The Tampa Bay Area

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Tampa Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Busch Gardens

    Central Tampa

    Drawing some 4½ million visitors each year, Busch Gardens Tampa is a major theme park, with its popular roller coasters being the biggest lure. The...Read More

  • 2. Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

    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

  • 3. Fort De Soto Park

    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...Read More

  • 4. 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. These graceful...Read More

  • 5. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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

  • 6. Pass-a-Grille Beach

    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...Read More

  • 7. Sunset Beach

    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 a mixed crowd—from...Read More

  • 8. Weeki Wachee Springs

    At Weeki Wachee Springs, the spring flows at the remarkable rate of 170 million gallons a day with a constant temperature of 74°F. The spring...Read More

  • 9. Adventure Island

    Central Tampa

    From spring until fall, Busch Gardens' water park promises heat relief with rides like Vanish Point, Aruba Tuba, and Caribbean Corkscrew. Tampa's most popular "wet"...Read More

  • 10. Clearwater Marine Aquarium

    This aquarium gives you the opportunity to participate in the work of saving and caring for endangered marine species. Many of the sea turtles, dolphins,...Read More

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  • 11. Florida Aquarium


    Although eels, sharks, and stingrays are the headliners, the Florida Aquarium is much more than a giant fishbowl. This architectural landmark features an 83-foot-high, multitier...Read More

  • 12. Glazer Children's Museum


    It's all about play here, and, with 53,000 square feet, more than a dozen themed areas, and more than 170 "interactives," there's plenty of opportunity...Read More

  • 13. Great Explorations

    "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, a...Read More

  • 14. Mote Aquarium

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

  • 15. Museum of Science & Industry

    North Tampa

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

  • 16. Pier 60

    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...Read More

  • 17. Sarasota Jungle Gardens

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

  • 18. Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

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

  • 19. St. Petersburg Municipal Beach

    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...Read More

  • 20. Suncoast Primate Sanctuary

    You may not be able to find monkeys in the wild in the Tampa Bay area (at least not naturally), but you can catch them...Read More

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