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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

Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Tampa
Owner description: Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling... more Owner description: Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age. less
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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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: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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Lettuce Lake Regional Park
Lettuce Lake Regional 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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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 2,311 Restaurants in Tampa
Price: US$ 1 - US$ 80
Cuisines: American
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wright's Gourmet House
Wright's Gourmet House
Ranked #2 of 2,311 Restaurants in Tampa
Price:
Cuisines: American, Soups, Delicatessen
Good for: Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
La Terrazza Restaurant
La Terrazza Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 2,311 Restaurants in Tampa
Price: US$ 21 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Ranked #4 of 2,311 Restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Happy Fish
Happy Fish
Ranked #5 of 2,311 Restaurants in Tampa
Price: US$ 8 - US$ 15
Cuisines: Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American, Spanish
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City
2.5 of 5
Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City
US$ 76 - US$ 224
Ranked #20 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites South Tampa Airport
2.0 of 5
Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites South Tampa Airport
US$ 70 - US$ 157
Ranked #58 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music
Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music
US$ 56 - US$ 62
Ranked #1 of 8 Tampa B&B and Inns

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
US$ 110 - US$ 225
Ranked #1 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
4.0 of 5
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
US$ 141 - US$ 403
Ranked #2 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
2.5 of 5
Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
US$ 108 - US$ 255
Ranked #3 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
US$ 178 - US$ 477
Ranked #4 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
US$ 145 - US$ 364
Ranked #7 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Le Meridien Tampa
4.0 of 5
Le Meridien Tampa
US$ 138 - US$ 376
Ranked #11 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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