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Entering the historic Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, Florida

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Tampa Bay: Family Fun, Outdoor Adventure, Upscale Shopping and Exciting Nightlife

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Flamingos at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida

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Canoeing on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida

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Visiting International Mall in Tampa, Florida

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Tampa Bay: Family Fun, Outdoor Adventure, Upscale Shopping and Exciting Nightlife

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Rolling cigars by hand in Ybor City, Florida

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Alligator on the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida

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Riding the Cheetah Hunt Coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida

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In Centro Ybor, Tampa’s Latin Quarter

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Located on Florida’s west coast, Tampa is a city bursting with adventures of all sorts.

Tampa is known for its family attractions, including Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo, but cultural entertainment, a lively dining scene, plentiful shopping and enchanting nature are vital components of the vibrant community.

Attractions for Families

One of Tampa’s top attractions, Busch Gardens, is an enormous theme park complete with roller coasters, exotic animal exhibits and nearby water park, Adventure Island. Another popular place to take the family is Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, which has been ranked the top U.S. zoo by Parents Magazine. The vast and engaging Florida Aquarium is also a must-visit when traveling with children. For a change of pace, head to the Museum of Science & Industry, which offers exciting hands-on programs and interactive exhibits. If the timing is right, enjoy the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a popular event that attracts visitors from all over the world every winter.

Natural Adventures

Thanks in part to warm year-round temperatures, Tampa Bay is an ideal destination for those looking for outdoor fun in natural settings. Take a canoe trip on the Hillsborough River to see great blue herons, cormorants and wood storks feeding alongside sunbathing alligators and turtles. From here, it’s not far to Apollo Beach and the TECO Manatee Viewing Center, where warm, clean discharge water from the power plant attracts hundreds of manatees in winter.

Shopping at International Plaza and Bay Street

Shopping enthusiasts will want to make a beeline to International Plaza and Bay Street to find the latest fashion trends at reasonable prices. This upscale shopping mall, near Tampa International Airport, has more than 200 shops and 15 restaurants. Enjoy lunch at Bay Street, a breezy outdoor food court just outside the mall.

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Visit Historic Ybor City

Once the “Cigar Capital of the World,” Ybor City is famous for its multitude of restaurants, festive events and great nightlife. Stroll along Seventh Avenue to the Columbia, which is Florida’s oldest restaurant, serving the community since 1905. This award-winning restaurant features succulent Spanish-Cuban cuisine and flamenco dance performances.

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At the Hard Rock Hotel, Nonstop Entertainment

At the famous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, one of the largest in the country, there’s no shortage of options for entertainment. Discover the many attractive bars and restaurants, including the Hard Rock Café, legendary for its classic American cuisine, and the Council Oak, a fancy seafood restaurant with a sophisticated menu.

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