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Welcome to Tampa on Florida’s West Coast
The happening city of Tampa is the perfect mix of culture and nature, tranquillity and excitement, with heritage sites and contemporary spaces. The thrilling downtown area will delight you with attractions, restaurants and nightlife to suit every taste, while the peaceful parks and vistas over the bay revive and relax in equal measure, making this a wonderful place to rest and play.
The high-energy Busch Gardens theme park, with its many roller-coasters, will happily entertain those of a more dynamic mind-set, while the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park and historic Henry Plant Museum will appeal to nature-lovers and culture vultures alike.
Then enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Cuban-influenced Ybor City, Tampa’s historic quarter, which dates back to the 1880s and maintains much of its original charm and allure, with a terrific array of dining outlets, shops, activities and its own original craft breweries and distilleries. This was once the Cigar Capital of the World and that rich heritage is still firmly to the fore, notably at Ybor City Museum State Park.
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Hotels in Tampa
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel provides guests with a luxurious and comfortable stay. From the hotel, you can look out over spectacular views of Tampa Bay while relaxing and unwinding.
Aloft Tampa Downtown
The Aloft hotel is right in the heart of Downtown Tampa, proving quick access to all the best sights and attractions of Tampa. Enjoy simplistic, stylish rooms and truly relax in the middle of a vibrant city.
Things to do in Tampa
The Henry B Plant Museum
You can’t miss the Henry B Plant Museum as you tour downtown Tampa. This imposing and impressive local landmark is just as beautiful inside as outside. Visit the lavishly restored rooms from the building’s days of Victorian grandeur as the Tampa Bay Hotel and be dazzled by the collection of art and opulent tropical gardens.
The Tampa Bay History Center
American Victory Ship Mariners Museum
History buffs should place the American Victory Ship at the top of their must-do lists. As one of only four World War II ships still in operation in the country., you can tour the decks and cabins and get a hands-on introduction to an important part of world history.
Cracker Country Living History Museum
Museums & arts in Tampa
The Tampa Museum of Art
The striking Tampa Museum of Art, situated in the downtown area of the city and overlooking the waterfront, has won awards for its modern design. With a collection that focuses on contemporary art, the permanent and visiting exhibitions are first-class with works by world-renowned artists. You should also check out the programme of outdoor events that make the most of the stunning setting in the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
The Dali Museum
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Phoenix Glass Studio & Gallery
Best of Tampa’s Beaches & Parks
Try out exhilarating thrill rides or lazy river tours around Tampa’s waterways and bay area. Pristine beaches are never far away, making a day at the beach an excellent way to enjoy the glorious Florida sunshine.
Tampa’s spas and wellness
Evangeline Spa at the Epicurean Hotel
Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
The Spa at Saddlebrook
Knowledgeable therapists at the Saddlebrook Resort use top quality products and superior practices to provide you with a spa experience like no other. As well as a full menu of tempting treatments, you can restore your senses in the steam room, saunas and whirlpools.
Tampa’s wildlife & outdoor activities
Manatee Viewing Center
Bok Tower Gardens
Step into another world as you wander around the peaceful paths and trails of Bok Tower Gardens. Explore the bird sanctuary and gaze at the 205-foot tall Singing Tower of ornately carved marble.
Hillsborough River State Park
Tampa’s sporting highlights
Sports fans are spoilt for choice when they visit Tampa, with professional leagues and quality collegiate teams in basketball, football, baseball, and hockey.
Raymond James Stadium
With a huge pirate ship looming above the end zone, you won’t forget you’re at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when you visit the ‘Ray Jay’ stadium. Watch out for the explosive celebrations from the pirate ship’s cannons and join in the passionate support of this NFL team.