St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Art in Tampa Bay, Florida

The Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, is small but impressive. I've visited it more or less regularly for years, and they present quality exhibitions in a professional environment. A 2006 expansion allows the museum to offer a cafe and respectable gift shop, in addition to their permanent collection and revolving exhibits. It's a fine way to spend an afternoon, especially if you include the nearby Dali Museum in your itinerary.

Gravesite of Bo Diddley in Bronson, Florida

The gravesite of legendary blues guitarist and vocalist Bo Diddley is in the Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson, FL. It's easy to see from the road and was a nice roadside stop for me on a recent trip. I include some of his life's details in this blog.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay: Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

Right on the water in St. Petersburg Florida is a modern and unusual building. The surreal yet sumptuous architecture of the Dali Museum is worth the experience, no matter what's on display. But you'll want to stay for the permanent collection plus whatever they have in the temporary exhibit halls, too.

Crackers from Scratch at the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon, Florida

This week's post is about the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon, Florida, an upscale kitchen supply store. Not the least of their wonderful features is their instructional program. They offer classes on everything from basic knife skills to preparing gourmet meals. The staff is professional and the instructors are knowledgeable and effective. Not only that, you should see their classroom! Here's a recipe for rosemary pine nut crackers I learned there.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay: Florida Aquarium

An addition to the Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida series: Florida Aquarium, just down the street from the Tampa Bay History Center Museum in Channelside. The Aquarium has thorough native Florida exhibits and exotic creatures from around the world; it's a very family-friendly place.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Tampa Bay History Center

Next on my list of things to do in Tampa Bay Florida: Tampa Bay History Center. Entertaining, informative and relaxing stroll through Native Americans, pirates, Buccaneers, orange groves and cigar factories. A good place to add to your tourist schedule.

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Cypress Point Park Plane Flyovers

Kids will love an outing to Cypress Point Park on Tampa Bay Florida. It's right in the approach path to Tampa International Airport and the planes fly quite low and directly over this park. It's a great picnic venue with built-in entertainment, plus it's on the water in a fairly quiet area (if you don't count the jet engine noise).

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Adventures Archery

Next in my series of things to do with relatives who stay too long at your house in Tampa Florida: Adventures Archery on Highway 301. Indoor, A/C target practice and a full range of rental equipment, as well as retail bow sporting goods. Nice price, nice people, fun afternoon!

Things to Do in Tampa Bay Florida: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Next in the series of where to take your visitors in Florida: Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. A small, pleasant few blocks of waterfront with Greek architecture and food, plus shells, souvenirs and sponges galore at kitschy little shops.