People usually imagine postcard-perfect beaches when they think of Florida, but the Sunshine State is also famous for its abundance of world-class natural springs. Last week, we paddled down the Weeki Wachee River--arguably among the best natural attractions the state has to offer--and explored its wildly captivating beauty.

This weekend, we got to enjoy dozens of exciting attractions at the Florida State Fair with our dearest friends Krissy and Kaleen. Taking to heart the theme for this year's fair, "Picture Yourself at the Fair," we dove straight into the colorful chaos and made lots of lasting memories--all captured in 360-degrees! 

Although we were born into a generation exposed to a plethora of entertainment options, we never really got to enjoy the excitement and the allure of the circus as kids. So a few weeks ago, we visited The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art--the first museum of its kind to document the history of the circus--to see what it must have been like to experience "The Greatest Show on Earth".

Florida may not be known for its white Christmas, but the Sunshine State definitely knows how to make the holiday season a very colorful one. There are tons of places all across the state celebrating the holidays with sparkling lights that bring joy to both young and old. Among the most anticipated events during the holiday season in Tampa Bay is the Florida Botanical Gardens' Holiday Lights in The Gardens in Largo. We brought along Chad's mom to experience this magical spectacle that brings thousands of visitors year after year.

In the last few years, St. Petersburg has transformed itself into a vibrant city that revolves heavily around arts and culture. Through its promotion of the arts, AmericanStyle Magazine has named the city "America’s No. 1 Arts Destination" since 2010. Apart from being a prime spot for world-class museums such as Salvador Dali Museum, Morean Arts Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg has also become a haven for emerging and established local artists alike.

Just like what it says on their website, The Beach Tampa is indeed a beach like no other. A creative concept of Penny Vinik, the wife of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, The Beach is Amalie Arena's hockey rink converted into an epic 15,000 square-foot beach-themed ball pit.

The summer heat didn't seem to matter to suntanned barkers outside the souvenir shops when we arrived in Tarpon Springs. As we walked along the sidewalk, they didn't waste time persuading us to try Greek lunch specials, buy sponge products, visit museums, and get on dolphin boat tours. Every single offer sounded tempting, and we had the whole day to try just about everything.

Our plan to spend a weekend at Hillsborough River State Park for an off-the-grid R & R was quickly crushed after finding out the park's primitive campsite was flooded. We ended up pitching our tent on a very crowded campground among enormous trailers and expensive RVs, feeling quite out of place in our tiny pop-up shelter. We weren't exactly used to what we both jokingly dubbed as 1st world camping, but we were a couple of happy campers eager for a different kind of adventure.

The streets were still empty when we arrived in Ybor at around 3 in the afternoon. Being accustomed to the big crowds and the outrageously festive atmosphere of Philippine holidays, Daphne found it rather strange to see Tampa's historic district empty during a national holiday. But after spotting barricades along 7th Ave., we realized we were in for a cool Independence Day surprise. Having lived in Tampa Bay for almost a decade now, I have learned to expect surprises—both good and bad—when in Ybor.

Hello, everyone! We're Chad and Daphne and we're a newly wed couple currently based in Tampa, Florida. After tying the knot not too long ago, we decided to create a 360 travel photography blog to provide you a truly immersive experience of all the cool places we visit. We are very excited to take you on a ride and let you see exciting destinations like never before!


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