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Tampa is a destination that truly has something for everyone! With beaches just a short drive away, casino gaming, fun-filled children's attractions, and world-class museums, your three-day vacation here will be packed with memorable moments!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

15 Places

4 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

First Watch

Restaurants

Tampa Museum of Art

Art Museums

Glazer Children's Museum

Children's Museums

Henry B. Plant Museum

History Museums

Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza

Restaurants

Big Cat Rescue

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos

Day 2

La Creperia Cafe

Restaurants

Ybor City

Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Adventure Island

Water Parks

Busch Gardens

Theme Parks

Day 3

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Zoos

The Florida Aquarium

Aquariums

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa

Casinos

Fresh Harvest

Restaurants

Angela A's City Tips

  • Don't forget to indulge in Tampa's cuisine, offering everything from fine dining to corner diners.
  • Tampa is typically very warm, so when outside, be sure to drink plenty of water, wear a hat, and apply sunscreen often.
  • The HART city bus system will take you just about everywhere you want to go, but a car may be best for beaches and outer areas of Tampa Bay.
  • You may also visit the gorgeous beaches in nearby Clearwater Beach.
    Day 1
  • First Watch
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Healthy)
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    Angela A Says:

    The First Watch Restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch, in a fun, casual setting. Breakfast here is absolutely divine, with delicious omelets, breakfast bowls, and biscuits and gravy to choose from.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This fantastic eatery offers plenty of healthy alternatives, including substituting pork sausage for turkey.
    • The multi-grain pancakes are both delicious and gigantic, in flavors like Carrot Cake and Banana Crunch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 1,867 restaurants in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome avocado toast and pancakes 09/20/2019
    • Quick bite after U of Tampa tour 09/10/2019
    • First Watch
    Address:
    520 N Tampa St
    Tampa, FL 33602-4806
    Phone:
    +1 813-307-9006
    Price range:
    $1 - $10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Other:
  • Tampa Museum of Art
    Art Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Tampa Museum of Art offers a great display of both contemporary and modern art, housed in a large building which is conveniently located close to plenty of other attractions. While there are just a few galleries, the traveling exhibits and the permanent collection still offer a wide range of art.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is a free children's art program every Saturday.
    • Even the exterior of the building is a work of art, with programmable LED lights, and two layers of panels.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    • Amazing! 08/26/2019
    • Tampa museum of art 08/21/2019
    • Tampa Museum of Art
    Address:
    120 W Gasparilla Plaza
    Gasparilla Plaza
    Tampa, FL 33602-1500
    Phone:
    +1 813-274-8130
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Glazer Children's Museum
    Children's Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Glazer Children's Museum offers over 170 exhibits that both local and visiting families love to experience. Kids may play on a cruise ship, pilot an airplane, and much more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out their traveling exhibits.
    • Open daily.
    • Children under the age of one go free.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful 08/06/2019
    • Over the top! 07/21/2019
    • Glazer Children's Museum
    Address:
    110 W Gasparilla Plz
    Tampa, FL 33602-1500
    Phone:
    +1 813-443-3861
    Hours:
    Sun
    1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
    History Museums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Henry B. Plant Museum is like stepping back in time to the nation's only Victorian railroad resort, converted into a beautiful museum. It has been preserved to illustrate the lifestyle associated with the Gilded Age of the 19th-Century, so expect lots of luxury furnishings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • The museum is located on the campus of the University of Tampa.
    • This is a fascinating experience, so be sure to bring your camera or smart phone!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Plant Museum in Tampa 09/19/2019
    • Wonderful gem full of history 09/17/2019
    • Henry B. Plant Museum
    Address:
    401 W Kennedy Blvd
    Tampa, FL 33606-1450
    Phone:
    +1 813-254-1891
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Fast Food)
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    Angela A Says:

    Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza is conveniently located close to museums and attractions, making it the perfect place for lunch! This small eatery offers a multitude of pizza options, each one baked onto crisp, New York-style crust.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They are closed on Mondays.
    • Lines can get long, especially on the weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 1,867 restaurants in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Pizza 08/13/2019
    • The Best Pizza To Ever Grace the Industry of Pizza 08/04/2019
    • Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza
    Address:
    203 E Twiggs St
    Tampa, FL 33602-4404
    Phone:
    +1 813-229-8500
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Big Cat Rescue
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary for large, wild cats of all kinds, that have been rescued from abandonment and abuse. Expect to see tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, servals, ocelots, and more across its 67 acres.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • All visitors must be part of a scheduled tour, so be sure to make reservations.
    • A special feeding tour is offered, and it is a must-see adventure!
    • This is a non-profit organization, so every visitor assists in the rescue and care of these beloved animals via their admission price.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A proper Sanctuary 09/10/2019
    • The Best 09/07/2019
    • Big Cat Rescue
    Address:
    12802 Easy St
    Tampa, FL 33625-3702
    Phone:
    +1 813-920-4130
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • La Creperia Cafe
    Restaurants (French, Cafe)
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    Angela A Says:

    La Creperia Cafe is a must visit when in Ybor City! They offer the most delicious, French crepes, served in a casual atmosphere by friendly hosts. Come here to fuel up before setting out for the day.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the Madame Suzette!
    • This is a great option for sweet crepes (dessert) or savory crepes (lunch or dinner.)
    • Open from 10am Monday to Friday, and from 9am on weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #185 of 1,867 restaurants in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Charming Cafe with delicious food 09/03/2019
    • Crepes 06/30/2019
    • La Creperia Cafe
    Address:
    1729 E 7th Ave
    Ybor City
    Tampa, FL 33605-3805
    Phone:
    +1 813-248-9700
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Ybor City
    Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Angela A Says:

    Ybor City is a historic neighborhood that offers museums, shopping, dining, and a wonderful atmosphere. The TECO Streetcar connects Ybor city with downtown Tampa, and it even has a museum dedicated to its history and development.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be sure to check out the historic walking tours, especially the night-time ghost tours!
    • For a great lunch, try Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza.
    • Stop in the visitors center for brochures and more information on Ybor City.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic area 09/22/2019
    • Interesting, worth a bit of time 09/11/2019
    • Ybor City
    Address:
    Northeast of the Downtown Tampa on I-4 at Exit 1
    Tampa, FL 33618
    Phone:
    +1 813-247-4040
    Other:
  • Adventure Island
    Water Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Adventure Island is a water park that offers slides, pools, a children's area, dining options, and sand volleyball. While guests may visit for just a few hours, many often choose to spend their entire day at Adventure Island!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Combination tickets with Busch Gardens are available.
    • Some age and height restrictions may apply to individual attractions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    • Good rides, good price, poor ops 09/23/2019
    • All day we just kept saying how Volcano Bay was better. 09/08/2019
    • Adventure Island
    Address:
    10001 McKinley Dr
    Tampa, FL 33612-6401
    Phone:
    +1 813-884-4386
    Price range:
    $3 - $3
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Mon
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Fri
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sat
    9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Busch Gardens
    Theme Parks
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    Angela A Says:

    Busch Gardens is an amusement park that offers thrill rides, animal encounters, and live shows, all in an African-themed environment. This is easily one of the main reasons why families choose Tampa as a vacation destination! You may just want to explore its stand-out attractions if on a time constraint, but can easily spend the entire day here if not.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be aware of height restrictions on some attractions.
    • The Edge of Africa is an intriguing area that offers you the opportunity to see hippos, lions, meerkats, hyenas, lemurs, crocodiles, and vultures in their natural settings.
    • Be sure to ride Falcon's Fury, an exhilarating drop tower that features a face-down position!
    • Multi-day tickets are available.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    • Unfair for larger folk but ok 09/23/2019
    • Hurricane....what hurricane? 09/23/2019
    • Busch Gardens
    Address:
    10165 N McKinley Dr
    Tampa, FL 33612
    Phone:
    +1 813-884-4386
    Price range:
    $3 - $3
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    Zoos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Lowry Park Zoo boasts over 1,000 animals, live shows, and even thrill rides! This is one of the best attractions in all of Tampa, and it may be explored for anywhere from a couple of hours to the entire day!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the Expedition Africa Guided Tour, a 15 minute, open-air safari, that is included with your zoo admission.
    • VIP tours and interactive experiences are available by reservation, and at an additional cost.
    • Members of a reciprocal zoo may receive free or discounted admission.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    • Falling apart zoo. Been coming for 3 years 09/21/2019
    • Great zoo - authentic Florida feel and scale. Well laid out with great exhibits and attractions. 09/18/2019
    • ZooTampa at Lowry Park
    Address:
    1101 W Sligh Ave
    Tampa, FL 33604-5958
    Phone:
    +1 813-935-8552
    Price range:
    $32 - $32
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • The Florida Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Angela A Says:

    The Florida Aquarium offers an afternoon filled with aquatic adventure! View sharks, tropical fish, penguins, lemurs, tortoises, and more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Check out the Outdoor Water Fun Zone: two acres of slides, geysers, waves, and more.
    • Pay an additional fee to swim with fish on a reef, or dive with sharks!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A nice place to take the kids. 09/22/2019
    • It's okay. 09/22/2019
    • The Florida Aquarium
    Address:
    701 Channelside Dr
    Tampa, FL 33602-5600
    Phone:
    +1 813-273-4000
    Price range:
    $29 - $29
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa
    Casinos
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    Angela A Says:

    The Hard Rock Casino is a paradise for the avid gambler, with Vegas-style action right in Tampa! Try your luck at table games, slot machines, video poker, and in a dedicated poker room. Remember only to bet what you can afford to lose, and you will have an entertaining, exciting time!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Check out their calendar to see what national acts might be performing during your trip!
    • Visit the Rock Spa for a bit of pampering.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 151 things to do in Tampa
    • Entertaining expereince. Don't expect to win. 09/22/2019
    • Had great fun Saturday night! 09/16/2019
    • Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa
    Address:
    5223 Orient Rd
    Tampa, FL 33610-4114
    Phone:
    +1 866-388-4263
    Other:
  • Fresh Harvest
    Restaurants (American, Mongolian)
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    Angela A Says:

    Fresh Harvest is a buffet-style eatery within the Hard Rock Casino, that offers premium add-ons and, as the name implies, fresh ingredients in its variety of entree options. The setting is fun and festive, with seven live action kitchens preparing tantalizing dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • If you have played on the casino floor, check with a host to see if you may qualify for a complimentary meal.
    • They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
    • They also offer specially themed meals, like Seafood Night, Surf and Turf, and Sunday Brunch.
    • While some may find Fresh Market a bit pricey, the endless options are definitely worth a few extra dollars!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #211 of 1,867 restaurants in Tampa
    • Breakfast buffet 09/08/2019
    • Great Eats 09/08/2019
    • Fresh Harvest
    Address:
    5223 Orient Rd
    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
    Tampa, FL 33610-4114
    Phone:
    +1 813-627-7625
    Price range:
    $15 - $50
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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