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There are many options beyond model railroading to visit while in the Tampa Bay  Area. Some of these are highlighted here. Please check back periodically to keep up to date with the wide variety of...

THINGS TO SEE AND DO ( within 30 miles of the Hotel


Welcome!  Step inside our award-winning museum and take a journey through Pearl Harbor, the South Pacific, Germany, A French Village and more.  Immerse yourself in 50,000 square feet of space boasting extraordinary sights, scents and sounds that envelop you.  Ride the Virtual Voyager motion simulator time capsule, similar to those found at Universal Studios, and submerge your senses.  Witness an extensive array of animated dioramas, unique displays, authentic memorabilia, equipment, artifacts, vehicles and rotating exhibits along with audio/visual effects with the utmost quality and accurate representation.  It’s always evolving, educating and electrifying for all ages!

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s admission includes access to our main facility and  Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, a facility of interactive exhibits, movie props, kids activities and expanded retail located in downtown Clearwater.

Monday through Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm 

Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country!

Adventure Awaits at The Florida Aquarium’s New Exhibit, Journey to Madagascar

Splash away at our 2-acre outdoor water adventure zone while parents relax under the shade of the Cantina bar and grill.

You have arrived at Florida’s Home of Railroad History. The Museum offers one of the most unique museum experiences in the world. Here you "Ride the Exhibits!"

The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, year-round. Diesel train excursions operate most Saturdays and Sundays, departing at 11 AM and 2 PM. Special events are scheduled throughout the year featuring themed train rides. Some events have different schedules, so please check the calendar to the right for details. The party caboose is available to charter for small, private parties or you may charter the entire train for large family or corporate events.

The Largo Central Railroad (LCRR), founded in 1991, was built and is now maintained through the work and dedication of the LCRR club members and through generous donations from the people of Largo,

We currently have approximately 1.2 miles of main line track with numerous passing sidings running through beautifully landscaped Largo Central Park. Public runs are held on the first full weekend of each month. Second and fourth weekends are "FUN Run" weekends
for members and associate members.Third weekends are work weekends. If you have any questions,
contact us at (727) 585-9835

Zoo Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
We are open every day except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 

Free Parking

The Zoo may close due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is located at: 

1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604-5958


Get the story behind the man. Who was Salvador Dali? Where did he live? What elements contributed to his off-kilter style and unique perspective? What role did he play in the surrealist movement? 


The Sponge Industry helped build a Greek Community
that is now famous not only for theworlds finest sponges,
but for some of the finest Greek RestaurantsMarkets,
and Bakeries in the Country.

What will you find in Tarpon Springs

The Sponge DocksGreek RestaurantsBakeries
AttractionsNatural Sponges, Sponge DivingTours,
Sightseeing CruisesUnique Greek and Florida Souvenirs,
lots of ShoppingSightseeing and Live Entertainment.


In their heyday, Tampa's streetcars whisked passengers to and from Ybor City, Ballast Point, Hyde Park, Sulphur Springs and points beyond. Operated by uniformed conductors, the Birney cars were a welcome sight, and the familiar clang of the streetcar bell was music to the ears. To ride the streetcar was to feel the pulse of the community.

Tampa's first electric streetcar lines built in 1892 quickly became an essential part of everyday life as workers took the streetcar downtown and to the cigar factories of west Tampa. And families climbed aboard for a picnic or ball game in DeSoto and Macfarlane parks. Reaching the peak of its popularity in the 1920s with almost 24 million passengers in 1926, Tampa's streetcar system rolled to a stop in August 1946 following World War II.

Today, electric streetcars are back in Tampa, supporting continued growth in Downtown, Channelside and Ybor City. The first phase of the TECO Line Streetcar System is a 2.4 mile section that connects these three areas, improving transportation capacity, supporting Tampa’s thriving cruise industry and transporting workers to and from their jobs.

( apx 60 Min from Hotel )


The Ringling is the State Art Museum of Florida and is administered by Florida State University.  It features an art museum, historic mansion, circus museum, historic theater, conservation laboratory, and research library, situated on sixty-six acres of spectacular bay front property in Sarasota.

MISSION:  The Ringling is a place of art, architecture, and circus in an environment that inspires, educates, entertains, and honors the legacy of John & Mable Ringling.

VISION:  As one of the more extraordinary museums in the world, with a unique combination of diverse culture, and fine and performing arts, The Ringling will be a leading museum complex with an international reach aligned with Florida State University.




During the months of February and March, the State of Florida plays host to 15 Major League Baseball teams for their annual Spring Training. It is a tradition dating back more than 100 years and more than 1.5 million fans attend games annually throughout the state. Below is a listing of all teams in Florida's Grapefruit League including stadium locations and telephone numbers.





( apx 90 Min from Hotel )

Busch Gardens

( apx 30 Min from Hotel )


( apx 90 Min from Hotel )


( apx 90 Min from Hotel )