The warm springtime weather that Florida is so famous for

The warm springtime weather that Florida is so famous for has arrived as well as visitors from all over our country and from different locations throughout the world.

If you are heading down to our gulf beaches this week, we have ordered our traditional spring weather for you. Several of the area activities continue this coming week as well as new events taking place this weekend.

Florida International Museum continues with Vatican Splendors and next week, the hours will be extended to accommodate the many travelers here for spring break (Beginning Wednesday, March 26th, the Museum will extend hours on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the box office closing at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the box office closing at 5:00 p.m.). This exhibit with approximately 200 extraordinary works of art and objects of history from the Vatican and Vatican Museums are displayed through recreated settings such as the Tomb of Saint Peter and the Sistine Chapel. Many objects date back to the third century. From the relics of Saint Peter to items from the election of Pope Benedict XVI, this exhibition comprises one of the largest Vatican collections ever to tour North American. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. with the box office closing at 5:00 p.m.

Remember you can purchase tickets at our Beach Welcome Center for Busch Gardens Theme Park as well as tickets for the annual Renaissance Festival that continues until April 6th. The Beach Welcome Center will be opened on Saturday 9:00 to 5:00 as well as during the week Monday through Friday. Closed Sunday. Make the Beach Welcome Center your first stop for valuable information about the area as well as brochures, maps and coupons for area attractions, restaurants and shops.

SPRING ECOFEST – March 22nd. McGough Nature Park (also known as turtle park), located at 11901 146th Street N. in Largo, is celebrating the first weekend of spring with their Spring Ecofest. Live music, food, games, a bounce house for children, a guided hike through the park as well as many exhibitors will be on hand to add to the springtime celebration. Festivities begin Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. and conclude Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Free admission and free parking.

EASTER SUNDAY – March 23rd. Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary located at 19328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Eggs will be filled with candy and treasures and hidden on the sanctuary grounds and on the beach. There will be a grand prize for the child that finds the “Big Bird Egg.” Children need to bring their own baskets and be accompanied by an adult. Following the Easter Egg Hunt, there will be a Uniquely Decorated Basket Contest with the most creative baskets winning prizes. Free refreshments will be available. Tour the largest wild bird hospital and rehabilitation center in the United Sates by participating in the educational guided tour at 3:00 p.m. (Additional parking is across the street at the Fifth/Third Bank).


The Tampa Bay area is the home of Spring Training for the Toronto Blue Jays, the
Tampa Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Toronto Blue Jays - March 11, 1977, when the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 3-1, the Blue Jays played at Grant Field in Dunedin which was one of the oldest stadium used in the Grapefruit League, dating back to 1930. By 1989, the Blue Jays were working on a plan to replace Grant Field with a new stadium and spring-training facility. Dunedin invested $2.4 million into a new stadium and Dunedin Stadium became the new spring-training home of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990 – renamed Knology Park in 2004.

There might be time for a game or two and during the spring break holiday week; the following games will be held at Knology Field:

March 23 1:05 p.m. Toronto Blue Jay play the New York Yankees
March 25 1:05 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays play the Tampa Bay Rays
March 26 7:05 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays play the Cincinnati Reds
March 27 1:05 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays play the Houston Astros

Contact 727-733-0429 for tickets or on-line at for additional information.

New York Yankees – Generating over 200,000 fans each spring, the New York Yankees Spring Training began February 1996 in Tampa. With a 10,386-seat capacity, Legends Field is the largest ballpark to host Spring Training in Florida. Located on a busy highway in a big city isn’t what one would expect from the normal Spring Training facility, but fans are the first to admit that the New York Yankees are not your typical baseball organization. The Yankees play about half of the spring schedule at night (7:15 p.m.), which makes the games easier to attend for the average fan. Legends Field hosts more night games than any other ballpark in the Grapefruit League. According to a February 14th news release, Legends Field will be renamed for owner George M. Steinbrenner.

Hoping to see the Yankee’s during your vacation week? The games are as follows:
March 22 1:15 p.m. NY Yankees play the Tampa Bay Rays
March 24 7:15 p.m. NY Yankees play the Philadelphia Phillies
March 27 1:15 p.m. NY Yankees play the Pittsburgh Pirates

Contact 800-279-4444 to order tickets by phone.

Philadelphia Phillies – Bright House Field is the home for the Phillies’ Spring Training games. Previously training at the Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, the Philadelphia Phillies began their 2004 season in the newly built Bright House Networks Field. Bright House Networks Field retained the legendary Tiki Bar, now bigger than ever, serving 250 for spring-training games and serving as a popular gathering place during the regular season. The grassy outfield seating area stretches across the entire outfield putting fans close to the action and to players in the bullpen. Grass seating is popular with families and a large playground area is located adjacent to the outfield seating in the left-field corner featuring a special kid-sized concession stand offering kid-friendly treats.

The ballpark, built in Florida Spanish Mediterranean style, has a terra-cotta exterior and tiles decorated with current and historic Phillies logos. The concourses are exceptionally wide with a spacious gift shop. Most of the seats in the ballpark are theater-style seating. Bright House Networks field is located next to US Highway 19 which runs north-south through Clearwater and located close to plenty of shopping and restaurants. Concessions are plentiful and located in back of the concourse as well as in each corner. (Right in back of home plate is a concession stand featuring Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, with buns flown in from Philadelphia’s Amorosa bakery).

Built next to the Phillies’ permanent workout facility, the located is ideal allowing the team to centralize all the spring and minor-league facilities on one campus.

Want to catch a game? Check the availability for one of the following games:

March 22 1:05 p.m. Phillies play the Tigers
March 25 1:05 p.m. Phillies play the Reds
March 26 1:05 p.m. Phillies play the Yankees

Contact the box office for tickets 727-442-8496

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