As you go on the roller coasters, you can see that below you there are rhinos, giraffes, and other wild animals! ..... You can also do safaris, watch movies in 4D, feed some animals, ride some other roller coasters, and eat in one of this place's various theme restaurants.
Just a few meters from the main port of Tampa in the heart of the lively, touristy Channelside District, the Tampa Bay History Center is one of the most important museums in the city. It is a very fun museum with many interactive animations, presenting the history of the city. We learnt a lot here. Don't miss it!
The Florida Aquarium (Tampa) is ranked among the 10 largest aquariums in the country. It tells the unique story of water in Florida, following a drop of water from its underground source to the open ocean. Start your journey with wetland birds, alligators and river otters. It exhibits more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals.
Henry B. Plant Museum.Con was made in incredible Moorish architecture, with opulent furnishings, and a spectacular tropical garden with plants . The Tampa Bay Hotel attracts many celebrated guests, from Teddy Roosevelt to Sarah Bernhardt to Babe Ruth. A visit to the B. Henry Plant Museum and the authentically restored rooms of the Tampa Bay Hotel will transport you to an indulgent time in the past.
The Ybor City Museum Society & Ybor City State Museum (Tampa) is a historical state park founded by the Museum of Ybor City, located within the Panadería Ferlita building, the Casita and the garden. The garden in the Museum is a relaxing, green Mediterranean style with 19th century courtyards. It's an excellent place to celebrate weddings, parties and social events.
The Tampa Firefighters Museum (Tampa) was built in 1911, but served as the headquarters for the Tampa Fire Department until 1974. Today the museum leaves testimony of the hard work and determination of a handful of citizens and firefighters. The museum's mission is to promote and preserve the history of Tampa firefighters.
Crossing Tampa city from the easternmost neighborhood to Ybor City to the Port of Tampa and famous Franklin Street, Tampa tramway is a means of transport that you shouldn't miss. It is an old wooden tram that is full of charm and that easily connects you to Ybor City in minutes. It's really convenient!
The main artery of the latino neighborhood in the north-eastern part of Tampa, 8th Avenue is THE street not to be missed. Here you'll find nice small shops, restaurants, and of course bars and nightclubs that come alive after dark. You can take the charming tram with its wooden benches to explore this Caribbean and Latin American-inspired district!
Located in the southwest of the vast campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, on the very long Fowler Avenue, Juniper Poplar Hall, which just opened its doors for the 2009 Fall Semester is the newest building on the campus. It is a huge building that is hard to miss, with its easily identifiable yellow and orange colors. It houses two student residences, several shops and restaurants, including the Juniper Poplar Dining Hall.
Located in the heart of the huge campus of the University of South Florida, Marshall Student Center is one of the major landmarks for new students to visit. It's hard to miss, with its white tower. This is where new students go the week of their arrival, and has many restaurants and snack bars (including a Ben & Jerry's stand!). The Dining Hall is large, and there are a few shops. A central place in the life of a USF student.
Located in the southwest of the city of Tampa, Florida, not far from the famous Downtown area, the Tampa International Plaza is THE shopping center in the city. It is one of the largest malls in the region, with about 200 shops, and many options for eating including restaurants and cafes, snacks and fast food. The shops are rather upscale and there are many international brands as well as local American stores. A great day out for shopaholics!
Located on the second floor of the gigantic Tampa International Plaza mall in the south west of the city, Teavana is a small shop that boasts of being "the paradise of tea." And it's true! We loved this cute little shop, with both hot and iced teas, friendly vendors, and a huge selection to choose from.
Nestled in a small corner of the huge International Plaza Mall in the south west of Tampa, Florida, Yankee Candle is a small shop that we immediately fell in love with. It offers hundreds of candles and other scented objects. There is a special atmosphere, relaxing and soothing, and the shop assistants are very nice and considerate.
Located in the southwest of the huge, impressive campus of the famous University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, the botanical garden is absolutely beautiful and quite exotic. There are dozens (or hundreds) of plants that are very well-maintained and charming lakes with relaxing places around them for a nice picnic. You can also buy delicious local honey made by local bees.
Located in the heart of the barrio of Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, Ybor Centennial Park is one of my favorite places in the area. It is a lovely park with beautiful palm trees, an exotic, soothing place to go for a little break. We love the beautiful statues and benches, and it's a great spot for a picnic.
Strategically located in the heart of Ybor City, along the 8th Avenue between 17th and 15th avenues, Centro Ybor is unmissable. It is a charming complex of theaters, a huge cinema, and many great restaurants with shaded terraces, with lovely waiters serving cuisine from around the world. A nice place to take a break.
Occupying the entire first floor of the very pretty Ybor Centro in the heart of Ybor City in Tampa, the Muvico Theater is one of the main theaters of the city and undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable. The surrounding area is particularly nice with all the terraces and restaurants. The film costs about $8 per person but the selection is very wide and each one has many showing times. It's a convenient and nice cultural place which is always good to know.
Visiting the Latin American Ybor City in Tampa can be full of surprises in the summer. The heat is sweltering and it's difficult to resist the call of this ice cream shop located right in the heart of Ybor Center, on the ground floor, next to 7th Avenue. The creamy ice cream is rather cheap too. The place is really nice and there's even a little terrace where you can sit and enjoy your treat. About $3 per person.