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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

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.
Mary Shedden is news director at WUSF Public Media, where she oversees a team of reporters covering 13 counties on Florida’s west coast.
Cathy Carter is a reporter and host for WUSF 89.7 and other Florida public radio stations.
Daylina Miller is a multimedia journalist covering health and general news for WUSF and Health News Florida, a statewide reporting collaborative with other public radio stations.