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Old 06-18-2018, 08:08 AM
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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So there haven’t been any new postings for a while in this link and I feel badly about that. I’d like to take time and add more, but honestly I’ve just been incredibly busy with travel and my thesis. To make it easier on everyone as far as adding things, maybe picking a specific area to focus on? Some ideas I had are:
-New Attractions (opening this year or within past year)
-Food (can divide into subcategories like breweries/nightlife spots/markets/sit down/etc)
-Annual Events, and/or Concert/Theatre Venues that stand out
-Quirky Local Attractions
-Other Culture/Museum/General Entertainment type Attractions (Family or Otherwise)
-Park Spaces, Trails, Outdoor/Adrenaline Activities, Beaches/Snorkeling Spots
-Historic Attractions/Neighborhoods/Architecture (can be modern, too)
-Day/Weekend Trips that haven’t been mentioned
-Anything else that somehow doesn’t fall into one of these categories.

Always open for more ideas and suggestions! Like, in the immediate sense, any really good (or even existing) hot pot or dim sum places in the area? I know I’ve already listed a lot of stuff, but the ones on my original list I haven’t yet done are either annual type events or 90 minutes plus.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:41 PM
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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I'm thinking at some point, I will post a more updated list to this thread. Reason being? New attractions have been added, and I have explored some new ones too. A pastime that is actually pretty nice is visiting county seats (they generally have a nice, main downtown around them, and there are many of them, and many are quite historic, but also very laid back. I went to Brooksville in December. Very nice town and time.

I also came up with a list ranking some of the best architecture in the Tampa Bay area (in terms of how iconic, important, impressive, etc.). Here is what I came up with, though I know this isn't an exact science.

25. Avalon Hotel-Saint Petersburg (Art Deco)
24. Church by the Sea-Madeira Beach (Chicken Church-Unique)
23. Sulphur Springs Water Tower-Tampa (Service)
22. Oxford Exchange-Tampa (Shop/Restaurant Space)
21. Yuengling Center-Tampa (Sporting Venue)
20. John Nolen Plan of Venice (Planned City)
19. Battery Laidley/Fort De Soto-Tierra Verde (Military)
18. Hillsborough High School-Tampa (Gothic Revival)
17. Egmont Key Lighthouse-Tampa Bay (Oldest Modern Structure/Lighthouse)
16. Roser Park Historic District-Saint Petersburg (Residential Neighborhood)
15. Floridan Palace Hotel-Tampa (Hotel Floridan) (Business Hotel/Beaux Arts?)
14. IST Building-Florida Poly-Lakeland (Santiago Calatrava)
13. First Block-Saint Petersburg (Queen Anne/City Center)
12. Tampa Theatre-Tampa (Mediterranean Revival)
11. Vinoy Park/Saint Petersburg Waterfront (Landscape Architecture)
10. Ringling Estate-Sarasota (Ca' d'Zan) (Private Estate/Venetian Gothic)
9. Saint Petersburg Post Office (Renaissance Revival/Neoclassicism)
8. Florida Southern College-Lakeland (Frank Lloyd Wright/Modern)
7. Rivergate Tower-Tampa (Skyscraper/Postmodern)
6. The Don CeSar-Saint Pete Beach (Mediterranean Revival/Resort)
5. Portavant Mound-Palmetto (Tocobaga sites in general) (Native Mound/Ancient)
4. Ybor City Historic District-Tampa (Varied/Spanish Colonial/Industrial/Streetscape)
3. Salvador Dali Museum-Saint Petersburg (Modern/Surrealism Inspired)
2. Sunshine Skyway Bridge-Tampa Bay (Modern/Transportation)
1. Tampa Bay Hotel-Tampa (Moorish Revival)

Honorable Mentions (personal/otherwise):
-Renaissance Vinoy-Saint Petersburg
-Sacred Heart Catholic Church-Tampa
-Manatee Elementary School-Bradenton
-Big Bend Power Station-Apollo Beach
-Gamble Plantation-Ellenton
-The Shops at Wiregrass
-Wat Mongkolratanaram Temple-Tampa
-SS American Victory-Tampa
-Civic Architecture of Sarasota (Federal Building, Municipal Auditorium, County Courthouse, Selby Library)

I'm sure this list is far from complete, but it's a start I suppose!
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Old 05-06-2019, 07:42 AM
Location: Land O'Lakes, FL
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My wife and I did the Tampa Riverwalk Wine & Dine tour in January, very much worth it! We had a guided tour of some of the most interesting buildings in the Riverwalk/Downtown area with a knowledgeable tour guide. We had good food and drinks and even made new friends in the group. Great way to spend an evening and we highly recommend it.

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Old 05-09-2019, 10:54 AM
Location: Florida
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#60 on the OP list is closed if it is the one around Pinellas Park.

In Arcadia, you can rent a canoe and go down the Peace river. They pick you up and bring you back to the start.

The Rainbow river is great for tubing.

Honeymoon Island SP. Swim at the beach, hike the trail.

Back in the 70s, we bought our first sailboat. We launched it at Philipe Park and sailed in the bay. Some Porpoises swam along with us, really cool.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:15 PM
Location: Washington DC
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Great job! Thank you I will
And keep this for my retirement move.
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Old 07-07-2019, 10:38 AM
Location: Burnsville,MN
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I am brand new and a 2020 snowbird. Thank you so much for the list! It will give us some great places to explore.
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:33 PM
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1. Get in a car accident because the rude yankee from NY behind you lays down on the horn...oh and the light is
red, as he shoots you a bird and screams cuss words at you.
2. Get knifed or shot driving through Seminole Hights, Tampa Hights, Ybor City or West Tampa in general.
3. Get an allergic attack due to all the traffic congestion, phosphate plant pollution, and mold since this cess pool was actually mostly a swamp before the greedy developers filled it in and built houses for the poor yankees to come move into.
4. Have trouble deciding if your in America or some latin nation that looks and behaves like white trash and who also have retained none of the charms of their native countries of Spain, Italy or the latin carribean.
5. Work your ass off climbing the corporate ladder because here the only thing that maters is money/materialism, since the newcomers have torn everything of architectural value down, paved every inch of green space and destroyed the charming Old Florida culture that once existed. Old Florida is not Spanish culture, remember they were run out of Florida long before Statehood, Florida Culture is Southern Culture mixed with Cracker Culture.
6. Enjoy hearing trash mouth Northerners speaking above everyone at the cafe and dropping the F-bomb in front of your children.
7. If you are one of the few Florida Cracker/Native Tampa Southern Families that have stayed get ready to have your children bullied for being white Southerners or Black for that matter by all the descendants of the mafia families and other trash immigrants that moved here to roll cigars.
8.Enjoy the children of the yankee transplants who have zero manners, are pushy, demanding, know it alls and respect nothing or noon wh came before them.
9. Have fun sitting in traffic for hours with the only landscape to look at is void and vapid flat asphalt everywhere. There are no vistas here, only block after block of cement block houses some turncoat developed for Northerners years ago.
10. Go to Ybor City to have dinner or some other supposed Latin Restaurant and experience the opposite of what you will experience with True Latin Peoples in the countries of Spain and Italy. Fake.
11. Enjoy non-existent design and building codes, where everything looks like med revival stucco crap was puked all over everything just because a few poor Latins were brought here to roll cigars in the late 1800s.
12. It is truly the worst America has to offer, take every bad stereotype of America and it sums up to Tampa.
13. Try and escape as often as you can to the surrounding areas like Dade City and Brooksville where the Yanks have not destroyed it yet...but just wait they're already a bunch there with dollar signs twinkling in their eyes on how to turn southern country side into a Northern subdivided sh*thole.
14. The best you can hope for living here is to make enough money to get the hell out as often as possible.
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Old 01-23-2020, 04:19 AM
Location: Not the end of the Earth, but I can see it from here
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I won't quote your post as there's no reason to acknowledge it, however, it does make me wonder - since you're so enamored of the place, when are you leaving?

RM with too many bucket list items to list
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:30 AM
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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Originally Posted by MortonR View Post
I won't quote your post as there's no reason to acknowledge it, however, it does make me wonder - since you're so enamored of the place, when are you leaving?

RM with too many bucket list items to list
I tend to agree--and I'm nothing if not nuanced, but as someone who would never say anything like that, that post just reeks of resentment and racism, and honestly I just feel bad for whatever could cause a person to think and feel in such a way, short of just being a random troll job for the sake of trolling, which is kind of silly also.

I may do an update to this list post all the new things coming in that I listed in the urban enthusiast thread-just would like it to be as balanced as possible and include elements from all of the 8 county region.

Here's a couple from an outdoors/hiking perspective:



I mentor for BBBS, which other than being rewarding and impactful, gives me some opportunity/excuse to do things I otherwise wouldn't do. Among them-I would like to do some plane spotting at some point-can't go wrong with that from a kid perspective, and there are a few airports to do so at-I'll probably log that at some point in my airport thread.
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:39 AM
Location: Greater Orlampa CSA
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Spent last evening in Dunedin since my cousin happens to be on the north side of the area-it was really my first time spending any significant time there.

It really is excellent and lives up to hype. Honestly, it has a feel that my friend described as almost like being in the Keys, to me it felt like a forward thinking college town in terms of the level of bike and pedestrian infrastructure present-almost like a miniature Boulder, CO in Florida. I definitely will be revisiting there at some point.

The other nice point is that ballpark there-what it has that I think really none of the other Grapefruit League parks too-is the ability to park downtown, and hang out downtown before or after the games, on foot. I could be corrected if otherwise, but in thinking about the other Grapefruit League/Florida State Leavue parks, it's really the one that's most "live" in terms of being able to do that. I guess Jupiter, but that's more like a suburban "town center" type complex than actual downtown. Bradenton sorta works for that too with VOTA next to Marauders/Pirates, but also to a lesser extent.
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