Top Attractions in Tampa

For one of the best family vacations, head to Tampa, FL! Explore the beauty and history of this popular destination as well as the surrounding cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater. 

Bayshore Boulevard

Referred to as the “World’s Longest Continuous Sidewalk”, Bayshore Boulevard presents 4.5 miles of picturesque views of Tampa Bay. The ten foot-wide sidewalk begins at Columbus Statue Park at Platt Street and ends at Gandy Boulevard. One of the best free things to do in Tampa, visitors can see gorgeous greenery, blue skies, and prestigious homes in Old Hyde Park. Additionally, visitors can access a three-mile on-road bike lane along the north-bound lane of the boulevard between Rome Avenue and Gandy Boulevard.

Beaches

Of course, you can’t skip out on Florida’s beautiful beaches. If you have kayaks at your disposal, we highly suggest kayaking around Honeymoon Island–just make sure to bring sunscreen and bug repellant!

  • Ben T. Davis Beach
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Honeymoon Island
  • Treasure Island
  • St. Pete Beach
  • Tampa Bay Beach

Tampa Riverwalk

Stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk for lovely weather, views of the water, and sights of the city skyline. Visitors can also bike or boat in the Riverwalk area as well, which features an array of businesses if you stop and get hungry! Additionally, the Riverwalk showcases a public art walking tour, playgrounds, shopping, and a historic monument trail of bronze and marble busts of local notable historic figures.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park houses over 1,300 animals and features one of the most beautiful tropical zoological settings in the world. Furthermore, kids have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with many interactive activities like feeding a giraffe! Additionally, families can take advantage of water play areas, take part in educational shows, and experience a guided African safari. 

The Manatee Viewing Center

The Manatee Viewing Center at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach is a short drive away from Downtown Tampa. From November 1 through April 15, visitors can see gatherings of manatees in the discharge canal that now serves as a federally designated sanctuary. Opened from 9 am to 5 pm, guests can see the manatees and park for free. You can also see a diverse collection of plant life, flowers, and butterflies in the renowned butterfly gardens. Additionally, a habitat loop trail takes visitors to the wildlife observation tower, giving guests a 50-foot high vantage point.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Home to thousands of animals from around the world, Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the largest zoos in North America with fully themed areas. Furthermore, this renowned theme park is known for its thrill rides like Cobra’s Curse and Cheetah Hunt, family-friendly live entertainment, bird gardens, behind-the-scenes tours, safari-themed dining, and much more. 

Dinosaur World Tampa

Offering 20 acres of land for guests of all ages to navigate, Dinosaur World Florida features more than 200 life-size dinosaurs, ancient artifact exhibits, live entertainment, children’s fossil digs, a 5,000 square-foot educational facility, and more. Kids can even mine for gems and take them home after participating in the Gems Mining Operation.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Home to Winter, a rescued dolphin with a prosthetic tail and the star of “Dolphin Tale”, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an excellent family destination in beautiful Clearwater, Florida. Dedicated to the rescue, rehab, and release of wildlife such as dolphins, sea turtles, and river otters, guests can interact with and learn about animals’ natural habitats while promoting their release back into the wild. 

The Florida Aquarium

One of the most acclaimed aquariums in the nation, The Florida Aquarium offers interesting animal exhibits, water adventure zones, live shows, and interactive experiences for guests of all ages. See sharks, alligators, and penguins. Feel completely immersed in experiences like Dive with the Sharks or Wild Dolphin Ecotour on the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. In addition, guests can now learn about the biodiversity of Madagascar in the new exhibit Journey to Madagascar. Come face-to-face with a ring-tailed lemur and vibrant chameleons, relax in front of the Indian Ocean exhibit, and more.

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