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Top 5 Places to Visit in Tampa, Florida

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center filled with cultural family vacation destinations!

1. Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa is a world-renowned amusement park and one of the best things to do in Tampa, Florida, that offers a wide variety of fun activities and adventures for the entire family. It features an array of exclusive park experiences, live entertainment and shows, themed rides and special kids’ attractions. There are also a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, bars, and shops. There, you can grab a yummy bite to eat or maybe hit the shops with friends and family. You can have fun here no matter what age you are!

2. The Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk is a beautifully maintained pedestrian pathway that runs along the Hillsborough River and connects downtown Tampa with the city’s waterfront. On your walk, you will be able to find several public parks, a variety of hotels, museums, restaurants and other entertainment venues. The most notable attractions being the Florida Aquarium, Channelside Bay Plaza, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, and the Historical Monument Trail. The riverwalk has so much to choose from whether your looking for beautiful views, simple entertainment, or just eager to learn about the history of Tampa and Hillsborough County.

3. Tampa Bay Food Tours

If you’re a foodie you’re going to love this one! Tampa Bay Food Tours take groups of up to 12 people on a three and a half hour walking tour of the Tampa region’s best food and beverage options. Here, you will be able to sample amazing food, wine, and craft beer from the area’s best restaurants. They are known for giving a personalized experience of Tampa’s downtown riverfront districts, stopping at four to five local favorite restaurants. This is a tour you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on!

4. Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo features more than 2,000 animals in natural habitats. These animals are from Africa, Asia, and Australia, as well as native Florida habitats. In addition to the array of animals, there is also a large aquarium and three pools that contain local manatees that are injured or sick. The most popular attraction is the “backstage” meet and greet with the penguins and tortoises. There, visitors also have the opportunity to feed an Indian rhino. Guests can also hop on a safari ride through the African habitat. If you love animals, this is a must for you!

5. Head to the Beach!

It’s always important to make time to relax on vacation. The Tampa area beaches are some of the finest in the nation—winning awards for everything from sand quality to environmental management. Three famously known beaches are Caladesi Island, Clearwater Beach and Fort DeSoto Park. Here, you can dig your toes in the white sand or check out the immaculate Gulf of Mexico waters. Going to a beach in Tampa is a must for any visitor!

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