Going Coastal

Oktoberfest, The World’s Largest Beer Festival


Oktoberfest is known as the largest Volksfest (people's fair) in the World. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Oktoberfest runs for 16 days with the last day being the first Sunday in October. However, if day 16 falls before October 3 (German Unity Day), then the festival will continue until the third. Since its beginning, Oktoberfest has not been celebrated 24 times, mostly due to war.

Grito Fest 2017

Grito Fest 2017, Celebrating Hispanic Culture in Baytown, TX


The 12th Annual Grito Fest celebrates Hispanic heritage at Baytown’s Bicentennial Park (1001 Market Street) on Saturday, October 7. Grito Fest is a free family-friendly outdoor festival featuring live music from Mariachi Perla Tapatia, followed by H.O.L.A. Ballet Folklorico and Grupo Alcanzable leading to the headliner, Fito Olivares. In addition to the music, there will be mariachis, kid’s activities, contests, food and craft vendors and more.

Ship Island

Ship Island, Mississippi, Short Ride for a Relaxing Day


The Gulf Island National Seashore maintains East Ship Island and West Ship Island, collectively known as “Ship Island,” off the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  Ship Island, approximately seven miles long, is the property of the State of Mississippi. In 1969, Hurricane Camille’s tidal surge cut Ship Island into two distinct islands: East Ship Island and West Ship Island. West Ship Island is a tourist attraction with fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing and tours of Fort Massachusetts. Ship Island Excursions provides the 12-mile round-trip boat rides to West Island from Gulfport, Mississippi from March to October.


Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
Creativity for All Ages


The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is designed to encourage creative thinking and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted for children from birth to 14 years old and families to learn through play. Throughout the day special activities encourage guests to get involved, try something new and be energized.

Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg

Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg’s Hidden Gem


The Sunken Gardens operated by the City of St. Petersburg since 1998 is four downtown acres of well-manicured botanical gardens. The Gardens began in 1903 when plumber and gardener George Turner, Sr. purchased the acreage, including a 10-foot below sea level lake, which he drained to form his private sunken garden. George planted papayas, citrus fruits and other exotic plants in the “sunken” gardens.  Soon, George opened a nursery and began selling fruits, vegetables, roses and other plants.  Visitors to the gardens also began to pay a nickel to stroll through the gardens (increased to 25 cents 15 years later in 1935). In 2002, the Sunken Gardens was added to the National Register of Historic places.