The Tampa Bay Area

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  • 1. Big Cat Rescue

    Citrus Park | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Suburban Citrus Park in North Tampa is probably the last place you'd expect to be able to get face-to-face with an 800-pound tiger. Yet at the...Read More

  • 2. Busch Gardens

    Central Tampa | Amusement Park/Water Park

    The Jungala exhibit at Busch Gardens brings Bengal tigers to center stage and puts them at eye level—allowing you to view them from underground...Read More

  • 3. Giraffe Ranch


    Rural Dade City is known mostly for its strawberries, but word is quickly spreading about something else that makes people flock here: giraffes...Read More

  • 4. Adventure Island

    Central Tampa | Amusement Park/Water Park

    From spring until fall, rides named Everglides, Aruba Tuba, and Key West Rapids promise heat relief at Busch Gardens' water park. Tampa's most...Read More

  • 5. Centennial Park

    Ybor City | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    You can step back into the past at Centennial Park, which re-creates a period streetscape and hosts a farmers' market called the "Fresh Market...Read More

  • 6. Florida Aquarium

    Downtown | Zoo/Aquarium

    Although eels, sharks, and stingrays are the headliners, the Florida Aquarium is much more than a giant fishbowl. This architectural landmark...Read More

  • 7. Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    It's all about play here, and, with 53,000 square feet, more than a dozen themed areas, and 175 "interactives," there's plenty of opportunity...Read More

  • 8. Lowry Park Zoo

    Central Tampa | Zoo/Aquarium

    Natural-habitat exhibits including Safari Africa, where a herd of African elephants is free to roam, make the 56-acre Lowry Park Zoo one of...Read More

  • 9. Museum of Science & Industry

    North Tampa | Museum/Gallery

    At this dome-topped facility near the University of South Florida's main campus, you learn about Florida weather, anatomy, flight, and space...Read More

  • 10. Tampa Bay History Center


    From the early civilizations that once flourished on its shores to the 2000 presidential vote recount, the Tampa Bay region has long had an...Read More

  • 11. Tampa Museum of Art

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an exquisitely designed building, the Tampa Museum of Art is emblematic of the city's efforts to revitalize the downtown riverfront...Read More

  • 12. Ybor City

    Ybor City | Neighborhood/Street

    Tampa's Latin quarter is one of only a few National Historic Landmark districts in Florida. Bordered by Interstate 4 to the north, 22nd Street...Read More

  • 13. Ybor City Museum State Park

    Ybor City | Museum/Gallery

    This park provides a look at the history of the cigar industry. Admission includes a tour of La Casita, one of the shotgun houses occupied by...Read More

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