Tampa

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Tampa is one of Florida’s most-frequented locales: an appealing combination of coastal pleasures, college-town spirit and business prosperity. Its centralized location is ideal for visitors seeking culture and entertainment, outdoors adventure, recreational sports, theme park fun, unique shopping, nightlife and more. You can easily travel from Tampa International Airport to destinations throughout the region, including major downtown areas, tourist attractions and beautiful beaches.

EXPLORE
Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is the largest science center in the southeast, including Florida’s only IMAX® Dome Theatre. Animal lovers can see 100+ tigers, bobcats, cougars, leopards and lions upclose at the world’s largest accredited sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue. All ticket proceeds go towards protecting abused and abandoned big cats. Enjoy films, concerts and tours at the magnificent 1926-built Tampa Theatre, on the National Landmark of Historic Places. Step back to a bygone era, from its romantic outdoor Mediterranean courtyard to the Wurlitzer organ still played before shows.

 

PLAY
Check out thrilling theme park rides and exotic animals. Or take that afternoon office meeting to the golf course instead. If you’re looking to entertain little ones, they can touch stingrays, feed giraffes, ride camels and gaze at the full spectrum of species that share Planet Earth, from northern penguins to African wildlife at Lowry Park Zoo. The Florida Aquarium offers 20,000 aquatic animals and plants, plus exciting shows. Its two-acre outdoor water adventure zone is a kid favorite with water cannons, geysers and climbing pirate ship (and the shady Cantina bar and grill alongside it is equally popular with weary moms, dads and grandparents!)

 

SHOP
Hyde Park Village is an open-air district in one of Tampa’s historic neighborhoods, with charming and fascinating specialty shops, suited to meet budget or high-end needs. Historic Ybor City offers vintage clothing, antique furniture and hand-rolled cigars, along with contemporary stores at newer Centro Ybor. Tampa also has upscale Westside and International Plazas, plus delightful farmer’s markets too.

 

FEAST
Just around the corner from Hyde Park Village is South Howard Avenue (“So Ho”), known as “Restaurant Row” for its 35 different eateries, representing cuisine from every corner of the globe. When you’re ready to really indulge, enjoy a hearty meal at Bern’s Steak House…then head upstairs to the Harry Waugh Dessert Room. Picture a private, exclusive space just for your party where you choose the music – and the decadent dessert creations!

 

CELEBRATE
Channelside Bay Plaza has live weekend entertainment, restaurant variety and unique boutiques. Tour Ybor City by day for historic appeal – then stay to savor the night! For 100 years, this area has been known as the “Latin Quarter” View the timeless art of hand-rolling cigars. Feast on tapas, sangria and fragrant cafe con leche from sidewalk cafés. Sway to jazz, blues, salsa and reggae. As one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida, Ybor City is both a trip back in time and a modern mecca of fun.

 

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