Top Choice Aquarium in Tampa

Florida Aquarium

Tampa's excellent aquarium is among the state's best. Cleverly designed, the re-created swamp lets you walk among herons and ibis as they prowl the mangroves. Programs let you swim with the fishes (and the sharks) o…
Amusement Park in Tampa

Busch Gardens

This theme park has 10 loosely named African zones, which flow together without much fuss. The entire park is walkable. Admission includes three types of fun: epic roller coasters and rides, animal encounters, and v…
Buddhist Temple in Tampa

Wat Mongkolratanaram

Why is there a Buddhist Thai temple in the middle of Tampa? Who cares, the noodle soup is amazing. On Sundays hundreds of people show up for the food and flower markets, lining up Busch Gardens–style for the beloved…
Amusement Park in Tampa

Adventure Island

This 30-acre water park has everything a modern, top-flight water park requires: a long lazy river, a huge wave pool, bucket-dumping splash zones, a swimming pool, sandy lounge areas and enough twisting, plunging, a…
Museum in Tampa

Ybor City Museum State Park

This dusty, old-school history museum preserves a bygone era, with cigar-worker houses (open 10am to 3pm) and wonderful photos. The museum store offers expert cigar advice and information on a free, self-guided, mul…
Museum in Tampa

Tampa Bay History Center

This first-rate history museum presents the region's Seminole and Miccosukee people, Cracker pioneers and cattle breeders, and Tampa's Cuban community and cigar industry. The cartography collection, spanning six cen…
Museum in Tampa

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

This small, intimate photography museum is housed on the 2nd and 3rd stories of the Cube, a five-story atrium in downtown Tampa. In addition to a permanent collection from Harold Edgerton and Len Prince, temporary e…
Zoo in Tampa

Lowry Park Zoo

North of downtown, Tampa's zoo gets you as close to the animals as possible, with several free-flight aviaries, giraffe feeding, a wallaby enclosure and a rhino 'encounter.'
Museum in Tampa

Henry B Plant Museum

The silver minarets of Henry B Plant's 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel glint majestically, testimony to the vaunting ambitions of its creator who first brought the railroad to the city – and then extended it so guests could di…
Museum in Tampa

Tampa Museum of Art

Architect Stanley Saitowitz's dramatically cantilevered museum building appears to float above Curtis Hixon Park overlooking the Hillsborough River. Inside its sculptural shell six galleries house a permanent collec…