Tampa Bay is one of the hottest vacation spots in Florida. You will never run short of things to do when you are there, in fact, you might find yourself running short of time! Here are 10 things that you want to make sure are on the “to-do” list:
1. The Beach
The beaches are consistently ranked as the best in the country and for good reason. It is 26 miles of pristine coastline. Spend ample time on them.
2. Busch Gardens
This is an Africa inspired theme park that has thrilling rides as well as real live wild animals. It’s something that the entire family will enjoy.
3. Florida Aquarium
This aquarium is one of the most impressive ones in the entire country. It has over 20,000 plants and animals in their natural habitat. The penguins’ show is a huge draw, so make sure that you reach well in time.
4. Lowry Park Zoo
Take advantage of the great weather in Florida and take a tour of the Zoo. It is quite reasonable and provides a fun outing for the entire family.
5. Tampa Riverwalk
A walk along the riverfront, which has become a hub of cultural and recreational activities, should also be on the agenda. Try and take in a few public exhibits, which almost always are eclectic and enlightening.
6. Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay has a lot of history that is presented through interactive and fun presentations. You will find yourself learning without really realizing it! Its 60,000 square feet filled with things to see, so make sure you have enough time.
7. Bayshore Boulevard
Called as the unofficial gym of Tampa Bay, you will find people jogging, cycling or just walking about at all times of the day. Take a stroll along the serene water and you may never want to leave.
8. Tampa Museum of Art
A must stop for all art enthusiasts. The museum has some must see permanent attractions including mid century modernist works, as well as a constant turnover of temporary attractions to keep things fresh for its regular visitors.
9. Channelside Bay Plaza
This is the place you want to go for a night on the town. Upscale restaurants, cutting edge entertainment and celebrity chefs can all be found here.
10. Food Truck Rally
A visit to Tampa Bay will not be complete without sampling the wide variety of Tampa food trucks that congregate in Lakeland on the second Thursday of each month. Locals from different cultures make authentic mouth-watering food fresh for each visitor. The schedule for events is available online at Tampa Bay Food Trucks so make sure you plan ahead.