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A Brief Visitor’s Guide to Hyde Park · 28 August 2014
Amid an abundance of virtual-reality rides and multimedia extravaganzas that dominate the tourist scene in central Florida, there is one old-fashioned attraction that ranks high among those with a love of nature and a longing to connect with the Old Florida that existed long before “cyberspace” became a buzzword: Silver Springs. Part theme park and part geological wonder, Silver Springs comprises 350 acres surrounding the pristine headwaters of the Silver River and is the largest existing artesian spring formation on earth. For those who enjoy a thrill, details here, there are a few rides to experience including the Lighthouse ride; the telescoping center pole of this combination of a gondola and a carousel carries guests 80 feet skyward over the park. Kiddie rides, play areas, a petting zoo, a water park, botanical gardens, a jeep safari, a historical boat tour, shopping and dining areas and several excellent animal shows and exhibits provide additional opportunities for fun. But the main attraction, which is sure to take visitors’ breath away, is the low-tech glass-bottom boat tour of the springs. These boats, which were invented here in 1878, allowed guests a crystal-clear view of all manner of sea life and formations to the depths of the spring and turned Silver Springs into Florida’s original theme park. Today, the glass-bottom boat tour at Silver Springs remains a premier choice for those looking for old-fashioned Florida entertainment.
Visitor’s Guide to the Apalachicola National Forest · 28 July 2013
If you are a huge nature lover or fishing enthusiast, then you should definitely put Apalachicola National Forest on your agenda. Boasting numerous lakes and hiking trails, Apalachicola National Forest is one of the top recreational areas on the East Coast.
Although some people will enjoy the hunting and fishing opportunities, there are others that will just enjoy the beautiful scenery. It seems that this unique oasis has something for everyone. Horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking can all be done within the confines of the park. ATV enthusiasts will also love the fun-filled Read the rest of this entry »
Hyde Park is a fun and vibrant neighborhood in Tampa, providing locals and visitors with a variety of restaurants and entertaining nightlife options. With its proximity to the University of Tampa, there is always something youthful about the atmosphere.
When it comes to dining options, you can find a wide range of choices ranging from an inexpensive quick bite to a luxurious dining experience. Along Swann Avenue and Rome Avenue you can find a variety Read the rest of this entry »
Exploring Tampa: Hyde Park’s Historic Districts · 22 March 2013
The history of Hyde Park began in the early 1880s when Henry Plant, a railroad financier, built the first footbridge over the Hillsborough River. James Watrous built the first home in the neighborhood on Morrison Avenue in 1882. Growth ensued with the arrival of the streetcar. Today, Bayshore Boulevard has the longest uninterrupted sidewalks in the world. Lined with historic homes, the thoroughfare provides beautiful views of Tampa Bay and the city skyline.
The Bayshore Greenway Trail is a scenic walking and cycling pathway. Hyde Park Village is an Read the rest of this entry »
Hyde Park: Historic Neighborhood in Tampa · 20 March 2013
Historic Hyde Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tampa. The neighborhood has a rich and colorful history and still celebrates its story in many year round events and celebrations. Each year, Hyde Park offers an Annual Home Tour, where visitors can tour historic neighborhood homes to see their unique beauty and hear their historical stories. The neighborhood also hosts regular breakfasts and exhibitions featuring the area’s history.
In addition to the interesting scenery and events, Hyde Park Read the rest of this entry »
The balustrade hugs the edge of Tampa Bay. The World’s longest continuous sidewalk passes along a wonderful waterfront area. Located along Bayshore Boulevard south of Tampa’s downtown, the sidewalk is 10 feet wide and stretches along 4.5 miles. A popular place to enjoy the bay and Tampa, visitors and residents come out on this walkway.
You should consider visiting early or late to avoid the rush hour traffic. However in the summertime, the sidewalk is an extremely hot place. During warm days, this area is best experienced during the mornings and evenings.
Skaters and bikers are welcome. In fact, one Read the rest of this entry »
Best Shopping in Hyde Park Village in Tampa · 16 March 2013
On 12 acres of land in a prime location within blocks of downtown Tampa, Florida, Hyde Park Village is a unique shopping experience. Seven blocks of the best shopping in the city, the collection of regional and nationwide retail stores as well as restaurants and entertainment venues is excellent. A pleasant shopping and outdoor place for the public, Hyde Park Village was built in the mid-1980s.
Besides the permanent stores in several buildings in the village, other features of this area are of interest to shoppers and the general public. The scheduled Farmer’s Market events provide Read the rest of this entry »
Silver Springs: Old Fashioned Florida Entertainment · 14 March 2013
Amid an abundance of virtual-reality rides and multimedia extravaganzas that dominate the tourist scene in central Florida, there is one old-fashioned attraction that ranks high among those with a love of nature and a longing to connect with the Old Florida that existed long before “cyberspace” became a buzzword: Silver Springs. Part theme park and part geological wonder, Silver Springs comprises 350 acres surrounding the pristine headwaters of the Silver River and is the largest existing artesian spring formation on earth.
For those who enjoy a thrill, there are a few rides to experience Read the rest of this entry »