Patriots Corner - Bayshore Blvd Fridays
The intersection of Bayshore and Bay to Bay Boulevards is known as Bayshore Patriots Corner. Here, every Friday a group of local patriotic citizens gathers to wave flags from about 4 to 6 pm as local military members from MacDill Air Force Base are driving home. Usually there are just a handful of people here, but when a local soldier dies in combat, the number of people along the route surges into the hundred, all of them proudly waving American flags.
Occasionally on Friday afternoon, local anti-patriot groups gather to protest the flag waving patriots.
Until August 1st 2009, Florida residents could legally fish for free from docks and the shore in saltwater. So, on one of our last days of eligibility, we went out on the dock after a rainstorm near dusk and fished for hours. In some three hours, we caught about 50 small fish, mostly inedible spiny catfish and a few small black drums. We caught one keeper, a fourteen inch black drum that we fried up for dinner.... yum.
Saltwater and freshwater fishing licenses are $17 each, or both for $32.50. Perhaps the best deal in the state is the Gold Sportsman's License which includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Turkey and Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits.
You do not need a license to fish from a licensed charter boat.
Florida Everglades National Park
An amazing day trip - although I don't recommend doing it in the summer (heat and bugs).
The Everglades is world renouned 1,506,539 acres (third largest park in the National Park System) "river of grass" that is a subtropical wetland that is home to hosts of rare birds, mammals and reptiles.
Hiking, canoeing, camping, nature study, guided tours, picnicking, museum.
Be sure to stop at the parks boardwalk and the Indian reservation and take an airboat ride.
The National park is approximately 4 hours drive. Take I75 South and then East on either Tamianmi Trail (US 41 – more scenic) or Alligator Alley
Hernando Heritage Museum
May-Stringer Heritage Museum is a 4 story l2 room antebellum home built in l856. The home is decorated in the civil war, Victorian era and has over 11,000 artifacts on display. Guided tours Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 3:00. Donation $3.00 adults $l.00 children. Please allow 45 minutes.
This location also has many civil war reenactments. See the website below for dates and times.
Located in Brooksville Florida - 50 miles North of Tampa. Take I75 ti Rt 50 - 8 miles West on Rt. 50. Go straight on 50A when you get near town until you get to U.S. 41. We are 1 Block beyond U.S. 41 on the right hand side.
Hattricks - Downtown Tampa
Hattricks is downtown Tampa's best sports bar, it has been here since 1997 and draws a good local crowd for lunch and sporting events. They have NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, and NCAA Mega March Madness on their dozens of flat screen TVs. They offer happy hour seven days a week from 4pm to 8pm and again from 10pm till close, with $12/$15 buckets of beer, two for one premium well liquors, half price house wines, $1.00 off imported draft beers, $1.50 Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts, and 50 cent chicken wings.
We stopped in during World Cup soccer season (yawn), which was on every TV in the bar. The highlight of the lousy game was when one player ran into a player on the opposing team, then fell down screaming, so the other team's star was kicked out of the game...lame. Those "guys" need to man up a bit. We had just one round of beers here: Laura enjoyed a Heineken draft ($4.25) and I had a very, very fresh and tasty Guinness ($4.75). The waitresses here are hot and well endowed, which has to draw some customers.
I have been back a few times for drinks and food. The happy hour wings are cheap--6 for $3--and good, the grouper sandwich was OK, and the Guinness burger was god. Yuenglings are an expensive $4.60 each, so maybe you should consider a pitcher rather than individual drafts.
Hattricks occupies the bottom floors of a three-story building that was constructed in 1907. The bar looks and feels historic, with exposed red brick, worn wooden floors, and rustic pillars.
The ESPN show called Cold Pizza ranked Hattrick’s in the "Top Ten Sports Bars in the Country"