Tampa's Must-See Attractions 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. Make sure to check their websites for discounted tickets!

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 delivers a fun and educational experience for all ages. 

The beauty of the natural world is also evident in the Tampa Bay area. 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. 



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

Museum of Science & Industry
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MOSI is Tampa's popular science and industry museum packed with fun activities and interactive learning experiences. The facility houses a collection permanent exhibits that cover all disciplines of science including biology, anatomy, physics,...  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



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



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 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



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

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

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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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