Outdoor Adventures and Indoor Fascinations Await Tampa Visitors

Many visitors to Tampa Bay are looking for the nearest beach as soon as they step off the plane. Granted, the beaches are consistently ranked as some of the best in the nation, and there's nothing wrong with a little R & R, but here's a tip: there's a lot to see and do within Tampa's city limits. From world-class museums to fun family adventures, there is something for everyone on this list of Tampa's 10 best attractions and activities.

Given Tampa's warm, sunny weather, many of the top things to do involve being outdoors. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the city's top family attraction featuring fascinating creatures, extreme roller-coasters and world-class entertainment. This is a theme park that rivals the best Orlando has to offer, all at a better price. Visit their huge waterpark, Adventure Island located just down the road and save even more with the purchase of a combo ticket.

Tampa also features several inspiring, educational and entertaining museums. One of the more recent additions is the innovative Tampa Bay History Center. Take a walk through the fascinating history of the area's rich history and culture through interactive exhibits and stunning displays. Work up an appetite and visit the Columbia Cafe located in the museum that serves up the same traditional Cuban and Spanish fare as the famous Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.

Hillsborough River State Park
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To see natural Florida without having to drive very far out of town, Hillsborough River State Park is your best bet. Located upriver from downtown Tampa in northeastern Hillsborough County, this is one of Florida's oldest and most popular state...  Read More

Yes, a sidewalk is one of Tampa's best attractions. Before you start with the jokes, this is a very special sidewalk. Running from just north of MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa along Hillsborough Bay, the sidewalk that runs along...  Read More

The Tampa Museum of Art is a boldly designed riverfront museum housing six temporary exhibits and an extensive permanent collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and 20th-century sculpture. After browsing the galleries, visitors can wander...  Read More

Built in 1891 by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant, this history museum is located in what was originally the Tampa Bay Hotel, an extravagant resort that drew such guests as Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. Now home to the University of Tampa,...  Read More

Lowry Park

Everybody loves a zoo, and Lowry Park Zoo is one of the cleanest, best organized you will find anywhere, so much so that it was recently voted the best zoo in the country by Parents Magazine. All of your favorites are here, including African...  Read More

Ybor City Museum State Park
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Built to preserve and celebrate Ybor City's colorful history, this museum is a highlight of Tampa's colorful historic district, also known as the "Cigar Capital of the World." Housed in the renovated historic Ferlita Bakery, the museum boasts...  Read More

Tampa Bay History Center
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The Tampa Bay History Center, a 60,000-square-foot waterfront museum, presents 12,000 years of Tampa Bay history through innovative, interactive exhibits that engage visitors of all ages. Visitors can explore a vast array of Seminole artifacts,...  Read More

Florida Aquarium

One of the best aquariums in the southeast, this amazing attraction truly explores sea life by featuring more than 20,000 plants and animals in fresh and saltwater environments. Exhibits document the movement of water from wetlands to ocean and...  Read More

Tampa Riverwalk
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The Tampa Riverwalk is a scenic exploration of the downtown riverfront. A good place to start is the Straz Center for Performing Arts, however, you can join the walk from anywhere along the route (see their website for a map). The Riverwalk...  Read More

Wild animals and wilder rides await visitors at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The 335-acre Africa-inspired theme park's six infamous roller coasters, 2,000-plus animals and entertaining live shows provide truly unforgettable thrills. There is...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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