Sea Hut-Crab Trap

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(Picture above from the Crab Trap’s website)

Being a native Marylander I am always looking for fresh seafood restaurants. The Sea Hut now called Crab Trap located in Palmetto has just what I like. Their family recipes originated from the Chesapeake Bay area in Maryland and the Crab Salad is full of lump blue crab! The atmosphere is that of Old Florida which is another favorite of mine. Prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly. Easy to find, just off Hwy 19 and lots of parking. The bar overlooks the water and they have a comfortable sitting area should you have to wait for a table. They also have a small outdoor area to sit and enjoy a cocktail before dinner. A nice place to bring friends and family for lunch or dinner.

The inside aquarium is a nice touch!

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There’s Nothing better than “Fresh Florida Seafood!”

20171222_193818326572275.jpgWe found plenty of “Florida’s Best Seafood” at Waltz Fish Market in Sarasota, Fl.  They say, “The fish We Sell Today Slept In The Gulf Last Night” and we believe it!  We enjoyed the outside seating on a warm Florida night along with the Tiki Bar, live music, gift shop across the street AND if you go, don’t forget to browse the Fish Market inside. Everything from Grouper to Stone Crabs to Smoked Mullet  spread…..and lobster! They also cater and have gluten free items on the menu. They have it all. Friday night was a busy night and the staff handled it great. If you have to wait for a table, just sit at the Tiki Bar outside and listen to the music while munching on the Smoked Mullet spread while having a few drinks. Great way to spend an evening with friends.

Located: 4144 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl, 34231

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Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum

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Located off Rte 301 in Parrish, Fl., on 83rd St. E, just behind the old Post Office sits “Florida’s Home of Railroad History”.  Ride the exhibits during the ‘themed’ train rides. Events like The North Pole Express, Christmas Party Caboose, Murder Mystery Train in Feb. and March and the Parrish chili cook-off, also in March, are  popular attractions. The museum is open Wednesday’s through Sundays beginning Jan. 2, 2018 year round and the train rides operate Saturday and Sundays. The railroad operates on a six-mile line between Parrish and Willow, Florida. A fun way to learn about Florida’s railroad history.  The Christmas Party Caboose is sold out, however; the Murder Mystery Dinner Train still has tickets available online for $49.50 for Feb. 10th.  Checkout the events online and purchase tickets. Hurry, they go fast!

 

Ride the “world’s largest air boat” to see ‘gators’ in the wild through Myakka River State Park.

A fun afternoon in Myakka River State Park.  Ride on one of the two largest covered air boats, the “Myakka Maiden,” or the “Gator Gal“.  We chose the Gator Gal to see hundreds of alligators lying along the shore. These air-powered vessels venture into the shallow, grassy areas where traditional boats wouldn’t dare to go. The Winter Session for tours go from Dec. 16th to May 31st each year, with the busiest time of year being the Winter. Tickets are sold for same-day tours starting at 9am. They don’t sell ahead of time and you should arrive early for parking. Children 5 yrs & under – free; Adults-13 years & Older $14.00 plus tax and children 6-12 years $7.00 plus tax. They also have eco tram tours. They also have a snack bar and gift shop.

And, yes we did see loads of alligators on the shore and in the water swimming around the boat!  Definitely worth the trip.  0eb00570-1120336657.jpg

 

Out and About in St. Pete’s Beach, fl

Hi,  If you are looking for a scenic view of St. Pete’s Beach plus a fantastic meal, come to Spinners on the 12th Floor of the Grand Plaza Hotel & Resort on Gulf Blvd.  You won’t be disappointed! As you can see in the picture above, this restaurant sits high above the beach on the Gulf of Mexico and as it revolves while you are dining you can also see Tampa Bay. Food is excellent, view is breathtaking, drinks are great, what more could you ask for!