Skip the RNC and visit some hometown attractions

We don’t care which political party you’re affiliated with, or where you stand on the issues – anyone and everyone is welcome aboard PSTA! Rather than get caught up in the traffic that’ll be surging next week as the Republican National Convention (RNC) comes to Tampa Bay, we’d like to invite you to take a ride on PSTA and see some of the local sites that you might have missed. Here are a few ideas:

Visit everyone’s favorite dolphin, Winter, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The aquarium is open every day from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. In addition to Winter, they also have a sweet little dolphin named Hope, along with rescued sea turtles, nurse sharks, a sting ray touch tank, and education presentations throughout the day. Our friends over at Jolley Trolley run a free shuttle between the aquarium and Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure (an exhibit in downtown Clearwater featuring props from the movie).

Explore the rich history of Tarpon Springs – home to the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the U.S. – with a visit to the Sponge Docks. You can ride PSTA’s Route 66 or the Jolley Trolley North Coastal Route to the Sponge Docks District and enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, shop at the Historic Sponge Exchange, or catch a ride on one of the boats offering dolphin watching tours.

The World’s Best Beaches are here in Pinellas County. A ride on PSTA’s Suncoast Beach Trolley or Central Avenue Trolley can get your toes in the sand in no time. From Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach to John’s Pass Village in Madeira Beach, to the famous “pink palace,” the Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach, there’s sun galore and unique dining and shopping venues all along more than 30 miles of sandy, white beaches.

If green space is more your speed, check out the dozens of city and county parks that are served by PSTA. There’s Boyd Hill Nature Park (Route 20), War Veterans Memorial Park (Routes 18 and 68), Lake Seminole Park (Route 74), Sawgrass Lake Park (Route 74), Campbell Park (Routes 7, 15, and 79), Largo’s Grand Central Park (Routes 18, 52, and 98), Philippe Park (Route 62),  and Anderson Park (Route 19). (Click here to visit our bus schedules page to see the timetables for all of these routes, or find more parks on our system map.) So, hop on a bus to head out and enjoy some time with Mother Nature.

Into the art scene? Downtown St. Petersburg is packed with galleries, museums, and shops that you’ll love. There’s the Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida International Museum, and the Morean Art Center, to name a few – all of which you get get to on PSTA’s Central Avenue Trolley or the city’s downtown Looper trolley. If you stay on the Central Avenue Trolley through the Grand Central District, you’ll find eclectic shops and galleries featuring works by local artisans.

Well, these are just a few ideas of things you can get to by bus in Pinellas County. Did I miss anything? Of course! Our county is packed with things to do and places to go – so please comment on this post and tell us about *your* favorite place to go by bus (make sure you tell us your route number)!

Your Editor,
Cyndi Raskin-Schmitt

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