The Best Things to Do in Tampa

The Best Things to Do in Tampa

On March 5, 2019

If you are planning a vacation and not sure where to go, consider a trip down south to Florida. With all the warmth and welcome of the sunshine state, it is the perfect vacation spot. A fun place to visit is Tampa. Not sure what there is to do? There are a wide variety of attractions, restaurants, and nightlife for any type of trip. Here are some things to do in Tampa, Florida, whether you are coming with your family, friends, or even by yourself, Tampa has something for every occasion.

Must-See Things to Do in Tampa

Lettuce Lake Park – Experience nature better than any nature show! See a variety of the wildlife of Tampa over 240 acres of beautiful land. From tiny grasshoppers to alligators the length of a car, you will have plenty to see here. [More Information.]

Raymond James Stadium – If you or anyone in your group loves football, you should stop in and see this stadium. Whether you’re watching the Buccaneer’s play or just wanting to see the stadium, it’s a fun stop for sports lovers. [More Information.]

Big Cat Rescue – Since 1992, Citrus Park has housed this animal sanctuary. They are dedicated to helping injured and orphaned native wild cats and other exotic felines. While tigers are a big crowd pleaser, there are 11 different species to see. [More Information.]

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Free/Cheap Things to do in Tampa

Fort De Soto Park – This is a large park (over 1,000 acres) made up of five interconnected islands. Just a few of the features to this park are three miles of sandy-white beaches, wetlands, birds, and a sea turtle refuge. [More Information.]

Tampa Riverwalk – Designed with pedestrians in mind, walking along the trail in the evenings is a beautiful sight. Enjoy the lights of the city and the overlooks as you walk any or all of the 2.6 mile-long area. [More Information.]

Manatee Watch – At Tampa’s Electric Big Bend Power Station, there is a viewing center for manatees in a protected sanctuary. While you are there, stop in a visit the butterfly garden or one of the other exhibits about the environment and energy. Admission is free but only open from the beginning of November to the middle of April. [More Information.]

Pinellas County Heritage Village – Come see some of the city’s heritage at this 21-acre living history museum. There are 28 historical structures to see, demonstrations, and hands-on pioneer activities. Admission is free. [More Information.]

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Things to Do in Tampa for Families/Kid-Friendly Things to Do

The Florida Aquarium – This attraction is popular year-round with an impressive collection of aquatic life. See alligators, otters, stingrays, sharks, and more at one of the exhibits. There are also water activities that kids can do throughout the day. [More Information.]

Lowry Park Zoo – Looking for a zoo that is a step above the rest? Look no further than the Lowry Park Zoo. Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004) both votes this as the best zoo in the nation. With over 60 acres of animals, there are plenty of animals and habitats to see. [More Information.]

Busch Gardens – As one of the most popular attractions in Tampa, you won’t want to miss the roller coasters, outside entertainment, safari lands, water activities, or the climbing complexes for kids. There are rides for all ages at this theme park. [More Information.]

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Things to Do in Tampa for Adults

Dolphin-Watching Tour – How often do you get the chance to see dolphins in the wild? Take the opportunity to see just that on a dolphin-watching tour. Some tours can be a bit pricey and take a good portion of the day, so this is usually recommended for adults. 

Not a Clue Adventures – Take a guided tour or take a date on a fun, outdoors adventure kayaking, hiking, or fishing. Don’t have a date? Grab a bunch of friends and go on a guided camping trip, with all equipment provided. Learn to track wildlife, basic survival skills, and more. [More Information.]

Guided Segway Tour – See Tampa in a new way- on a Segway! If you use a guided tour, you can stop at landmarks and attractions, learning more about the more significant historical sites of the city. Night tours are also available. [More Information.]

Visit the Beach Bar – If you are in Florida, near a beach, why not drop in and enjoy a drink on the beach? Being on the waterfront isn’t the only fun thing about this bar. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball or watch a live jet ski show. 

Caddy’s on the Beach – This is another great location to eat and drink on the beach. Caddy’s offers complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas so guests can enjoy their world famous corned beef Reuben and drinks while they watch the sunset. [More Information.]

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