Get Out: Kristen Hare's favorite Florida places
If you know Kristen Hare, you'll never be bored in Tampa Bay.
- The Poynter and Tampa Bay Times writer is also the author of "100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die," which recently came out with a third edition.
To kick off the official start of summer, we asked Hare about her favorite outdoor places and activities in Florida:
🚶♀️ To stroll: "I really love Tampa's Riverwalk. It's gotten better and better in the 10 years I've lived here. I love that, weather permitting, you can walk from Sparkman Wharf to Armature Works and have lots of adventures and beverages in between."
🥾 To hike: "Edward Medard Conservation Park in Plant City is a hidden treasure. Once inside this reclaimed phosphate mine, turn on to Sacred Hills Drive and you'll discover a forest where the roots of the trees are above ground."
🏖 Beach: "Pass-a-Grille was the first beach my family fell in love with, and we've visited many but never strayed from our initial affections. It's quaint and convenient, just get there early to find parking. I've learned a lot about its residents through the obits I write for the Tampa Bay Times, and it makes that place even more special."
🤫 Quiet place: "Kayaking King's Landing in Apopka (as long as it's not a weekend, then it's bumper boats). The first half of the journey is quiet because you have to save your breath for paddling upstream. The second part, all downstream, will take your breath away."
🌳 Municipal park: "José Marti Park in Ybor City is a tiny piece of Cuba, literally, and while I wish we could interact with it more, I appreciate what it teaches us about Tampa's history."
🍭 Sweet spot: "Shiny Fish Emporium on Anna Maria Island. My family goes at some point every year to this whimsical spot to paint sand dollars, which decorate our Christmas tree."
⚙️ Piece of gear: "A full water bottle and a working umbrella."
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