I live in the northern part of the country and get very tired of the cold winter weather. From late September until sometime in April, it’s necessary to run the furnace. We experience temperatures down to twenty below zero with non stop snowfall. Last winter, I decided to plan a two-week vacation for my family over the holidays. With a limited budget, I wanted to remain within the country but find a warm location. I was looking for access to water, palm trees and sunshine without horrendous humidity. I also hoped to take advantage of activities that would keep the kids entertained without exhausting my wife and I. I searched an abundance of possibilities, read lots of reviews and finally decided on Tampa Bay, Florida. I was able to find reasonable flights and economical accommodations for our stay. I was impressed with beauty of the Tampa waterfront area and the wide variety of kid friendly activities. There was something new for us to do every single day in Tampa. We visited the zoo, Glazer Children’s Museum, Busch Gardens, and took in a Bolts hockey game at Amalie Arena. Because I bought a Tampa CityPass, we were able to save some money and avoid the long lines at the attractions. We even tried out Indoor SkyDiving, which the whole family just loved. We also went on a scavenger hunt throughout Tampa through a company called Operation City Quest, which was a great way to familiarize ourselves with the area. The weather was clear and beautiful for our entire stay, and my family is planning to return to Tampa next winter.