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.
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