Davis Islands Neighborhood
Davis Islands is a neighborhood of two connected islands, very close to downtown and the Port of Tampa. The two islands that form Davis Islands were originally called Little Grassy Key and Big Grassy Key, but they were greatly expanded in the 1920s with fill from the Tampa Bay shipping channels. The neighborhood is named after a developer named D.P. Davis, who owned the islands before they were subdivided for neighborhoods. Originally three islands separated by narrow canals, Davis Islands became two islands when the small Peter O. Knight Airport was constructed. Davis Islands is also home to the Tampa General Hospital and numerous historic buildings such as the Palace of Florence Apartments.
St Pete Time's Forum
The St Pete Time's Forum is home of the Tampa Lightening, 2003 South Eastern Division Champions and the 2004 Stanley Cup Champions. Check out a home game if you are in Tampa during hockey season (approx November-May). It is located downtown. Previously known as the "Ice Palace". The Forum is also used for various concert events and also home of the 2003 Arena Football World Champion Tampa Bay Storm.
Make sure to visit Fort DeSoto...
Make sure to visit Fort DeSoto at the southern tip of Pinellas County. There's a cool fort dating from the Spanish occupation of Florida to explore, as well as plenty of beaches and camping areas. We had my oldest son's first birthday there in 1998.
There are quite a few places to go horseback riding - here are a few contacts that rent horses and have the guides
In the Breeze Horseback Riding Ranch
7514 Gardner Road
Take to the trails, and enjoy the scenery. Horseback riding, haywagon rides, and fun for all ages!
Equus Meadow Riding Stable in Tampa http://www.equusmeadowinn.com/id11.html
GUIDED TRAIL RIDES: Per hour
$35 per person (minimum 2-4 riders)
$40 single individual person
RIDING LESSONS: per hour
$40 per person (adult ages 13 & above) privately or maximum 2 persons
$35 per person (child ages 7-12 ) privately or maximum 2 persons
Taps Wine and Beer Bar - N. Ashley Drive, Downtown
Taps is one of the best places downtown. We had a great visit here recently, though we only stayed for about an hour. On a day when the temps were near 100 degrees Fahrenheit, we were desperate for some AC and a drink. Taps was nearby, so we stopped in.
The bartender greeted us warmly and we grabbed two seats at the bar. The air was cool, but it still took us some time to get comfortable. I started with the Unearthly Imperial IPA made by the Southern Tier brewery. This strong, 9.8 percent alcohol beer was very tasty, but way too potent for me on an empty stomach (note the Southern Tier brewing company is from New York's Southern Tier, along the PA border in upstate NY). Laura wanted a . Köstritzer, our favorite German black lager, but since their keg was dry, she settled for s Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown Ale from right here in Tampa. We also had an order of their Gorgonzola cheese, carmelized onion, and prosciutto bruschetta, which was tasty, though I think they skipped the prosciutto on our bread. Nine dollars is a bit expensive for five tiny pieces of toast with onions and cheese.
Taps claims 250 varieties of beer and 100 different bottles of wine. The bar is just a few notches more classy than others in the neighborhood, though not over the top. They have a small bar that seats about six, plus maybe 10 indoor tables and another 10 outdoor tables, so get here early if you want a nice air conditioned table!