5/5 - Excellent
Verified traveler13 Oct 2019
Enjoyed six days in and around Tampa.
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.
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Embark on a colorful exploration of Florida’s ecosystems and aquatic habitats at this popular aquarium.
Hands-on animal activities, a manatee hospital and children’s rides are among the top attractions at this popular animal park.
Experience a thrilling combination of gravity, water and state-of-the art rides and slides at this water park for all ages.
Hear lions, tigers and leopards roar at this animal sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic big cats.
Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.
Go to a screening of a rare classic film in this historic theater palace that has a special place in the hearts of Tampa’s local residents.
Visit The Florida Aquarium and see more than 12,000 plants and animals from Florida and beyond in the 250,000-square feet (23,000-sq m) located in downtown Tampa. Start your Florida Aquarium experience in the Wetlands Trail, which is home to animals and plants found in Florida.
Tampa Bay CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Tampa Bay’s must-see attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.
Get to know the wonders of tropical wildlife in one of the most beautiful, zoological settings in the world. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is known for being one of the most family-friendly zoos in the country, bringing together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections.
Two Can't-Miss Attractions. One Low Price. Countless Memories. With awe-inspiring sea creatures, incredible wildlife, thrilling rides and up-close encounters at every turn, there is something for the whole family at ZooTampa at Lowry Park and The Florida Aquarium! Buy your tickets together and save.
Experience spooky stories and unexplained events as you visit some of the most historic and haunted spots in Tampa—and steady your nerves with a few drinks along the way. Meet your costumed tour guide in historic downtown Ybor and head off on an adventure to explore some of the area's most haunted locations.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Black & Brew, 205 E Main St, Lakeland, FL 33801, USA How is tea made? The process takes a lot to explain so its best that you are drinking it while we talk.
Verified traveler29 Apr 2019
Tampa Bay is very nice, the Ramada was fine. What I liked the most at the Hotel was the staff and their amazing customer service. In particular Miss Simone and Jamaal. Meeting them has been like coming face to face with kindness.
Discovering what to do in Tampa before or after a cruise
Dining around the growing food destination of Tampa Bay
Don't just settle for one beach when you can test the waters of several in Tampa