Tampa, FL

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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

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 $89 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Carver City - Lincoln Gardens, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Westshore Plaza Mall, International Plaza and Bay Street, and Cypress Point Park. ...
3.5/5 Good! (2,968 reviews)
"It was a good stay for the night"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4 out of 5
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL
The price is $249 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, and Florida State Fairgrounds. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,122 reviews)
"A beautiful hotel an the staff is very professional an attentive."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
4 out of 5
2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL
The price is $179 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in the heart of Tampa, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tampa Bay, Cypress Point Park, and Rocky Point Golf Course. Ben T. Davis Beach ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,368 reviews)
"Boardwalk was gorgeous"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
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.
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
3 out of 5
3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is $105 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tampa Bay and Ben T. Davis Beach. Cypress Point Park and Rocky Point Golf Course are also ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,478 reviews)
"Good place need to be updated. Showers need fixed. A lot of water gets everywhere."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is $136 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tampa Bay and Ben T. Davis Beach. Cypress Point Park and Rocky Point Golf Course are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,197 reviews)
"Beautiful view, nice clean rooms. Don’t think I would call it a resort, not enough amenities. Just a pool."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens
Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens
3 out of 5
11606 Malcolm McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL
The price is $138 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Terrace Park, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center. Adventure Island and Busch Gardens Tampa ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (484 reviews)
"Even when my reservation it was not ready by the time of arrival (after 3 pm) the room was very clean and the staff was mind and professional."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens
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.

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