As we continue to worry about social distancing and COVID-19, finding things to do out an about has become a bit tricky at best. The Suncoast Post asks, “What’s On, Suncoast?” Here are a few ideas for things to do around the area this week of 7.17-7.24! All checked out for social distancing approved work guidelines to keep all Suncoast visitors and residents safe.
NBP REC DAYS
The Cattlemen Road extension provides access to the park from Fruitville Road and University Parkway.
Coming up on Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is the last NBP Rec Days of Summer is – a reminder to register now! (NOTE: This is a great photo/video event, natural sound, and interviews.) A great way to get on the water, family-style! Participants will have the opportunity to try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoes, fishing, and more. The fee is $10/person for ages 7-18, and FREE for parents and children ages 1-6. Meet at the ground floor of the Benderson Family Finish Tower. Sanitation of equipment occurs between uses, and enforcement of safety practices is ongoing, and participants may come and go on their schedules during the four-hour event. See more and register early on the website. While you are there, check out other great offerings from Nathan Benderson Park for this summer!
Paciugo Gelato and Caffe
300 Beach Drive NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Looking for a sweet treat while trying to social distance, try the shop that has been awarded BEST GELATO in Tampa Bay for nine years in a row. Additionally, at the 2019 BEST GELATO IN AMERICA contest, they diminished in the finals sending them to ItalTiramisuy in 2021 to compete for International best Gelato. Grab a seasonal gelato flavor or one of their specialty coffee’s while out strolling. They even serve some delicious healthy breakfast options to help fuel your day exploring the great outdoors. Check out their Facebook page for their mouth-watering specials. We dare you to find just one new favorite!
Lettuce Lake Regional Park
6920 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33637
This fantastic park boasts a little something for everyone. This park is called the Lettuce Lake Conservation Park, and when reading reviews about this 240-acre park, the wildlife is front and center to many of the visitor’s comments. Whether holding a family gathering outdoors in one of the shelters, visiting the many trails, or only taking in the wildlife, this one can keep the entire family entertained for a whole day. There is a 3,500-foot boardwalk with tower overlook, you can bring the dogs for a walk alongside you, and many of the paved trails allow for ease of stroller use. The use of masks and additional sanitation recommendations are in place in areas with other people, but the outdoors and varied sites make that six-foot social distancing rule well within your grasp.
400 Airport Ave E, Venice, FL 34285
This wonderfully reviewed cafe takes their guest experience during these social distancing days seriously. Temperature checks, dividers between tables, and masks to enter are required. That said, the views of the airport here are sure to make young and old alike enjoy the sites with their meal. This family atmosphere, out of the way cafe, has many rave reviews from visitors and residents alike singing it’s praise on social media. If you are in Venice for the beaches or just a day out enjoying trails in the beautiful sunshine of the coast, stop into this gem of a restaurant to enjoy the hearty fare with a Caribbean flair!
Lover’s Key Adventures
8700 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL
This heavily visited beach area is currently open and following numerous social distancing guidelines. If the main areas are not for you, rentals of equipment to allow you to spend the day on the water, tours of the estuary, and even sunset tours are still being booked. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, and others on water experiences are available to allow you and your family to enjoy the outdoors while remaining safe in these uncertain times. If the water is just not your thing, then biking, fishing, and hiking along with the fantastic scenic sites throughout this area as birds soar and maybe a dolphin or two are sighted as other options. There are numerous knowledge tour guides to help facilitate your sightseeing. If you haven’t made the trip to Fort Myers Beach, add it to your list this weekend.
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