Soak In Some Arts and Culture In Palm Harbor
Sun, Sea, and Culture Abound In Beautiful Florida
Palm Harbor is a popular town in Florida, situated close to Tampa and St Petersburg.
The Southern Land and Development Company originally plotted the town back in 1888. They initially called it "Sutherland," as a short form of their name. There are one or two references to the area being called Bay St. Joseph and Yellow Bluff before it was named Palm Harbor. Unfortunately, the name Yellow Bluff came to have negative connotations with the Yellow Fever, so it changed. By 1925, the town was known as Palm Harbor.
These days Palm Harbor is a popular residential area with a population of 64,301. The town boasts several sports facilities and parks and is home to the famous Innisbrook Golf Resort. The resort boasts four championship courses, a spa, and luxurious rooms for guests to stay in. You can book luxury golf packages, receive instruction, and tee off in the place where champions love to play.
However, golf is not all there is to Palm Harbor. The community, and surrounding areas such as Tampa and St Petersburg, offers ample opportunity to enjoy arts and culture.
Get Into The Festival Vibe
The area is rich in festivals for everything from blues music to local cuisine.
- Palm Harbor boasts two popular festivals. The annual Taste of Palm Harbor benefits local charitable organizations and features a lineup of local restaurants, many of whom specialize in seafood. There is also live music to enjoy. On most months, you can enjoy Palm Harbor's First Friday Celebrations, where there are rides and games for the children, plus local arts and crafts displays and local food to sample.
- Across in St Petersburg, the annual Shine Mural Festival sees the city come to life with unique murals. Each year has a different theme, and the artists paint beautifully intricate murals all around the town.
- No list of local festivals could be complete without mentioning Gasparilla Pirate Festival in nearby Tampa. A large pirate ship sails into Tampa, accompanied by hundreds of smaller boats. They demand and receive the keys to the city, which kicks off a vibrant parade. The area is busy with Gasparilla events from January to March every year, including multiple arts festivals, a children's parade, and a lit-up parade.
Other popular local events include Bluesfest, The Green Thumb Festival, The St Petersburg Grand Prix, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Parade. No matter what time of year you visit the area, you are sure to find something to entertain you. If you go to nearby St Petersburg, you will find seven distinct arts districts, each with a unique flavor. You'll find everything from modern art and murals to antique books and a lively music scene. Drop by the Duncan McClellan Gallery to see more than 3000 square feet of vibrant glass art, or visit the up and coming M L King North district, where you'll find a fun cafe culture vibe that inspires local artists and writers.
Visit The Local Museums and Learn Something New
As well as arts and festivals, the Palm Harbor area has plenty of museums to explore. There are so many you might feel spoiled for choice. Why not start with some of these favorites:
- Palm Harbor Museum features artifacts and exhibits dating from when Palm Harbor was first established to the present day. Notable exhibitions include the Faith Mission, where you can learn all about the mission and orphanage, and Citrus Is King, where you can learn all about the history of citrus farming in the Palm Harbor area.
- Great Exploration Children's Museum is fun and educational for children of all ages. The exhibits are hands-on and include a house where children can learn about being a plumber or engineer and a children's market, where youngsters can learn about budgeting, shopping, and healthy eating. Kids will also love the aquatic-themed play areas and climbing wall.
- The Museum Of Fine Arts in St Petersburg boasts an impressive collection of more than 20,000 artworks by luminaries such as Bourdelle, Monet, Rodin, Pearlstein, and O'Keeffe. The photography collection is exceptionally well-respected, and you can also view a lovely collection of Tiffany glasswork.
- Art lovers will not want to miss the Dalí Museum, where you can view an extensive collection of works by the Spanish surrealist artist. There is also an interactive garden exhibit, and when you need a rest, you can enjoy some authentic Spanish cuisine at the on-site Spanish Cafe.
- Get hands-on with history at the Cracker Country Living Museum. Living history interpreters, knowledgeable artisans, heritage animal breeds, and local plants all enhance the experience and let you taste a real slice of life from the settlers' time.
Palm Harbor also features a small historic district in the downtown area, so you can see the historic architecture for yourself and get a feel for Palm Harbour's past. You'll also find a wealth of boutique shops and restaurants.
SERVPRO Helps Local Businesses Deal With Flood Damage
All businesses in Palm Harbor are concerned about flood damage. Several areas of Palm Harbor have flooded, or nearly flooded, in the past, and so it is essential to be prepared and have a plan of action in place.
SERVPRO encourages local businesses to sign up for a free SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan (ERP.) An ERP helps organizations to prepare for a flood. This is how it works:
- You sign up for a free account and input your organization details.
- Walkthrough your facility and put in information when prompted.
- Take photographs when the app asks you to.
- Add all the vital information such as the chain of command, contact details for key staff, and what to do in an emergency.
Your ERP makes it easier for staff to know what to do in an emergency. Being able to act quickly increases the chances of getting your business back up and running. You can also establish SERVPRO as your go-to flood damage remediation company, which means you can quickly organize a site visit from our technicians.
Do not let flood damage impact your business. We are here to get your business back on its feet, "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333.