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TampaUnited States of America

Explore the former cigar capital of the world, now a popular destination for its theme parks, wildlife and natural beauty.

The city of Tampa is the commercial hub of Florida’s west coast, with a business district of banks and hi-tech companies, and a busy port for cruise ships and freighters. Commerce is just one part of Tampa’s story: This subtropical city also has a wealth of natural attractions.

Tampa began in the early 16th century when Spanish explorers landed on its shores. But it wasn’t until the 1880s and the arrival of the railroad that the area started to prosper and grow. At this time, Cuban immigrants founded the cigar industry in the Ybor City district, giving rise to Tampa’s reputation as “cigar capital of the world” during its 1920s and 1930s heyday.

Go to the waterfront area, a sub-district of downtown Tampa. Once a commercial seaport, it’s now a lively entertainment and tourist destination with popular attractions such as the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Museum of Art. In the same area you’ll also find the Tampa Bay History Center.

Disney doesn’t have the monopoly on theme parks and attractions in Florida; Tampa also boasts plenty of wild and imaginative rides. Adventure Island is a huge amusement park of water slides, flumes and waves pools. One of Tampa’s must-see destinations is Busch Gardens. This Africa-themed adventure park has high-speed roller coasters and exotic animals.

Florida is famous for its manatees, marine mammals known as sea cows, which thrive in warm waters. See them close up at the Manatee Viewing Center and at Lowry Park Zoo.

Make time to enjoy some of the lush scenery. Stop by the country parks to spend relax by a river, or walk the nature trails to discover Tampa’s wilderness. Lettuce Lake Park has 240 acres (97 hectares) of open space, wetlands and forested areas. Come to hike, bike or picnic.

Downtown Tampa is easy to navigate, with a range of public transport options, including the In-Town Trolley Network, which services most attractions. The TECO Line Streetcar offers a more nostalgic way to see the sights, while free guided walking tours are a great way to cover the highlights of city center. These walking tours are offered every other Friday. Check Tampa’s Downtown website for details.

Where to stay in Tampa

Ybor City

Ybor City

2.5/5(3 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

Top Hotels in Tampa

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
3 out of 5
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $115 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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! (1,408 reviews)

"Right on the Riverwalk, in the center of town and there's a lady on the front desk called Cara who is possibly the most helpful hotel staff member I've ever dealt with"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 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 CA $130 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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! (395 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $100 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (3,546 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 CA $154 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! (2,256 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 CA $151 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! (2,791 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 CA $116 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

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.

Popular places to visit in Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

4.5/5(77 reviews)

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

Florida Aquarium
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Florida Aquarium

4/5(62 reviews)

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

Lowry Park Zoo
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Lowry Park Zoo

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Hands-on animal activities, a manatee hospital and children’s rides are among the top attractions at this popular animal park.

Top things to do in Tampa

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

CA $130
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

CA $157
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission Ticket
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ZooTampa at Lowry Park Admission Ticket

CA $49
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket
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Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket

CA $69
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Museum of Science & Industry Admission
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Museum of Science & Industry Admission

CA $17
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Tampa History Cruise
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Tampa History Cruise

CA $41
Per adult

Reviews of Tampa

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 29.042904290429043%
4 - Good
170
4 - Good 56.1056105610561%
3 - Okay
40
3 - Okay 13.201320132013201%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 1.3201320132013201%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

wrrldgrrl

Mar 11, 2020

Seems like a friendly city with limited public transport options and not very walkable. I'll be back to take in some museums and Ybor City.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

Tampa and area Clearwater, St Petersburg, Indian Rocks were all beautiful, a little cool, but compared to home, sunny and warm for us.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Didnt spend much time there other than to see an NHL game. Arena and area around arena was nice and lots to do.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

To much congestion and traffic on the highways

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

Excellent breakfast a few miles away at a restaurant about 1.5 miles away. Sorry, can't remember the name od the place. Great pies rhough.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 9, 2020

nice city and surrounding area.I would go back again.

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