Experience the theater, live music, and entertainment in 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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Where to stay in Tampa

Ybor City
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Ybor City

Known for 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.

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, FL
$65
per night
Sep 30 - Oct 1
3.3/5 (6,255 reviews)

"Needed to be dusted around lights and plugs , bathtub was slow to drain"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 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, FL
$79
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
3.7/5Good! (593 reviews)

"The food selections were somewhat limited both in the cafe and restaurant. Otherwise it was a nice stay. And the location from the airport was great and easy to find."…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa
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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4 out of 5
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL
$149
per night
Sep 24 - Sep 25
4.2/5Very Good! (710 reviews)

"Wish the property was a bit less expensive so we could afford to stay their and send my parents there. It’s a nice hotel!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2019

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Popular things to do in Tampa

Florida Aquarium
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Florida Aquarium

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

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 Museum of Art
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Tampa Museum of Art

This waterfront museum boasts a rich collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, and 20th-century fine art.

Top activities in Tampa

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 12,000 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.

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.

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.

Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket
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Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket

$50

Two Can't-Miss Attractions. One Low Price. Countless Memories. With awe-inspiring sea creatures, incredible wildlife, thrilling rides and up-close encounters at every turn, there is something for the whole family at ZooTampa at Lowry Park and The Florida Aquarium! Buy your tickets together and save.

Day trip to Walt Disney World from Tampa
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Day trip to Walt Disney World from Tampa

$1,500

Travel in style while enjoying this luxurious Mercedes Benz Executive Sprinter featuring air conditioning, leather seating, 36” high definition TV & DVD player, Keurig coffee maker, and USB access. Spend approximately six hours exploring any one of the incredible Disney theme parks.

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What to do in Tampa before or after your cruise?
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What to do in Tampa before or after your cruise?

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

Dining around the growing food destination of Tampa Bay

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

Don't just settle for one beach when you can test the waters of several in Tampa

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