Top Choices for Adventure and Learning in Tampa

Visitors to Tampa will find a treasure trove of fascinating attractions and adventurous activities. From world-class museums to fun family adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy. To find the best options for your family, check out 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.

Tampa also features several inspiring, educational and entertaining museums. One of the more recent additions is the innovative Tampa Bay History Center conveniently located on the scenic River Walk. Take a fascinating tour through area's rich history and culture brought to life through interactive exhibits and stunning displays.

Hillsborough River State Park
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To experience Florida nature 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...  Read More



Yes, a sidewalk is one of Tampa's best attractions. However, this is a very special sidewalk. Running from MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa, the sidewalk that runs along Bayshore Boulevard is the longest continuous sidewalk in the US. It...  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


Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is beloved by locals and visitors alike featuring 1,300 animals with an emphasis on regional endangered species and those in similar climates. This 56-acre nonprofit zoo has been voted the #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the...  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

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 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



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

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