I was delighted with my balcony room at the brand new Wyndham Grand which overlooked the pool and the beach. I had great sunset views and walked on the beach for sunrise in the most amazing sugar sand.
Have you been diving in Florida? I went Scuba Diving with Captain Ryan from Tanks-A-Lot. Have you ever held a basket star? You can see me holding one in the video. We dove at Big A and Area 51.
Dinner at Salty’s with blackened mahi mahi was a great start to my Florida adventures.
Spending the day at Clearwater Marine Aquarium was amazing. They truly focus on Rescue, Rehab and Release for marine animals and their boat tour taught about the animals, the estuary and the mangroves. The children were able to touch creatures, observe a net pull and identify fish. We had a sea urchin, pinfish, catfish on our boat. We saw dolphins on our boat tour and back at the Aquarium we saw Hope and Winter from the Dolphin Tale movies!
Turtles, manatees, river otters and many other creatures are saved by the hospital facilities here. This marine life rescue center has over 700,000 visitors a year. There are over 400 volunteers helping care for the animals. You can participate and be a trainer for a day.
I loved being at the outdoor concert at Coachman Park. I have always enjoyed Jake Shimabukuro‘s music but this was the very first time I heard him play a live concert. WOW! He is fantastic! Definitely see a concert in Clearwater Beach!
Without a doubt, Kenny G gives a great show! He played in the crowd, he told funny stories and he is an incredible musician. His entire band is fantastic. I loved when he talked about how long they had been together and if you keep practicing, you will get there. Life takes practice and a sense of humor! I cannot wait to see another concert with this consummate entertainer!
Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel.
On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times.
Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.