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Ocean Adventures in Nearby Tampa

December 23, 2014

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A great family adventure awaits you less than thirty miles from Settler’s Rest in Zephyrhills when you visit the Florida Aquarium. Located in Tampa, it’s one of the top-rated aquariums in the country, with more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants. Touch a bamboo shark in Stingray Beach or a sea star in the No Bone Zone on the 2nd floor. Young children will be hooked on the 2-acre outdoor water adventure zone. The kids can cool off with water canons, geysers and a climbing pirate ship while parents relax under the shade of the Cantina bar and grill. Entertaining and educational shows are offered during the day including some from underwater! The Coral Reef Gallery simulates an actual reef in the Dry Tortugas near Key West, Florida and includes moray eels, a prickly porcupine fish, colorful angelfish, and Sand Tiger Sharks. There are two opportunities to get up close and personal with the fishes while friends and family watch from the exhibit pathway.

Dive with the Sharks provides a unique opportunity for certified SCUBA divers, age 15 and older, to come face-to-face with live sharks! Dive into the warm clear water of the Aquarium's largest tank. It’s teeming with massive sharks, moray eels, barracuda, a green sea turtle and more! We provide the sharks and all of your gear for this experience of a lifetime.

Shark Swim, is a in-water reef experience, gives guests 9 and older an adventure of a lifetime. During this introduction to diving, guests wear a small SCUBA tank, regulator and floatation device keeping them on the surface. Guests will start off on the shallow side of our reef with sting rays, puffer fish, lobsters, and many other tropical fish before heading over to the deep side to join the Sharks!

For a unique opportunity to view the incredible ecosystem of Tampa Bay, book the Wild Dolphin Cruise tour aboard a 72-foot catamaran. See how numerous species of animals thrive in one of the largest and busiest deep-water ports in the Southern United States, Port Tampa Bay.

Two Special Holiday Events at Florida Aquarium

Continue the holiday celebration at the Florida Aquarium and experience the coolest water wonderland ever at Holiday FantaSea! Enjoy a real snow play area (opens at noon) for the kids, light shows, holiday themed activities and all of our exhibits will be open late. Open from Dec. 26th - 30th, 9:30am - 6:30pm.

Splash in the New Year by celebrating at Aqua-Eve on Dec 31, 9pm - 1am. There will be fantastic entertainment, complimentary food, beer and wine, and a champagne toast with the best view in town for an amazing fireworks display over the channel at midnight! Must be 21 or older.

Park Activities

The New Year is near and Settler’s Rest Sun RV Resorts has a full calendar of events to keep you active. Join us for many of the social events from Ice Cream Socials to Blue Plate Specials and Deli treats. Don’t miss out on the Coffee and Donuts on Wednesday mornings at 8:15 where you can meet friends and plan outings. Monthly potlucks and Saturday Breakfasts are also great ways to get out and make some new friends. Plenty of games and athletic endeavors are scheduled through the week including golf, bowling and shuffleboard. Gather with friends for some card games such as Euchre, Cribbage, Pinochle, and Hand & Foot. Or get in on the bingo and dominoes. Learn a new skill when you join the Wood carvers who meet on Wednesdays, Quilters on Thursdays, and a general craft group meet on Tuesdays to work on various crafts.

Cruises and Tours

Settler's Rest offers regular tours to Florida landmarks, festivals, and dinner theaters. Guests are excited about the upcoming tours booked through Fantasy Travel. (Jan - Feb, 2015 listings)

  • Jan 14 Tampa Harbor Cruise and Tour of World War II War Ship. Includes bus, tour and lunch.
  • Jan 22 Show Palace Dinner Theater presents the George Gershwin Musical “Crazy For You.” Included is the bus ride, dinner, and seats for the show.
  • Feb 10 Orange Grove Winery Tour (St. Petersburg) Includes bus, tour and lunch.
  • Feb 12 Early Bird Theater production: “Caught in the Net” including bus, buffet and show.
  • Feb 13 Wine Fest at Lakeridge Winery in Clermont featuring music, crafts, food and wine.
  • Feb 19 Visit the Space Shuttle Atlantis at Cape Kennedy, including two I-Max movies.
  • Feb 21 Mystery Trip, includes bus, entry tickets and lunch.
  • Feb 22 “Daytona 500” at Daytona International Speedway, includes bus and seating at turns 1&2

Settler’s Rest Sun RV Resort has plenty of room on their 35 acres, and the 379 full-hookup sites are spacious and can accommodate big rigs. The resort is fully equipped to meet all your needs with two laundry rooms, two bathhouses, and wireless internet. Book a reservation now, or call (813) 782-2003 for more information. Follow us on Facebook.

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