Tampa

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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

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
4 out of 5
2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $218 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,355 reviews)
"5 Star service every time"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2021

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
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 CA $319 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, Florida State Fairgrounds, and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,080 reviews)
"Nice"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
The Westin Tampa Waterside
The Westin Tampa Waterside
4 out of 5
725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $235 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Harbour Island, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa Convention Center, and Amalie Arena. Port of Tampa and Florida Aquarium ...
4/5Very Good! (957 reviews)
"Staff very friendly and polite"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2021

The Westin Tampa Waterside
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 CA $140 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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! (2,457 reviews)
"The staff was wonderful. The place was clean. You can BBQ, play basketball, a nice size pool. Pet freindly. The room is big. You have a full size kitchen Full size bathroom If they upgrade it would look beautiful.. I really had a good time.."

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 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 CA $187 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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! (3,166 reviews)
"The property location is unique All rooms have a bay view . Dolphins where seen, passing by The bay at a real close proximity. It was cool to see them so close ."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Sailport Waterfront Suites
Homewood Suites Tampa Airport
Homewood Suites Tampa Airport
3 out of 5
5325 Avion Park Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $152 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cypress Point Park, Westshore Plaza Mall, and Tampa Bay. Raymond James Stadium and George ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (861 reviews)
"The TVs are a little outdated i was unable to connext my firestick even aftwr buying an adapter still no luck"

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2021

Homewood Suites Tampa Airport
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.

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