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Carnies & Manatees! / Jan 24, 2023 / $60.00 p/p

Florida is famous for it’s manatees and circus history and on this tour we will explore some of the most unique and lost places to learn this type of Flordia history with our historian Dave Bredemus.

 
A carney is a carnival worker. In the town of Gibsonton Florida carnival workers of all types settled in their own little world along the banks of the Alafia River.

For those that didn’t quite fit elsewhere Gibsonton was a utopia. It had special zoning to allow residents to keep exotic animals and was home to over 100 self-described human oddities and a thousand carnies. That world is gone but it is remembered and celebrated in a special museum called the Showman Museum of America.
 
We will visit the Showman Museum on this tour and also the town of Gibsonton Florida and see and hear stories of traveling carnivals, sideshows, circuses and hear stories from the people that did the hard work to make it happen. This museum is like no other in the world and a beautiful new building houses artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and everything imaginable connected with a carnival truly unique.
 
We will enjoy a wonderful lunch (on your own) at Fred’s Market Buffet in Riverview, Florida.
January is the best time to see manatees in Florida. We will go and visit probably the best site and museum to see Florida’s manatees, the Viewing Center at Apollo Beach Florida Tampa Electric. You will have time to see the manatees individually or in groups from many different angles and locations. The site also has an educational component and museum to visit and a ray tank to see these fish up close.

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January is the best time to see manatees and it is also the best time of year to pick up Florida citrus and we will stop on the way home at Dooley’s Groves to see it’s crop during it’s 55th season of growing citrus. Available will be tangerines, red grapefruit, navel and honeybell oranges!

 

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Get ready to have fun while learning about Florida History!

Dave will be your guide on numerous Florida trips that will be an educational experience that explores the history, geography, architecture, and cultures in a fun and interesting way.

Born and raised in Saint Paul Minnesota, Dave graduated from St. Cloud State University with a teaching degree in history and social studies. He taught junior high and high school history and was an administrator in the Saint Paul Public School system for 38 years.

He developed a tour program for adults starting in 1981 and has done hundreds of day trips and many overnight trips covering every state in the United States. Dave has also led 17 trips to Europe and additional trips to Asia and the Caribbean including Cuba.

You are in for a real treat when traveling with Dave to historic destinations across Florida!

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Remember...

To Book Your Fun Trip With All Around, You Need To Call Our Tour Office Mon-Fri 9:00am to 4:00pm at... (941) 488-9393

On the day of your trip we have several Pick-Up Locations throughout Manatee, Sarasota & Charlotte Counties for you to drive to and park your car.  We will pick you up at one of these locations and drop you back off there when your tour has ended. You can pick the location that is most convenient for you.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off times Vary based on your destination and we will give you those times when you call to book your fun All Around tour!

Port Charlotte Walmart – 19100 Murdock Cir, Port Charlotte, FL 33948
North Port Walmart – 17000 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287
Venice – Laurel Rd and Pinebrook Rd – Plaza Venezia (northeast corner behind the McDonalds)
Sarasota – Burlington Coat Factory on the corner of Bee Ridge and Cattleman
Bradenton – Lowes on Hwy 70 – 7395 52nd Place East
  • Round Trip Motorcoach Transportation
  • Museum Admission