The city of Tampa lies at the northern end of Tampa Bay, with spectacular weather in the heart of Florida’s glorious beach surroundings. Enjoy the many cultural attractions in the city and visit beaches and other towns all around the bay.

Downtown Tampa offers all the diverse restaurants, bars, shopping and nightlife you might expect in a large city. Stroll along the Riverwalk for all this as well as playgrounds, public art and the large Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Learn about the region’s early Native American residents and Spanish conquistadors at the Tampa Bay History Center in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. See a film, with a Wurlitzer organ prelude, in the lavish 1926 Tampa Theatre.

Visit the Florida Aquarium and take a harbor cruise on a quiet electronic boat (eBoat). Go east to Ybor City and step aboard the America Victory Ship, an operational World War II naval vessel.

The region has lots more activities for kids. To the north is Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, with more than 1,300 animals, including manatees in a critical care center. Go to Busch Gardens Tampa for endless roller coaster rides, shows and animal attractions. Across the street is Adventure Island waterpark. Nearby, let kids have hands-on experiences involving space, the human body, weather and a ropes course at the Museum of Science & Industry.

Watch professional sports with Tampa Bay Lightning hockey at Amalie Arena, New York Yankees spring training at Steinbrenner Field and Tamba Bay Buccaneers football at Raymond James Stadium. For outstanding stage events see a Broadway show, concert, dance or comedy at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

When you’re finally ready for some beach time, cross the long, tall and impressive Sunshine Skyway Bridge and head to Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The white sands and warm waters will put a nice cap on your visit to the Tampa Bay area.

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Gardens, Live Music and Sports

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Where to stay in Tampa

Downtown Tampa
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Downtown Tampa

Theaters, Live Music, Hockey

Downtown Tampa is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its festivals among the more noteworthy. Other highlights include the local theater scene and live music, as well as the natural splendor of the riverfront.

Ybor City
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Ybor City

Live Music, Theaters, Dining

Learn about the diverse history of Tampa’s enthralling Latin Quarter and find out why it’s known as the Cigar City.

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

Family-Friendly, Architecture, Culture

Hyde Park is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture and festivals.

Northwest Tampa
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Northwest Tampa

Northwest Tampa is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Channel District
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Channel District

Channel District is a welcoming neighborhood.

SoHo
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SoHo

Dining, Family-Friendly, Shopping

SoHo is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for restaurants and bars. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Top Hotels in Tampa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore
3 out of 5
1200 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa
$65/night
Jul 24 - Jul 25
3.3/5 (6,009 reviews)

"Employees that claim they do not understand English...Dirty stained Chairs in the room. Shower leaks onto the Bathroom floor. Restaurant recommended by staff (adjacent to Hotel) food tastes bad and the bathroom is dirty."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore
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The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
3.5 out of 5
7700 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa
$89/night
Jul 21 - Jul 22
3.7/5Good! (462 reviews)

"Close to some very nice eateries beautiful view of the bay staff were helpful and pleasant"…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
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Tampa Stadium Hotel
2.5 out of 5
4750 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
$59/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
3/5 (3,763 reviews)

"Nice, clean property. Good staff, walking distance to a good diner. Pretty quiet."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

Tampa Stadium Hotel

Popular things to do in Tampa

Florida Aquarium
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Florida Aquarium

Take the family to visit the sea creatures you'll find at Florida Aquarium and learn why this is a favorite attraction in Tampa. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Lowry Park Zoo
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Lowry Park Zoo

Hands-on animal activities, a manatee hospital and children’s rides are among the top attractions at this popular animal park.

Adventure Island
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Adventure Island

Experience a thrilling combination of gravity, water and state-of-the art rides and slides at this water park for all ages.

Big Cat Rescue
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Big Cat Rescue

Hear lions, tigers and leopards roar at this animal sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic big cats.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Tampa Theater
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Tampa Theater

Go to a screening of a rare classic film in this historic theater palace that has a special place in the hearts of Tampa’s local residents.

Top activities in Tampa

Tampa Bay CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions
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Tampa Bay CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions

$109

Tampa Bay CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to Tampa Bay’s must-see attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission
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ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission

$37

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is known for having one of the most beautiful, tropical wildlife zoological settings in the world that bring together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections.

Busch Gardens Tampa Park Tickets
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Busch Gardens Tampa Park Tickets

$92

Busch Gardens® Tampa Skip the lines and take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens Tampa. Everyone can enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows, and thrilling rides.

The Florida Aquarium - General Admission Tickets
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The Florida Aquarium - General Admission Tickets

$28

Visit The Florida Aquarium and see more than 7,000 plants and animals from Florida and beyond in the 250,000-square feet (23,000-sq m) located in downtown Tampa. Start your Florida Aquarium experience in the Wetlands Trail, which is home to animals and plants found in Florida.

Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

$64

Experience all the plummeting, free falling, and soaring sensations of skydiving without ever getting on a plane. This indoor skydiving experience puts you in a vertical wind tunnel, where you can float weightlessly in space for an unforgettable adrenaline rush in totally safe surroundings.

Tampa Haunted Pub Tour
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Tampa Haunted Pub Tour

$25

Experience spooky stories and unexplained events as you visit some of the most historic and haunted spots in Tampa—and steady your nerves with a few drinks along the way. Meet your costumed tour guide in historic downtown Ybor and head off on an adventure to explore some of the area's most haunted locations.

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Spring Training in Tampa Bay
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Spring Training in Tampa Bay

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The many beaches of Tampa Bay
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The many beaches of Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay: Emerging foodie destination
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Tampa Bay: Emerging foodie destination

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