Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo - “Recognized as the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004), Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,000 amazing animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats. Guests will find many interactive exhibits and opportunities to get closer to wildlife -- feed a giraffe, hold a lorikeet, touch a stingray and more. The Zoo's Manatee and Aquatic Center expands the traditional boundaries of a zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees.”
Lettuce Lake Park - “Lettuce Lake Park opened in 1982 and quickly became a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers something for everyone. Wooded picnic areas and a playground are family favorites. A 1.25 mile bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meander through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven to study nature. An interpretive center, featuring exhibits, leads to a 3,500-foot boardwalk and an observation tower where visitors can view an extensive variety of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent to visitors to experience a whole new side of the Park.”
Tampa is Florida’s third largest city with a population of 350,000. Tampa vacations provide a variety of activities for people of all ages, from museums to amusement parks. The city is also a port for cruises from Tampa to Mexico and the Caribbean. Hotels in Tampa, FL are available for cruise passengers coming into town. Visitors have a broad range of hotels in Tampa from luxury hotels, 5 star resorts and downtown hotels. A number of airlines offer flights to Tampa here on Expedia.com.
Budget travelers can find a number of cheap hotel deals in Tampa. Some of the best hotels in Tampa for these travelers include hotels near Busch Gardens, Tampa airport hotels and downtown hotels. Others visitors may prefer more upscale accommodations. Luxury hotels and resorts often lie outside the city limits, further away from popular attractions. A rental car can be booked through the Expedia.com website.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an amusement park with an African theme that covers 335 acres. It contains a number of water rides, roller coasters, animal encounters, shopping and dining facilities. Adventure Island is another amusement park with waterfalls, wave pool, lazy river, water slides, jungle gyms, and volleyball courts. The Florida Aquarium in Tampa offers young and old alike a chance to enjoy the underwater world in an up-close fashion. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is another popular attraction for both children and adults. The Museum of Science and Industry offers an afternoon of interesting, hands-on entertainment that stretches the mind. Visitors can also take a cruise from Tampa Bay to encounter dolphins and other sea life. For those with more cultural tastes, the Tampa Museum of Art and Henry Plant Museum provides a look at fine art, sculpture and other items. The Glazer Children’s Museum offers younger travelers a fun afternoon exploring exhibits tailored for their tastes.