The lights come on in downtown Tampa, Florida. Tampa is the largest of the three cities that make up the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area.
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A view across Old Tampa Bay. The bay, along with Hillsborough Bay to the east, is one of two that flank downtown Tampa, marking the city's western border and dividing it from St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
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Windsurfers in the shadow of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The bridge spans the mouth of Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg to Tera Ceia.
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Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry is a great family destination, featuring interactive exhibits, a planetarium, and an IMAX dome theater.
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A kayaker on the Hillsborough River. The river, which is Tampa's primary source of fresh water, runs southwest past downtown Tampa and into Old Tampa Bay, passing through swamps and oak hammocks. Hillsborough River State Park, just northeast of Tampa, offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and camping as well as fishing, canoeing, and kayaking.
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St. Peterburg's skyline at night. The city across the bay from Tampa was founded in 1892 by two men from Detroit, who named it after St. Petersburg, Russia. The second largest in the three-city metropolitan area, St. Petersburg offers plenty of its own attractions, including museums and gulf coast beaches.
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The St. Petersburg Pier is one of the city's most popular destinations for tourists, featuring dining, shopping, nightlife, an aquarium, fishing, and boat rentals.
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Sunset on North Beach in Fort De Soto Park. Located at the southern tip of St. Petersburg, the park is made up of five small interconnected islands and is home to tranquil, white sand beaches and hiking trails. It's also a popular spot for birding, one of the first on the Great Florida Birding Trail.