Hidden Treasures in Tampa
Travel off the beaten path with us to discover lesser-known activities to do and sights to see in Tampa. We searched from ship to shore to make sure your time in Florida's west coast city is the best time. Historic wonders, water wonders and community wonders await you.
Come aboard the American Victory Ship
. You'll travel across the nine decks of the entire ship from the bridge, to the Captain's quarters, to the engine room. See rare artifacts and exciting exhibits, uniforms, medals, documents and photographs. Tampa is home to one of the only four fully-operational WWII ships in the nation.
Address: 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 228-8766
Want to see a sea cow? Head over to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
. Stand on the observation platform to see hundreds of manatees swimming below, each weighing about 2000 pounds and measuring up to12 feet long. Afterwards, stroll down the 900 foot Tidal Walkway Nature Trail to see vibrant birds and animal life in their natural habitat.
Address: 6990 Dickman Rd., Apollo Beach, FL 33572 - Map
Phone: (813) 228-4289
Catch a rising star or indie movie at the Tampa Theatre
. Experience a theater built in the heyday of majestic movie palaces. Theater goers love sitting under the deep-blue dome ceiling with a starry nighttime sky to watch the best independent, foreign and documentary films featuring emerging and established performers.
Address: 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Raise a glass at the Tampa Theatre WineFest
to benefit the community's landmark Tampa Theatre. Locals meet and mingle at the movie-themed boutique wine tasting event to sample fine wines, taste local cuisine, enjoy the night's movie and bid on the silent auction. Past favorite themes were The Vineyard of Oz and The Grapefather.
Address: 711 North Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 274-8982
Hurry to Hyde Park Village
for unique events like Fresh Market to shop for local foods, hand- made crafts and listen to live music. There are plenty of trendy boutiques, restaurants, cafes and events to indulge in. The shopping district is in the heart of the historic and picturesque Tampa neighborhood of Hyde Park.
Address: 1621 West Snow Circle, Tampa, FL 33606 - Map
Phone: (813) 224-2121
Make a pilgrimage to the Christopher Columbus Statue
, erected at Tampa's Columbus Statue Park on Bayshore Boulevard. The mighty explorer is known around the world for discovering the Americas and for his fleet of famous ships, the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Afterwards enjoy a walk on scenic Bayshore Boulevard, famous for being the longest sidewalk in the world.
Address: 300 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33604 - Map