Monday Night Reception at Busch Gardens (included with registration)
Monday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM
Following the Monday sessions, there will be an optional opening night reception at nearby Busch Gardens, a well-known theme park and wildlife preserve combined.  The visit will include food and beverages, along with a great view of the preserve. There is no cost.

Wednesday Afternoon Trip to Crystal River (included with registration)
Wednesday afternoon from 1:15 - 6:30 PM
There will be an optional trip to the Crystal River Archaeological State Park, where there are several Native American temple and burial mounds, and a small museum. There will be live demonstrations of ancient ceramic production, woodworking, use of ground penetrating radar, and a boatride along the river. There is no cost.

Thursday Evening Social Dinner (not included in registration fee)
Thursday evening from 7:30-11:30 PM
This optional conference dinner is at the renowned historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City (see below for more information on Ybor City). The dinner includes appetizers, an open bar for the first two hours, and a choice of several entrees (including vegetarian options), desserts, etc. in a buffet format. Coffee, soda, and iced tea are also included, as well as seeing the Spanish Flamenco show. Transportation is provided (within this time frame). To purchase a ticket, please go to the Registration & Payment page.

Saturday Excursion to Weedon Island Preserve (not included in registration fee)
Saturday May 15
This excursion to the Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg includes several archaeological activities organized by the Florida Public Archaeology Network and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association. Visit the forensics lab, ceramics lab, help build a sculling oar, fiber fishing net, or go on the guided kayak tour. The cost will be a $10 entrance fee plus transport (TBA). Please inform us in advance if you are interested.


*all prices are current as of September 2009

A variety of restaurants from fast food to fine dining are available in the Tampa area and can be seen by clicking here
USF Area: A list of restaurants near the USF campus can be seen by clicking here.

Downtown Tampa: A list of restaurants can be seen here.

Busch Gardens Theme Park and Adventure Island                    
Two miles from USF campus

Disney World and Other Attractions
Orlando is about an hour from USF and offers a variety of attractions.

Museum of Science and Industry MOSI
Across the street from campus
MOSI is the largest science center in the south. The facility encompasses over 400,000 sq ft, which includes exhibits on many scientific topics of general interest (dinosaurs, planetarium, butterflies, space exploration, etc).

Daily Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (open until 6 p.m. on weekends)
General Admission: $20.95

IMAX films: $10.95

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Around a 15 minute drive from campus
If you are interested in gambling, over 3,200 games are available at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. The casino also features over 50 tables of live action poker. Lessons are offered for the beginning gambler on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Hard Rock also offers several fine dining options

Weedon Island Preserve
Around 40 minutes from campus
This 3,700-acre nature preserve on Old Tampa Bay was home to at least four prehistoric cultures. Perhaps the most celebrated group was the Weeden Island Culture whose distinctive ornate pottery was first recorded on Weedon Island in 1924 by Jesse Walter Fewkes of the Smithsonian Institution. (The cultural period is spelled differently from the island) Public programs, guided hikes and exhibits interpret the rich natural, cultural, and archaeological history of the Preserve.
(727) 453-6500
1800 Weedon Dr. NE. I-275 exit 28 Gandy Blvd east, south on San Martin Blvd. and east on Weedon Dr. NE, continue to third turn on left.

Lowry Park Zoo
Around a 15 minute drive from campus
Tampa’s Lowry Zoo houses more than 2,000 animals in lush natural habitats. Zoo areas include Safari Africa, the Wallaroo Station, Asian Gardens, free flight aviaries, Florida boardwalk, Florida Manatee Center, Primate World, and Birds of Prey.
Daily Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
General Admission: $19.95

River Odyssey Ecotour: $14.00

Zoo+Ecotour Combo Ticket: $29.95

Big Cat Rescue
Around a 20 minute drive from campus
The sanctuary is home to the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with 16 species and subspecies of wild cat represented among more than 100 residents. These include tigers, lions, liger, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots, servals, caracals and others, many of whom are threatened, endangered, or now extinct in the wild.
Weekday tours occur at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Saturday tours occur at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person. No children under ten are allowed on these tours.  No tours are given on Sundays.

Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter for over a century, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of roasting Cuban coffee early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses. Ybor offers a wide variety of restaurants, shops, and nightclubs for visitors to enjoy. There are many things to see, including the Ybor City State Museum, which offers historic information about the area’s original Cuban occupants and demonstrates authentic cigar rolling (museum entry is $4).

Streetcars run between downtown and Ybor until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. One-way cash fare is $2, or a 1-day unlimited ride fare card can be purchased for $4.
For general info: For more info about the museum:

Downtown Tampa
The USF campus is about 20 minutes from downtown Tampa.

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The Florida Aquarium
Downtown Tampa
Experience the aquarium and see why it's among the top aquariums in the world, with more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and around the world!

Daily Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

General Admission: $19.95
Ecotours (90 minute boat trip in the bay): $21.95

Aquarium Admission + Ecotour: $35.95

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
Downtown Tampa
Tickets start at $24.50 and are available online.

Tampa Theatre
Downtown Tampa
Tickets for adults cost $9.00 and are available at the box office.

Tampa Museum of Art
Downtown Tampa
The Tampa Museum of Art’s primary purpose is to collect, preserve, display and interpret works of art reflecting art forms of regional, national, and international importance for the public on a regularly scheduled basis

Henry B. Plant Museum
Downtown Tampa
This museum is an old hotel constructed by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant. It features splendid Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens.
Hours:  Tue-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sun 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
General Admission: $5.00 (suggested donation)

SS Victory Ship Museum
Downtown Tampa
The SS American Victory, which is conveniently located directly behind the Florida Aquarium in the channel, is available for touring. This ship allows viewers to discover more about American maritime history by exploring a 1940s-era merchant cargo vessel which served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Hours: Tue-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sun 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

General Admission: $10.00