Updated: November 27, 2021
[Tampa is the largest city in the Hillsborough County in Florida. Nestled along the Gulf of Mexico, it sports some of the best beaches in the world. The mix of modern high rise buildings and old world historical monuments add to the immense charm of the place. The new international airport and its port make Tampa easily approachable, thus making it a Must-Visit for those who love the sun, the sands, adventure, history and the water. An ideal tourist destination with something for everyone to do – trekking trails, zoo, aquarium, amusement parks and for the history aficionada a walk in the Historic Ybor City, Tampa has it all. Here’s a compilation of the seven must-see attractions in Tampa, which you cannot miss if you ever visit this city in Florida. Busch Gardens – It is a theme park modelled on Africa. It has some of the best roller coaster rides in Florida. There are enough attractions to enthrall the whole family – rides, animal encounters and live performances that will leave you asking for more. It has one of the largest zoos in the whole of North America housing 250 species of more than 12,000 animals, some of which are on the endangered list. A bonus is the assortment of dining options which puts it right at the top of the must-see list of Tampa attractions.
Ybor City – This houses some of the most historic monuments, especially the 7th avenue called “Le Septima,” in Florida. Named after the cigar baron Vincente Martinez Ybor, today it is known for its shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes. A must go for history lovers.
Sunshine Skyway – It is an impressive long suspension bridge and is another not to miss attraction. A drive over the bridge as you cross the Tampa bay offers some breath-taking views of the bay. A picture of the bridge from the bay or the Fort-de-Soto’s park is a memento you’ll want to take home.
Museum of science and industry – This should earn a definite place on one’s itinerary. 450 hands on exhibits to engage one and all and an IMAX dome which screens several films, is a haven to the knowledge seeker. Do not miss the famous “High Wire Bike,” – a treat for the adventure lovers.
Florida Aquarium – This is where you can go to beat the Florida heat. This enormous air-conditioned aquarium has a large collection of marine life. There are opportunities to swim with the fishes and encounter a dolphin too. To top it all, there is a water adventure zone for kids to splash and have fun.
Clearwater Bay – This beach has been adjudged the best beach in Florida and is a must for the sea, sand and water lovers. Adrenaline pumping water sports alongside fishing, dolphin sighting and trekking trails nearby make it a family outing worth remembering.
Wat Mongkolrata Temple – This temple is a lesser known attraction, nonetheless a-not-to-miss one. A Thai Buddhist temple situated idyllically along a river and surrounded by trees provides the much needed peace and quiet to wind up a vacation.
Do you need any more reasons? There’s always the glorious Florida sunshine and clear blue waters. So pack your bags and enjoy the Tampa this summer!
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