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TampaUnited States of America

A gateway to some of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast, this city actually has many appealing attractions away from the ocean.

The city of Tampa lies at the northern end of Tampa Bay, with spectacular weather in the heart of Florida’s glorious beach surroundings. Enjoy the many cultural attractions in the city and visit beaches and other towns all around the bay.

Downtown Tampa offers all the diverse restaurants, bars, shopping and nightlife you might expect in a large city. Stroll along the Riverwalk for all this as well as playgrounds, public art and the large Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Learn about the region’s early Native American residents and Spanish conquistadors at the Tampa Bay History Center in Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park. See a film, with a Wurlitzer organ prelude, in the lavish 1926 Tampa Theatre.

Visit the Florida Aquarium and take a harbor cruise on a quiet electronic boat (eBoat). Go east to Ybor City and step aboard the America Victory Ship, an operational World War II naval vessel.

The region has lots more activities for kids. To the north is Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, with more than 1,300 animals, including manatees in a critical care center. Go to Busch Gardens Tampa for endless roller coaster rides, shows and animal attractions. Across the street is Adventure Island waterpark. Nearby, let kids have hands-on experiences involving space, the human body, weather and a ropes course at the Museum of Science & Industry.

Watch professional sports with Tampa Bay Lightning hockey at Amalie Arena, New York Yankees spring training at Steinbrenner Field and Tamba Bay Buccaneers football at Raymond James Stadium. For outstanding stage events see a Broadway show, concert, dance or comedy at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

When you’re finally ready for some beach time, cross the long, tall and impressive Sunshine Skyway Bridge and head to Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The white sands and warm waters will put a nice cap on your visit to the Tampa Bay area.

Where to stay in Tampa

American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum

Downtown Tampa

4/5Very Good!(1,135 area reviews)

Downtown Tampa is a destination visitors seek out for is ample dining options, great live music, and beautiful river views. You might also want to check out attractions like Tampa Riverwalk or Amalie Arena while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Downtown Tampa
Ybor City

Ybor City

4/5Very Good!(150 area reviews)

Ybor City is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Ritz Ybor or Orpheum Theater.

Ybor City
The Approaching Eve

Sunset reflecting on Hillsborough river is what Tampa gives to its residents and visitors. Taking strolls during this time of day is fascinating because the chances to spot wildlife are greater. It is good to be prepared for mosquitos though.

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Temple Terrace

4/5Very Good!(559 area reviews)

Get to know Temple Terrace by checking out its gardens, restaurants, and shopping. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Museum of Science and Industry or Yuengling Center during your time in the area.

Temple Terrace
Hyde Park

Hyde Park

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the restaurants and shopping in Hyde Park. You might want to make time for a stop at Tampa Riverwalk or Tampa Bay.

Hyde Park
SoHo, Tampa, Florida, United States of America

SoHo

4/5Very Good!(60 area reviews)

SoHo is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Tampa Bay, a top place to visit in the area.

SoHo
Busch Gardens featuring rides

Terrace Park

4/5Very Good!(434 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Terrace Park, Adventure Island and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are top sights worth seeing.

Terrace Park

Top Hotels in Tampa

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
3 out of 5
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $87 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Tampa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tampa Museum of Art and Tampa Theater. University of Tampa and Tampa Convention Center are ...

4/5Very Good! (1,405 reviews)

"Convenient location and worth the price that we paid"…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Northwest/Veterans Expressway
Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Northwest/Veterans Expressway
3 out of 5
12730 Citrus Park Lane, Tampa, FL
The price is $99 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westfield Citrus Park and Big Cat Rescue. Lake Rogers Park and Westchase Golf Course ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (391 reviews)

"Property is in excellent conditions, rooms were nice and clean. Overall it was a very nice stay. Will definitely use them again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Northwest/Veterans Expressway
Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore
Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore
3 out of 5
1200 N Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL
The price is $76 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in Carver City - Lincoln Gardens, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Laser Spine Institute and Westshore Plaza Mall. Raymond James Stadium and George ...

3.4/5Good! (3,544 reviews)

"Clean and safe. Friendly staff. Free parking. Good location."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Tampa

Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
3.5 out of 5
536 Bahia Beach Blvd, Ruskin, FL
The price is $117 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 17

Nestled on the beach, this Ruskin aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tampa Bay, E.G. Simmons Regional Park, and Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park. Cypress Golf ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,255 reviews)

"This place is a Hidden GEM! I totally recommend this place for anyone looking for a quiet area with plenty to do within walking distance! Food, habor/marina, and restuarants"…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is $115 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ben T. Davis Beach and Tampa Bay. Cypress Point Park and Rocky Point Golf Course are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,789 reviews)

"The front desk agent was awesome and the room was clean and inviting! The view of the bay was to die for at sunrise."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
3 out of 5
3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is $88 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ben T. Davis Beach and Tampa Bay. Cypress Point Park and Rocky Point Golf Course are also ...

3.6/5Good! (2,217 reviews)

"The property was a lot nicer than I expected but then again I read a lot of bad reviews. Glad none of them were my experience. The check in process was simple. The airport shuttle was much appreciated during quarantine times. The map to the unit was a nice touch. The property was very clean. Only ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Tampa

Most Florida destinations require a car for the best experience, and Tampa is the same. Rent one at the airport, or pick one up in the city. If you are unable to rent a car, you can get around downtown on the In Town Trolley. The vintage-style TECO Line Street Car system also takes in some of the best-known sights. Or, use taxis, which can’t be hailed in the street, but can be found at stands. Visit the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority website.Browse Tampa rental cars.

Best time to visit

Think carefully about when to book your Tampa vacation and you could end up saving yourself a lot of money. Sweltering May and August are high season, and that means high prices. September to December, however, will not only be much less crowded and slightly cooler, it will be less expensive too. Many hotels knock huge amounts off their prices at this time of year in order to bring in guests.

Popular places to visit in Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

4.5/5(1,674 reviews)

Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Tampa Riverwalk
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Tampa Riverwalk

4.5/5(1,586 reviews)

With a visit to Tampa Riverwalk, a popular shopping spot in Tampa, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Experience the great live music or attend a hockey game in this walkable area.

Tampa Convention Center
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Tampa Convention Center

4/5(625 reviews)

Find out what's happening at Tampa Convention Center during your trip—a top convention center in Tampa. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Raymond James Stadium
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Raymond James Stadium

4.5/5(729 reviews)

Catch an event at Raymond James Stadium during your trip to Tampa. Attend a football game or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Florida Aquarium
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Florida Aquarium

4.5/5(1,030 reviews)

Embark on a colorful exploration of Florida’s ecosystems and aquatic habitats at this popular aquarium.

Amalie Arena
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Amalie Arena

4.5/5(638 reviews)

Catch an event at Amalie Arena during your trip to Tampa. Attend a hockey game or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Theme Park Tickets
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Busch Gardens Tampa Theme Park Tickets

$99
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Tampa Bay CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Tampa Attractions
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Tampa Bay CityPASS: Admission to Top 5 Tampa Attractions

$119
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket
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Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket

$52
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission Ticket
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ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission Ticket

$37
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tampa Haunted Pub Tour
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Tampa Haunted Pub Tour

$27
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Tampa History Cruise
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Tampa History Cruise

$31
Per adult

Reviews of Tampa

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3113
5 - Excellent 36.34559252772913%
4 - Good
3983
4 - Good 46.503210741389374%
3 - Okay
1240
3 - Okay 14.477524810274373%
2 - Disappointing
149
2 - Disappointing 1.7396380618797431%
1 - Terrible
80
1 - Terrible 0.9340338587273789%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

It was nice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

its a city in Florida

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

We came to visit friends for a couple of days before moving on to a property at Bradenton Beach. Great location near airport.

1/5 - Terrible

Sam

Jun 2, 2020

If wasn't for the Hardrock casino. Nothing in Tampa. As for now the Hardrock does not matched any comp or transfer the credit from others Hardrock property.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

Very nice city, but with massive traffic issues...

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 30, 2020

Tampa is a nice city!!

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