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    Take Flight in a Stunt Plane

    by tampa_shawn Updated Dec 8, 2006

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    This is a non profit organization that offers flights in restored aircraft including a

    T-6 Texan and an Open cockpit stearman biplane

    They provide flying lessons, quiet flights or breath-taking adventures

    Flights start at $195 and leave out of the Zephyrhills Airport

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    Express Boat to Key West

    by tampa_shawn Written Dec 8, 2006

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    This express boat actually leaves from Ft Myers Beach but is one of the best ways to get to Key West (most of the roads through the keys are one lane and traffic often backs up)

    The shuttle takes just 3 1/2 hours and has AC Cabins, Satellite TVs and a full bar

    Prices vary but are normally under $100 for a round trip - right now they are $83 RT when purchased in advance

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    The cove apartments pool on Westshore

    by ERiger Written Jun 10, 2006

    This pool which is located in an apartment complex directly behind the Green Iguana on Westshore is one of the best places to watch a sunset on the Tampa side of the bay. The best time I have seen a sunset is usually in the summer after a thunderstorm of some sort.

    The atmosphere of the pool is usually very relaxed and sometimes there are people with guitars to treat you to a little local music feel. Mostly college kids and mid twenties to thrities live in this comlex, but you won't find a much better view without tresspasing for a pool as this pool was built before the mangroves act was passed in Tampa.

    If you also have a free weekend day this pool is usually packed with college kids/adults just hanging back listening to music and drinking some beer. Make sure to bring your bathing suit, towel, and plenty of sun tan lotion.

    It is location at 4003 S. westshore BLVD and the gate is usually open from 5-8 pm.

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    Lettuce Lake Park

    by sumit_b Written Aug 20, 2005

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    This is a little-known, secluded park in North Tampa. There is a boardwalk and a lake. Nice place to stroll or skate. You can also host parties/barbeques. Look at the website for photos from this place.

    Located on Fletcher Ave, close to I-75.

    People playing

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    Hillsborough River State Park

    by sarahjayn Updated May 21, 2005

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    My encounters with the Hillsborough River State Park have always been really good experiences. For one, the scenery is really beautiful - cypress forests and (mostly) native vegetation.
    You can camp here - and I reccommend it. The best time to go is in the "winter" (Florida doens't really have one), but anytime from October - May is pretty decent. A lot of people think it's too hot in the summer time.
    Also, there's canoe rental available which, if you're going to Hillsborough River State Park, you have to do. What better way to get to know the river than to shake hands with it?

    Cypress Forest!

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  • a rocky redneck party

    by arasnosliw Written Jan 19, 2005

    And also as mentioned previously, the rest of the 13 mile long strip of Courtney Campbell Causeway is covered in rocky beaches. Not ideal for swimming because you'll cut your feet. It's a great place to fish, boat, or drink beer like the locals do. Just open the back of your truckbed, pop open a beach chair, lather on the oil, and fry yourself to a crisp under the warm Floridian sun. Does anyone smell bacon?

    watch the feet
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  • redneck beaches

    by arasnosliw Updated Jan 19, 2005

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    The 13 mile Courtney Campbell Causeway may be the last place you thought of to go to the beach, especially since the narrow beaches stretch alongside the highway. Not the most idyllic, peaceful of places. Locals affectionately call the causeway beaches the "redneck beaches" because they're commonly full of families in pick up trucks, drinking beers, fishing, getting sunburnt in their wifebeaters. Towards the Tampa end of the causeway is a sandy beach. Otherwise, the rest of the causeway is merely rocky. Hey, if you look beyond the "redneck" status of the causeway, you'll realize that it is actually a very convenient place to fish, launch a boat, or just relax under the sun. This technically is the closest beach to Tampa afterall.

    Ben T. Davis beach, Courtney Campbell Causeway
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  • sunburn your redneck face

    by arasnosliw Written Jan 19, 2005

    Like I have just mentioned, locals love to make fun of the Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, aka the redneck beach. I can't complain, Ben T. Davis beach is really quite accessible, and it's not like most people go to the beach to enjoy the quality anyway. If you're looking for a pristine beach, you'll go out of your way to find one. Otherwise, most people will just sit on their beach chairs and tan...er burn themselves. Why inconvenience yourself to go to another beach to burn yourself anyway?

    it's really not %ithat%i bad here
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  • SeaWorld

    by peach93 Updated Dec 13, 2004

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    SeaWorld is in Orlando, about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Tampa (about 90 miles) and is worth the drive if you have the time. This is the home of the famous Shamu killer whale show as well as home to many dolphins, birds, fish, and other neat marine life. One of my favorite things here was the pearl divers. You pay $15 and a diver will go down into a huge tank and retrieve an oyster which is then opened for you. All of the oysters contain beautiful jewel-grade pearls.

    Parking is $8 US and admission is about $ 50 US for adults and $ 35 US for kids. If you go, go very early because there is alot to see!

    Killer Whale at the Shamu Show
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  • Orlando

    by peach93 Written Dec 13, 2004

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    The city of Orlando (where all the theme parks are) is about 90 miles north of Tampa, or about a 1 1/2 hour drive. If you have an extra day, the drive from Tampa to Orlando is a worthwhile way to squeeze in a trip to Disney or SeaWorld without having to pay high Orlando hotel room rates.

    Mickey-Shaped Power Line on the Highway to Orlando
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    H.B. Plant Memorial Park

    by tafurojo Written Jan 23, 2004

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    The HB Plant Memorial Park is located at the University of Tampa along the Hillsborough RIver. It is a great place to relax and have a picnic, take pictures of downtown or watch the UT kayak team row underneath the Lafayette Bridge.

    HB Plant Mem Park
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    Okay, so my friend Allison and...

    by donovanel Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Okay, so my friend Allison and I are always up for a little craziness when we go on trips, and this time she decided to get her belly button pierced. We both have gotten some tattoos and piercings...who knows what will happen in Europe!

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