5 Reasons to Travel to Odessa, FL

From Odessa FL, you can travel to delightful attractions a short distance away. BBOnline is happy to show you around and help you make your vacation more fun.   

1. Salvador Dali Museum
1000 3rd Street South and 10th Avenue South
 St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
 (727) 823-3767
www.salvadordalimuseum.org

Fans of the brilliant and eccentric artist, Salvador Dali, make it a point to visit this museum which houses the most comprehensive and valuable collection of Dali's work,  including oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures and photographs.

Try the free museum tour led by informative docents who will welcome your questions about Dali. There's a library packed with books on Dali and surrealism. The Michelin Guide awarded three stars to this museum, making it the highest-ranked on Florida's West Coast. The museum is just about 30 miles from Odessa FL and worth visiting from your Odessa Bed and Breakfast.

2. Florida Holocaust Museum
55 Fifth Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
(727) 820-0100
www.flholocaustmuseum.org

This museum lays bare the suffering of the victims of the holocaust. You'll learn not only about the travails of the Jews, but also those undergone by the mentally ill, the gay community, gypsies, etc. See the "cattle car" which transported the victims to the concentration camps, read the moving recollections of the survivors. One section of the museum highlights the genocidal regimes of today. Try the highly informative audio tour.

3. Sand Key Park
1060 Gulf Boulevard
Clearwater, Florida 33767
(727) 588-4852
www.pinellascounty.org

The main attraction in this tropical park is the beach, voted as one of the finest in America. It has wide stretches of soft white sands, the surf is gentle and the sea is clear and blue. Swim, sun, surf, gather sea shells and watch the famous Gulf sunset from beneath swaying palm trees. There's a playground too in case the kids want a change. Admission is free and parking is available. This park, south of Clearwater, is about 20 miles from Odessa FL.

4. Sunken Gardens Near Odessa FL
1825 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704
(727) 551-3100

Created in 1935, this 7-acre botanical garden has 50,000 tropical plants, flowers and trees as well as a butterfly garden, waterfalls, flamingo pool and displays of creepy crawlies. April, May and June are the best months to see the flowers in bloom. Don't miss the Orchid Arbor and the Japanese Garden. Catch the wildlife show and take the free garden tour. It's a great place for photographs and a peaceful stroll in the midst of the bustling city, but bring along the bug spray.

5. Dolphin Encounter
25 Causeway Boulevard
Clearwater Beach, Florida 33767
(727) 442-7433
www.thetropicsboattours.com

Tropic Boat Tours is one of the excursion companies that take you dolphin watching in the beautiful waters of the Mexican Gulf. Call them for reservations.You can also spot dolphins on the Caladesi Island Adventure and Tarpon Springs Excursion. Caladesi Island offers the bonus of a beach rated the finest in the country in 2008 and beautiful scenery. A dolphin encounter is a wonderful way to spend your day before heading back to your cozy Odessa Inn.