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Tampa Holiday Guide

From rides on hair-raising rollercoasters to canoeing past alligators, adventurous days out are what Tampa does best. Right in the middle of Florida’s west coast, Tampa is an upbeat waterside city with a proud heritage, vibrant promenade and some super-sized family attractions. You’ll find the beating heart of the city in downtown Tampa, where stylish office buildings tower towards the sky and a charming waterside promenade traces the edge of the Hillsborough River. Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk and you will pass green parks with views out on to the water and some of the Tampa’s key attractions.

Elsewhere in downtown Tampa, you can catch a movie at the beautifully restored 1920s Tampa Theatre, browse Greek and Roman treasures at the Tampa Museum of Art and discover one of best sea-life experiences in the state at the Florida Aquarium, which houses seahorses, sharks and manatees among its impressive family of creatures.

For a lively taste of Tampa’s history, head north of downtown to Ybor City, where you can absorb the 19th-century neighbourhood’s Cuban heritage, explore its bars and restaurants and savour one of the area’s world-famous hand-rolled cigars.

Sports fans, meanwhile, should make a beeline for the Ray Jay stadium, home to Tampa’s Buccaneers football team. In tribute to the home team, the arena houses an enormous replica pirate ship that shoots canons as and when points are scored.

Away from Tampa’s city centre, adventure is the order of the day. It is an area rich in family-friendly days out, but the must-do for most is Busch Gardens: a vast 335-acre collection of rides and entertainment that easily rivals any of the attractions in nearby Orlando, Florida’s theme park capital. Brace yourself for adrenaline-fuelled spins on the rollercoasters and a thorough soaking at the neighbouring Adventure Island water park, a huge complex of wet rides and waterfalls.

Elsewhere in Tampa, families can see endangered orangutans and watch manatees through underwater viewing galleries at the Lowry Park Zoo, and canoe past alligators and turtles on the gentler stretches of the river at Hillsborough River State Park, or hike and cycle its scenic walking trails.


Guide to Exploring Tampa


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Ramada Tampa Airport Westshore

Ramada Tampa Airport Westshore

1200 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa
3.0
of 5, from 1,396 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Centrally located near restaurants, bars, and movie theaters, this hotel is within 2 miles of the Tampa airport, and 5 miles from both downtown Tampa and The Florida Aquarium.

Winter Quarters Pasco RV Resort - Campground

Winter Quarters Pasco RV Resort - Campground

21632 State Road 54, Lutz
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Lutz, this caravan park/campground is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Plantation Palms Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tampa Premium Outlets and Heritage Harbor Golf Course. Tournament Players Club Tampa Bay and Shops at Wiregrass are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£40
Tampa Stadium Hotel

Tampa Stadium Hotel

4750 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
3.3
of 5, from 629 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Westshore, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of George M. Steinbrenner Field and Raymond James Stadium. Al Lopez Park and Cigar City Brewery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£92
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor

Harborside Suites at Little Harbor

536 Bahia Beach Blvd, Ruskin
4.3
of 5, from 391 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Ruskin aparthotel is on the beach, 2.5 mi (4 km) from E.G. Simmons Regional Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cypress Golf Club and Camp Bayou Nature Preserve. South Bay Hospital and Sun City Center Library are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£63
Tahitian Inn

Tahitian Inn

601 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
3.5
of 5, from 713 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This 79-room hotel is 3 miles from Raymond James Stadium and within 6 miles of downtown Tampa, Channelside District, and Tampa airport and cruise terminals by complimentary shuttle.

£61
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa

3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa
3.7
of 5, from 1,136 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Rocky Point, this aparthotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Cypress Point Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Rocky Point Golf Course. Raymond James Stadium and Westshore Plaza Mall are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£45
Vista Inn and Suites Tampa

Vista Inn and Suites Tampa

400 E Bearss Ave, Tampa
2.4
of 5, from 157 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This Tampa motel is 3 miles from the University of South Florida and 5 miles from both Busch Garden and Adventure Island.

£64
La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport

La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport

4730 W Spruce St, Tampa
3.6
of 5, from 589 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located less than a mile from the Tampa Airport, this hotel is across the street from the Tampa International Mall and less than 2 miles from Raymond James Stadium.

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