Optional Tours

St. Petersburg Municipal Beach, St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg's Municipal Beach, located on the shores of Treasure Island, a neighboring Gulf of Mexico community, boasts 500 feet of sandy white shores.

If you're looking for sun and sand, you'll find plenty on the 28 miles of slim barrier islands that skirt the Gulf shore of the Pinellas Peninsula. At the southern end of the strip, St. Pete Beach is the granddaddy of the area's resorts: Visitors started coming here a century ago, and they haven't quit! 

The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

The Dali Museum features a “Picasso/Dali Exhibit”, which is a landmark exhibition featuring rarely loaned works from more than 20 international art museums and private collections worldwide pairing these two legendary artists. Over 80 works – with a focus on paintings, and also featuring drawings, prints and sculpture, are on display.

The story of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali is one of influence, rivalry, and artistic greatness. This exhibition presented these two giants of modern art who changed the way we understand images and the role of the artist. They were presented side by side in this exhibit, perhaps for the first time.

This exhibition showed how these artists were shaped by the currents of their time. Yet, their individual and insistent reactions to these currents inspire us all to find our own ways. Each artist, drawing his art from an interior and personal vision, tried to rescue the power of art from meaningless invention. In so doing they changed the ways that art was understood.

The Busch Gardens Theme Park, Tampa, FL

Busch Gardens is a 335 acre entertainment park on the outskirts of Tampa. The park has a tropical landscape theme, exotic animals and roller-coaster thrill rides for which the park has become renowned. 4.2 million visitors passed through the gates in 2010, making it one of the top 20 most visited theme parks in the USA.

Busch Gardens has many different attractions, shows, restaurants, gift shops, and games that are certain to entertain the whole family. If you like the adrenalin rush of roller coaster rides then you get a great deal for the entry price. If the exhilaration of twisting and turning at high speeds presses your buttons, then you will love the roller coasters at Busch Gardens. There are so many different roller coasters to keep you entertained that it's difficult to ride them all in single day visit.

However, Busch Gardens is not just all about thrill rides. The park has several excellent animal exhibits where you can take a tram, or even your own private safari to see exotic animals such as giraffe, zebra, lions and many other species, all in a natural setting.
  It's like being transported to Africa!

The park is divided into distinct areas, most with a tropical African flavor where thrill rides are combined with other activities such as water parks, indoor theatres, bird gardens, a Sesame Street play area for toddlers and interactive exhibits.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL

Walt Disney World, located near Orlando, Florida, is the flagship of Disney's worldwide theme park empire. It is, by far, the most popular theme park resort in the world. Some visitors describe it as a place of magic, wonder, and fantasy; others speak of fun, excitement, and relaxation; and still others complain of crowds, artifice, and unrelenting tackiness. As with most things, the essence of Walt Disney World lies near the intersection of those three views.

The centerpieces of Walt Disney World are the four theme parks: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Walt Disney World also has two of the world's three most popular water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, both heavily themed. Two shopping and entertainment districts, Downtown Disney and Disney's Boardwalk, provide extensive shopping, dining, and entertainment options. If none of that strikes your fancy, check out some of the lesser-known activities: golf, tennis, boating, race car driving, spas and health clubs, backstage tours, sporting events, character dining, and much more.

Universal Studio in Orlando, FL

Universal Studios Florida is the No. 1 movie and TV-based theme park in the world. This park is a real, working film and television studio that features anything from action-packed rides to activities for children, and much more.

The biggest draw to Universal Studios is the opportunity to “ride the movies". From Twister, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, The Blues Brothers, Jaws, Shrek, Men in Black and Terminator 2, every visitor can find themselves transported into a scene from any of these favorite movies. While these attractions aren’t exactly the hair-raising ones you will find over at Universal’s Island of Adventure, they are very interactive and offer a new and exciting way to go behind the scenes of these films.

Universal is divided into various themed lands. Some famous ones include: Woody’s Woodpecker KidZone which is a kid-friendly area with rides and attractions for all of the smallest members of the family, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Production Central and the World Expo.

Of course, the rides and attractions at this park aren’t all that it has to offer. There are also many of your favorite characters located throughout the different zones, as well as many different interactive entertainment opportunities available, such as arcade games, carnival-like games, and much more.

SeaWorld in Orlando, FL

SeaWorld Orlando is a 200-acre marine adventure theme park that is open year-round and is a welcome respite and break to many after the hustle-and-bustle of the other theme parks in Central Florida. This modern theme park focuses more on education and discovery rather than thrill rides, but it does incorporate many exciting attractions to keep thrill and adventure-seekers happy throughout the park. SeaWorld Orlando has a vast array of shows and interaction opportunities that feature a plethora of their very own unique stars, including killer whales, polar bears, seals, sea lions, penguins, dolphins, stingrays, walruses and many more.

The history
of SeaWorld goes back all the way to 1964, when four UCLA graduates originally had the idea to build an underwater restaurant. When that idea was deemed unfeasible, they moved to the concept of a marine zoological park, which evolved into SeaWorld as we know it today. While the first SeaWorld theme park opened in San Diego, more soon followed, with SeaWorld Orlando opening its doors as the third SeaWorld addition in 1973. Discovery Cove followed in 2000, and SeaWorld Orlando’s Aqautica opened on March 1, 2008, becoming the first water park for the Anheuser-Busch company.