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“Very educational and interesting”

Tampa Bay History Center
Ranked #17 of 196 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Experience 12,000 years of powerful stories at the Tampa Bay History Center. During your journey, you will stroll through a 1920s-era cigar store, row up the Hillsborough River, ride along with a cattle drive and learn about the early exploration of Florida. This waterfront building, with an eclectic Museum Store and the signature Columbia Cafe, is a memorable experience for families, history enthusiasts, Tampa area natives and beyond.
Succasunna, New Jersey
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52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Very educational and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

I'm not a big history buff but really enjoyed my time at the Tampa Bay History Center. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. Based upon some reviews, I thought we'd only be there for an hour or two but we actually were there closer to 3.5-4 hours. The story of Seminole Chief Coacoochee told in his Story Theater was very heart wrenching. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about Tampa Bay.

Visited October 2012
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great for any history buff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

I loved the film presentations...very informative and creatively presented; ESPECIALLY the one detailing Panfili de Navaraez and his disastrous encounter with the ancient Tocobaga tribes.

Visited February 2013
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Regina
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interesting but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

It was the smallest history museum I have been too. There were seveal good exhibits though and it is a good depiction of Tampa's history (e.g., coffee, cigar making)

Visited January 2013
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Delaware
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90 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Better than expected!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Didn't think I'd enjoy the history center as much as i did but the movies really helped tell the story of the early settlers in the Tampa area. It's very well done, incredibly interesting.

Visited January 2013
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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

Great location along the Riverwalk with views of the cruise ship terminals.Nice little museum for local history.

Visited January 2013
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