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Tampa

Known for Gardens, Live Music and Sports

A gateway to some of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast, this city actually has many appealing attractions away from the ocean.

How do you get to Tampa?

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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Things to do in Tampa

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

With a visit to Tampa Riverwalk, a popular shopping spot in Tampa, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this walkable area.

Embark on a colorful exploration of Florida’s ecosystems and aquatic habitats at this popular aquarium.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Get animated about science with more than 450 hands-on activities. Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry is the largest science center in the Southeast and has more than 400,000 square feet (121,000 sq m) of space.

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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.

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