The Gulf Coast is fortunate to have miles of wonderful sandy beaches washed by the warm Gulf waters and surrounded by dunes, fun communities, and all sorts of attractions. And in almost all the coastal towns there is at least a small portion of the beach reserved for our best four-legged friends, on a leash or free, to enjoy some splashing in the water or romping in the sand. Some are small, like Panama City Beach, while others, like Dauphin Island and Davis Island, offer miles of space with shade and water fountains so that the dogs and their humans can enjoy a day by the water. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Ocean Springs Beach, MS
2.Fort Morgan Beach, AL
3.Hancock County Beaches, MS
4.Dauphin Island Beach, AL
5.South Padre National Seashore, TX
6.Beaches that allow dogs near me: Port Aransas Beach, TX
7.East Beach, TX
8.Stewart Beach Park, TX
9.Panama City Beach, FL
10.Beaches that allow dogs near me: Pensacola, FL
11.Davis Island (Tampa), FL
12.Tierra Verde, FL
13.Ft. Myers Beach, FL
15 Best Dog-Friendly Beaches on the Gulf Coast
- Ocean Springs Beach, MS, Photo: Courtesy of Serghei - Fotolia.com
- Fort Morgan Beach, AL, Photo: Courtesy of Lacey Newman - Fotolia.com
- Hancock County Beaches, MS, Photo: Courtesy of cynoclub - Fotolia.com
- Dauphin Island Beach, AL, Photo: Courtesy of travelview - Fotolia.com
- South Padre National Seashore, TX, Photo: Courtesy of Sergey Filkin - Fotolia.com
- Beaches that allow dogs near me: Port Aransas Beach, TX, Photo: Courtesy of Stephanie - Fotolia.com
- East Beach, TX, Photo: Courtesy of ShyLama Productions - Fotolia.com
- Stewart Beach Park, TX, Photo: Courtesy of Dmitry - Fotolia.com
- Panama City Beach, FL, Photo: Courtesy of Foap.com - Fotolia.com
- Beaches that allow dogs near me: Pensacola, FL, Photo: Courtesy of Katie - Fotolia.com
- Davis Island (Tampa), FL, Photo: Courtesy of Vladimra - Fotolia.com
- Tierra Verde, FL, Photo: Courtesy of Wilfred - Fotolia.com
- Ft. Myers Beach, FL, Photo: Courtesy of jccain - Fotolia.com
- Sanibel, FL, Photo: Courtesy of kabel - Fotolia.com
- Venice, FL, Photo: Courtesy of Pix by Marti - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Lunja - Fotolia.com
Attraction Spotlight: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art
The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is located in Gainesville, Florida. Visitors to the museum will enjoy the wide variety of art collections including Asian, African, photography, contemporary, representations of oceanic and ancient American art, and an expanding collection of natural history works put on paper.
The Harn Museum of Art is an important part of the University of Florida. The museum was and in September of 1990, and has been able to serve a variety of people with comprehensive range of programing. The Museum takes its name to commemorate Samuel Peebles Harn. His wife and daughters along with their husbands and grandchildren gifted the funding for the building of the Museum. Between the three generations, over three million dollars was generated for the museum’s construction in 1983. It was the biggest private bequest given to the University during that time.
David A.Cofrin’s family funded an addition to the museum in 2000. The addition was eighteen thousand square-feet of space to house contemporary art. In 2005 the Mary Ann Harn Cofrin Pavilion was opened. It was named to commemorate one of Samuel P. Harn’s daughters. The Pavilion showcases six thousand feet of space for exhibits and includes classroom spaces and the Camellia Court Café.
The Museum opened yet another addition in 2012. This addition was twenty-six thousand square feet and added to the Asian Art Wing. It was meant to be used for storage, conservation, and exhibition of the Asian art collection.
The Samuel P. Harn Museum hosts a variety of exhibits, most temporary, that are changed out frequently. There are a few ongoing exhibits that remain all the time.
ClayCurvyCool- This exhibit is based on Japanese ceramics. The art on display shows the large variety of innovations, transformations, and reinterpretations of these traditional ceramics. New conceptualization of form through processes, surface treatments, materials and firing methods are displayed. The artists in this exhibition include both established and outsiders. This exhibition is possible through the Cofrin Curator of Asian Art Endowment.
American Abstraction- This exhibition features American Artists that are representative example from a diverse, large variety of movements that defined abstraction beginning in 1945. Artists from these decades between then and now struggled with capturing meaning by artistic expression, the power of shape and color, the art of illusion, and the possibilities that came with experimenting with gesture and form.
Elusive Spirits: African Masquerades- This exhibition displays thirty masks from the collection of the Museum along with other works loaned out from private collections. Most of the masks originate from West Africa. The masks from the middle of the twentieth century to early in the twenty-first century display the continuity of making masks but also highlight new techniques and directions used for mask making.
The exhibition explores the process of change through the components of the mask and performance. It examines the religious and spiritual principles of masking.
Highlights from the Asian Collection- Four core galleries along with two concentration galleries contain the collections of the Asian Art collection. Over seven hundred artworks are highlighted in the collection including art from China, India, Japan, Korea, and South/Southeast Asia. Some of the highlights of this collection are on permanent display.
· Ceramics: Avenues of Exchange- This display contains ceramics from Central, South and Southeast Asia, China and Japan. They represent the Silk Road and Silk Maritime routes along with areas of new contact with other cultures.
· Wit and Wonder of Kogo Incense Boxes: The Sandra G. Saltzman Collection- These boxes are small and usually house incense or blended aromatics for use in ceremonies.
· Sculptures: Religion in the Round- This display highlights sculpture all through the Asian continent that are made from a variety of mediums such as ivory, wood, and stone. These sculptures date back to the fourth and fifth centuries. It explores traditions steeped in religion.
The Museum offers several programs for those interested in learning more about the art collections kept by the museum. Some of these programs include:
· Lectures and Talks
· Museum Nights
· Family Programs
· School Programs
· Performances and Films
· Art Camps
· Displays: Other spaces.
More information on these programs can be found on the website.
Docent Program- Harn Museum offers a program for docents who are volunteer tour guides. They must complete two training sessions a month on a continuous basis and are required to lead at least twenty tours a year. The docent program requires copious amount of time for study and is a long-term commitment.
The Museum Store offers a variety of items to commemorate a visit to the museum such as local art, jewelry, culture themed items, and games for kids.
The Camellia Court Café offers lunch, coffee and desserts with a view of the landscaped gardens.
3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611, Phone: 352-392-9826
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Attraction Spotlight: Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is located in Gainesville, Florida. Visitors to the museum will enjoy the museum’s unique interactive technology and science exhibits. The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention can be found in Gainesville, Florida.
The museum has been named for Dr. James Robert Cade. Cade was a musician, researcher, inventor, and physician that lead the University of Florida Team that developed Gatorade. His other inventions include high-protein milkshakes consumed by surgical patients, cancer patients, and athletes, the first shock-dissipating helmet for football players, and a diet modification method for treating people with schizophrenia and autism.
In 2004, the Cade family founded the Cade Museum Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose was to design and construct a museum in Gainesville. It was gifted with permanent funding to cover all operational and staff costs along with limited programing. The Museum opened in the summer of 2017. It reflects the Dr. James Robert Cade’s eccentric spirit, love of life and new ideas, and his continuous sincere desire to help, motivate, and encourage people of experience and ages.
The Cade Museum offers a variety of exhibits for visitors to enjoy.
The Tools: Neuroscience of Creativity- The Interactive Brain- This gallery showcases numerous interactive, modular exhibits that examine the function, plasticity, and anatomy of the brain. The gallery is organized to mimic the hemispheric organization of the brain. The interactive displays will teach guests the general properties of the brain as well as help them learn how their own brains are unique, highlighting the visitors’ interests, potentials, and talents.
The Process: The Gatorade Story- This gallery commemorates the impact of Gatorade products around the world and how it’s commercialization contributes to the University of Florida’s athletic achievement and finances. The gallery also includes a recreation of Dr. Cade’s University Lab. The lab has two modes. Its “rest” mode teaches visitors about the science and development of Gatorade. The “show” mode teaches about he creative process, challenges faced, techniques used and what encouraged them to complete the project.
The Opportunity: Entrepreneurship and Gator Tank- This gallery teaches visitors about how powerful entrepreneurship can be. Visitors also are provided the opportunity to “pitch” their own ideas and concepts to investors and the general public.
· American Ideals and Innovation- The highlight of this gallery is a display of more than eight million patents that have been given out over the year since the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was built in 1836. These patents are stacked in a way that creates an American Flag.
· Creativity Labs and Studios- This gallery features studios and labs for visitors to experience hands-on activities and interactive partnerships, and tools, equipment, and supplies visitors won’t find anywhere else for them to try their hand at invention.
· Traveling Exhibits- This gallery will rotate out new exhibits every three months. Some of these exhibits will include loans from institutions that the museum partners with such as the Smithsonian and the US Patent and Trade Office.
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention provides several educational programs.
Living Inventor Series- The Museum hosts a different inventor every month that come to the Creativity Lab to teach a class about solving problems with creativity. Students are given the opportunity to learn the scientific principles that had a hand in the invention being taught about. Hands-on experiments are also part of the class.
Early Entrepreneurship Program- This program is geared toward high school and middle school students. Students learn how to realize their ideas and make profits off of them. Students are provided with the opportunity to start up a real business. They go through each process of inventing including designing, creating, packaging the product, and marketing and branding it for the public.
Field Trips- Field Trips are offered by the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention. These field trips include professional education in STEAM, interactive experiments and labs, “real” lab equipment and setting exposure, and a Cade Lab “loot bag” with “make-n-takes.”
Creativity Lab- The Creativity Lab teaches students through use of the “Cade Way.” They learn how to think with creativity like inventors using their imaginations and combining it with a combination of history and art. The lab puts the emphasis on WHO, not just WHAT and WHY on new ideas and technology.
Fab Lab- The “FAB” is a shortened version of fabrication. Basically, this is an area for inventing, manufacturing, and constructing. It provides students the opportunity to work with materials and tools such as computers, 3D scanners and printers, soldering stations, laser cutters, hand tools and regular everyday objects. Students can work alone with others to build robots, design in 3D, set off rockets, and come up with ideas for prototypes with a STEAM centered approach.
811 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, Phone: 352-371-8001
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