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Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico. Start your sightseeing in Tampa by visiting its oldest and most diverse neighborhood just northeast of downtown, once home to dozens of cigar factories and now the city's major nightclub and entertainment district. Originally inhabited by Native Americans, Tampa became the subject of European exploration in the 16th century, resulting in brief but violent conflicts between the two cultures. Tampa remained a quiet village of just several hundred people for most of its history, slowly developing into a busy commercial center only in the 20th century. Now, the city attracts tourism for its nature-focused attractions, including two aquariums, a botanical garden, and a pristine, sandy beach. Use our world travel planner: Tampa and all its delights await.
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ©
Theme Park
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Tampa Bay Fun Boat LLC ©
Dolphin / Whale Watching
Tampa Bay Fun Boat LLC
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Tampa

Walt Disney World Resort ©
Disney Park / Activity
Walt Disney World Resort Orlando
4.3
Duration: 8 hours
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Theme Park
Universal Orlando Resort Orlando
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Theme Park
Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Disney Park / Activity
Magic Kingdom Park Orlando
4.3
Duration: 8 hours

Hidden gems in Tampa

Sacred Heart Catholic Church ©
Church
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Fun Flats Fishing
Marina
Fun Flats Fishing
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
The Florida Aquarium ©
Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Tampa

Lettuce Lake Regional Park ©
Park
Lettuce Lake Regional Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Ballast Point Park ©
Playground
Ballast Point Park
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Veterans Memorial Park and Museum ©
Park
Veterans Memorial Park and Museum
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park ©
Park
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Tampa

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Toffee to Go ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Toffee to Go
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Joe and Son's Olive Oils ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Joe and Son's Olive Oils
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Tampa Sweethearts ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Tampa Sweethearts
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Cleanse Apothecary ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Cleanse Apothecary
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Tampa

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ZooTampa at Lowry Park ©
Zoo
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
Big Cat Rescue ©
Zoo
Big Cat Rescue
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Croc Encounters ©
Wildlife Area
Croc Encounters
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Glazer Children's Museum ©
Children’s Museum
Glazer Children's Museum
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Tampa

One of the country's favorite vacation destinations, Tampa offers lodging options ranging from lavish resorts to inexpensive motels, and almost everything in between. The city's downtown boasts numerous affordable full-service hotels where you can take advantage of in-room dining, free Wi-Fi, and secure parking, all within walking distance of popular beaches. For an indulgent experience, consider staying at one of the hotels located along the sprawling wildlife preserve on the upper shores of Tampa Bay.
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