Tampa, FL

10 Must-See Places in Tampa That You Cannot Miss

Asmita Karanje

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Tampa is a major business center that is also known for its museum and other tourist attractions. A city located on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Tampa has all the features for an idyllic vacation, terrific tropical weather, and delicious seafood specialties.

Sunshine Skyway

Florida’s landmark skyway bridging Lower Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg and Terra Ceia is also a magnificent attraction visited by many tourists. The view of the ocean and the gigantic bridge gives a picturesque view that photographers love. Check out too the beautiful views while driving over the bridge.

Ybor City

Ybor City, named after its founder, cigar baron Vicente Ybor is a National Historic Landmark District. It handrolls more than 900,000 cigars a month, making it one of the largest cigar factories in that region.

This is also the center of the Latino community where you can also find the Columbia Restaurant, considered the nation’s oldest and largest Spanish restaurant known for Spanish cuisine and dinner shows featuring flamenco and jazz.

Then there is the Ybor City State Museum, which exhibits the cigar industry and the area’s immigrant communities.

Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center at Apollo Beach

The Manatee Viewing Center showcases the power plant and the manatee sanctuary with an observation deck. The manatees are attracted by the warm water produced by the power plant since the surrounding water temperatures are cold. There is also a tidal walkway featuring a distinct variety of flora, butterflies, birds.

Busch Gardens

The magnificent Busch Gardens is an acre-long African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa. This theme park covers everything from adventures to education for all ages. The park offers visitors the opportunity to see native African animals and wildlife in addition to all the other fun activities around.

Home to some of Florida’s best roller coasters and thrill rides, you can try Florida’s tallest launch coaster or the Montu which is Florida’s inverted roller coaster ride. There are also plenty of dining facilities so you can grab a bite while having a fun day.

Big Cat Rescue

This sanctuary is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating several species of wild cats who are threatened or endangered which includes lions, leopards, tigers, lynx, bobcats, ocelots, and many more. Situated on 67 acres in the Citrus Park area north of Tampa, the Rescue’s mission is to provide the best possible care of the animals and give a valuable, interesting, and educational place for everyone to visit.

Amalie Arena

Home to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm teams, this arena has been used for ice hockey, basketball, arena football games, and even concerts. The size of the arena covers 670,000 square feet and it can seat 20,500 people. It hosts well over 150 events each year and can offer meeting and banquet space for groups of two to 25,000.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Seeing a demand for craft beer, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company started making beer that has specific, hand-selected ingredients and produced only in small batches by master brewers. Their two bestsellers are the uber-hoppy Old Elephant Foot IPA and the Iron Rat Imperial Stout.

Craft beers pack a powerful punch with its flavor-packed taste making it a favorite among beer lovers, at their two taprooms you will find a continuous rotation of pilot and seasonal releases, plus the usual everyday favorites.

Unravel Tampa’s past at the Tampa Bay History Center

This is a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum that features 2,000 years of Florida history. The permanent exhibits chronicle starting from the early days of the European exploration up to the Spanish Conquistadores in Florida. It also includes the region’s prehistoric past up to the 19th century onwards.

You will find relics of the Seminole tribespeople, preserved historical documents, and temporary exhibitions of modern archaeology and historical research of the region.

Adventure Island water park

A water park located northeast of Tampa, across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres of water rides, other attractions, and dining. It is owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Many attractions await you like the slides, waterfalls, wave pool, corkscrews, kid-friendly water playground, play areas, and other family-oriented places.

You can also race down the rapids, sprawl in the sand, or just relax in a cabana. Try the newest thrill slide where you can hurtle high on the Colossal Curl.

Lowry Park Zoo

A non-profit zoo that is recognized as the center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity. Home to over 1,100 animals, this zoo is famous for having one of the most beautiful tropical zoological places in the world. The exhibitions now include the Primate World, the Asian Gardens, and the Safari Africa enclosures.

Expect to see Komodo dragons, sloth bears, meerkats, lion tamarins, lemurs, colobuses, white tigers, and many more. Praised as one of the best family-friendly attractions in the city as there are plenty to see, interesting things to learn and even the facilities are well-maintained.

Tampa possesses diverse attractions, especially for family-oriented activities that compel you to come back again.

Travel safe. Follow the travel guidelines of the county before you plan your visit.

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