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My wife and I will be disembarking Carnival Paradise and then our flight doesn't leave Tampa till 5PM. We should be able to get off the ship by 8 or 9. We will have a rental car. So my question to you all is...what to do? Where should we go and spend some time? What are your favorite areas? I was thinking about driving to St Pete beach and eating at Crabby Bills, just a fav of ours, but I am also open to suggestions.Florida Aquarium http://www.flaquarium.org/ and lunch at the Columbia in Ybor City.
Sorry no suggestions for the area but from one Illinoisan to another.... I LOVE Crabby Bills!!!From another Illinoisan, where is Crabby Bills? Are they in IL or just Florida area? As you can see I am close to "Normal".
Would be Tarpon Springs and a Greek lunch for us. Costa's, Mykonos or Hellas.Thats a good suggestion...little farther drive...been there a few years ago.
Here are two of our favorite waterside restaurants that are located very near the Crabby Bills on SPB.
Billy's Stone Crab is located in Terre Verde which is just off of the Pinellas Bayway that you would take to get to SP Beach. You could take a nice drive to Ft Desoto and do the self guided tour of the fort (it's free) then have a nice lunch at Billys. http://www.billysstonecrab.com/
Another favorite place of ours is the Hurricane Restaurant on Pass-a-grille Beach. (About a mile down from Crabby Bills) The restaurant is right on the beach and has great views of the Gulf, especially from the roof-top area .http://www.thehurricane.com/