The Tampa Bay Area

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Fort De Soto Park

    Beach–Sight

    Spread over five small islands, 1,136-acre Fort De Soto Park lies at the mouth of Tampa Bay. It has 7 miles of waterfront (much of it beach...Read More

  • 3. Giraffe Ranch

    Farm/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. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

    Educational Institution

    Administered by Florida State University, the museum encompasses the entire Ringling estate, far more than just the art museum; there's also...Read More

  • 5. Pass-a-Grille Beach

    Beach–Sight

    At the southern tip of St. Pete Beach (past the Don Cesar), this is the epitome of Old Florida. One of the most popular beaches in the area...Read More

  • 6. Sunset Beach

    Beach–Sight

    A peninsula that's technically part of Treasure Island, this 2-mile-long outcrop is one of Tampa Bay's best-kept secrets. The northern end has...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Here you can see many manatees and several species of fish through a floating glass observatory known as the Fish Bowl—except in this case the...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Great Explorations

    Museum/Gallery

    Don't touch" are words never spoken here. The museum is hands-on through and through, with an art studio, replica vet's office and grocery store...Read More

  • 12. Konger Tarpon Springs Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Although it's not on par with larger facilities in Tampa and Clearwater, this is certainly an entertaining attraction. There are some good exhibits...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Mote Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    A renowned research facility, the Mote is also a popular tourist attraction that draws families and others interested in its international array...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Pier 60

    Market/Bazaar

    This spot is the terminus of State Road 60 (hence the name), which runs under various names between Vero Beach on the east coast and Clearwater...Read More

  • 17. Sarasota Jungle Gardens

    Zoo/Aquarium

    One of Old Florida's charming, family-owned and -operated attractions, Sarasota Jungle Gardens fills 10 acres with native and exotic animals...Read More

  • 18. Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    When pelicans and other birds become entangled in fishing lines, locals sometimes carry them to this nonprofit sanctuary dedicated to the rescue...Read More

  • 19. South Florida Museum and Parker Manatee Aquarium

    Museum/Gallery

    Snooty, the oldest manatee in captivity, is the headliner here. Programs about the endangered marine mammals run four times daily, and the first...Read More

  • 20. St. Petersburg Municipal Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Though the beach is technically in the city of Treasure Island, the city of St. Petersburg owns and maintains this stretch. Due in part to a...Read More

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