Tampa is one of Florida's most popular destinations for many families, couples and singles alike. Located on the West coast of Florida, about an hour west of Orlando, Tampa is a hotspot for both sightseeing or just relaxing on the water.
Things to do in Tampa include watching professional sports such as the nearby Tampa Bay Rays baseball team who play in Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team who play in Raymond James Stadium, and the Tampa Bay Lightning who make their home in the St. Pete Times Forum.
Looking for something more relaxing or cultural? Check out one of the many museums in Tampa. The Ybor City State Museum has an ornamental garden, museum, and three cigar worker's houses. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tampa is also home to the Museum of Sciene and Industry which features several exhibits, IMAX Theater, Planetarium and a Science Works Theater. Located in Downtown Tampa, the Glazer Children's Museum is where kids can enjoy hands on artifacts and exhibits.
Attractions in Tampa also include several theme parks such as Busch Gardens and its waterpark Adventure Island where you can both ride some of the best roller coasters in the United States, and cool off on one of the many waterslides. Take a walk on the wild side at the Lowry Park Zoo or the Florida Aquarium where people of all ages can enjoy antics of the animals and learn about the fish of the world.
When it comes to sightseeing in Tampa, it is the beautiful sunsets, the outdoor parks and beaches that you want to see. Although most people drive to the nearby Clearwater Beach or St Pete Beach, the Courtney Campbell Causeway is enough to enjoy the weather, the sun and the sand. A hidden treasure in South Tampa is Ballast Point Park which inludes a long pier with beautiful views of the Downtown Tampa skyline and is one of the most popular parks for locals to enjoy the scenery.
Staying in Downtown Tampa? Enjoy one of Tampa's newest sightseeing attractions, the Tampa Riverwalk. Located along the channel and Hillsborough River, the Tampa Riverwalk stretches from Channelside to the Starz Performing Arts Center and the Heights of Tampa. Sightseeing along the riverwalk include the Tampa History Museum, Children's Museum, Curtis Hixon Park, St Pete Times Forum, Channelside Bay Plaza, the Tampa Convention Center and Harbour Island. Catch the Tampa trolley from downtown Tampa to Ybor City for more places to visit.