TAMPA TRAVEL GUIDE
What to see and what to do in Tampa?
Fantastic beaches, Bayshore Bouleward, Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Ybor City, Lettuce Lake Park and Busch Gardens are just a few of the places to experience in Tampa and Tampa Bay area. Use our Tampa Travel Guide for information, ideas, and travel tips. Read our travel descriptions, see photos and videos for inspiration. We have chosen the best tours and activities, and give our recommendations. We have researched, tested and verified our partners, so you are guaranteed an easy and safe booking.
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Learn about more than 20,000 marine animals in Tampa Aquarium, also called Florida Aquarium, in central Tampa. You can touch a bamboo shark or a starfish, discover coral fish, corals, giant mussels, turtles and more. The Florida Aquarium is located in downtown Tampa. Read more and buy the ticket here
Go on a family adventure in Busch Gardens. A large African inspired zoo combined with exiting rides for the whole family. The park has one of the world’s largest zoos in North America with more than 12,000 animals. There is also a large selection of live shows, restaurants, shops. Read more and buy tickets here
Examine science and technology at the Tampas Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Explore, make your own invention, explore the future of the Connectus exhibition and immerse yourself in interactive experiences. MOSI has interactive and educational exhibitions for all ages. Read more and buy tickets here
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Our Special Tip: Ybor City Local Food Tour
Get the perfect introduction to Tampa with this historic Ybor City food walking tour. You try 6 different local food places while the guide tells all about Ybor’s city history. Meet up hungry and enjoy samples from the local restaurants. Get inspiration and ideas for places you can return to, and dive deeper into their colonial offerings. We can highly recommend this tour – read more and buy tickets here
Tampa has it all
Tampa offers everlasting sunshine, swaying palm trees and breathtaking sunsets. This diverse destination is the hip and urban heart of Florida’s west coast. The city and the area have activities to suit every traveler. A rich wildlife, pirate parade, latest food and wine trends, locally brewed beer, trendy shopping, family-oriented attractions, museums, historical sites, lively events and vibrant nightlife.
Fun for the whole family
The Glazer Children’s Museum is a fantastic place packed with interactive exhibits. Experience wildlife from both land and sea at Zoo Tampa in Lowry Park, Florida Aquarium and TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach. If you want to be completely in “one” with nature, you can book a paddle trip with Canoe Escape. Here you can see alligators, birds and turtles on the Hillsborough River. Go exploring and get education at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Do not miss Busch Gardens which is known for its heartbreaking roller coasters. Busch Gardens is an attraction not to be missed, especially if your group has older children. Be sure to buy the Tampa Bay CityPASS. You get access to some of Tampa Bay’s best attractions at a discounted rate.
Tampa is a city with history
Long before Tampa Bay was a tourist destination, it was home to native Tocobaga, Calusa, Seminole and Miccosukee Indians. You can see a unique collection of tribal artifacts at the Tampa Bay History Center.
The heart of Tampa Bay’s Cuban history is Ybor City. Here, some of the world’s best cigars are handrolled, as it has been since the community was founded in 1885. The neighborhood’s brick streets and iron balconies are signs of the back in the days when Tampa Bay got its nickname “Cigar City.” Make a stop at one of the shops along 7th Avenue (La Séptima), to see cigar rolling “live”. Enjoy an authentic Cuban meal at Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida. Ybor also offers a fantastic nightlife.
Dining, nightlife and shopping in Tampa
The pedestrian-only Tampa Riverwalk connects downtown hotels, restaurants, parks and shops. Here you can enjoy a drink at a bar by the water, and then a sightseeing tour into the bay. Nearby there is plenty to see and do in the Channel District, i.a. Sparkman Wharf’s outdoor dining hall and Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. The Hyde Park neighborhood features cocktail bars, elegant Spas and fine shopping. If you’re into partying, then Ciro’s Tampa and Edge Rooftop Bar are recommended, offering drinks, music and dancing. Hipster Paradise Seminole Heights is known for its alternative atmosphere. Enjoy specially brewed beer at Angry Chair Brewing, indie bands in the Independent Bar and great food at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café.