Ahoy, Matey! Over the past few years, popular pirate films — from Peter Pan to Pirates of the Caribbean — have amassed a huge fan base, propelling pirates into stars of attractions at major theme parks and icons worthy of top-selling Halloween costumes.
Whether you are traveling with a pint-sized buccaneer or seadog (old pirate), lads or lassies, Florida has a smattering of shipshape pirate-themed attractions worthy of your visit. So, what are you waiting for? Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen (pull up the anchor and the sail and let's get going)!
Gasparilla Pirate Fest - Tampa
A Tampa tradition for over 100 years, this annual January event has evolved into a week-long celebration culminating with a water "invasion" by a boatload of rowdy pirates, under the direction of the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar. After surrendering, the city succumbs to a parade and street party that rivals Mardi Gras... including lots and lots of beads.
Pirate Fans at Disney World
If you are traveling with a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, look no further than Disney World's Magic Kingdom where Adventureland is pirate central. Swashbucklers young and old can enjoy rides, shows, and attractions designed to thrill... and even get a pirate makeover!
If you're looking to turn your whole Disney World vacation into a pirate-themed affair, look no further than Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort where you can reserve pirate-themed rooms that are sure to conjure up adventurous dreams for young lads and lassies.
Avast ye! Relive the golden age of piracy at the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum with authentic artifacts and real treasure collected by Pat Croce. Previously located in Key West, the new museum is fittingly located just opposite the historic Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in a newly renovated building. Promising an exciting interactive journey through 300 years of high seas adventure, the museum is a must-see for pirate fans of all ages.
Yo Ho Yo Ho... this one-of-a-kind show is staged on a full-sized authentic replica of an 18th Century Spanish galleon afloat in a 300,000-gallon lagoon.
The adventure comes to life and the pirates entertain as they dangle from the tall masts as they perform dynamic duels, showing astonishing special aerial effects combined with swashbuckling swordplay.
It's easy for would-be-pirates to find themselves caught up in this amazing interactive performance. Of course, through it all, "kidnapped" voyagers dine on their "final" meal fit for a king that includes an appetizer, main course, and dessert.
Playing a game of miniature golf has never been so fun. You'll feel like you've been stranded on a tropical island amid sunken ships and dreaded pirate dungeons as the adventures and legends of infamous pirates come to life.
Captain Memo's is just one of many pirate adventure cruises that set sail from various docks along Florida's shores. These kid-friendly cruises feature an authentic-looking ship and costumed crew. Kids enjoy their pirate hats, face painting, games and about 90 minutes of pirate fantasy.