Tampa Travel Guide & Information

Tampa, a Gulf Coast city in the U.S. state of Florida serves as the county seat for Hillsborough County. An abundance of water and sunshine highlights this city as true hot spot among the world’s destinations. By visiting Tampa, you would have an opportunity to discover an area that is full of rich art, professional sports, sights and things to do that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Travel to Tampa, a destination luring visitors for ages with its modern landscapes and a medley of activities and attractions to choose from. Flights to Tampa are your entry to a destination that displays a wide variety of architectural design and style. The area has numerous architectural marvels and displays offering a glimpse into Tampa's history and diversity.

Busch Gardens, various large museums and the city's resident football team, the Buccaneers, are just a few major highlights. Those looking for more adventure can take a trip to historic Ybor City, known for its Cuban sandwiches and colorful streets, lined with activities, stores and more. Whether you feel like a long walk along white, sandy beaches or testing your nerves on thrill rides at one of many theme parks, or wandering through upscale shopping districts, there's something for everyone. Tampa surely lives up to its reputation as a fun-filled vacation getaway.

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Things to do in Tampa

Museums:

Tampa is home to several superlative museums that demonstrate to the city’s art and culture.

Tampa Museum of Art: exhibits 20th-century fine art, as well as Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities. The museum opened in 1979 on the banks of Hillsborough River. Revolving exhibitions provide a lively mix of classical and contemporary art shows. These exhibits offer a wide range of classes, lectures, seminars, walking tours and children's activities.

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Museum of Science & Industry: is a science museum in Tampa and the location of Florida's only IMAX Dome Theatre. Situated on a 74-acre plot of land, across the street from the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, the museum’s permanent exhibits include, Disasterville featuring WeatherQuest; The Amazing You, a presentation on medical health, sponsored by Metropolitan Life Foundation and Our Place in the Universe.

Henry B. Plant Museum: is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the University of Tampa’s campus. The museum focuses on turn of the century Victorian lifestyle of the old Tampa Bay Hotel’s guests. The museum highlights the Gilded Age and the origins of Florida and Tampa’s history in tourism. Today, the Henry B Plant Museum faithfully recreates the ambiance of early Florida that tourists experienced, right down to the furnishings, lighting fixtures and art.

Prominent Landmarks:

Tampa is home to several attractions like Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and theme parks.

Busch Gardens: is a 335-acre 19th century theme park, opened on March 31, 1959. Visitors can watch animals in a tropical setting. Before leaving the grounds visitors are invited to enter a beer garden offering free Busch beer to drink. Today, Busch Gardens is a world-class zoo, with more than 2,000 animals and a live entertainment venue that provides a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The adventure park's habitats offer views of some of the world's most endangered and exotic animals.

The Florida Aquarium: a 250,000-square-foot aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world. The Florida Aquarium's exhibits are laid out to demonstrate the journey of a drop of water from one of Florida's many fresh-water springs as it makes its way to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Lowry Park Zoo: Voted the number one Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Child Magazine and recognized by the State of Florida as the center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity, Lowry Park Zoo is a premier family attraction in Tampa. The zoo features a large collection of Florida species, larger than any other zoo, and includes Key Deer, Alligators, Flamingos, Roseate Spoonbills, and Florida Panthers, American Crocodiles, River Otters and many other species.

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Where to Stay in Tampa:

In Tampa, you’ll find cheap hotels, 4 star hotels under $99, extended stay hotels, beach hotels, resorts and 5-star hotels, as well as quality budget inns.

Downtown Tampa: is the central business district of Tampa. The downtown area contains important cultural landmarks such as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa Theatre, Tampa Museum of Art, Jobsite Theater and the Henry B. Plant Museum on the University of Tampa campus. There are many different hotel options to choose from. The area is home to some world renowned hotel chains and budget hotel chains.

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Tampa Airport: area is convenient for business travelers with a wide assortment of premier hotel chains. The area also offers many shopping and dining options. Besides offering comfortable and spacious rooms, most of the hotels in this area also offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available to Tampa, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Tampa

Warm weather and plentiful of outdoor activities make Tampa an ideal year round destination.

* During the summer there are numerous festivals, which make this a popular season for travelers

* Budget travelers might want to choose to travel during the winter when airfares and hotel rates are cheaper.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (January to April)

Low season: (June to September, December)

Tampa Weather

Tampa has a humid subtropical climate with hot summer days and frequent thunderstorms during the winter.

* Temperatures remain pleasant during the winter months.

* Temperatures are hot, from mid-May through early October, which coincides with the rainy season.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Tampa. Let your bank know your dates of travel and find out the cost of withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the primary language spoken.

* Many people speak Spanish & French as well.