As I mentioned in the intro, Tampa has a great deal of beautiful, old homes in the 1920's bungalow style. Many of these homes have retained their oringinal arts and crafts style details including the interior woodwork. If you enjoy old homes as I do, you will love taking a drive around the older parts of the city and having a look.
It all depends on what time of year you visit. Winter well, Northeners love it. It's cold to me, but hey, I've been here all my life. Sweatshirts, jeans & light jackets should do.
Spring, Summer & Fall: Shorts, tank tops & bathing suits of course! Calamine lotion & mosquito repellant. Sunblock w/ alot of SPF for you fair skinned travelers. A big umbrella is a must for the beach if you're going to be out there for more than a few hours. Make sure to bring your ID or drivers license...Just good things to have anywhere you go.
a rocky redneck party
And also as mentioned previously, the rest of the 13 mile long strip of Courtney Campbell Causeway is covered in rocky beaches. Not ideal for swimming because you'll cut your feet. It's a great place to fish, boat, or drink beer like the locals do. Just open the back of your truckbed, pop open a beach chair, lather on the oil, and fry yourself to a crisp under the warm Floridian sun. Does anyone smell bacon?
Fantasy of Flight
Located between Tampa and Orlando on I4 (the road you'll take to go to Orlando). You will see the signs for it on your way to Orlando
Has over 40 rare and vintage aircraft - most of them from WWI and WWII - plus other fun stuff. It has been awhile since I was here but at that time they had flight simulators where you sat in real jet cockpits - pretty cool.
(includes Parking, Immersion, Environments Experience, Fightertown, Sheet Metal & Aircraft Assembly Tour, Engine Bay & Machine shop tour, Tram Tour, Video Presentations & Aircraft of the Day)
General Admission $26.95
Senior Discounted Admission* (Ages 55 + over) $24.95
Youth's Discounted Admission* (Ages 6-15) $13.95
Get Your Freak On!
Ybor City is the place to party in the Tampa Bay Area. Those accustomed to Bourbon shouldn't be disappointed here. Some clubs to note are: The Amphitheater (very large, mostly techno, impressive sound/lighting systems, also has extras like a performing dance group, go-go girls, etc.), Club Hedo (jungle-inspired theme, good bar to dance on, mostly hip-hop), Club Prana (5 floors w/ different music on each, including a rooftop bar overlooking 7th avenue, more upscale than the others), Platforms (popular music mixed with some disco, late 20's - 30's crowd, dancing is a bit more tasteful than others, good time for everybody). Ybor City also boasts Coyote Ugly - inspired by the movie, and staying true to its reputation (if you care- Robyn from MTV's RealWorld San Diego works here and Paris Hilton has been seen frequenting it while shooting the new season of the Simple Life in the area). Be aware: the police are more strict here than on Bourbon - nudity will not be tolerated (although near-nudity it rampant) and there is a "no open alcohol container" law here, so leave the drinks inside the clubs. Anything goes in Ybor - Girls usually are dressed to attract attention, guys are casual - jeans, t-shirts, etc.