Tampa: Best Things to Do

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Tampa is a city in Tampa Bay, alongside the Gulf Coast of Florida

It is known as a major business center but it also offers cultural attractions

The must visit tourist destinations are Busch Garden, the Florida Aquarium, American Victory Ship & Museum, and many more

For culinary, Stone Crab is worth to try

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SIGHTSEEING

Busch Garden is the most popular African-themed park with animal-viewing areas and challenging rides. Busch Gardens is not the only one place to see animals, there are Lowry Park Zoo that has more than 1300 animals and the Florida Aquarium with 9000 animals being conserved. For sightseeing, Tampa Museum of Art and Museum Of Science & Industry display modern and ancient arts. There is also Henry B. Plant Museum that preserves a Moorish-style hotel and Gilded Age railroad tycoon’s ornate.

Lowry Park Zoo

Celebrated zoo offering giraffe feeding, educational programs & a water play area

The Florida Aquarium

Aquarium with sharks, penguins, stingray touch tanks, a wild dolphin cruise & a water playground.

It is completely kid friendly, with various touch exhibits and splash playground.

They have a place to touch stingrays, sea urchins and jellyfish.

If you wish, you can go and watch dolphins in their wild habitat as part of your admission.

Address : 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

DOWNTOWN

Exploring the downtown of Tampa can be started from Henry B. Plant Museum, a-1891 hotels with 511-room and vintage design. Then, you can go to Tampa Museum of Art to see modern and contemporary arts such as Roman, Greek, and Etruscan antiquities.

Henry B. Plant Museum

Landmark building hosting exhibits on Florida's early tourism industry plus Asian & European art

American Victory Ship & Museum

Fully restored warship from WWII & the Vietnam War now housing exhibits on maritime history

SHOPPING

Looking for souvenirs for your loved ones? You can go to Tampa Bay History Center Museum Store that provides interesting items such as books, jewelry, accessories original from Tampa. Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center also provides a variety of Tampa-themed items such as artwork, locally curated items, and even clothes.

Tampa Bay History Center Museum Store

No visit to the Museum is complete without a stop in the Museum Store

Stocked with a well-curated collection of tempting objects, the store features the finest selection of jewelry, art books, museum catalogs, and exhibition-related gifts

Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center offers excellent local advice on attractions, restaurants, and things to do during your visit to Tampa Bay

FOOD & DRINK

To complete your adventure in Tampa, make sure to try Tampa's authentic food. You can try Stone Crab, a meaty claw served hot, sweet and pre-cracked with mustard sauce. This food is a typical Floridian food and using Florida crab's claws. Florida is popular for its seafood, so it's a must to try Rock Shrimp. The shrimps are taken from the Gulf coast and served with fried or broiled in butter.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Tampa is from September to December.

HOTEL

The West Wing Boutique Hotel is one of the most unique and comfortable hotels in Tampa. This hotel has WES, a robotic employee that delivers foods and other items to the guests’ room. You can also book a room at Le Meridien Tampa. It is another best hotel in downtown Tampa. There are 130 rooms with its unique architecture, restaurants, history, and contemporary rooms.

West Wing Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

The West Wing Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection®, is a modern all-suite boutique hotel

Located near the University of South Florida and across the street from the University Mall

Le Méridien Tampa

Travel back in time at Le Méridien Tampa

This century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind Tampa hotel

RESTAURANT

Tampa has many restaurants serving authentic cuisines. Tampa Bay Food Tour is one of the recommended restaurants in Tampa. This restaurant serves fine wine and also delicious food such as burgers and beers. If you want to try another cuisine, you can try Bodega. It's a Cuban-Spanish restaurant that serves sodas frescas, sandwiches, salad, and beers. They also provide vegetarian and vegan menus.

Bodega Seminole Heights

Compact, outdoor counter serve selling Cuban/Latin-American sandwiches & plates, with patio seating

CAFE

Kôfē serves the best coffee in Tampa. This cafe also serves other delicious food like Ramen and Poke. Another must-visit café in Tampa is Caffeine Roasters. It is a perfect place to hang out with your travel buddies while sipping the coffee served.

Kôfē

This place is a full service, means you can order coffee and foods to eat

Caffeine Roasters

Enjoy the vibes of Tampa city with a cup of coffee in Caffeine Roasters Tampa

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Centro YBOR is a recommended bar to experience the nightlife of Tampa. This bar is located in historic Ybor City which serves many entertainment and drinks. There are many kinds of spirit and beers and also nightlife entertainment as well. Cigar City Brewing is also one of the most favorite bars in the downtown. They serve variety kinds of beers with fun night entertainment.

Centro YBOR

2-floor mall with food outlets, bars, a 10 screen cinema, theater, stores & offices

Cigar City Brewing

Inventive neighborhood brewery offering tours, a tasting room featuring beers & cigars & more

INTERESTING PLACE

Tampa has many interesting places that you can visit such as American Victory Ship & Museum. Find out the unique and antique sailing boats and aqua world only in this place.

American Victory Ship & Museum

Fully restored warship from WWII & the Vietnam War now housing exhibits on maritime history

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Tampa Museum of Art is one of the instagramable spots in Tampa. This museum has collection of visual art and inspiration for the Tampa Bay community. Visit this place at night to get a colorful background for your Instagram pictures. Another must visit instagramable spot in town is The Florida Aquarium. This aquarium has over 20000 aquatic plants and animals.

The Florida Aquarium

Aquarium with sharks, penguins, stingray touch tanks, a wild dolphin cruise & a water playground.

It is completely kid friendly, with various touch exhibits and splash playground.

They have a place to touch stingrays, sea urchins and jellyfish.

If you wish, you can go and watch dolphins in their wild habitat as part of your admission.

Address : 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

Tampa Museum of Art

Waterfront space with translucent ceilings & polished stone floors housing modern & classical art.

They have antique history, photography, and modern day.

It has variations of all art forms from photo, drawing, painting, sculpture and cloth art.

The natural flower centerpieces, the sofa, and the lighting are all very relaxing.

If you’re a student, you will get a free admission so have a proof ready and you’re good to go.

Address : 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602, USA