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Florida Matters: Staycations In Tampa Bay

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Summer is in full swing and for those who can't get out of town, a staycation can make all the difference. This week on Florida Matters we're taking a look at some ways to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and have some fun in the Tampa Bay Area. 

Reporter Mary Shedden starts us off by getting some staycation suggestions from Sharon Kennedy Wynne, who writes about “Things to Do” for the Tampa Bay Times.

Florida Matters producer Stephanie Colombini gives us a bird’s eye view of postcard-perfect Tampa Bay on a zip line tour in Oldsmar.

Host Robin Sussingham takes us on a tour of a chocolate shop in Belleair Bluffs.

Reporter Cathy Carter talks with Wayne Atherholt, St. Petersburg’s Cultural Affairs Director, about the city’s flourishing art scene.

And for night owls, reporter Daylina Miller wraps things up for us with an evening ghost tour in Ybor City.

Be sure to click the links above for more information about our Tampa Bay staycations and plenty of great photos.

What are your favorite things to do in the Tampa Bay Area? Keep the conversation going on our Facebook page, on Twitter or by emailing FloridaMatters@wusf.org

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Robin Sussingham was Senior Editor at WUSF until September 2020.
I’m the lucky one who guides the WUSF News team as it shares news from across Florida and the 13 amazing counties that we call the greater Tampa Bay region.
As a reporter, my goal is to tell a story that moves you in some way. To me, the best way to do that begins with listening. Talking to people about their lives and the issues they care about is my favorite part of the job.
I took my first photography class when I was 11. My stepmom begged a local group to let me into the adults-only class, and armed with a 35 mm disposable camera, I started my journey toward multimedia journalism.
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