Florida Hotel Reservations
Visiting Tampa & East Central Florida
A Florida vacation in winter is a dream come true – or at least a lot better than shoveling snow. Visit Weeki Wachee on Florida’s west coast, where live mermaids at Weeki Wachee State Park are the stars of daily Mermaid shows. The park also features river cruises, animal shows and swimming at Buc Bay. Return after March 14th when the water slides and lazy river open for the 2017 season.
Gasparilla 2017 invades Tampa Bay just after the confetti settles from New Year’s Eve celebrations. The Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza begins January 18th with the Children’s Gasparilla Parade starting at 3:30 p.m. Stake out a viewing spot on Bayshore Boulevard for the procession of krewes, marching bands, and dancers.
Tampa’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest follows the children’s events starting on January 25th. All eyes are on the waters of Tampa Bay as the Jose Gasparilla sails into Hillsborough Bay with cannons and guns ablaze. Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla presents the 2017 Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates starting at 2 p.m. on the 25th. The parade makes its way 3.8 miles down Bayshore Boulevard and downtown Tampa. Join the fun after the parade along Ashley Drive from Kennedy Boulevard to Cass Street at the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival.
Follow the New Year rumblings to Sarasota for the 2017 Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival January 9th through 12th. Sarasota Rocks as Thunder Rolls! The 16th Annual Thunder by the Bay features a kick-start party, a kickoff party and downtown festival filled with entertainment. See Foghat on Main Street in downtown Sarasota on Saturday January 11th preceded by bands on stage from 1p.m. Don’t miss the 15 class bike show along South Palm Avenue, also in downtown Sarasota.
It’s the season in Plant City, 30 miles east of Tampa, for the Florida Strawberry Festival. The 2017 Strawberry Festival events begin February 27th and run through March 9th, following the theme Florida’s Best Family Recipe! Join friends and family in Plant City at the Strawberry Festival grounds at the corner of West Oak Avenue and Lemon Street for the Belle City Midway rides and games, entertainment, Kiddie Korral and Neighborhood Village.
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