10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida, USA [with Suggested Tours]

By Fatima Turla October 21st, 2021 Posted in Destination, North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

Are you planning to travel to Tampa, Florida soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Tampa, Florida with suggested tours!

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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Tampa is a city located on Tampa Bay on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Most tourists go here for its museums and other cultural destination. The city’s Busch Garden is frequented by tourists because people can enjoy the amusement park while having the opportunity to see animals. Other than that, below are some of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Check out our list of the best things to do in Tampa, Florida.

List of Best Things to do in Tampa, Florida, USA

1. Sunshine Skyway Bridge

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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Sunshine Skyway Bridge is located between Sarasota and St. Petersburg. It’s a postcard from Tampa Bay. The crossing is incredible for the height it reaches and seeing the sea around. Wonderful architectural work and even more, the view. The bridge is one of the best examples of a great work of civil engineering.

2. Big Cat Rescue

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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The animals that live here are rescued animals from wrong private keeping, neglected zoos, or these terrible circuses. They have enough space in their enclosures, which consist of at least 2-3 enclosures closed together. To see the animals at the Big Cat Rescue is a must and you can see that they are doing well. It’s highly recommended and you also support the animals with the entrance fee you pay and the souvenirs. Everyone works on a voluntary basis so nobody makes a profit from it.

3. Tampa Riverwalk

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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If you visit Tampa, an economical and healthy option is to visit the Tampa Riverwalk. A path on the bank of the River with very picturesque views. If you go during sunset on a sunny day you can take good photos. It is bordered by parks and museum options so you can visit any of those if you are interested.

4. The Florida Aquarium

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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The Florida Aquarium is highly recommended. Among other things, various coral reefs, sea creatures (starfish, sea urchins, etc.) to touch, everything is also explained in a great way. The aquarium shows the aquatic world of Florida without much showmanship. You will walk the whole terrain in a kind of circular route, so you don’t have to be afraid of missing something. You can finish the tour in around 1.5-2 hours.

Suggested Tour: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

5. Busch Gardens

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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Busch Gardens is a combination of world-class thrill rides, live entertainment, and more than 12,000 animals. It’s a park that specializes in animal conservation with several of them in the possibility of interaction, including mini safaris. And for those who like roller coasters, this is also the ideal park. You can challenge yourself by riding a 335-foot drop tower, Falcon’s Fury, or you can race like a cheetah on Cheetah Hunt.

Suggested Tour: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Admission Ticket

6. Lettuce Lake Regional Park

 

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A nature park with wooden walkways through the swampy landscape. A place to relax and enjoy. It’s very well-kept and the park also offers many picnic opportunities. You can enjoy nature on the great boardwalk. Take your time here, because it is bigger than you think and there’s a lot to discover! The boardwalk takes you across the swamp to the large lake. It’s a great bird-watching spot and you can even see gators and turtles. Highly recommended!

7. Ybor City

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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Ybor City is a historic district, once linked to the tobacco industry, today converted with bars, restaurants, and shops. It’s recommended to take the Streetcar tram in Downtown, Downtown Tampa Station, to Station 2 Centro Ybor Station. This tour is free. The frequency is every 15 minutes and it is a journey of approximately 20 minutes. It is very picturesque to see the chickens walking freely through the streets since they are protected by the municipality.

8. Bayshore Boulevard

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The Bayshore is an avenue with a wide boardwalk next to the sea, good for walking and jogging, with beautiful houses on the other bank. Passing this way you do not know whether to look towards the sea enclosed in a splendid bay or to look towards the land and admire the beautiful houses that overlook. In the evening, the lights make it more suggestive.

9. Amalie Arena

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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Very well located, this ice hockey arena is easily accessible, in a very central location in the city. Amelie Arena is a multipurpose arena that hosts great shows to the games of the city’s ice hockey team. Being able to watch a game in this place is simply unforgettable.

10. Henry B. Plant Museum

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]
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Henry B. Plant Museum is located within the University of Tampa campus, in a building that once housed one of the largest hotels in the city. Part of the former hotel can be seen in the grandeur of the time it was built. The other part is now the University of Tampa and therefore the general areas are open to visitors. Here, the history of Tampa is combined with art, science, and architecture.

Where to stay in Tampa, Florida, USA

Recommended Hotel

Extended Stay America Premier Suites – Tampa – Fairgrounds – Casino

The property is within 1.3 km of 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre and 8 km of Busch Gardens. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a TV. The units at Stay Tampa – Fairgrounds Casino feature air conditioning and a desk.

Price: Starts at $108 per night for a Deluxe Queen Studio, add $15 for taxes and charges, and offers a free cancellation. You can get big discounts for longer stays.

Budget Hotel

InTown Suites Extended Stay Tampa FL

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]

Situated within 7 km of 1 800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre and 10 km of Cruise Line Terminal, InTown Suites Extended Stay Tampa FL features rooms in Tampa. The property is set 10 km from Amalie Arena, 12 km from Hyde Park, and 15 km from Busch Gardens.

Price: Starts at $45 per night for a Deluxe Queen Studio, add $9 for taxes and charges, and offers a free cancellation.

Luxury Hotel

Tampa Marriott Water Street

10 Best Things To Do in Tampa, Florida [with Suggested Tours]

This Florida hotel offers an outdoor rooftop pool with a hot tub. Tampa Marriott Water Street rooms are elegantly furnished with a classic décor. All rooms include a 55-inch flat-screen TV, coffee-making facilities, and a work desk. Select rooms offer bay or city views. Guests can choose from 2 restaurants serving American fare. There is also an in-house Starbucks, Garrison Tavern, and the Pool Bar and Grill.

Price: Starts at $249 per night for a Two Queen Beds, add $43 for taxes and charges, $21.95 for breakfast but it offers a free cancellation.

These are the possible things you can do in Tampa, Florida. So if you are ready to have a fun and exciting trip, you know what to do and where to go! So pack your things now and prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure in Tampa.

Fun Facts About Tampa

  • The name Tampa is said to be from the Calusa phrase “Sticks of Fire.”
  • Tampa used to be one of the sellers of illegal liquor in the country during the beverage’s prohibition.
  • The number one export of Tampa is Phosphate.
  • The first scheduled passenger flight in the world flew from St. Pete to Tampa in 1914.
  • The longest continuous sidewalk in the world is located in Tampa, the Bayshore Boulevard and it is 4.5 miles long.

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Fatima Turla2Hi there! I’m Fatima. My first major travel was in 2016 in the beautiful city of Cebu. After that, I got interested in traveling. Now I enjoy learning languages and other country’s cultures. My goal is to visit at least one country each year and to share my experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness my journey by following me on Instagram.​​​​​​​

 

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Written by Fatima Turla

Fatima is a full-time writer of Two Monkeys Travel. Her first major trip was in 2016 and got really interested in traveling. She also enjoys learning languages and other country’s cultures. She has a goal to visit at least one country each year and share her experiences with other people through writing or blogging. Witness her journey by following her on Instagram.

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