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Tampa is a laid-back city with a vibrant arts scene and plenty of opportunities for adventure. Busch Gardens offers thrills for families and risk-averse adrenaline junkies, as does the domed IMAX theater of the Museum of Science and Industry. Spend a day touring Tampa’s many art museums, then cheer on your favorite Tampa Bay team at a home game. Get up close and personal with the majestic lions, tigers, and leopards of the Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary.

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Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Tampa
Owner description: Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling... more Owner description: Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age. less
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Attraction type: Bridges
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Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue
Owner description: Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself... more Owner description: Do you see yourself looking over the vast Serengeti plains, searching the horizon for a glimpse of a pride of Lions, or a Leopard lounging in the trees? Do you imagine yourself in India, riding an elephant through the high grass with your eyes peeled for the elusive Tiger? Have you ever thought how great it would be to hike through the rainforest, listening to the tropical birds, ever on the lookout for a Leopard or an Ocelot high in the canopy? Have you ever been to the zoo and wanted to be closer to the exotic cats; so close you could almost touch them? You don't have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to make these dreams come true. The world's largest accredited big cat rescue facility is right here in Tampa, Florida at Big Cat Rescue. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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Lettuce Lake Regional Park
Lettuce Lake Regional Park
Owner description: Lettuce Lake Park opened in 1982 and quickly became a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers something for everyone. Wooded picnic areas and a playground are family... more Owner description: Lettuce Lake Park opened in 1982 and quickly became a hub of activities. The 240-acre site offers something for everyone. Wooded picnic areas and a playground are family favorites. A 1.25 mile bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meander through the park. Lettuce Lake is also a haven to study nature. An interpretive center, featuring exhibits, leads to a 3,500-foot boardwalk and an observation tower where visitors can view an extensive variety of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent to visitors to experience a wholenew side of the Park. less
Attraction type: Parks
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Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center
Visitors come to this warm water viewing center to see manatees, an endangered species of marine mammals.
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steak House
Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steak House
Ranked #1 of 2,384 Restaurants in Tampa
Price: $1 - $80
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Wright's Gourmet House
Wright's Gourmet House
Ranked #2 of 2,384 Restaurants in Tampa
Price:
Cuisines: American, Soups, Delicatessen
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
La Terrazza Restaurant
La Terrazza Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 2,384 Restaurants in Tampa
Price: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
Ranked #4 of 2,384 Restaurants in Tampa
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Happy Fish
Happy Fish
Ranked #5 of 2,384 Restaurants in Tampa
Price: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, South American
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

GP Gram's Place Hostel
GP Gram's Place Hostel
$31 - $62
Ranked #1 of 7 Tampa B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
$115 - $166
Ranked #1 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
2.5 of 5
Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino
$115 - $215
Ranked #3 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore
$110 - $217
Ranked #4 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
4.0 of 5
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
$151 - $339
Ranked #2 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
4.0 of 5
Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
$188 - $458
Ranked #7 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
$148 - $356
Ranked #8 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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