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The Palm Beaches - September

In The Palm Beaches, the communities range from cities bursting with vibrant nightlife, an innovative culinary landscape and prime shopping to natural areas meant for hiking, biking, birding – and hitting the beach. They’ve got quaint villages rich in history, elegant resort areas boasting golf and spas, and charming neighbourhoods right on the water.

Located two hours south of Orlando and one hour north of Miami, The Palm Beaches offers visitors everything from classic luxury to natural wonder. America’s First Resort Destination® is a collection of 39 diverse cities and towns that stretches across 47 miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches, from Boca Raton to Jupiter.

For those that love to play in the sun, this is where you’ll find the most adventuresome things to do in Florida. Start the day watching the sun rise out of the Atlantic from peaceful Delray Beach atop of your stand-up paddleboard. For some real adventure, get up close to gators on a Florida Everglades airboat tour with Airboat Rides West Palm Beach, or come face to face with moray eels while diving at Blue Heron Bridge, one of Florida’s best SCUBA diving sites. And no Florida getaway is complete without a round of golf in The Palm Beaches at one of more than 160 golf courses in Florida’s Golf Capital.

 

Each district offers unique experiences, culture, and collection of events for visitors to enjoy. These districts include: Palm Beach and Worth Avenue, Clematis Street, CityPlace and Convention & Entertainment District in West Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Antique Row, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter/Juno Beach Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Downtown Boca Raton, Boca Town Center and Glades Road, Wellington, and Lake Okeechobee. 

Where to stay?

Jupiter
Don’t let the lavish mansions of Jupiter fool you – locals love Jupiter, for its breath-taking natural scenery and laidback tiki bars.

The Jupiter Waterway Trail carves out a natural playground of surfing beaches and crystal-clear inlets. Canoe the Loxahatchee River and stop of at Riverbend Park, which also offers horse trails and hiking through Seminole Indian historic sites. Right in town, the turquoise lagoons of DuBois Park and Jupiter Beach Park are ideal for swimming, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling.

The brick-red Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is one of the oldest and most iconic structures in The Palm Beaches.

Climb all 105 feet to the top for a gull’s-eye view of the coast; afterwards, wear your best flip-flops to Guanabana’s and other low-key local favourites for fresh-caught seafood and tropical drinks.  Catch a concert at Harbourside Place. Or simply wiggle your toes in the sand at one of our beach resorts. In Jupiter, there’s always something or nothing to do.

Palm Beach Gardens 
If The Palm Beaches are Florida’s Golf CapitalⓇ, then Palm Beach Gardens is the jewel in the crown, Just inland from the coast. This is, after all, the hometown of The Professional Golfers Association of America.

At the storied PGA National Resort & Spa, you’ll find five championship courses that are as challenging as they are picturesque. The Champion – is ranked as the most difficult course in Florida.

Shop like a pro in Palm Beach Gardens, with a retail scene that rivals the golf. The Gardens Mall has high-end department stores and runway-ready designer labels, while the open-air Downtown at the Gardens offers more than 50 boutiques, restaurants and a movie theater.

If you prefer shades of blue over greens, join Lacuna Tours for a sightseeing eco tour or family-friendly fishing trip in the Lake Worth Lagoon.

West Palm Beach
Overlooking sparkling Lake Worth Lagoon, Clematis Street is home to funky sidewalk cafes, colourful murals and buzzworthy bars. Hop on a free trolley to City Place, a shopping district and open-air plaza with events and live music.  Bargain shoppers love Palm Beach Outlets, with savings on more than 100 name brands.

Art aficionados come for the museums and stay for the shows. View extensive collections of pieces at the Norton Museum of Art. Walk through the jungle-like Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Or take in a performance (concerts, comedy shows, operas and more) at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

It’s hard to beat West Palm Beach for family fun. Sitting side by side just south of downtown, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and South Florida Science Center & Aquarium offer more up-close animal encounters and hands-on learning experiences.

Plan your visit around our year-round calendar of amazing events, from SunFest to the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Delray
Next door to Boca Raton, Delray Beach is famous for its lively main street, inviting beach weather and interesting culture that stretches back centuries.

The center of the action is Atlantic Avenue and this pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare boasts, gaslight-style street lamps and a seemingly endless patchwork of restaurants, galleries and even a pinball museum with a sea of shiny, playable machines.

Just off Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove colourfully blends galleries, murals and public art alongside bistros and wine bars. At Old School Square, you can catch anything from art auctions to cabaret performances by Broadway stars.

Delray Beach is a place that proudly puts its rich history on display. The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum showcases the heritage and innumerable contributions of African-Americans in Palm Beach County. And you’ll find much more than a moment of zen at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens; the museum features six lush gardens inspired by famous gardens of Japan – perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll.

Boca Raton
Boca Raton has exceptional attractions, shopping, fantastic events, and beaches. From luxurious spas to outstanding events.

Discover a one-of-a-kind balance of natural beauty and cultural attractions, exciting events and slow-paced, sun-kissed leisure. Relaxation should be at the top of every itinerary in Boca Raton (“Boca” for short).

While downtown, Mizner Park offers splurge-worthy local boutiques and the Boca Raton Museum of Art  and breezy Mizner Park Amphitheatre, which is the backdrop for many of Boca’s best concerts and events – from food festivals and farmers markets to the dazzling Festival of the Arts BOCA. Downtown Boca is where Brazilian Beat makes for a mesmerizing, samba-filled evening, celebrating Brazilian culture, from music to food.

Take a walk on Boca’s wild side at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, where you’ll learn about local marine life and even pay a visit to rehabilitating sea turtles. Follow it up with a family picnic at Spanish River Park or other beautiful Boca Raton beaches.

Things to do 

Beaches
The Palm Beaches are home to the best beaches in South Florida and we have a beach to fit your every mood.

Relax on the remote, dog-friendly beaches of Ocean Cay Park in Jupiter. Those looking for entertainment can stroll the promenade at Singer Island Municipal Beach or stand on the famous pier at Lake Worth Municipal Beach. For a day at the beach with a side of history, head to Peanut Island.

Active pursuits include spotting manatees at Loggerhead Park in Juno Beach. In the area visit, Loggerhead Marine life Center, a sea turtle conservation center). Families will find gentle, kid-friendly waters at Carlin Park in Jupiter and Red Reef Park in Boca Raton.

Favourite snorkelling spots include Coral Cove Park in Tequesta and the Underwater Snorkel Trail at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach, where you’re likely to spot stingrays, giant starfish and submerged sculptures of sharks, mermaids and more.

Art & Culture 
Be Inspired in Florida’s Cultural Capital® and look around: It isn’t hard to see why The Palm Beaches’ scenic beauty has inspired generations of artists and collectors. Browse prestigious collections and exhibits at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Norton Museum of Art. At the Flagler Museum, step inside the Gilded-Age Palm Beach mansion of railroad baron Henry Flagler to view historic exhibits alongside period artwork and furnishings.

There’s always something happening in the West Palm Beach Arts and Entertainment District. See Tony-winning musicals at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

The Palm Beaches’ events calendar is filled with artful happenings year-round.  Shakespeare by the Sea draws fans of The Bard to Jupiter’s Carlin Park. And SunFest in West Palm Beach packs the waterfront for four straight days of great music, art, good vibes, and dancing in the street.

Activities 
From wild animal encounters to water slides to epic mini-golf courses, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the seemingly endless activities and attractions in The Palm Beaches.

Ever wished you could feed a giraffe, pet a sloth or get up-close with a koala? In The Palm Beaches, you can! At Lion Country Safari, you’ll spot everything from big cats to rhinos and have friendly giraffes eating out of the palm of your hand.. Learn about our beloved local marine life at Manatee Lagoon and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.

The Palm Beaches are a favourite destination for PGA champions, but our mini-golf parks let little golfers get in on the action. Kids will love the eye-popping obstacles at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf in Jupiter.

Take a thrill ride or a chill ride at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, which has everything from laid-back lazy rivers to slides that plunge you into total darkness.

Shopping
Better leave room in your suitcase – shopping in The Palm Beaches is as enticing as the beaches.

The heart of Palm Beach shopping is Worth Avenue, a retail mecca that rivals the best shopping districts in the world. Worth Avenue stores range from the international design houses of Chanel, and Gucci, to fine jewellery and home furnishings. Between the shops you’ll find art galleries, beauty salons and stylish patio cafés serving cool sips and inventive bites. Another Island favourite is The Royal Poinciana Plaza. This newly reimagined property has eclectic mix of shops and restaurants that has become a shopping oasis on Palm Beach.

Beyond Worth Avenue, fashionistas throughout Florida flock to the Town Center at Boca Raton. The West Palm Beach shopping scene is as vibrant as it is diverse. City Place and Clematis Street are walkable shopping, dining and entertainment districts worth a browse, And you never know what delightful treasures you’ll unearth on Antique Row.

Golf
With year-round play and courses designed by the greatest architects in the game, it’s easy to see why The Palm Beaches is Florida’s Golf Capital®. On our more than 160 sun-soaked golf courses, we have, the world’s best golfers live and play here.

Serious players will want to tee things off in Palm Beach Gardens. For its golf offerings, the PGA National Resort & Spa is unmatched in Florida resorts. Test your skills on The Champion, a Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Each year, top pros gather on this course to compete in the Honda Classic, a premier stop on the PGA TOUR.

More jaw-dropping water views await at Red Reef Executive Golf Course in Boca Raton.

The Palm Beaches is also an outstanding destination for golf instruction. Schools like John Prince Golf Learning Center which will help unlock your champion potential. Test your new skills on one of our public courses – ideal for golfers on a budget.

Spa & Wellness
Our resort spas rank among the best in the world, and grand pampering beckons at The Spa at The Breakers with a quintessential Palm Beach spa boasting breezy indoor-outdoor treatment suites and flowing rose quartz sand. Treat yourself like royalty at the Alhambra-inspired Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, featuring custom-tailored treatments amid palatial gardens.

Find your happy place at Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, an adult fairy-tale come to life where you can sip champagne in chairs that dangle above reflecting pools in a playful relaxation garden.

For a more budget-friendly experience, lose yourself in the dark-wood richness of nSpa at Delray Beach Marriott.

For a different type of rejuvenation, try a beach- or poolside vinyasa session at various West Palm Beach hotels. The Spa at the Seagate Hotel offers vinyasa yoga in addition to other fitness classes.

During October, be sure to take advantage of special offers as part of Spa & Wellness Month.

Sonoma - August

 
A dream place to visit, Sonoma Wine Country is one of the top spots in California with the bonus of miles of rugged Pacific coastline to explore. Close proximity to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge makes Sonoma a great destination to combine with the city sights.
 

Spanning more than one million acres from the Pacific Ocean to the rugged Coast Range, this slice of wine-country bliss defies typecasting. Yes, it's increasingly famous for its premium wines, sharing the pedestal with Napa Valley for luxury cult collectibles like the wait-list-only bottles from Kistler Vineyards, A. Rafanelli, and Cirq. However in Sonoma County you’re just as likely to stumble across extraordinary wines being crafted out of a backyard setup. Take Forestville’s Joseph Swan, which has been around since 1967 and still serves its award-winning wines out of a tasting room that’s really an old wood-barrel barn. Intimacy abounds at Sonoma County wineries. Often, it will be the actual winemaker who’s filling your glass, with his or her faithful winery dog sitting nearby.

Start your explorations with a quick geography lesson. There’s the town of Sonoma, with its historic Sonoma Plaza. Then, there’s Sonoma Valley, referring to the area between Santa Rosa and the town of Sonoma (and known as the Valley of the Moon), featuring individual wine regions such as Kenwood and Glen Ellen. And the then there’s the entire region encompassing it all, officially known as Sonoma County.

An easy hour’s drive north of San Francisco, the journey through Sonoma County begins in the historic town of Petaluma, with its classic stone buildings. You could zip straight up U.S. 101 to arrive at the county’s northernmost town, the poshly perfect Healdsburg, but that would be missing the essence of this nook-and-cranny wine region—like the towns of Sonoma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, and Guerneville. It’s all about slowing down here, mingling with winemakers and locals, and knowing that it doesn’t get much better than this.

When to visit? Until a few years ago, agriculture-rich Sonoma County was primarily a summertime destination. But now the towns buzz year-round, thanks in part to festivals like January’s month-long Olive Festival, spring’s winery open houses, and autumn’s harvest events. Or come during the holiday season and you can ring in the New Year at boisterous parties at the county’s restaurants, wineries, and storybook inns.

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Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades - July

Whether travellers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Naples, Marco Island and the western portion of the Everglades - has an array of holiday options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, world-class golf, a thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all.

Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travellers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 43 destinations
 

Discover Florida’s Paradise Coast
They call it the Paradise Coast. It's the Southwest Gulf Coast area of Florida that includes the resort cities of Naples and Marco Island, along with Everglades City and several national, state, local and private parks and nature preserves.

 
Naples Beach & Pier
The white sands of Naples Beach hold obvious appeal, and the historic Naples Pier, open 24/7 for fishing as well as people-, bird- and dolphin-watching, is a popular gathering spot for visitors and locals alike to watch the sun set into the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Family Attractions
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is located in a 52-acre old-growth historic botanical garden and is a great spot for families. The zoo, accredited by the Association for Zoos & Aquariums, continues to add new exhibits that entertain as well as educate. 

Golf
With over 90 golf courses in the greater Naples area, it's obvious that golf is a major focus for residents and visitors. Although many of these are considered private, some turn semi-private in the off-season, meaning that they will allow non-members to play between May and December. 
 
Everglades National park
The Everglades National Park is teaming with protected species including the Florida panther, American crocodile and West Indian manatee, and is the third largest national park in the United States. Many people don't realize the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park, located in Everglades City, is the gateway to the saltwater portion of this expansive national park. Many say this is the most beautiful section of the park, and it is a favourite with sport fishermen and paddlers for its natural wilderness and quiet beauty.
 

Panama City Beach - June

Panama City Beach, Florida offers 27 miles of stunning white sand and emerald green waters along the Gulf of Mexico and has an average year-round temperature of 23 degrees Celsius and an average of 320 days of sunshine annually.

Fun in the sun for all of the family is a guarantee in Panama City Beach; with great attractions, top-notch restaurants, beach activities, amazing accommodation and world-class events, you'll never forget your Panama City Beach holiday.

Panama City Beach offers a wide range of accommodation options for every budget, suiting all types of travellers, from family groups to couples and singles.

Getting to Panama City Beach is now a breeze, thanks to the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), serviced by Delta Airlines located just 10 minutes away from the famous sugar-white sandy beaches.

Top 10 Must Do’s in Panama City Beach:

 Stroll on the super white sand beaches and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

 Take a morning dolphin cruise on a 50 foot catamaran to Shell Island and spend the afternoon snorkelling, swimming and relaxing.

 Meet Roux, a rescued baby bottle-nosed dolphin, at Gulf World Marine Park and learn about their rehabilitation programme of Gulf marine life.

 Bike through the winding paths of Panama City Beach's Conservation Park and enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking the protected wetlands.

 Shop the boutiques at Pier Park and reward the kids with an ice cream.

 Make a splash at Shipwreck Island Water Park on its Pirates Plunge attraction or the 65 foot Tree Drop and then relax and take in the sunshine on the Lazy River.

 Cast a line off the Russel Fields Pier or its twin M.B. Miller Pier for Spanish mackerel or flounder.

 Dive for treasure in Panama City Beach's natural or artificial reefs.

 Visit Heron Pond nature trail at St. Andrews State Park to bird watch for Snowy Edgrets, Great Edgrets, Blue Herons and Little Blue Herons and spot White Tailed derr or the occasional alligator.

 Check out the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheatre, located in the heart of Panama City Beach, where you can enjoy the sounds of many local and international bands.

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St. Pete/Clearwater - May

St. Pete/Clearwater offers 35 miles of award-winning, spectacular white-sand beaches and breath-taking sunsets. With an abundance of arts and cultural must-dos, adrenalin-fuelled water sports and a fast-growing food and craft beer scene, this is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and singles alike. A sun-drenched paradise where shorts and sundresses, flip-flops and sandals are the uniform of the day and the sounds of the Gulf provide an audio backdrop to a slower pace. The sun, the sand and the water await.

Start with digging your toes into the powdery sands of Clearwater Beach which was voted as America’s Best Beach on TripAdvisor’s annual list of the 25 Best Beaches for 2018, with St. Pete Beach ranked at Number 7.

Beautiful Clearwater Beach not only has brilliant white sands but is also a hub of hubbub with a nightly celebration at Pier 60 filled with crafters, buskers and live music, a great place to watch the sunset. On laid-back St. Pete Beach, build the perfect sandcastle, fly over the water in a parasail or go stand-up paddleboarding on the brilliant Gulf of Mexico.

Find an Old Florida vibe in Treasure Island or Pass-A-Grille, or get active at family-friendly Fort De Soto. There’s no place quite like the pristine beaches of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands - completely undeveloped barrier islands where you’re guaranteed a blissful break.

Some of the most breathtaking scenery and invigorating experiences are found on the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf. Rent a canoe or kayak to get closer to nature as you paddle through the peaceful mangrove trails. Or if you feel the need for speed, why not hire a jet ski from John’s Pass Village in Treasure Island or try your hand at a private two-man speedboat. For a bird’s eye view of the coastline try have a go at a Jetlev and get to fly 30 feet above the water with a futuristic jetpack strapped to your back!

Dial up the heat at St. Pete/Clearwater’s waterfront restaurants, rooftop lounges, nightclubs and bars. Whether it be grabbing a fresh grouper sandwich from one of the local beach bars or enjoying a farm to table dining experience, the area is well known for its culinary options. Along the craft beer trail you’ll stumble upon an array of small independent breweries crafting fresh artisanal beers you can’t find anywhere else. Both beer geeks and newbies will find suds to suit their palate. Other people eat and drink, but there they savour and with the added bonus of gentle sea breezes and sparkling water views, who can deny that this isn’t a winning combination! Nightlife in the area is vibrant and varied. St. Pete/Clearwater has one of the best nightlife scenes in Florida.

St. Pete/Clearwater is home to 26 distinct community neighbourhoods, from the Greek sponge fishing enclave of Tarpon Springs and Celtic-tinged Dunedin in the north to small town Safety Harbour, Madeira Beach, Indian Rocks and a string of other Gulf front beach towns all the way down to artsy Gulfport.

Immerse yourself in some of the area’s awe-inspiring art and culture in downtown St. Petersburg. Here you will find the world-famous Dali Museum, featuring the largest collection of artist’s work outside of Spain, as well as more than 70 incredible street murals, which adorn the buildings around Central Avenue. Another fantastic stop is The Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. Get lost in a swirl of glass sculptures before heading to the Morean Glass Studio and Hotshop to see resident artists creating glass art right in front of your eyes.

Located just 90 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater is your perfect beach destination and ultimate Florida holiday.

Top things to do in St. Pete/Clearwater:

  • Spend the day on one of our beautiful ‘Award-Winning’ beaches with Clearwater Beach voted as America’s Best Beach on TripAdvisor’s annual list of the 25 Best Beaches for 2018 and St. Pete Beach ranked as Number 7.
  • Celebrate the amazing sunsets at Pier 60 Festival, a nightly sunset celebration that takes place in Pier 60 Park on Clearwater Beach.
  • Explore natural adventures within our pristine park system. Swim, fish and snorkel, or hire a Canoe or Kayak and meander through the many mangrove swamps and waterways.
  • Observe astounding art at the Salvador Dali Museum in downtown St. Petersburg which houses the largest collection of the artists’ work outside of Spain.
  • Discover our diverse heritage from Tarpon Springs, a historic riverfront town famous for sponge diving, to Dunedin with its Scottish Heritage and antique shops galore.
  • Visit Winter the Dolphin, star of the ‘Dolphin Tale’ movies at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • Quench your thirst on our thriving Craft Beer Trail or tantalise those taste buds on one or more of the seven stops along the oh-so sweet Chocolate Trail.
  • Bike, jog or rollerblade along the 38 plus mile Pinellas Trail.
  • Play a round of golf at more than 50 challenging courses.
  • Enjoy a day at one of the many state of the art spas.
  • Shop amid fabulous boutiques both fine and eclectic.
  • Why not attend one of our many festivals or events that take place throughout the year including the Clearwater Jazz Holiday or the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
  • Sports fans can take in a game at one or more of the area’s professional teams including Tampa Bay Rays (Baseball), Tampa Bay Rowdies (Soccer) or Tampa Bay Buccaneers (American Football).

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Colorado & Denver - April

 
Colorado

With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Colorado’s 4 National Parks and 300 days of sunshine finds folks hitting miles of scenic Rocky Mountain trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and climbing.

Founded in 1858 as a gold mining camp, Denver is the capital city of Colorado. Denver's nickname is "The Mile-High City" because its official elevation is exactly one mile above sea level.

Colorado is packed full of things to do year-round. From family attractions, national parks and outdoor adventure to cosmopolitan cities and welcoming towns, these Colorado vacation ideas will fill your trip itinerary to overflowing.

Things to do:

Hot Springs & Cool Adventures

Buena Vista and Salida are family-friendly mountain towns located on the Arkansas River with many hot springs, restaurants, art galleries, breweries and distilleries. This year-round Colorado vacation destination is a playground for outdoor adventure. During the winter and spring enjoy skiing and snowmobiling. 

Adventure Sports
With millions of rugged acres, many people travel to Colorado with adventure vacations and activities on their minds - and they do not leave disappointed. Warm weather finds folks hitting thousands of miles of Rocky Mountains trails for ATVing, four wheeling, mountain biking, backpacking and climbing Colorado's 14ers.

Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs is the state's second-largest city, but it's first in the hearts of many visitors as a place of spectacular beauty with dozens of family attractions, natural landmarks and unique museums. Explore Pikes Peak Mountain, upon whose summit Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write "America the Beautiful." Tourists still converge on the peak, where they can drive, ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or even hike to its 14,115-foot summit. Visit the U.S. Olympic Training Centers, one of three Olympic Training facilities in the US, located in Colorado Spring, where visitors can watch world-class athletes in action. Another favorite is Garden of the Gods, one of the nation's most fabulous city parks. Nestled in the foothills of Pikes Peak, the stunning red rock formations draw tourists with cameras in tow to capture a perfect shot of the rocks framing the snow-capped peak.

Durango
Durango is an epicenter for many things: outdoor adventures in the surrounding high desert and mountains, river rafting on the Animas River, Native American and Old West heritage, arts and culture and a historic steam train, the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Durango has a history of cowboys and saloons, and this is part of the culture on Main Street. Tourists flock to the Diamond Bell Saloon to see the waitresses dressed in sequined corsets, their hair full of feathers. Hiking is almost a religion in Durango. With hundreds of miles of trails, it can be a family event, solo detox or a nice date! Durango is home to the beginning of the Colorado Trail.
 
Estes Park
Considered Base Camp for amazing adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park and picturesque mountain town. Outdoor adventures run the gamut from hiking to snowshoeing to rock climbing. Scenic drives show off the area, with Trail Ridge Road rising through the national park to more than 12,000 feet and several others wending through the valley, past historic landmarks and parallel to the fish-filled picturesque rivers.
 
Grand Junction
Colorado’s Canyonlands and Wine Country is located just 4 hours from Denver and 5 hours from Salt Lake City. Home to more than 20 wineries, a vibrant craft beer and culinary scene, the town is surrounded by stunning landscapes. From the Book Cliffs to the Grand Mesa to the awe-inspiring natural beauty and dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument, exhilarating outdoor adventures await. These include hiking, camping or skiing on the Grand Mesa. Hundreds of miles of world-class mountain biking trails such as the Kokopelli Trail. Enjoy incredible whitewater rafting on the Colorado River or stunning golf courses whose green fairways are juxtaposed against the craggy Redland desert. 
 
Telluride
Few places in the American Southwest are as picturesque as this historic western town. A former Victorian mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of a popular ski-and-golf resort. It is a place of legend, nestled at the end of a lush canyon and surrounded by some of Colorado’s most rugged peaks. Nowhere else in the country, or perhaps the world, does such a place exist. To some, Telluride is known for incredible alpine skiing. To others, summers full of cultural events, music festivals and endless outdoor activities. By everyone, they are embraced for their authentic mountain character, unpretentious attitude, and celebration of four seasons of adventure in the most beautiful spot of the Rocky Mountain high country. The town’s historic district houses landmarks like the Sheridan Opera House, or the original bank where Billy the Kid succeeded with his first heist.

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Denver
 

Welcome to Denver, Colorado, the outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The Mile High City’s walkable city center offers urban adventures for all ages, from museums, parks and street art to boutiques, chef-driven restaurants and craft breweries. Upscale shopping awaits in Cherry Creek, while Denver's seven professional sports teams entertain year-round. It’s easy to get to the walkable city center with direct rail service from Denver International Airport to Denver Union Station. The city’s neighborhoods are easy to explore on bike or on foot, and the free 16th Street Mall shuttles in the heart of downtown run from early morning to late at night. 

 
Mile High Culture Pass
With the Culture Pass in hand, you'll receive admission to some of the city’s most fascinating attractions, all for the bargain “Mile High” price of $30 for a three-day pass.
 
Example of some participating attractions:
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Denver Zoo
  • History Colorado Center
How it works:
You can receive the Culture Pass via your mobile phone or in a printable format. Over the course of five consecutive days, the $52.80 pass will admit visitors to all participating attractions. Or the $25 pass will admit visitors to all participating attractions over three consecutive days. The pass is activated at the first attraction visited. All participating attractions are listed below.
 
Larimer Square
Historic Larimer Square is Denver's oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques.
 
Lower Downtown (LODO) Historic District
Denver's happening historic district is filled with turn-of-the-century warehouses, now home to brewpubs, rooftop bars, restaurants, Coors Field baseball stadium and the newly renovated Denver Union Station. While you're in LoDo, stop by Rockmount Ranch Wear for a snap-button Western shirt at the store where they were invented; browse the locally-owned Tattered Cover Bookstore; or sip a handcrafted beer at the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first brewpub originally owned by current Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper.
 

Union Station
Denver Union Station has undergone a massive restoration that transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, complete with the Crawford Hotel. The historic, Beaux Arts 1914 train terminal is now a foodie destination, featuring local favorites like the farm-to-table restaurant Mercantile and the Terminal Bar, serving Colorado craft beer and food from the station's former ticket windows. A handful of local retailers includes the popular Tattered Cover Bookstore. Denver Union Station is also fulfilling its original role as a major ground transportation hub for AMTRAK, buses, light rail, and the direct rail service to and from Denver International Airport.

Denver Beer Trail
Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City. Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver's craft beer culture is thriving and creative.

 


Denver Art Museum
The Denver Art Museum is home to renowned collections of Western and Native American art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle neighborhood, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times. 

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. Seeing a concert under the stars at Red Rocks is on every music lover’s bucket list. And, during the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers' Hall of Fame, where you can learn about all the great musicians who have performed on the stage, including the Beatles in 1964. Red Rocks is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.
 
Cherry Creek 
Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants. Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, where you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown. 
 
Denver Botanic Gardens
One of the top five botanic gardens in the United States, Denver Botanic Gardens is lush oasis in the city, offering year-round events and art exhibitions, a children’s garden, a conservatory, the Monet pool with its picturesque outdoor café and more. The Gardens are located 10 minutes from downtown Denver near Cherry Creek.
 
Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave
The Wild West and Buffalo Bill Cody's exciting story as Pony Express rider, army scout, buffalo hunter and showman comes to life at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, located high atop Lookout Mountain. Enjoy views of the snowcapped Rockies in one direction and the Great Plains in the other. For those with strong nerves, there is an adventurous drive to the museum on the “hairpin” Lariat Loop Drive; then continue to I-70, exit 250, to see a live herd of buffalo. The museum is located 40 minutes west of downtown Denver. 

Colorado Railroad Museum
Surrounded by towering Western buttes in the town of Golden, the Colorado Railroad Museum features more than 100 narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cabooses and cars. Exhibits in and around the 1880s-style depot include a working Roundhouse and model railroads. Train rides every Saturday on the Galloping Goose take guests on a one-third-mile loop of track, while "Steam ups" and special events including "A Day Out With Thomas" occur throughout the year. The museum is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.
 
Upcoming Events:

Sarasota - March

 

Sarasota County is a beautiful subtropical destination and cultural hot spot located on Florida’s Gulf Coast 80km south of Tampa. The city of Sarasota is on the mainland and the six beautiful barrier islands are easily reached by either a scenic walk or drive over Sarasota Bay, with properties located on or within a short walk to the beach and great shops and restaurants nearby. As Sarasota was voted America’s No. 1 small city for art, it is the perfect destination for lovers of art and culture; visitors can choose from performing arts, opera, ballet, internationally acclaimed festivals and discovering the area's unique circus heritage. Award-winning white sandy beaches, jewel blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and an eclectic variety of cultural activities make Sarasota the perfect escape for couples and families.
 

Beaches
 
There are an abundance of sugar white sand beaches to be found in Sarasota and the extensive coastline is lined by six islands, each revealing its own personality. Lido Key has a variety of beaches including the unspoilt and secluded North Lido Beach or the family friendly Lido Beach. Longboat Key is a more manicured area with exclusive beachfront communities. On the extreme southern end of Longboat Key is Quick Point Nature Reserve offering scenic bay beach views and excellent bird watching opportunities surrounded by beautiful lagoons. Venice Beach is famous for the prehistoric sharks’ teeth and beautiful shells that are found along the shore, great for beachcombers of all ages; divers also love this area for its stunning reef. Casperson Beach is best reserved for beachgoers wanting an unspoilt and secluded experience.
 
SIESTA BEACH, SARASOTA - THE #1 BEACH IN AMERICA 2017
Siesta Beach, Sarasota boasts that it has the finest, whitest sand in the world, which attracts sand collectors and beach lovers from all over. The clear, clean waters along this gently-sloping beach-face make for ideal swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide, attracting fitness fans and volleyball players. Siesta is a year-round beach that is very popular with snowbirds during the winter months. There are lifeguards along this crescent-shaped beach along with full amenities. Recent upgrades include expanded parking, while maintaining the beautiful natural environment, and a free trolley to transport beachgoers.

The Trip Advisor Choice Awards 2017 placed Siesta Key in the top five beaches in the world & Dr. Beach named Siesta Key as the number one beach in the US in 2017.

Art & Culture
 
Sarasota County is known as Florida’s Cultural Coast and offers an assortment of cultural activities. The crown jewel of the Sarasota cultural scene is The Ringling Museum, John and Mable Ringling brought the circus to Sarasota in 1927 and created a legacy that continues to this day. The Asian Art Wing of The Ringling Museum, which opened in January 2016 showcases a modern design in contrast to the rest of the estate. Visitors can also head to the 1926 art deco theatre to experience superb acoustics at the Sarasota Opera, or The Gulf Coast’s professional ballet company, Sarasota Ballet for both classics and modern works. Sarasota Ballet just celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2015-16 season. Sarasota hosts a range of cultural and arts celebrations throughout the year such as the Greek Glendi and Venice’s Italian Feast & Carnival in February, the Sarasota Film Festival in April and the Sarasota Music Festival in June. The Ringling International Arts Festival is a four day event held annually in October showcasing a variety of dance, music and theatre from around the world.
 
Sports
 
Nathan Benderson Park opened in Spring 2012, the 400-acre lake has been transformed into a world class rowing facility that hosted the World Rowing Championships in 2017 and will host it again in September 2018. Events at Nathan Benderson Park will also include Triathlons, Canoe & Kayaking, Stand-up Paddleboarding, Dragon Boat Racing, Water Polo and 5k & 10k Runs. A playground and paths for walking and cycling add to the variety of entertainment in the park. Sarasota also offers over 30 exceptional golf courses at terrific values.
 
Outdoors & Nature 
 
With year-round warmth and lush landscape Sarasota County is the perfect destination for exploring the great outdoors and connecting with nature. Visitors can head inland to Myakka River State Park – one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks. The 148km of nature serve as popular hiking, fishing and camping destinations. Visitors can walk among the treetops on the Canopy Walkway or kayak in the Myakka Lake tributary and get up close to alligators. Paddle boarding along Lido Key or kayaking through the mangrove tunnels on Sarasota Bay allows visitors to see dolphins and manatees in their natural habitat. The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium offers up-close experiences with turtles, manatees, sharks and over 100 species of marine life, including two touch pools, viewable working labs and high-tech interactive exhibits this is great day out for families. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a beautiful public garden with over 20,000 exotic plants, research and education centre offering a butterfly garden, banyan grove and a new Rainforest Garden exhibit, and plenty of room for little ones to stretch their legs. Visitors to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium can learn first-hand from the biologists about the local marine life, you can even head out on the water on a research boat trip and help out on the surveys of local shark or sting-ray population. 
 
Shopping & Dining
 
The colourful neighbourhoods of Sarasota offer visitors a variety of shopping and dining experiences. The Mall at University Town Centre, the area's newest shopping district, is a two-level enclosed shopping centre and features a Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, along with over 100 other shops; it is one of the biggest developments in South West Florida. Downtown Sarasota is a vibrant area with scores of independently owned shops and St. Armands Circle has a wide variety of high-end boutiques, alternatively the trend hunters can head to Southside Village. Eight main shopping districts in the area can be found, along with unique artist colonies for shopping and browsing. Sarasota offers a wide range of dining options from casual beachside restaurants to world–class elegant resort dining, and has the highest concentration of zagat-rated restaurants than anywhere else in Florida.
 

Florida Keys & Key West - February


The Florida Keys and Key West is a 150 mile long string of Islands connected to South Florida by the scenic Overseas Highway; a road that suspends the traveler in a place that bridges the gap between sea and sky. In the Florida Keys you are a world away from the theme parks of central Florida, in a place that envelopes you with its warmth and beauty and grants you permission to shed the worries of the real world you just left behind!
 

 

The turquoise blue waters that surrounds Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West is a treasure trove both above and below. Divers and snorkeler’s splash down into the only living coral reef in North America to discover nature’s idea of an aquarium, while fishermen anticipate the challenge of catching their dinner and kite surfers await the caress of the light trade winds.

10 must do’s in the Florida Keys and Key West
 
1. Key Largo: Dive/Snorkel at John Pennekamp State Park – the crown jewel of the state park system and the first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles and the coral reefs and their associated marine life are a divers and/or snorkelers dream!
 
2. Key Largo: Kayak and explore Everglades National Park- it is the only eco-system of its type in the world with the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, it boasts rare and endangered species. It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and a wetland of international importance.  Key Largo is considered to be the Gateway to the Everglades.
 
3. Islamorada: Fishing – Sport Fishing Capital of the World – Take a charter boat out to one of the only place on Earth where it is possible to catch a sailfish in the morning, and then venture into the backcountry in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and redfish in just inches of water. 
 
4. Islamorada: Robbie’s Marina - A nostalgic destination reminiscent of why some of the most talented artists, writers, fishermen and presidents have called the Florida Keys home. Robbie’s rests peacefully among coconut palms with shimmering views of the nearby islands where the unspoiled Florida Bay and the exquisite Atlantic Ocean converge. With free entry, a private sandy beach, fabulous restaurant serving fresh local food and quaint art and craft pavilions one cannot help but understand why so many artists have chosen this place to immortalize in paintings. The kids will also love feeding the enormous tarpon!
 
5. Marathon: Dolphin Research Centre - Bring your family to meet with the family of dolphins and sea lions. Spend an hour or stay all day learning about these incredible marine mammals. Dolphin Research Centre, a not-for-profit research and educational facility offers several exciting daily presentations demonstrating the dolphins’ high flying athletics, dolphin education fun facts, dolphin research, new behaviour training, medical behaviours, and much more. Enjoy dolphin swims and other encounters, as well as other fun chances to touch a dolphin. 
 
6. Marathon: Turtle Hospital – visit the Turtle Hospital and see how they rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, learn how they conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles and work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles.
 
7. Big Pine Key: Visit Bahia Honda State Park and Recreation Area at mile marker 37. With its white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, Bahia Honda Key frequently makes the list of most beautiful beaches in America.
 
8. Big Pine and the Lower Keys:  spending a half day or full day exploring the backcountry waters off the lower Florida Keys.  Encounter key deer, sea turtles and dolphins in their natural habitat as well as explore the Great White Heron National Sanctuary.  
 
9. Key West: Sunset at Mallory Square – celebrate the end of the day at Mallory Square where every evening you can enjoy free live music and street entertainers, art and craft stores and enjoy a cocktail as the sun goes down.
 
10. Key West: Day trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park - Explore a 19th Century Fort and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life. Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson, picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life, and the vast assortment of bird life that frequent the area.
Current Events:
 
Key West Fishing Tournament | 1st January - 31st August 2018
More than 40 species of fish are targeted during these months, with divisions for men, women, junior anglers (ages 10 to 14) and Pee Wees (under 10 years old). The Key West Fishing Tournament strongly encourages the release of game fish. All participating anglers receive certificates noting their catches and qualify for a variety of prizes.

Red Barn Theater presents: 20th Century Blues | 23rd January - 17th February 2018
This sharply funny and evocative exploration of time was the flat our hit of the 2016 Contemporary American Theatre Festival in the 25th season. The play centers on four women who bonded as protesters one night in jail in their youth. Through the vagaries of love, careers, children, and lost causes, the women reunite once a year for a photo shoot, chronicling their changing selves. But when these private photos have the potential to become part of a public exhibit, mutiny erupts and relationships are tested. Featuring Marjorie Paul-Shook, Annie Miners, Peggy Montgomery, Deborah Jacobson, Kathy Russ, and Justin Ahearn.
 
Waterfront Playhouse presents: 1776, In Concert | 23rd January - 4th February 2018
“1776” is the Tony Award winning musical which brings history to life as it dramatizes America’s contentious Founding Fathers and their determination to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Engaging, witty and passionate, this Broadway musical takes audiences back to the long, hot Philadelphia summer of 1776 when John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia bid members of the Second Continental Congress to proclaim independence from the tyranny of British monarchy and adopt the United States Declaration of Independence.
 

Upcoming Events:

Christopher Peterson's EYECONS | 1st February - 27th February 2018
A master of impersonations, both visually and vocally, with impeccable comic timing. The show is all LIVE, no lip-sync. Thrill to his parodies of Marilyn Monroe, Carol Channing, Madonna, Joan Rivers, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Eartha Kitt, Cher, Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, even Lady GaGa. Show dates are online. Show times 9 p.m., at La te da 1125 Duval St.

Cuda Bowl | 1st February - 3rd February 2018
Shallow water flats anglers and guides are invited to hook-up and fight their barracuda rivals. Event is to be headquartered at Hurricane Hole Marina, Stock Island. Prizes and trophies are to be awarded for top angler and guide in light tackle spin and fly divisions.
 
Champagne & Aphrodisiacs Valentine's Day Sail | 14th February 2018
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your special someone on our Champagne and Aphrodisiacs Pairing Sunset Sail in Key West. As you sail along the beautiful turquoise green waters on the Schooner America 2.0, you and your loved one(s) will be able to take in all the romance that this Key West Valentine’s Day Sunset Sail has to offer while being treated to a delicious pairing menu that is sure to entice, consisting of hors d’ oeuvres expertly paired with champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world! Join Schooner America 2.0 on a Key West Valentine’s Day Sunset Sail that is sure to tickle your taste buds and create memories to last a lifetime.
 
Florida Keys Concert Association presents: Attacca Quartet | 19th February 2018
This internationally acclaimed prize-winning New York-based string quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Show starts at 7:30 PM, at the Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Road, (MM50). Tickets to be available online.

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration | 28th February - 9th April 2018
A kickoff party is to be staged at the home of the Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit founders Dennis Beaver and Bert Whitt Feb. 28, and the festival, a 6-week commemoration of the literary icon who lived on the island for thirty-four years, is to continue into April and boasts a full roster of writing and painting contests, film and poetry forums, curator tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum at 513 Truman Avenue, a March 26th birthday party for the playwright, and 2 one-act theatre productions of the Pulitzer-Prize-winner’s work. Presented by the newly-merged Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit and the Key West Art & Historical Society.
 
Key West Theater presents: Mike Love | 14th March 2018
Meet Mike Love. No, not one of the Beach Boys! One of reggae music’s rising stars. Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii to a musical family that spans generations, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m.
 
Third Annual Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade | 4th May - 6th May 2018
If one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, then the late Key Largo folk artist Stanley Papio was a treasure hunter extraordinaire. Fans of “outsider art” can celebrate the renegade metal sculptor’s legacy with a people-powered parade of mobile sculptures crafted in the spirit of his extraordinary creations. The Papio Kinetic Sculpture Parade features colorful sculptural floats, tricycles with exotically costumed riders, fantastically decorated bicycles and other moving works of art — all powered by human effort alone — and are to follow a route along the length of Key West’s Duval Street.
 
26th Annual Hemingway 5K Sunset Run/Walk & Paddleboard Race | 21st July 2018
This is the original and oldest ongoing 5K Run in Key West and takes place as part of the the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The race course is a scenic flat course that runs past Key West’s most famous landmarks including the Ernest Hemingway Home, the iconic Southernmost Point and the famous Green Parrot Bar. Visit website for more details.
 
Ninth Annual Key West Brewfest | 30th August - 3rd September 2018
More than 150 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this “tasty” annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic. Events from beer dinners, beer brunches, happy hour parties, pool parties, late-night parties, seminars and the Signature Tasting Festival Event are some of the offered activities.
 
Ladies Let’s Go Fishing!” Keys Saltwater Weekend Seminar | 19th October - 21st October 2018
Female fishing fans can learn or polish angling skills during the award-winning weekend seminar. More than 8,000 female graduates have immersed themselves in the annual lighthearted yet skill-heavy curriculum to learn and hone abilities in offshore, bottom, inshore and fly fishing.
 
37th Annual Key West World Championship Races | 4th November - 11th November 2018
Super Boat International returns with teams from all around the world who compete April through October in the National Series Points races and conclude in November for the famous Key West World Championships. High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West’s longstanding tradition in this annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.
 

Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key - January


Anna Maria Island earned a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award as one of the Top Ten Islands in the United States. Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk received a 1st place award as the top cultural, sports and recreation project by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Commission. Plus six of our beaches now have the prestigious “Blue Wave Certification” from the Clean Beach Coalition. With easy access to three international airports, we’re close to all the major attractions, yet far from the crowds.
 


Horse Surfing
The Bradenton Area continues to receive nationwide media attention for horse surfing experiences along Palma Sola Bay. Tagged by many as the World Capital of Horse Surfing, we are home to the only horseback riding stable in the State of Florida that offers horseback riding on the sand and swimming with horses. 
 
“The Greenest Little Mainstreet in America”
Florida’s first LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy Retail Park 
On the quaint island of Anna Maria, history is being made with the first platinum LEED and Zero Net Energy Commercial Park. A collection of Historic 1920’s bungalows have been retrofitted into boutique shops and cafes with a green twist. The historical relics are completely powered by solar energy and geothermics.
 
Village of the Arts
If you’re an art lover, Bradenton is the place to visit! A national arts magazine has listed Bradenton as one of the nation's top 10 small cities for art. The June 2012 issue of "American Style," a lifestyle magazine that focuses on art, artists and galleries, ranked Bradenton as tenth in its nationwide poll of the public arts and cultural amenities in small cities. 
 
Bradenton Riverwalk
As Downtown Bradenton’s showpiece, the riverwalk serves as an outdoor gathering place and host for many diverse events and activities. The stretch is a mile and a half and is one of the longest public Riverwalks in Florida. Running alongside the Manatee River, the Riverwalk includes a Family Fun Zone with a splash fountain and playgrounds, a great lawn for picnics, kayak launch, a day dock for boaters, a botanical walk and the 400-seat Mosaic Amphitheater. 
 
Eco Tourism and Agritourism
When our visitor’s need a break from the sun and sand, there are several agri-tourism treasures for them to explore, offering entertainment and education for curious minds of all ages. All they need to do is head inland. Here are just a few of the many great places to start:
  • The Bradenton Area boasts not one, but two world-class wineries:
    • Bunker Hill Winery- is a "GREEN" Environmentally Responsible Winery and offers complimentary tours and tastings of their handcrafted wines. 
    • Rosa Fiorelli Winery- has a 10-acre Muscadine vineyard and their wines have won more than 100 awards. Tours include your choice of an authentic Italian lunch and wine in a complimentary souvenir glass to take home. 
  • Dakin Dairy Farms – A visit to Dakin Dairy Farm is not only fun; it’s good for you! The farm is one of only three dairy farms left in the Bradenton Area. 
  • Mixon Fruit Farms- has always been famous for its plump, juicy citrus, its gift shop and Groveside Café. But now, visitors can take a ride on the Orange Blossom Express through the groves past the Children’s Magical Maze and Wildlife Rescue, where the family will delight in an interactive show with rescued Florida animals, reptiles and birds. Our favorite thing about Mixons … their homemade orange swirl ice cream!
  • Robinson Nature Preserve - Robinson Nature Preserve in Bradenton is an exquisite nature preserve that is a popular destination for wildlife photography and bird watching, Tucked into the corner of northwest Bradenton, it includes 487 acres of coastal saltern, marsh, and mangrove habitat.
  • Turtle Watch Tours - In the Bradenton Area, the beaches are shared with Florida’s abundant wildlife and families visiting from May through November can experience “turtle nesting season”.

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