Quaint, Old Florida Atmosphere and Antique Shops in Micanopy

posted in: Florida, USA | 6

About two hours from Tampa Bay or Orlando, Micanopy's numerous antique shops reside in a quaint, old-Florida neighborhood under a canopy of Spanish moss. A couple of nice places to eat and a stroll amid whatnots from days gone by is a nice break from the hubbub of the big city and the amusement parks.

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!

Sulphur Springs Water Tower, Tampa, FL

A 214-foot Neo-Gothic tower stands next to Interstate 275 in Tampa, Florida. It's a well-known sight to residents, but, for all that, its purpose and origin are largely unknown. Find out its interesting history in this week's blog post!

Patel Brothers Indian Marketplace, Tampa, FL

Because I am now writing a second blog with a friend called America’s Test Chicken, I’ve gotten deeply involved in the cuisine of India. One of the challenges we faced in exploring the exotic ingredients was finding them! We paid far too much for the spices at gourmet supermarkets, if we could even find them.

However, I discovered an Indian supermarket in Tampa! It’s part of a huge chain called Patel Brothers that has 50 locations in the USA.

Most locations are in the eastern part of the country, but one is in California. Apparently it’s been around for many years and must be a boon to Indian people who want to cook food from their home country. I know I would have loved an American supermarket in Germany at times. In addition, the prices are really cheap at Patel! read more

Heritage Village Photo Excursion in Largo, Florida

Largo, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area, is home to Heritage Village, an open-air museum in Pinellas County. Historical buildings, artifacts, tools, clothes and furnishings depict homes, a firehouse, a gas station, an antique train and many other relics of past Florida living. Here are my photos.