Opened since 1959, Busch Gardens is a popular theme park covering more than 300 acres. Busch Gardens features various sections that reflect different environments such as the Morocco, Timbuktu and the Congo. Each section offers exciting rides, roller coasters, water attractions and more. Additionally, visitors can see numerous animals such zebras, giraffes, lions, gorillas and more.
Listed among the National Register of Historic Places, the Tampa Theatre is a popular attraction in the city. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the movie palace and admire its stunning architecture as well as watch classic films.
Lettuce Lake Park
Spanning 240 acres, Lettuce Lake Park is a great place for families to spend the whole day. Here, visitors can enjoy walking along boardwalks that meander through different Florida habitats such as the cypress, wetlands and hardwood forest. Visitors can view plants and animals that are native to each of these habitats. The park also offers nature trails, a playground and an observation tower that visitors can climb to see fantastic views of the area.
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Home to the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning and the Arena Football League's Tampa Bay Storm, the Tampa Bay Times Forum is a huge arena where visitors can enjoy sports such as ice hockey, basketball, football, wrestling and more. Located downtown Tampa, the arena also serves as a venue for many concerts by famous entertainers.
Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center is a museum offering many exhibits and interactive activities that cover the history of Tampa from its earliest Native Americans to Spanish conquistadors and other historical people. Visitors can see replicas of old ships, cigar stores, maps, furniture, weapons and much more.
Hillsborough River State Park
Covering more than 3,000 acres, the Hillsborough River State Park is a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Featuring a combination of swampland, forests and river, the state park offers numerous activities such as camping, birding, fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, picnicking, swimming and more. Additionally, the state park offers more than 100 campsites, a concession stand, playground, restrooms and nature trails.
At the Florida Aquarium, visitors can view up to 20,000 aquatic animals and plants that are both native to Florida and from around the world. With different, simulated exhibits such as a coral reef, a beach and the wetlands, visitors can encounter the likes of alligators, turtles, otters, various bird species and more.