Optional Trips

Salvador DalÍ Museum
Monday, November 7, 2011, 1:30–5:00 p.m.
$65 per person
Guests will tour the DalÍ Museum, which opened to rave reviews in January 2011, replacing the original museum. This new museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of the artist’s works, including 96 oil paintings, 100 watercolors and drawings, and 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures, and objects d’art in addition to an extensive archive. With works spanning the period 1917–1970, the collection provides an overview of the major themes and symbols that characterized DalÍ’s works including the Impressionist and Cubist styles of his earlier works and the abstract and Surrealist styles that later defined his work. A docent will be on hand to answer questions.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium and
Sea Life Safari Tour

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
$85 per person
This half-day tour will begin with a trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, well known for its rehabilitative work with sick and injured marine animals. The group will be accompanied by a marine naturalist who will provide a bit of local history and guide guests on the search for dolphins, seabirds, and other local marine life. The tour will stop at one of the spoil islands where guests can enjoy collecting shells and can catch and release small native marine life under the supervision of the naturalist.
Please register for the optional trips using the online registration form.

Additional Attractions: The Best of St. Petersburg Beach

Florida Holocaust Museum—St. Petersburg’s newest museum leaves a memorable impression. The fourth largest Holocaust museum in the country, the Florida Holocaust Museum is housed in downtown St. Petersburg. The centerpiece of the museum is a Polish boxcar used to transport victims to the death camps during World War II. The museum includes an art exhibit featuring an acclaimed outdoor sculpture entitled “Endless Column.”
Florida International Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry—Florida International Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate with a mission to bring the world to viewers through diverse rotating national and international exhibitions. The Tampa Museum of Art, established in 1979, features contemporary art and a renowned collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. Complementing these exhibitions is a wide range of classes, lectures, seminars, and children’s activities. In addition, the Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science center in the southeast and has an IMAX theatre. There are more than 450 “minds-on” activities, a planetarium, space simulators, a hurricane chamber, and a butterfly garden.
Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum—The two-acre park, which was once a miniature golf course, was developed into a palm arboretum in 1976 through a generous gift of stock from Gizella Kopsick. Initially, 60 palms representing ten species were planted in the park. Drinking fountains, a gazebo, conversation corners with wooden benches, and red brick paving were subsequently installed. All facilities were designed to meet the needs of visitors with disabilities. The arboretum was dedicated on May 16, 1977, Ms. Kopsick’s 100th birthday.
Honeymoon Island State Park—This island got its name in the 1940s from magazine and newsreel ads offering palm-thatched bungalows and cottages nestled in subtropic climates as perfect places for romantic honeymoons. Originally inhabited by the Tocobaga tribe during the 16th and 17th centuries, the island remains rich in native flora, including one of Florida’s few virgin slash pine stands. This stand of large pines is located along the island’s northern loop trail and offers a home to the endangered Florida osprey. Other native growth such as seagrass beds, mangrove swamps, tidal flats, and salt marshes can be found here as well. Honeymoon Island also offers several nature trails and observation areas for the abundant water birds.
Lowry Park Zoo—Recognized today as one of the top-three mid-sized zoos in the country, Lowry Park Zoo currently features 41 acres of lush, natural habitats comprising five main exhibit areas: The Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center, Native Florida Wildlife Center, Asian Domain, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviary, and Children’s Petting Zoo. In 1997, the zoo opened the Harrell Discovery Center, a 1,500-square-foot interactive area featuring hands-on displays, exhibits, artifacts, videos, and a small insect zoo.
Tampa Bay History Center—Through quality exhibits, programs, and research, the History Center seeks to preserve and teach the remarkable history of the Tampa Bay area. Gallery exhibits show the geographical, historical, and multicultural influences that have shaped the region through the centuries.
Tarpon Springs—Tarpon Springs, the oldest city in Pinellas County, was incorporated in 1887 when it was best known as a health center and winter resort for wealthy northerners. At that time, it was called “The Venice of the South.” Following the discovery of sponges in the Gulf of Mexico, Greek sponge divers started arriving and Greek immigrants became the largest ethnic group living in the area. Sponges were so plentiful that Tarpon Springs became known as the “Sponge Capital of the World.” The sponge docks are now mostly shops, restaurants, and museums dedicated to the memory of Tarpon Springs’ earlier industry. Led by local businessperson George Billiris, the sponge industry has made a comeback.