Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida

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THINGS TO DO AND SEE

  • Busch Gardens: An acclaimed theme park based on Africa and its animals. It hosts various events through out the year.The city’s best tourist attraction.
  • Lowry Park Zoo: Spread over a wide 53, acres, the zoo combines animal exhibits and rides to promote its natural conservation efforts.
  • Ybor City: The city’s most hip and happening place was founded by labour immigrants, and is now a National Historic Landmark, with a significant LGBT presence.An excellent walking sightseeing Tampa adventure.
  • International Plaza Mall: Close to the Airport, the mall combines luxury stay with luxury shopping and luxury eating. It’s a fantastic place to people watch and has some of the best eateries in the city
  • Museum of Science and Industry: MOSI is one of the best non-profit science museums of kids ever built. It covers ecosystems, natural disasters, space travel and the human body through highly interactive exhibits.One of the most fun things to do in Tampa.

Below we have a list of things to do in Tampa and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Tampa getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Tampa with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Tampa

Here is the list of things to do in Tampa and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Busch Gardens

    4.6 (3231 Votes)
    Busch Gardens

    Trail, Garden, Park, Wildlife Park

    Tampa’s rightly famous for as a theme park destination, and this is one of the two main reasons (the other is Adventure Park). With about 4.5 million visitors every year, this Africa themed park is one of the USA’s and indeed the world’s most visited. There are two ways of travelling the park’s vast 335 acre expanse the Serengeti Railway, which is a replica steam engine,...Read more
  2. Florida Aquarium

    4.5 (1592 Votes)
    Florida Aquarium

    Beach, Garden, Aquarium, Play

    The second non-profit wonderworld that is Tampa’s claim to fun fame, the Aquarium is home to about 20,000 plants and animals, most of which are from around Florida, but quite a few also from the rest of the world. As an exhibit… it is unusual and brilliant, thanks to its layout. To help visitors relate to the importance of the natural environment, the progression of the attraction ...Read more
  3. Lowry Park Zoo

    Wildlife Sanctuary , Park, Zoo, Educational Site

    63 acres of family friendly, educational non-profit goodness that allows you to get up close and personal with the animals this is one of the best zoos in the country. Focused on education, recreation, conservation and research, the zoo helps endangered species from around the world. There are a LOT of Florida residents, such as the Key deer, American alligator, flamingos, Roseate spoonbill, Fl...Read more
  4. Sunshine Skyway Bridge

    View Point, River, Bridge

    There’s something about bridges that captures the imagination. It’s probably the whole “connecting borders and ending separations thing”. The Skyway Bridge’s own arresting outline adds to this gravitas, thanks to it’s unusual shape and location. It’s frequently been called one the most beautiful bridges in America. At the peak of the bridge, whether fog...Read more
  5. Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center

    Beach, Garden, Wildlife Park, Exhibition

    This attraction developed as a nice bit of serendipity. In 1986, when the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach began delivering power to Tampa, it began to take in water from Tampa Bay to keep cool. The warm and clean water was discharged back in to the ocean. Sometime later, large droves of manatee started showing up, attracted by the unexpected pocket of warmth whenever the water cooled bel...Read more
  6. Ybor City

    Bar, Museum, Walking Area, Historical Site

    Today it’s an entertainment and nightlife neighbourhood, but the Ybor’s origins lie in the cigar factories here that once produced millions of cigarettes, and the immigrant labourers who made them. The Great Depression of the 1920s nearly killed the neighbourhood and over the next decades the place declined and deteriorated. The moving in artists looking for cheap places to stay in ...Read more
  7. Adventure Island

    4.3 (700 Votes)
    Adventure Island

    Beach, Island, Water Body, Park

    Adventure island is  30 acres of seasona water park in Tampa, located next to Busch Gardens Tampa. Adventure island tampa water speed and sun through thrilling corkscrews, slides, wavepools and playgrounds, in combo with sunbathing areas, picnic spots and chilled out cafes make this an as complete a break from reality as you can possibly imagine. The Adventure island tampa rides are m...Read more
  8. Lettuce Lake Park

    4.7 (653 Votes)
    Lettuce Lake Park

    Park, Landmark, Observatory, Entertainment

    Tampa’s favourite weekend nature and recreation getaway destination does not pull any punches! Firstly, it is quintessentially Floridian. It’s 240 acres of natural lands run through a fresh water wetland and flood plain, an oak-dominated hardwood forest, cypress domes, and the Hillsborough River. To help you stay clean through all this, there are boardwalks running throughout the pa...Read more
  9. Bayshore Boulevard

    View Point, Biking Trail, Walking Area, Historical Site

    This simple and unassuming looking walk will surprise you with all the pleasures it has in store. It’s actually a great way to get to know Tampa. At 7.2 km long, it’s the longest continuous boulevard in the world, and is a favourite with sunrise and sunset joggers and bikers. A great number of historic attractions lie on the path. It’s also a popular with lovers. The Children&...Read more
  10. Plant Hall

    History Museum, Outdoors, Observatory, Educational Site

    In the south wing of Plant Hall (itself a U.S. National Historic Landmark), this the Henry B Plant museum covers several interesting aspects of the erstwhile 500 room Tampa Bay Hotel (which was hosted in this building), and the lifestyles of its celebrity guests. The Primary Exhibits are: Paradise: A 19th century tropical landscaped garden with istoric images from brochures, newspapers, negati...Read more
  11. International Plaza And Bay Street

    Hotel, Outdoors, Observatory, Food And Drinks

    The mall, which borders the airport, was opened in 2001 to provide tourists and locals with an upscale dining and shopping location. It’s 200 specialty stores and 15 restaurants quickly made it one of Tampa’s favourite hangouts. Even if you’re not shopping or dining, it’s worth coming here just to people watch. The restaurants are mostly located on Bay Street (and intima...Read more
  12. Tampa Museum Of Art

    4.2 (704 Votes)
    Tampa Museum Of Art

    Art Museum, Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    "An electronic jewelbox box sitting on a glass pedestal" – that’s what the museum is supposed to look like. Its clean and minimalist interior, beautifully organised, keeps the visitor’s focus starkly on the art. And what art it is – the main exhibition covers Greek and Roman antiquities, but the museum will usually select some incredible pieces from its contemporary coll...Read more
  13. Ss American Victory Mariners' Memorial And Museum Ship

    Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    The only floating maritime museum in Florida is also one of the only four fully operational American WWII ships. Frequently touted as a national treasure, the self-guided tour of the ship will lead you through cargo holds, radio/gyro rooms, the hospital, the galley, signalling equipment, mess halls, crew cabins, lifeboats, the Captain's quarters, cargo and engine rooms. Furthermore, enjoy artef...Read more
  14. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

    Outdoors, Waterfront, Garden, Park

    The park is one of the most exciting places in Tampa! It’s not anyone stand out feature, but a host little pleasures that make it an absolute delight to visit. 8 acres and eco friendly, the park hosts two interactive fountains, the video-game/exercise contraption NEOS 360 Ring, shaded picnic spots, dog running areas, and a fantastic children’s playground. Occasionally, there are fre...Read more
  15. Ybor City State Museum

    4.5 (543 Votes)
    Ybor City State Museum

    Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    Part of the essential TampaNational Historic Landmark District, this converted state museum has one especially famous legacy – the Cuban bread. While Tampa contests’ Miami as the true source of the Cuban bread, Francesco Ferlita’s bakery, once housed in this very building, seems to be the more viable origin. At the museum, you can still see the ovens in which the bread was bak...Read more
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