch at the Osceola County Stadium, so why not take in a game or two of baseball, the USA’s national game.

Make it snappy!

Gators galore are waiting to meet you at Gatorland. See these beasts snapping at the Jumparoo and Wrestlin’ Shows, or are you brave enough to get even closer at the Gator Night Shine tour where hundreds of hungry crocs are waiting for an exciting feeding session?

Chocolate alert!

Pay a visit to Chocolate Kingdom, an exciting factory tour showing how chocolate is made. Learn how cocoa beans are transformed into delicious chocolate treats and even make your own chocolate bar. Yum!

Don’t miss!

• Gatorland – get up close with alligators!

• Learn chocolate secrets at Chocolate Kingdom

• A hovercraft ride in the Everglades

• Retro cars in the Old Town complex

HOVERCRAFT!!!

No trip to Kissimmee is complete without an exhilarating hovercraft ride through this distinctive ecosystem. Speed through the swamplands searching for wildlife and spot some alligators, don’t forget to ‘snap’ some pics!

An oldie but a goodie

Visit the Old Town area on a Friday or Saturday night and watch the retro car parade before experiencing some thrilling fairground rides and attractions at the nearby Fun Spot. Dare you try the infamous 200 feet tall sky coaster ride?

Tampa Bay

The hip, urban heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast beats in Tampa Bay. Experience an entire Florida holiday in one beautiful destination – thrill rides, animal encounters, Cuban heritage, superb shopping, excellent dining, and sparkling water. Tampa Bay is home to world-famous Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, with thrills for all ages. Take to the water in the heart of downtown aboard a paddleboard, water bike or dolphin cruise. Cap your evening with a meal inspired by Tampa Bay’s unique blend of cultures at Ulele, Bern’s Steak House, Fodder & Shine or the Columbia – Florida’s oldest restaurant. Whether hunting luxury labels or big bargains, shoppers will find plenty to carry home at venues such as open-air Hyde Park Village, upscale International Plaza, or Tampa Premium Outlets. So, come and see for yourself as treasure awaits in Tampa Bay.

The ride of your life

From adrenaline-charged rides to an African safari aboard the Serengeti Express, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is sure to thrill!

Walk this way

Head to the bustling Tampa Riverwalk and explore the 4km of superb, flat walkway set against a glimmering river. Make sure to stop at the museums, shops and parks along the way before finishing off with a delicious meal in the many restaurants. For a day with a difference, hire a Segway and see it in style!

Don’t miss!

• Take a white-knuckle ride at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

• Stroll the 4 Km Tampa Riverwalk

• Visit Ybor City National Historic Landmark District

• Shop ‘til you drop at International Plaza

Calling all Hipsters!

Historic Ybor City brims with vintage stores, authentic Cuban food, hand-rolled cigars, and great nightlife – all a short streetcar ride from downtown.

An underwater adventure

Slip into the deep at The Florida Aquarium to meet sharks, stingrays and penguins up close. Or try an eye-to-eye greeting with a giraffe at Tampa’s Lowry’ Park Zoo.

St Pete and Clearwater

Stop and stare at the idyllic beachside twin cities of St Pete and Clearwater, or better still, slip those sandals off and dip your toes in this sandy paradise! So beautiful, it was voted Tripadvisor’s number 1 beach in the USA in 2016. For a day to remember, seek excitement further inland at Sawgrass Lake Park – will you be lucky enough to spot the baby alligators amongst the wealth of other wildlife that lives there? Or take a Segway nature tour around the Tampa Bay Seawall for a truly unique experience.

Step into Dali’s worlds

Wacky works of art are a treat at the Salvador Dali Museum, see things a different way with this unparalleled collection of work – the number one attraction in St Pete.

Kick off those flip flops

Simply relax and unwind on the 35 mile stretch of stunning beaches and award winning coastline, or for the thrill seekers, try a JetLev solo jetpack flight experience and see the area from an altogether new perspective.

Don’t miss!

• The Dali Museum

• Relax on award winning beaches

• Taste the local speciality seafood

• Catch a show at Capitol Theatre

Taste the sea

Fish dominates the menu at the many delicious restaurants. Enjoy fresh-from-the-ocean seafood at one of the many casual dining restaurants in the area – don’t leave without trying the local speciality, a Grouper Reuben Sandwich. Mmmmm!

It’s showtime!

One of the oldest and most beautiful operating theatres in Florida, this historic building is the perfect venue for an evening’s entertainment. With legendary voices and spectacular shows this’ll be a night you won’t forget.

There’s more to Florida than meets the eye, see it from a different perspective in Kissimmee, St Petes and Tampa.

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