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Sugar and Sand Festival

February 26, 2014
Travel Tips

Spring Break Destination: What to Do in Florida

That Spring Break time of year is right around the corner, and here in Chicago, we’re looking for some sun. We’re dreaming of oranges, oceans and Florida. So we asked the experts, our associates who live in Florida, what the best things to do are in some of the state’s popular spring destinations.

Tampa:

Our friends at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay clued us into Ybor City, the neighborhood where Spanish, Cuban and Italians immigrated.  7th Avenue is like the “main street” of Ybor, and it’s the hub of activity for cigar rolling, restaurants, art galleries and cultural exhibits, and it’s worth a trip.

Jacksonville:

Apart from the area’s beautiful First Coast beaches, our colleagues at Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront said not to miss the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), which is the largest modern and contemporary art museum in the Southeast.  You’ll find more than 700 works in a wide range of media, representing prominent national and international artists of 20th and 21st centuries.

Coconut Point:

And of course, there’s no much like Spring Training baseball! Southwest Florida is Spring Training home to World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox, so our friends at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa say a game is a must-do if you’re planning a trip. It’s only 16 miles from the resort. Then, take a tour inside the mind of famous inventors when you visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum and Botanical Gardens.

Sarasota:

In Sarasota, the team at Hyatt Regency Sarasota recommends taking a Gatsby-esque tour of C’ad’ Z’an at The Ringling Museum, named one of CNN’s 7 outrageous American castles.

Clearwater Beach:

One of our team at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa‘s favorite spring events is the annual Sugar Sand Festival. April 4-13, the city’s amazing beaches show off an impressive display of sand sculptures and events in a massive 15,000-square-foot tent. Plus, it’s just steps from the resort! The family-friendly event includes a professional sand-sculpting competition, sand-sculpting clinics, speed sand demonstrations, a children’s play area by Hyatt, live entertainment and more.

Sugar and Sand Festival

Sugar and Sand Festival

Orlando:

With a new Hyatt hotel in Hyatt Regency Orlando, we have even more ideas of what to do when you’re there! Our colleagues say the perfect way to end the day is with a great meal and the perfect sunset at one of the many restaurants on Sand Lake Road’s “Restaurant Row.” Plus, if timing is right, check out Mardi Gras at Universal Studios for a little taste of The Big Easy one night. And, they advise shopping! It’s not all about New York anymore. Visitors can find everything from unique boutiques along Park Avenue in Winter Park to high-end retail at the Mall of Millenia and amazing discounts at the area outlets.

Stay safe out there, Spring Breakers!

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