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Miles of beautiful sandy beaches and bountiful natural resources to enjoy. Let's not forget, Florida is home to much more, we have a world famous 'mouse house', space center and International Speedway, just to name a few. In less than a day, from just about anywhere in the state our 'heavy hitters' can be reached. Many of them are a short drive from Tampa Bay - home of Holloway Haven Vacation Cottages.
The Heavy Hitters
Florida Amusement Parks
Adventure Island

Busch Gardens

Cypress Gardens

Discovery Cove

Disney World Magic Kingdom
Disney - MGM Studios

Epcot Center

Kennedy Space Center

Sea World

Universal Studio
Florida Museums
As Florida is home to one of the oldest cities in the USA, one would expect we have countless museums - we do! Too many to list here, so we have picked some names you're sure to recognize as well as a link to a fabulous website that allows you to search the entire state's museums - by region.
Bok Tower Gardens ~ Home of the 'singing tower'. Bok is a national historic landmark.

Dali - "The Dali" as it's called by locals is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of Salvador Dali's works as well as those by Picasso and much more.

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art -  Home to the world's largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany. A must see for collectors or craftsmen who admire stained glass.

Norton Museum of Art Internationally known, their collection includes works by Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, O'Keeffee, Hassam and more.

Ringling Museum of Art ** More than 'just' art, it's a beautiful  estate, over 60 acres, on Sarasota Bay - offering various cultural experiences.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Built in 1910 as the winter home of  American industrialist James Deering. Over 1000 workers were employeed to complete construction of the home. The  entire 'complex' at one time covered 180 acres.

Florida Association of Museums Listing over 400 museums in Florida.
Florida Sports
Florida sporting is much more than our world class sport fishing & diving! With world famous Daytona International Speedway and over half a dozen major league sports teams playing in our state as well as championship winning collage teams, Florida has something for everyone! For those looking to tee off, Florida is one of the few places in the world you can play year round!

And who can forget, Florida is the state where "Stanley got a Tan!"

Baseball - Florida Marlins
                  Tampa Bay Rays
                  Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training
                  NY Yankees Spring Training
                  Houston Astros Spring Training
Basketball - Miami Heat
                       Orlando Magic
Football - Jacksonville Jaguars
                  Miami Dolphins
                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hockey - Florida Panthers
                 Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida Major League Teams
Florida College Football Teams
NASCAR - Daytona International Speedway   Homestead Miami Speedway
Florida Gators                                     Florida State Seminoles

Miami Hurricanes                              USF Bulls
2009 Superbowl
This was the fourth Superbowl hosted by Tampa. Do you know what other years the game was played here?
Find the answer at the bottom of the page.
Florida Golf
World Golf Hall of Fame
Orlando is "the" headquarters for Florida amusement parks. Travel time estimated by Map Quest at just under two hours, a day trip from Tampa Bay is not out of the question! Be prepared for traffic in and around Orlando.
Music & Theater Venues
**Tampa hosted Superbowl games in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009
#6 - Pine Barrens @ World Woods ~ Brooksville, FL

#12 - Championship Course @ Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club ~ Orlando, FL

#16 - Copperhead Course @ Innisbrook ~ Palm Harbor, FL

With more than 1400 courses in Florida ~
How can you pick favorites? More Pinellas County Florida Golf Information.
Avid golf fans and players alike may enjoy a visit to the hall of fame in St. Augustine.  Looking to tee off at a golfer's dream course?  These Florida Golf courses are on the Top 100 courses in America by
Ford Amphitheater - affordable lawn seats provide a music in the park feeling. Big name acts year round. HOT in the Summer - this IS Florida.

Jannus Landing - a brick-walled courtyard, often crowded. Everything old, from the uneven brick walk-ways, to the restrooms. No fancy here, a cool  Old World hangout for a mostly younger crowd.

Skippers Smokehouse - 28 years running, known for it's Blues and Gator tail. The sound has been called "boss". National acts as well as locals.

State Theater - a historic movie theater, re-habbed into a concert venue in the 1980's. Featuring a diverse line-up of national and local acts.

Ruth Eckerd Hall - Awesome acoustics and not a bad seat in the house! Big name concerts, theater, ballet & more.

O' Rena aka The Jungle - The former T.D. Waterhouse. The name may change, but it's still "the" Orlando sports & entertainment mega center.

King Center - Thirty minutes south of Cocoa Beach. You'll find Broadway events, world class musicians and even an art gallery.

Osceola Heritage Park - Home to Silver Spurs Rodeo, Heavenly Hoofs, Concerts and Spring Training for the Huston Astros.

Ybor City - Tampa's Latin Hub - live music at night clubs, home of the well known Columbia Restaurant, and a popular 'club' for the kiddies; GameWorks. Ybor is not a city on it's own, rather a 'neighborhood' with everything from it's Cuban Cigar History to Hip-Hop.
The number of Florida's lakes, ponds and fishing bodies of water varies by source; stats range from 2000 to 8000 bodies of water. This could be an entire web site of it's own! One stastic that bears no room for doubt, Florida is home to the second largest freshwater lake in the United States. Lake Okeechobee, an Indian name that means, Big Water, spans more than 450,000 acres.  From anywhere in the state you can be fishing in a matter of minutes. Fresh water, salt water, inshore flats, offshore, bridge fishing, fishing piers - you name it Florida has it! Suffice to say the East Coast's best known body of water is the Atlantic Ocean. On the West Coast it's the Gulf of Mexico. A sure fire way to give away your tourist status is to say "Let's go to the ocean." - while on Florida's West Coast. For that matter, the body of water in the Florida Keys,  most tourists call the "Gulf of Mexico" is actually the Florida Bay or just the "Bay." Check your vacation cottage regional listings for the local hot spots, fishing reports and local charters. Keep Your Lines Tight!

Florida Sportsman - the web's best resource for information on sport fish, conservation issues, regional fishing within Florida and all fishing gear including fishing tackle, fishing rods and reels, and boating equipment of all kinds. - all things fish! Tips and Florida fishing lingo. An advertisers portal for Florida fishing charters by region.

FWC - Florida's recreational license and permit requirements. Note - if you fish on a hired charter, you do not need to purchase an individual license.

Captain Mel - Tampa Bay radio host brings you FISH! Reports from around the state, tips from the experts, tide charts & more!
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