Enjoy your time in Tampa at the best attractions on the west coast of Florida. Let us help you discover more than the city's perfect outdoor weather and beautiful sandy beaches. Here is our handpicked list of favorite things for you to do, from museums, zoos, aquariums, amusement parks and more.
Discover family fun times three at Busch Gardens
Tampa Bay. You'll get entrance to lush tropical gardens, see exotic animals and experience the fun of amusement rides and other attractions. Explore walkways that resemble the African wilderness, get nose-to-nose with a giraffe on a safari across the Serengeti Plains, and test your nerves on the pulse-pounding SheiKra roller coaster.
Address: 10165 North McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 - Map
Phone: (813) 987-5209
Come see amazing marine life up-close through exhibits and attractions at The Florida Aquarium
in downtown Tampa. Dive into an underwater adventure where you can "Swim with the Fishes," get a "Penguin Backstage Pass" and go on a "Wild Dolphin Ecotour". Marvel at the magnificent underwater majesty of more than 10,000 aquatic plants and animals.
Address: 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 273-4000
Meet a koala bear, discover a Primate World and adopt an animal at Tampa's Lowery Park Zoo
. Listen to tigers roar at the Asian Domain, watch black panthers prance at the Native Florida Wildlife Center and discover the best vantage point to hang out with the monkeys. The zoo also features rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits and attractions.
Address: 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33604 - Map
Phone: (813) 935-8552
Experience a scientific playground at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry
. Explore more than 450 hands-on activities and attractions. Brave extreme weather conditions inside the Disasterville exhibition. Watch animal adventure movies like Born to be Wild on the jumbo screen at the IMAX Theater. Gaze into the stars and ponder the magnitude of the universe at the Saunders Planetarium. Who knew learning was this fun?
Address: 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33617 - Map
Phone: (813) 987-6000
The Salvador Dali Museum
is a worthwhile day trip to St. Petersburg from Tampa. The museum holds the largest Dali collection outside of Spain. You'll be astonished to see the huge giant canvases painted with colorful fantastical dream like imagery, straight from the famous artist's head. Bring swimsuits to swim and build sandcastles at one of the nearby beautiful beaches that St. Pete is famous for.
Address: One Dali Blvd. St., Petersburg, FL 33701 - Map
Phone: (727) 823-3767
Come aboard a pirate ship docked in the north end zone of the Raymond James Stadium
. The famous stadium and sports attraction is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team. League insiders refer to the stadium as the "crown jewel" of the NFL. Residents know it as host to the 2009 Super Bowl XLIII.
Address: 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33607 - Map
Phone: (813) 350-6504
Travel back in time at the Henry B. Plant Museum
, at home in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel. Walk through the spectacular tropical gardens, visit the opulent hotel rooms, and be awed and inspired by the Moorish architecture and lavish lifestyle of Old Tampa Bay Hotel's guests. The magnificent National Landmark and local attraction now belongs to the great minds at the University of Tampa.
Address: 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 254-1891
Enjoy the live action and attractions at the St. Pete Times Forum
, Tampa's sports and entertainment center. Called simply the "Forum" to local Floridians, it is home of Stanley Cup holders, The Tampa Bay Lightning and host to over 150 annual concerts, family events, ice shows, the circus and other action-packed indoor sports.
Address: 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602 - Map
Phone: (813) 301-6600