Tampa

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A gateway to some of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast, this city actually has many appealing attractions away from the ocean.

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.

Where to stay in Tampa

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa RJ Stadium
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa RJ Stadium
2.5 out of 5
4750 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL
The price is £95 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Raymond James Stadium, and within 6 mi (10 km) of ZooTampa at Lowry Park and Tampa Riverwalk. Tampa ...
3.5/5 Good! (868 reviews)
"Friendly staff and the bed is so comfortable"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2022

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa RJ Stadium
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4 out of 5
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL
The price is £209 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, Florida State Fairgrounds, and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,310 reviews)
"The property was nice for the most part, just didnt like the smoking, but to be fair they had a floor which was for non smokers."

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2022

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Floridan Palace Hotel, BW Premier Collection
Floridan Palace Hotel, BW Premier Collection
3.5 out of 5
905 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL
The price is £134 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
Located in Downtown Tampa, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tampa Riverwalk and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. University of Tampa and Tampa ...
3.8/5 Good! (946 reviews)
"Very unique and beautifully ornate old world style"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Floridan Palace Hotel, BW Premier Collection
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Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
3 out of 5
3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is £110 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ben T. Davis Beach and Tampa Bay. Cypress Point Park and Rocky Point Golf Course are also ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,585 reviews)
"Nice. Quiet. Close to airport."

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ben T. Davis Beach and Tampa Bay. Cypress Point Park and Rocky Point Golf Course are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,295 reviews)
"It’s a hidden gem within the Tampa Bay community!"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2022

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Home2 Suites by Hilton Brandon Tampa, FL
Home2 Suites by Hilton Brandon Tampa, FL
3 out of 5
10323 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL
The price is £149 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Situated in Tampa, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Westfield Brandon, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (503 reviews)
"Kitchen in the room and seating besides the bed."

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Brandon Tampa, FL
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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