Tampa's Must-See Attractions Will Inspire and Entertain the Whole Family



Tampa offers visitors many ways to discover more about its unique natural and cultural history. Through visiting the city's world-class museums, zoos, and art galleries, you can learn more about the area in ways that are inspiring, informative, and entertaining. To help you plan your sightseeing itinerary while in Tampa, 10 Best has pulled together a list of the top 10 options.

The best place to visit to get a big picture perspective of Tampa's cultural history is at the Tampa Bay History Center. From man's first arrival around 12,000 years ago to the present, Tampa has provided a beautiful backdrop for the human drama of survival and progress. Conveniently located downtown along the waterfront, this is a state-of-the-art museum that provides both a fun and educational experience for all ages. 

The beautiful tapestry of the natural world is also evident in the Tampa Bay area. Here you will find many species of both plants and animals that can be found nowhere else in the country due to the sub-tropical climate and warm waters of Tampa Bay.To learn more, plan a visit to the Lowry Park Zoo. This award-winning zoo is very popular with families and features a Florida Boardwalk where you can meet many of the animals that make Florida home. Also be sure to visit the Florida Manatee and Aquatic Center.


Glazer Children's Museum


Kids have so much fun here that the adults end up accidentally having some as well. If you've never been to a children's museum, it's not like an adult museum. It's loud, rambunctious, and exciting for all kids. There are many hands-on exhibits...  Read More




A highlight of the Tampa art scene, this beloved gallery is one of only a few museums in the US dedicated solely to photography. Promoting photographic art as central to our culture, the museum exhibits both historic and contemporary...  Read More


Museum of Science & Industry
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Located across the street from the University of South Florida, MOSI has an exhibit for everyone in your party. It strives to cover all disciplines of science, including biology, anatomy, physics, and meteorology in its massive space. Equally...  Read More




Conveniently located close to downtown in Channelside, the American Victory Ship is one of Tampa's hidden gems. One of only four WWII ships that are fully-functioning, the Ship is a memorial to the dedicated men and women of the American...  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


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




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


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


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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


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


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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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