Gulf Coast

Articles and information about beaches, cities and destinations along Florida´s westerly Gulf coast

Egmont Key State Park star
Egmont Key, a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay, is both a state park and a national wildlife refuge. This key is home to a lighthouse and the ruins of historic Fort Dade. Activities include walking on the beach, swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. Access is by private boat or ferry.

Gasparilla Pirate Festival 2019 star
Ahoy, ye scurvy dogs! January marks the beginning of pirate season in Tampa Bay. Join pirate captain Jose Gaspar and his Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla for a rollicking good time in downtown Tampa. Aarrrgh!

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park star
Have you ever seen roseate spoonbills sifting the stream for food? Did you know that pink flamingoes were once common in southern Florida? Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the best places to see rare and exotic Florida wildlife up-close as this article shows

March Is Seagrass Awareness Month star
Did you know that March is Seagrass Awareness Month? Read on to find out why this aquatic plant is essential to Florida's economy and to the health of its coast. You will also learn ways to help preserve this important natural resource.

Orchid Lovers Delight at Marie Selby Gardens star
Enviably located overlooking beautiful Sarasota Bay, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a delightful 14-acre urban garden which specializes in epiphytes, including over 6,000 orchids

Ringling Ca' d' Zan Mansion in Tampa star
One of Florida's loveliest estate homes is the Ca' d'Zan Mansion, built for circus owners John and Mable Ringling in the 1920s. Read about the gorgeous architecture and sumptuous furnishings and make a date to visit it yourself!

Ringling Museum of Art in Tampa star
The Ringling Museum of Art is one of the most comprehensive collections of European and American artworks in Florida. The entrance fee also includes a self-guided tour of the Venetian Gothic Ca' d Zan Mansion, the 66-acre gardens and the Circus Museums. Learn more ...

Sarasota County’s Legacy Trail star
Walk, bike, or skate along Sarasota County's Legacy Trail, an asphalt-paved rail trail that runs for 10.7 miles between Sarasota and Venice. Along its route you will pass through natural and historic areas.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Skyway Fishing Pier star
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge that connects Bradenton and St. Petersburg was opened in 1987. It was not the first bridge to connect these 2 cities. It replaced an older bridge that suffered a tragic accident in 1980. Read on to learn its history and why the new bridge is so much safer.

Tampa Bay History Center star
The Tampa Bay History Center is a museum in downtown Tampa that presents the cultural history of the Tampa Bay region. In addition to its permanent and temporary exhibits, it also contains the Columbia Cafe, a branch of the original Ybor City Columbia Restaurant, and a small gift shop.

Visit De Soto National Memorial star
De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, a national historic site on Florida's Gulf Coast, commemorates the landing of the Hernando de Soto expedition. It's a good place to learn American and natural history as well as fish, picnic, or walk your dog.

Visit Fort De Soto County Park star
Ft. Desoto Park, largest of the Pinellas County Parks, is located south of St. Petersburg on 5 keys. The park contains the remains of historic Ft. De Soto, 2 fishing piers, a campground, 2 beaches and a dog beach, picnic areas, and a paved, multiuse trail that connects all these features.

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