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Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon parkAddress: 1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, Florida 34698
Phone: 727-469-5942
Hours of Operation: Open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm - thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Four miles of untouched beaches, scenic coastlines and diverse plant and animal life are all here in this peaceful, isolated setting. Located in Dunedin, Florida, Honeymoon Island is home to Honeymoon Island State Park. It attracts more than 700,000 visitors each year and is a welcome respite from the congestion of Pinellas County. Honeymoon Island features a long undeveloped shoreline, half of which is a sandy beach, and the other half is virgin pine forest marsh, mangrove, and grass flats off-limits to motor boats.

Caladesi State Park

caladesiCaladesi Island Connection, Inc.
Post Office Box 3563 Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 734-1501

Florida Beach Services, Inc.
150 Marina Plaza Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 443-4369

Caladesi Island State Park: (727) 469-5918
Ferry information: (727) 734-5263

Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year. Caladesi Island Beach was once part of Honeymoon Island to the north until a hurricane in 1921 split the island in two. Accessible only by private boat or public ferry; there is a ferry service departing from Honeymoon Island. (Caladesi Connection ferry service. Cost for the ferry is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages four to twelve.)

Fort DeSoto Park

Fort DeSoto3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Park Office: 727-893-9185

Campground: 727-893-9185

Automated Information: 727-582-2267

Fort De Soto Park was named America’s Top Beach for the second consecutive year by TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel community. Citing a “spectacular combination of soft white sand, calm, clear water and a laid-back atmosphere,” the popular online travel network put the park’s North Beach at the top of its annual best-of list, based on TripAdvisor's Popularity Index. This marks the second time in three years the pristine Pinellas County beach has received top honors on an annual “best-of” list. In 2005 Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach,” named Fort De Soto the nation’s #1 Beach.

Museum Of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg255 Beach Dr. N.E. St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday - Saturday: 10am to 4:45pm
Sunday: 1 - 4:45pm Monday: CLOSED 

The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most beautiful museums in the Southeast; it has the only comprehensive art collection, extending from antiquity to the present, on the Florida west coast. The collection has more than 4,600 objects extending from antiquity to the present day and features stellar French Impressionist paintings. Galleries of Steuben glass, decorative arts, and pre-Columbian objects are especially dramatic. Two interior gardens, one devoted to sculpture, encourage reflection. An intimate second-floor gallery, in the new wing, displays works on paper and photographs. The Museum's photography collection of nearly 1,400 images is one of Florida's most respected. The MFA has been repeatedly named the best art museum in the Tampa Bay area by regional media.

Salvador Dali Museum

SalvadorDali MuseumOne Dali Blvd St. Petersburg, FL USA 33701

General Contact: Toll Free: 800-442-3254
Local: 727-823-3767
Fax: 727-894-6068
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Holocaust Museum

holocaust museum55 Fifth Street South St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 Tel: 727-820-0100 Fax: 727-821-8435

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
The last admission is at 3:30 pm.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is closed on the following days: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  

Adults $14 Seniors (60+) $12
College students $10
Students under 18 - $8 (field trips and general visitors)
Free Admission:  Military, FHM members, USF students with ID, children 6 and under
AAA members receive $1 off General Adult Admission

Suncoast Beach Trolley

Beach Trolley
Official Website
A streamlined, convenient, one-seat ride from the St. Petersburg Pier to Pass-a-Grille Beach. The service is a combination of routes previously served by the Pier Trolley, the Looper Group’s Central Avenue Shuttle, PSTA’s Route 35 and the Suncoast Beach TrolleySM. The Central Avenue Trolley also features a new multi-zone fare system that offers free transport between the Pier and BayWalk. Rides between BayWalk and PSTA’s Grand Central Station will cost only 50¢ and normal PSTA fares will apply between Grand Central Station and Pass-a-Grille.

Riders can get more information on the Central Avenue Trolley by calling the PSTA InfoLine at (727) 540-1900.

Haslam's New & Used Bookstore

bookstore2025 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

St. Petersburg Times: “Over the years, Haslam's has been a Mecca for the city's book lovers and writers."

Tampa Tribune: “Haslam's, one of Florida's True Treasures"

Over 60 years ago, John and Mary Haslam started a small used book and magazine store in St. Petersburg. Over the years it grew to be Florida's largest new & used book store. Now, in our third generation, we are starting a second location... in cyberspace. After all, if we are going to have a second location, why not put it everywhere? Haslam's was started in 1933 in the Depression by John and Mary Haslam, both avid readers, to provide other readers with used magazines and books at bargain prices.

Mahaffey Theater

Mahaffey Theater1400 First Street South
St. Petersburg FL 33701

Box Office: 727-892-5767
Executive Offices: 727-892-5798

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Say farewell to the ordinary and enter the world of the extraordinary this season at the Mahaffey Theater.

Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg, the newly renovated Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater is a 2030-seat cultural jewel featuring elegant ballroom space, spectacular waterfront views, and European box-style seating.  Just steps away from the culturally vibrant Downtown and minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-famous museums, the Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, classical, pop, rock, comedy, dance, family, and the renowned Florida Orchestra.  Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.

Eco Adventures

Eco- Linda TaylorIt's Our Nature, Inc.
929 Bay Esplanade
Clearwater, Florida 33767

Call Linda Taylor, owner of It’s Our Nature for cost and availability of these eco-consulting services
Phone: 727-441-2599
Toll free: 888-535-7448
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It's Our Nature To Have A Vision.... To connect the wellness of oneself to the health of the earth and all her creatures. To Move in the Rhythm of Nature To choose experiences and products that respect our earth and our global community.

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