Originally settled by Seminole Indians, Tampa is now one of Florida's western coast's most lively cities. Parked smack dab on the waterfront, Tampa's downtown is a great place to enjoy fine dining and panoramic views of the surrounding crystal waters and shimmering lights of Tampa Bay. If you want to enjoy upbeat nightlife and aesthetic ... Read more
architecture with a distinctly Latin American flair, Ybor City might be more your pace. Busch Gardens, one of the great American amusement parks, can be found in North Tampa, and provides a very quality experience for thrill seekers. There are also lots of museums and zoos around Tampa, including the Florida State Aquarium downtown. Many seniors call the bay home thanks to her pleasant climate, but it’s the combination of great location, a fascinating arts scene and plenty of sunny activities in Tampa that make it one of Florida’s more popular destinations for visitors, as well.

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  • Busch Gardens
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  • Florida Aquarium
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  • Lowry Park
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  • Adventure Island
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As the weather gets colder in the rest of the country, visitors tend to trickle (nay -- pour) into Florida, where temperatures bottom out at about 70F (21C). Summer can be extremely hot with temperatures often ... Read more
hitting 90F (32C), but the prices are better and the crowds are less overwhelming. If you travel at that time of year, just make sure you take a respite from the midday sun somewhere cool… like a shady beachside bar.

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Tampa reviews

  • 9.8
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.7
    Family Travellers
  • 7.6
  • 7.1
    Adventure Travellers
  • 6.6
    History Buffs

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There are so many things to do on the gulf coast. We love the water sports, food spots and cultural/sporting events. We return at least annually and have a different experience every time.

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i had a good time there i recommend going to clearwater beach at least once if you're in tampa

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We drove an hour South to Sarasota to visit the Ringling Museum. Highly recommend it. Fascinating exhibit on logistics and Americana. Tickets are like $20 but if you have a student idea they can be scored for $5.


The beaches around Tampa are beautiful and a wonderful vacation spot for families however the city isn’t really that interesting in my opinion. I hoped the historic cigar manufacturing neighborhood of Ybor City woub be interesting but it was disappointingly dead.

San Luis Obispo

Traffic can be bad around the highways but there are a lot of diverse options for food! It's a pretty clean city but summers are super hot here. They have Busch Gardens, a zoo, Dinosaur World and a lot of other attractions! It is a great city to visit as a family for kids.

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Foster City

I only been to Tampa once, quick stop on the highway to Orlando. I need to visit again and stay by the beaches.

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The San Francisco Bay Area

Tampa is OK. The city itself can be seedy in parts, but Ybor City is super cool. Plus Busch Gardens is here and there's lots of cool little towns nearby with amazing beaches. Swimming in the warm Gulf is amazing! I really like this area of Florida.

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This is a very dynamic city on the east coast of Florida and the western end of Route 4 which starts at Daytona.

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Ameliea arena seeing Dolly Parton. The parking was great. I took an uber there which was awesome. My phone died and had to take a cab back. The price of the cab was almost double from the uber. Its a prefect place to have a concert.

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New York City

Tampa, a newcomer to the survey, made a dramatic entrance by ranking within the top 10 for its snob appeal. Every sophisticated city needs a SoHo, and in Tampa, it’s South of Howard. The upscale Southside delivers good people-watching and dolphin-watching along Bayshore Boulevard. It’s also where you’ll find the Epicurean Hotel, which has a wine shop and a cheeky dessert shop called Chocolate Pi, and faces local institution Bern’s Steak House. Readers also acknowledged Tampa for its cleanliness, giving locals another reason to feel superior.

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