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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.

Where to stay in Tampa

Top hotels in Tampa

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
3 out of 5
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL
The price is £101 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Downtown Tampa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa Theater. University of Tampa and Tampa Convention Center are ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,455 reviews)

"It is a nice hotel! I like it so close to the boardwalk. Wish there was more coffee shops around!We would stay again."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2021

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
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 £158 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (991 reviews)

"Amazing property, immaculate and clean. Not much of a gambler but i did enjoy a few drinks in the casino playing a little blackjack. Room was amazingly beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Value Lodge Busch Gardens Tampa
Value Lodge Busch Gardens Tampa
2.5 out of 5
210 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL
The price is £41 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan

Situated in Tampa, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Babe Zaharias Golf Course and within 3 miles (5 km) of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Moffitt Cancer Center. ...

1.8/5 (96 reviews)

"Everything was nice the staff took care of me quite well I was pleased with the service I would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Value Lodge Busch Gardens Tampa
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Top Holiday Rentals in Tampa

Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
3.5 out of 5
536 Bahia Beach Blvd, Ruskin, FL
The price is £106 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Ruskin aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tampa Bay, E.G. Simmons Regional Park and Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park. Cypress Golf ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,313 reviews)

"I love that your right on the Harbor! Its beautiful!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is £97 per night from 26 Jan to 27 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,869 reviews)

"Everything, on the water and beautiful views. Nice and quiet."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
3 out of 5
3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is £91 per night from 26 Jan to 27 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 ...

3.6/5Good! (2,254 reviews)

"All the comforts of home. Walk along the Bay. Friendly staff. Hot breakfast. Beautiful suite. We love this place!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
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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