Tampa, FL

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Tampa showing a bay or harbor, a city and night scenes
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

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport - Westshore
4 out of 5
4500 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL, 33607
The price is $98 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,011 reviews)
Great
"Great service-everything was ready"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4 out of 5
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL, 33610
The price is $229 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,654 reviews)
"The hard rock was excellent"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
3 out of 5
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL, 33602
The price is $134 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, a free area shuttle, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,330 reviews)
"I love the hotel I love my room only downfall of everything was that from my view the window had a mirror type view that I could not experience the beautiful outside I mainly saw inside the room because of the mirror on the glass window but if I could have seen the Beautiful Riverwalk and lights ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

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, 33607
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tampa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.6/5 Good! (2,927 reviews)
"Jake was very helpful. Offered extra discounts and upgraded our room!"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites
3.5 out of 5
2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL, 33607
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,544 reviews)
"I was hesitant to book this due to the negative reviews. Our room had no smell, had tile floors, the couch could have been more comfortable, bed was very comfortable. Bathroom was small but this is an older place. View was fantastic. Kitchen had everything you need, but we didn't do any cooking. ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

ROOST Tampa
ROOST Tampa
4.5 out of 5
1050 Water St, Tampa, FL, 33602
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Tampa. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and free bicycles on site. Popular attractions Port of Tampa and Seminole ...
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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Reviews of Tampa

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3 - Okay 14.475834695307027%
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2 - Disappointing 1.7394349754844736%
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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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