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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

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa RJ Stadium
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa RJ Stadium
2.5 out of 5
4750 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $109 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 28
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Raymond James Stadium and within 6 mi (10 km) of ZooTampa at Lowry Park and Tampa Riverwalk. Tampa ...
3.5/5Good! (249 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun. 16, 2021

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Tampa RJ Stadium
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
3 out of 5
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $139 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (1,658 reviews)
"It was 👌"

Reviewed on Jun. 19, 2021

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
4 out of 5
5223 N Orient Road, Tampa, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $285 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
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! (953 reviews)
"We had a lovely time! The new East wing is beautiful,our room was perfect! I love a nice big shower with good water pressure!"

Reviewed on Jun. 17, 2021

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 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.
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
3 out of 5
3075 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $163 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
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! (2,373 reviews)
"Unique property very nice. Great views! Shuttle from airport! You can really relax their more like a resort feel! Excellent price"

Reviewed on Jun. 13, 2021

Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
3.5 out of 5
536 Bahia Beach Blvd, Ruskin, FL
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,416 reviews)
"Having access to two pools, restaurants,gym, beach & many more! There’s nothing not to like!"

Reviewed on Apr. 28, 2021

Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Pirate's Pointe Resort
Pirate's Pointe Resort
3 out of 5
1800 Kofresi Court, Ruskin, FL
Situated in Ruskin, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Tampa Bay. E.G. Simmons Regional Park is ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (91 reviews)
"A great place to just get away and relax. The cottage we stay in was adorable, very clean. The pool area was quiet and very clean. Had a great stay!! The management is very helpful with information when asked."

Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2021

Pirate's Pointe Resort
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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