Attractions

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 va…
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…
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…
Wildlife Reserve in Tampa

Manatee Viewing Center

One of Florida's more surreal wildlife encounters is spotting manatees in the warm-water discharge canals of coal-fired power plants. Yet these placid mammals show up here so reliably from November through April tha…
Museum in Tampa

Museum of Science & Industry

There's something intriguing for all ages at this interactive science museum. Younger kids go straight to Kids in Charge, where a wealth of hands-on activities hides science beneath unadorned play. The frank human b…
Museum in Tampa

Ybor City Museum State Park

This dusty, old-school history museum preserves a bygone era, with cigar-worker houses and wonderful photos. Best is the museum store; get expert cigar advice and pick-up its self-guided walking tour. The tour is na…
Waterfront in Tampa

Tampa Riverwalk

Downtown, the attractive Tampa Riverwalk connects most sights. Located along the Hillsborough River, this undulating green space, with playgrounds and restrooms, makes a pretty walk from the museums edging Curtis Hi…
Museum in Tampa

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

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

Adventure Island

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