Jodi Avery’s Top 10 Things to do this Summer in the Tampa Bay Area

Jodi Avery’s Top 10 Things to do this Summer in the Tampa Bay Area

The summer is in full swing! Are you looking for some fun things to do with your family? I know I am always looking for activities or places to go with my four kids. Here are a few ideas I thought you would enjoy. Let me know what you do during the summer. I would love to share them with my clients and friends.jodi 4

10. Enjoy a baseball game Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. I love going to baseball games especially to see our awesome Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.Did you know we have several other minor league teams that play in our area including: the Dunedin Blue Jays, Clearwater Threshers, Tampa Yankees and Bradenton Marauders. The minor league teams have so many promotional nights including days that kids are free. Usually tickets are between $6-$8. Games are a blast!

9. Go to the beach We have some beautiful beaches in our area and it doesn’t cost anything to take the family to the beach. Five of Florida’s top 10 beaches are right here in the Tampa Bay area. The beaches were ranked by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. They are Clearwater Beach, Clearwater; Siesta Beach, Siesta Key; Pass-a-Grille Beach, St. Petersburg; Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin and Fort De Soto Park, Tierra Verde. jodi 6

8. Check out the zoo or aquarium If you don’t want to travel to Orlando to theme parks, stay in town and check out the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home of Winter the dolphin or visit the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Both are beautiful places to see our sea life in action. If you want to go on rides and see zoo animals, take a trip to Tampa and visit the Lowry Park Zoo or Busch Gardens. If you really like getting wet spend the day at Adventure Island just across from Busch Gardens.

7. Go to a museum Did you know in 2012 Tampa Bay was awarded the honor of being one of the “Top Arts Destinations” by American Style Magazine? It was also named one of the top five most culturally diverse and integrated urban areas in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau. Take a visit to our bay area museums Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, The Salvador Dali Museum, Glazer Children’s Museum, Great Explorations Hands on Museum, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) or the Morean Arts Center to name a few.

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6. Take a trip to a park Our area has so many fun local parks within each city to explore. Some have playgrounds for kids and others even have trails, wooden walkways and observation towers like the Boca Ciega Millennium Park. You can even take your dog to dog parks throughout Tampa Bay. One of the largest parks in Pinellas County is Fort De Soto park with 1,136 acres of five interconnect islands. You can picnic, bike, kayak and even camp there. There’s even ferry  service to Egmont Key. I also recommend WeekiWachee Springs State Park and Rainbow River.     jodi 5

5. Watch the sunset We are so fortunate to live in a place where our sunsets are magnificent. You can take a drive to your local beach and see the sunset or you can go to your favorite restaurant on the water and view a beautiful sunset. I love go to the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club.

4. Go fishing I love fishing withjodi 3 my family. You can go fishing off of one of the piers in the area. The old Sunshine Skyway is a great place to go fishing. It’s actually a state park called the Sunshine Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

3. Take a boat ride You can rent a boat and take the family out on the Gulf or the intracoastal waterway. Make it a day of relaxation and site seeing. It’s even fun to dock at water front restaurant for a bite to eat. You can also go fishing off the boat. I know my family loves to fish off the boat.

2. Go Rollerblading I love taking my kids rollerblading. We go to the Tampa RiverwalkUpper Tampa Bay Trail, and along Bay Shore Boulevard. I also like the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail.

jodi 11.  Be adventurous There’s a great adventure course in Bradenton called Tree Umph Adventure Course. I took my family there and we had a blast!. You can play outdoors and climb, swing, jump and ZIP line. Another great place in Tampa is the Big Red Balloon Sightseeing Adventures. You can also try Verticle Ventures in Tampa. Or if you really want a thrill go skydiving at Jump Florida Skydiving in Plant City.

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In my 2016 A-list, I will have “My top 30 things to do with my kids.” Make sure you check it out!

I love being able to sell homes in our beautiful community. We have so much to offer those who live here. If you know someone looking for a home, please have them give me a call at 727.238.9660 or email me a so we can find that perfect home for you or your friend.

Jodi Avery’s 10 tips to finding the perfect home this summer

Jodi Avery’s 10 tips to finding the perfect home this summer

Summer is loading(2)The summer is here and the kids are out of school. Now is the time to find the perfect home for your family. Have you noticed all the “For Sale Signs” popping up lately? Buyers and sellers can take advantage of the summer months. Most families like to start looking for a home right after school gets out so they can be in their new home before school starts up again. This helps so their kids can have a fresh start at a new school when school begins and they aren’t moving around to different schools during the year.

Here are 10 tips to think about when looking at a home this summer.

1- Start looking for homes online. You can search for homes the day they list and I even have previews of some homes on my Facebook site before they list. You can visit my Facebook page by clicking here.

2- Next, check the neighborhoods! If you have kids, you want to make sure the neighborhoods are safe and there aren’t any sexual predators or offenders living in the area. You can log onto the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s website and search your address. What is great about this site is you can have FDLE email you if a predator or offender moves in near your home. Click here for the site.

3- You also want to check to see what the crime rate is in the potential neighborhood. Most of the sheriff’s departments have this information available on their websites. You can  log on here to Pinellas County’s Crime Viewer and see any type of crime in your neighborhood with the click of a button.

4- You can check out how good a school is near the home you are looking at. There’s a rating from 1-10. One being the lowest and ten being the highest. Find out a school’s rating in the Tampa Bay area by logging on here.

5- I also provide a listing of schools in your neighborhood in my Jodi Avery’s A-List book. This book provides not only schools, but some of the best restaurants and service providers in Tampa Bay.

6- If you are thinking about putting your child in a private school, the local radio stations Faith Talk 570 and 910 WTBN have partnered up with private schools giving half off tuition for Christian Schools in the area. Click here for more information.

7-The Parks and Conservation Resources department maintains more than 20,000 acres of parks and preserves. Picnic shelters, camping, playgrounds, boat ramps and trails are among the many amenities enjoyed by our residents and visitors. Click here for a list.

8- Looking for a sports stadium in Pinellas County? We have four great stadiums including: Al Lang Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies; Dunedin Stadium spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays and home of the Dunedin Blue Jays; Brighthouse Field, Home of the Clearwater Threshers and Tropicana Field home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

9-What about recreation centers for your kids to play soccer, baseball, softball and swimming? You will want to visit the city hall where you are looking to live to see what they offer.

10- You should check out the home by driving by it in the morning, night, and during the week and weekend. Are there kids in the neighborhood? How well do the neighbors take care of their yards? Go the extra step by talking to neighbors to see if it’s the right fit for you and your family.

As a Realtor and a mom of four, I know looking for a home for your family can be difficult. It can also be fun! This is a new chapter for your family and my goal is to make your experience the best it can be. Give me a call 727.238.9660 or email me at so we can find that perfect home for you and your family.