Outdoor Adventures and Indoor Fascinations Await Tampa Visitors

Skye Rodgers

By , Local Expert, Tampa
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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.

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    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a world-class theme park featuring fascinating animals, extreme roller coasters and fabulous entertainment.

    Local Expert Tip: "To get the best deals, make sure to buy your tickets in advance and online."

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    Florida Aquarium

    The Florida Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the southeast featuring interactive exhibits and fun activities for the whole family.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make sure the kids bring their swimsuits and a change of clothes. The splash pad located toward the rear of the building is guaranteed to get their energy out."

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    Ybor City Museum State Park

    Tampa's Ybor City Museum celebrates the colorful history of this National Historic Landmark District.

    Local Expert Tip: "A good spot to get an overview of Ybor City before exploring the neighborhood."

  • 4

    Lowry Park Zoo

    • Type: Zoos
    • Neighborhood: Lowry Park

    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is consistently ranked one of the best zoos in the country.

    Local Expert Tip: "Going in the morning is a good idea, especially in the summer. Not only do you avoid some of the heat, but the animals tend to be a little more lively."

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    Tampa Riverwalk

    The Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.5 mile scenic walkway along the downtown waterfront that connects many popular attractions.

    Local Expert Tip: "A perfect introduction to downtown attractions and activities"

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    Glazer Children's Museum

    Located in downtown Tampa is the popular Glazer Children's Museum, dedicated to the kid in all of us.

    Local Expert Tip: "While this museum provide fun for the whole family, kids under 11 or so will have the most fun."

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    Tampa Bay History Center

    For an engaging overview of Tampa's rich history, the innovative Tampa Bay History Center is the best choice.

    Local Expert Tip: "One of the only area museums to profile Florida's first inhabitants,the Tocobaga and Calusa tribes."

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    Bayshore Boulevard

    Walking, jogging or biking down Tampa's famous Bayshore Boulevard affords beautiful views of the water and downtown skyline.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's not much shade, so have hats, sunscreen and water handy on hot days."

  • 9

    Tampa Museum of Art

    The Tampa Museum of Art showcases the city's unique and comprehensive art collection in a facility that is a work of art in itself.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check it out at night when the facade lights up with Villareal's Sky, a 14,000-square-foot LED installation that has become an iconic image for Tampa."

  • 10

    Hillsborough River State Park

    Canoeing, hiking, swimming, and camping, are just a few ways to enjoy Florida naturally at Tampa's Hillsborough River State Park.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're looking for a hike, be advised that some hiking trails will flood during the summer months."



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