Things to Do in Tampa
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Tampa is the largest city in Western-Central Florida and traces its roots to the mining and shipping boom of the 1880s, when phosphate was discovered in this area. The city’s diverse history is linked to its varied demography, which includes Seminoles, Cubans, Spaniards, Italians, transplants from the Midwest and a sizeable immigrant population. Today, Tampa boasts of several museums, parks, restaurants and other points of interest, making the city an increasingly popular tourist destination. The ‘Riverwalk’ along the Hillsborough River is especially scenic with beautiful architecture and ample green spaces. The city is also known to contribute significantly to Southwest Florida’s nightlife, making Tampa one of the trendiest cities to visit for a buzzing holiday. To know more about the most exciting things to do in Tampa, do check out our list below.
Tampa’s aquarium is the best in the state and occupies an impressive area of 250,000 sq ft. The zoo is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals. The aquarium’s exhibits are designed to showcase the journey of a drop of water from Florida’s fresh water springs that makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico. Accordingly, expect to see large wetlands, a beach and a coral reef – the latter is built within a 500,000 US gallon-tank. The aquarium also conducts interactive touch experiences, where you can learn all about ocean animals and even pet them from a safe distance. Daredevil visitors are invited to dive with the sharks and swim with the fishes.
Roller coasters, animal encounters and various performances come together at this Africa-themed park. Climb aboard the Serengeti Railway – a replica steam engine that chugs through the park’s various themed zones. From visiting a palace and experiencing outdoor theatre at the ‘Marrakesh Zone’ to splashing through Stanleyville’s dive coaster (one of only two in America), to interacting with gorillas, alligators and chimpanzees in the Nairobi area, there’s something here for everyone! Don’t forget to stop by the ‘Cheetah Run’ or interact with orangutans on treetop adventure platforms, to add a dash of adrenaline-pumping excitement to your visit. The sheer diversity of experience at Busch Gardens, makes a visit here, as one of the best things to do in Tampa.