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Tampa
Let the Gulf Shore breeze carry you to a weekend of sun-kissed fun. The Tampa-St Pete area is Florida's second-biggest metropolitan area. Not as flashy as Miami or as crowded as Orlando, the region has grown as a tourist destination, and it's easy to see why: miles of waterfront, sandy beaches, cultural attractions and exciting amusements. Busch Gardens has been drawing visitors for years, but the city also has another zoo, an aquarium and several major museums for those who need some time in the shade.

All things to do » Things to do

Tampa Theatre
Tampa Theatre
1926 movie palace is on the National Register of Historic Places and still plays its Wurlitzer organ before shows.
Attraction type: Theatres; Cinemas
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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue
Owner description: Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself... more Owner description: Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself in India, riding an elephant through the high grass with your eyes peeled for the elusive Tiger? Have you ever thought how great it would be to hike through the rainforest, listening to the tropical birds, ever on the lookout for a Leopard or an Ocelot high in the canopy? Have you ever been to the zoo and wanted to be closer to the exotic cats; so close you could almost touch them? You don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make these dreams come true. The world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility is right here in Tampa, Florida at Big Cat Rescue. less
Attraction type: Zoos; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Reservations
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Lettuce Lake Park
Lettuce Lake Park
Owner description: Lettuce Lake Park opened in 1982 and quickly became a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers something for everyone. Wooded picnic areas and a playground are family... more Owner description: Lettuce Lake Park opened in 1982 and quickly became a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers something for everyone. Wooded picnic areas and a playground are family favorites. A 1.25 mile bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meander through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven to study nature. An interpretive center, featuring exhibits, leads to a 3,500-foot boardwalk and an observation tower where visitors can view an extensive variety of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent to visitors to experience a wholenew side of the Park. less
Attraction type: Parks
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The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Owner description: The Straz Center began as a dream by visionary citizens of Tampa who persevered to bring to reality one of the finest performing arts centers in the nation. It is many things to... more Owner description: The Straz Center began as a dream by visionary citizens of Tampa who persevered to bring to reality one of the finest performing arts centers in the nation. It is many things to many people and it’s more than just a building, more than just a performing arts center. It is a presenter, a producer, an educator, a community partner and an economic engine for the Tampa Bay area. It is a cornerstone of the Tampa Bay community. The Straz Center creates a regional economic impact of more than $100 million each year. To our local economy it can mean more tourists staying in hotels, eating in restaurants, shopping in stores and visiting other venues when they are here. At both the local and national level, it provides access to more than 700,000 people of all ages, abilities and cultures each year. It also provides jobs for artists and other professionals who have a passion for the arts and for our mission. less
Attraction type: Theatres
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steak House
Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steak House
Ranked #1 of 1,968 restaurants in Tampa
Price: USD 1 - 80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, After-hours, Dessert
Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
Ranked #2 of 1,968 restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
La Terrazza Restaurant
La Terrazza Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 1,968 restaurants in Tampa
Price: USD 21 - 30
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Business
Dining options: Reservations, After-hours
Eddie V's
Eddie V's
Ranked #4 of 1,968 restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Seafood
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: After-hours
Pane Rustica
Pane Rustica
Ranked #5 of 1,968 restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: Bakery, Delicatessen, Italian
Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, After-hours, Dessert

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport
2.0 of 5
Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport
USD 55 - 97
Ranked #57 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music
Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music
USD 28 - 54
Ranked #2 of 9 Tampa B&B and Inns
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Holiday Inn Express Tampa North - Telecom Park
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Tampa North - Telecom Park
USD 90 - 121
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Temple Terrace
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
USD 99 - 161
Ranked #2 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
2.5 of 5
Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
USD 106 - 173
Ranked #3 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore
USD 82 - 188
Ranked #4 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
USD 130 - 313
Ranked #12 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
4.0 of 5
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
USD 132 - 261
Ranked #14 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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Epicurean Hotel
4.0 of 5
Epicurean Hotel
USD 186 - 331
Ranked #21 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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