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Tampa is full of a variety of attractions from museums to amusement parks. Adventure Island and Bush Gardens are exciting amusement parks and zoos that attract families and thrill-seekers from across the country. Tampa also has museums and cultural attractions like the Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center, The Dali Museum, and Tampa Museum of Art. Tampa Bay’s location along the Gulf Coast also provides great beaches nearby like Ben T Davis Beach and Davis Islands Beach for outdoor recreation such as swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, canoeing, and sailing.
Tampa Restaurants and Nightlife
Tampa Bay’s culinary scene is a great mix of diverse dishes and unique delicacies that resemble its rich culture. The city features farm-to- table restaurants as well as fine dining establishments that caters to every palate from fresh seafood to authentic Spanish cuisine. Restaurants like Columbia Café offer waterfront dining overlooking the Riverwalk and serve delicious Cuban sandwiches and refreshing Mojitos. Bern’s Steak House serves perfectly aged steaks paired with wines from its vast in-house collection that provides a world-class dining experience. Cigar City Brewing offers handcrafted beers with a focus on local culture and fresh ingredients. Ybor City is one of Tampa’s unique neighborhoods founded in the 1880s by Cuban and Spanish immigrant cigar factory workers. Today, this neighborhood is a thriving nightlife and entertainment district that has a mix of bars, music venues, and restaurants. Centro Ybor has movie theaters, comedy shows, retail stores, and restaurants. Downtown Tampa has plenty of nightlife spots that include unique spots like Green Iguana Bar & Grill and casual joints like Hamburger Mary’s that serve American cuisine with a side of live entertainment. The Amalie Arena is also perfect for watching a sporting event like the Tampa Bay Lighting hockey team or live events and concerts.
Tampa is home to numerous cultural institutions and historical landmarks. Starz Center for the Performing Arts brings Broadway tours as well as famous entertainers, musicians, comedians, and other top-notch events to the area. The Tampa Bay History Center features over 12,000 years of Florida history, from Seminole Indians and Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders to Cuban cigar rollers and European explorers. Tampa is also home to nautical attractions like the American Victory Ship Mariners Museum, which is one of the few operational World War II ships in the U.S. and the Armed Forces History Museum that preserves years of military history to educate future generations.
There are plenty of ways to get around Tampa thanks to its public regional transportation system. Downtown Tampa is a transit hub for 30 local and express bus routes as well as in-town trolley services. TECO Line Streetcars are also a common sight in Tampa. These nostalgic and vintage streetcars transport passengers between Ybor City, downtown Tampa, and Channelside with stops at Fort Brooke garage, Tampa Convention Center, Florida Aquarium, Amalie Arena, and Channelside Entertainment Complex. Tampa Union Station also offers daily nation-wide routes via Amtrak trains. Other forms of transportation include cabs and water taxis as well as shuttle services. Tampa International Airport is also another great way to get around for long distance travel.