By Marisa Webber

BookcoverTampa Bay holds many treasures still yet to be discovered by locals. In Kristen Hare’s book, 100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before You Die, she uncovers the best kept secrets of the area.

Whether it be visiting the Dali Museum of St. Pete or seeing the mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs, this book covers it all. 100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before You Die is not only for tourists, even the locals will discover places and events they have never heard of. One of the best attractions to Hare is the eboats of Tampa.

“They are family-friendly and not only for tourists, because even locals will be able to see parts of Tampa they have never seen before,” said Hare.

In the book, each attraction or place is separated into a specific category, including “Food & Drink,” “Music & Entertainment,” “Sports & Recreation,” “Culture & History,” and “Shopping & Fashion.” With such a wide variety of activities, there is bound to be something fun for people of all ages.

Graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Hare received a degree in journalism. Her interest in journalism began in high school and soon transformed into a passion. Before starting her journalism career, she worked with the Peace Corps in Guyana, South America where she met her husband Jailall Jairam. They soon moved to St. Louis, Mo. together where she spent five years working with St. Joseph News-Press, then five years working with the St. Louis Beacon. Hare and her husband, along with son Max and daughter Leela, moved to Tampa Bay in 2012 expecting to only stay for a year. That year long trip ended up turning into a permanent move because they fell in love with the area. Hare is now a freelance writer for the Tampa Bay Times and a reporter for Poynter Institute. After the release and success of her book, she is interested in writing more novels.

100 Things to do in Tampa Bay Before You Die can be downloaded from Amazon or picked up at a local Barnes and Noble. Hare said, “Even places you know about may have features you have yet to discover.”

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