It has often been said that in order to appreciate the present, we must look into the past. Whether or not this is true, museum-hopping can be fun - and doesn't have be to saved just for rainy days.
The St. Petersburg-Clearwater area has much to explore - even if you aren't a history buff - with choices ranging from the poignant to the playful.
One of the most impressive is the Florida Holocaust Museum, where that sad chapter in history is reverently honored.
Another excellent choice - the Armed Forces Military Museum - pays tribute to the men and women who served, highlighting, preserving and remembering the sacrifices they made for our freedom.
Other repositories of the past, such as: the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Dunedin Historical Museum and Gulf Beaches Historical Museum showcase area history in a comprehensive time capsule.
Art lovers will appreciate the Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Leepa-Ratner Museum of Art.
For something more whimsical, automobile aficionados shouldn't miss the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum's large collection of vintage vehicles from Europe and the US.
For a proverbial "beach community," this area has an impressive number of options.
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