Tampa's Cruise Port Surrounded by Top Area Attractions

With year-round warm weather and a beautiful location on the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa is a vibrant city with a rich history. If you're in town to catch a cruise, take the opportunity to experience some of Tampa's first-class amenities and attractions. Conveniently located close to downtown and historic Ybor City, the cruise port offers easy access to some of Tampa's most popular attractions - many are even within walking distance. After careful consideration, 10 Best has gathered ten of the best options located near the cruise port.

For amazing convenience, look no further than where you are, the Florida Aquarium is one of Tampa's most popular attractions and is literally surrounded by the cruise port. Extremely kid-friendly, the Aquarium is guaranteed to provide hours of fun for the whole family. If you have enough time, make sure to book a dolphin cruise.

If you like to walk, hook up with the Tampa Riverwalk that begins on the far side of Channelside Bay Plaza next to Cruise Port 1. This beautiful walk offers easy access to all downtown attractions including the Tampa Bay History Center, and if you walk far enough, the ultra-modern Tampa Museum of Art. In between are parks, interpretive displays, and lots of spots to grab a drink and a meal on the scenic waterfront.





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 Water Bikes is located on the public docks adjacent to the Convention Center and Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa. The perfect sightseeing option to get a water view of the city's iconic landmarks, water biking is easy and fun. Also...  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. The museum is located downtown in the architecturally significant Cube, a soaring six-story atrium building....  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 any visit to Tampa's national historic district. Once known as the "Cigar Capital of the World," cigars were big business and had an incredible economic...  Read More

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



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

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

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



Conveniently located close to downtown and adjacent to the Florida Aquarium, 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...  Read More

Florida Aquarium


One of the best aquariums in the southeast, this 250,000 square foot attraction explores aquatic environments around the world featuring more than 20,000 plants and animals in both fresh and saltwater environments. Exhibits document the movement...  Read More


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Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye