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Things To Do
January
  • Forks and Corks Food & Wine Festival - Sarasota
  • Downtown Venice Craft Festival
  • Venice Antiques Show
  • Winter Arts Festival - St Armand's Circle, Sarasota
February
  • Sarasota Downtown Festival of the Arts
  • Florida State Fair in Tampa
  • Circus Sarasota
March
  • Sarasota County Fair
  • Arcadia All-Florida Rodeo
  • Sarasota Folk Festival
  • Seafood Festival - Placida
April
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • Shark Tooth Festival - Venice
  • Suncoast Boat Show - Sarasota
May
June
July
  • Powerboats by the Bay - Sarasota
  • Suncoast Offshore Racing Festival
August
September
  • Pioneer Days - Englewood
October
  • Halloween on Dearborn
November
  • Venice Art Festival
  • Art in the Palms - Palm Island
  • St Armands Art Festival - Sarasota
  • Medieval Fair - Sarasota
  • Chalk Festival - Sarasota
December
  • Winter Fine Arts Festival - Englewood
  • Rotonda Christmas Parade
Farmers Markets
  • Venice Farmers Market - Sat 8-12
  • Sarasota Farmers Market - Sat 7-12
  • North Port Farmers Market - Sat 8-2
  • Punta Gorda Farmers Market - Sat 8-2
  • Englewood Farmers Market - Thurs 9-1

 

Awaken your vision and experience the new Dali Museum.  Housing one of the world's largest and most remarkable collections of oil paintings, sculptures, objects and drawings by th elegendary Salvador Dali, the new building is itself a work of art.  Take advantage of special exhibits, guided tours, family events and more at this one-of-a-kind destination.  Surround yourself with the surreal. Open 363 days a year.  Located in downtown St. Petersburg at One Dali Blvd.  Take Exit 22 off I-275. 1-800-442-DALI (3254).  thedali.org
 
Seminole Hard Rock Casino - Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL. boasts over 186,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action: 90 tables games featuring Blackjack along with over 4,100 slot machines.   Play in Florida's newest, smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to no limit high stakes.  The American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars including Tampa's only Hard Rock Cafe.  Location: off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625).  1-800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com.
 
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay combines world-class thrill rides, Broadway-style live entertainment and one of North America's largest zoos in an unforgettable adventure for the whole family.  Opening in Spring 2011, experience a new breed of speed!  this new mega-attraction brings guests face-to-face withthe world's fastest land animals in Cheetah Run, then invites them to join nature's most agile predator as it races across the Serengeti on Cheetah Hunt - a one-of-a-kind launch coaster.  Just a hop, skip and a splash away is Busch Gardens' water park Adventure Island, where the tropical wildlife is you.  For more information, please call 1-888-800-5447 or visit www.BuschGardens.com
 
The MFA, St. Petersburg is one of the jewels of the Southeast.  The collection includes stellar works by Cezanne, Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Rodin, Bourdelle, Hassam, O'Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth.  Also photography; Asian, African, pre-Columbian and Native American art; Steuben glass; and two interior gardens.  Enjoy the MFA Cafe and a large Museum Store.  Located on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront at 255 Beach Drive N.E., 727-896-2667. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun. www.fine-arts.org
 
Derby Lane, Tampa Bay's #1 Pari-mutuel attraction offers live action greyhound racing Monday thru Saturday evenings and matinee racing on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon.  Play poker seven days a week beginning at 11:30 am.  Dine in the Derby Club and enjoy the legendary buffet.  Championship greyhound racing and simulcast wagering at its finest!  For more information or reservations, call 727-812-3339.  Located on Gandy Blvd. in St. Pete www.derbylane.com
 
The Museum of Science & Industry is the largest science center in the southeastern United States and home to the only five-story IMAX Dome Theatre in the Southeast.  The Children's Science Center at MOSI is the largest children's science center in the nation.  Several times a year MOSI hosts special exhibitions.  MOSI is located at 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL (1 mile north of Busch Gardens) 813-987-6000 - www.mosi.org
 
The Florida Aquarium, home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and marine animals from around the world tells the story of water's journey froma drop of rain to the sea.  Along the way see river otters, alligators, stingrays, sea dragons, sharks and much more.  Call 813-273-4000 or visit www.flaquarium.org for more information.
 
Come visit one of the area's most recognized waterfront landmarks!  Explore and be inspired by The Pier Aquarium! Discover unique gifts at special shops, boutiques, galleries and the winery.  Delight in three sit-down waterfront restaurants and the food court.  Experience dolphin sightseeing tours, captain your own electric boat, pedal your way around downtown on a variety of bikes, fish and feed the pelicans.  Seasonal activities.  Open 365 days a year.  Second Avenue & Bayshore Drive. Downtown St. Petersburg waterfront.  St. Petersburg, FL  33701 727-821-6443 - www.stpetepier.com
 
Tampa Bay Downs, the only Thoroughbred racecourse on Florida's west coast, provides live Thoroughbred racing every year, December - May.  And simulcast wagering of Thoroughbreds, harness, greyhounds and Jai-Alai is available 7 days a week, year round.  FREE Grandstand Admission weekdays & FREE parking every day.  The Silks Poker Room is open early till late 7 days a week and offers Cash Games and Tournaments year round!  Located in Oldsmar, SR 580 & Racetrack Road 813-855-4401 - www.tampabaydowns.com
 
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located on 66 acres overlooking Sarasota Bay.  Internationally recognized, the Art Museum features holdings in European, Asian, Cypriot, modern and contemporary art.  The estate includes Ringling's waterfront mansion Ca' d'Zan, the Ringling Circus Museum.  Open daily 10-5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm.  5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota 941-359-5700 www.ringling.org
 
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the leader in the study, conservation, and display of epiphytes and their canopy habitats, Selby's collection of epiphytes is the best in the world.  Visitors see beautiful horticultural displays and learn from our educational programs.  You will take away a better understanding and greater appreciation of the natural world and its challenges.  Located on 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, Florida 34236 941-366-5731 -  www.selby.org
 
South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast.  The museum interprets the region from the Ice Age to the present with highlights including fossil evidence of Florida's earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts.  Located at 201 10th St. West, Downtown Bradenton - 941-746-4131 - www.southfloridamuseum.org
 
Lowry Park Zoo
Named #1 Zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine, there is so much to do at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo!  Spend teh day visiting more than 1,700 animals on 56 acres of lush, natural habitats.  Also known for the Florida Wildlife Center, the Zoo focuses efforts on the rescue and critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild Florida manatees. Located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, from I-275, Exit #48 and turn west.  Drive about 1 mile down to the entrance.  813-935-8552 - www.LowryParkZoo..com 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Keller Williams Realty
1160 S. McCall Road • Englewood, FL 34223
Office 941-473-8326 • Fax: 941-473-7199