4905 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
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Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by private boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish - American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923. After touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, and picnicking. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.
Hula Bay Club & Duke's Retired Surfer's Island Bar
5210 W. Tyson Ave
Tampa, FL 33611
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Born August 24th, 1894 in Honolulu, Duke Kahanamoku went on to become the undisputed father of modern surfing.
Although Hawaiians had been riding waves since before the arrival of Captain Cook, Duke exposed the sport to the rest of the world. After winning a gold and silver medal in swimming at the Stockholm Olympics, he traveled the world and subsequently introduced surfing to the East Coast, Australia, and New Zealand, demonstrating his talent and spreading Aloha to scores of enthralled spectators.
Duke went on to win another Olympic gold and silver medal and solidified his waterman status by rescuing eight fishermen at Newport Harbor, and being inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame as well as the Surfing Hall of Fame.
Duke fraternized with dignitaries, royalty, movie stars, and of course some of early surfing's greatest athletes and craftsmen. Greg Noll called Duke "... a hero to your hero's heroes," and surfer magazine named him surfer of the century.
Now, almost a century later, legend has it that Duke surfed across the Pacific... Through the Panama Canal into the Gulf of Mexico and into Tampa Bay, having now arrived at Duke's Retired Surfer's Island Bar.
601 S. Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
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Jackson's Bistro opened on Harbour Island in 1997 and has been witness to a rapidly changing downtown Tampa. Because it is locally owned and independently managed, Jackson's can keep up with the demands of an ever evolving Tampa and deliver the upscale experience and tremendous value that our customers demand.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
- Tampa, FL
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning Florida's Tampa Bay, is the world's longest bridge with a cable-stayed main span, with a length of 29,040 feet (exactly 5.5 miles or approximately 8.85 km).It is part of I-275 (SR 93) and US 19 (SR 55), connecting St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Terra Ceia in Manatee County, Florida, passing through Hillsborough County waters. Construction of the current bridge began in 1982, and the completed bridge was dedicated on February 7, 1987.
This is a great spot for fishing!