The Florida Aquarium
Experience sharks, alligators, penguins and much more! Immerse yourself in interactive programs like Dive with the Sharks, Shark Swim and Swim with the Fishes or take a Wild Dolphin Tour on board the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. Special Behind the Scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass are unique and exciting as you come face to beak with our adorable penguins. After exploring all the exhibits inside, splash away at the Aquarium’s new water play area, The Splash Pad!
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is home to more than 1300 animals and famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. The Zoo brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Guests get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays and more!
Curving its way right through the heart of the Tampa downtown as the Hillsborough River gives way to the water channels of the Garrison Channel, this lively stretch of promenade is one of the nerve centers of local and cultural action in Cigar City. Starting with the play pools and fountains of Water Works Park in the north and running all the way to the manicured lawns of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in the south, the sun-splashed strip hosts countless picnic spots and food trucks.
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.
Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. They are home to about 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens® Tampa, Adventure Island® is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or relax all day in a private cabana.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists.
Henry B. Plant Museum
With it’s magnificent Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and tropical gardens, a visit to the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, will transport you to Victorian splendor. Docent and audio tours (in English/Spanish) available.
MOSI- Museum of Science and Industry
For children and adults. Experience what it’s like to pedal a bicycle on a 1-inch cable suspended 30 feet above the ground or lie on a bed-of-nails in the Kids In Charge exhibit! Then, experience elements of the Florida Drivers’ Test in a driverless vehicle, the Meridian Shuttle.
Seminole Hard Rock Casino- Tampa
Entertainment that rocks 24/7/365. Thousands of the newest Slots, 120 Table Games, most popular Asian Tables, 46 High Stakes Poker Tables, Full Service Spa & Salon, AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Hotel, 6 Dining Options and a Food Court, 5 Bars & Lounges.
Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center – a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum- features three floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Florida history. Hit the high seas with conquistadors and pirates, stroll the brick streets of Ybor City with Cuban cigar rollers, or saddle up for a cattle drive with Florida pioneers. The History Center’s hands-on exhibits and immersive theater experiences explore the history and heritage of the Tampa Bay area.
Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on classical, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions.
The Dali Museum
Soak in the brilliance as you are surrounded by an unparalleled collection of works by renowned artist Salvador Dalí. Enjoy an afternoon wandering through the awe-inspiring building and interactive gardens and then grab a bite of authentic Spanish cuisine at Café Gala.
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
The Tampa Bay Brewing Company first began creating its in-house batches of craft ale in 1995, driven by a perceived local demand for bespoke beers. The demand was real, and today TBBC is one of the most successful local microbrews in the city, offering a whopping eight regular labels and countless seasonal tipples to boot.
Hillsborough River State Park
A great big wedge of quintessentially Sunshine State wilds that buts up to the northern edge of Tampa city, the Hillsborough River State Park is a patchwork of vine-draped bayous and wetlands, gigantic oak hammocks and mangrove, all hooting with the sounds of tropical birds and the splash of the occasional river alligator. As one of the oldest state parks in the region, the spot is hailed as one of the last vestiges of the real Florida.
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