Homewood Suites Tampa Airport-Westshore

5325 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607, United States
Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore
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animals or rides?

by johnfromoz

We are a family of four including two adult children and we will be spending one day at Busch Gardens next month.Is it possible to see all the animals as well as ride all the roller coasters in that time or would we be better off skipping some things to concentrate on others. If so, what would you advise to skip.

Re: animals or rides?

by jethanand

LONG time ago (1993 I think,) we covered the rides and animals in 1 day , but we did not have any time left to tour the brewery or see those amazing horses in action. All in all, fun was had by us all.

Caustion - roller coaster - please obey the sign about not looking down , face up etc.


Re: animals or rides?

by Lauz

Yes it's possible but you need to get there early, be willing to stay the whole day and have some sort of route planned so you don't waste time travelling between rides etc. I would definately start with shiekra and then go to rhino rally, when i've been there the last few times these have had the biggest lines. I would skip some of the smaller rides (unless your kids are little) as they're pretty much the same as everywhere else. The new jungala part is pretty good and the edge of Africa section has most of the animals that you can see n one go.

Re: animals or rides?

by hd1912

Tough to do but it can be done. You must follow a schedule however and that's not much fun is it? I would suggest you check out the website and mark down your must sees. Then work in the rest. You wont see everything but you will have a much better time. Remember you are on vacation enjoy yourself.

Travel Tips for Tampa

Super Bowl XXXV was to be...

by Beachdave

Super Bowl XXXV was to be played the Sunday after we came back from our cruise so of course we had to go to the Raymond James stadium to take in some of the excitment of the NFL experience. It was fun. No we did not stay to see the Super Bowl but we did yell for the Baltimore Ravens at home in Fort Walton Beach which is about 8 hours away from Tampa.

Haul your junk to Tampa

by Ewingjr98

The scrap metal yards are the coolest thing to see and do in Tampa. Load up your truck with all of your steel pipes, old appliances, wire, fencing, and aluminum cans, and head on over to the scrap metal dealer. We stopped in one day with steel tubing from an old swing set and clothes line poles, which with 210 pounds and made up enough money for lunch in nearby Ybor ($18.75).

More fun than making a few bucks off your trash is watching the heavy equipment haul other peoples' junk around. We saw a guy bring an old car that looked about 70 years old. The giant claw squeezed the car and lifted it out of the trailer as it crumbled into dust.

Great fun.

Hillsborough River State Park

by sarahjayn

My encounters with the Hillsborough River State Park have always been really good experiences. For one, the scenery is really beautiful - cypress forests and (mostly) native vegetation.
You can camp here - and I reccommend it. The best time to go is in the "winter" (Florida doens't really have one), but anytime from October - May is pretty decent. A lot of people think it's too hot in the summer time.
Also, there's canoe rental available which, if you're going to Hillsborough River State Park, you have to do. What better way to get to know the river than to shake hands with it?

Monument for the World's First Scheduled Airline

by Ewingjr98

The world's first scheduled commercial airline service was established between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1913, a mere 10 years after the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, the airline contract was signed between a Florida businessman named P. E. Fansler and pilot and inventor Tom Benoist in St. Petersburg. On January 1, 1914, the first official trip of a regular scheduled airline was made with Tony Jannus at the airplane's controls and A. C. Pheil earning the right to be the first passenger with a bid of some $400. The flight flew from St. Pete to Tampa is 23 minutes, then returned to St. Pete in just 20 minutes with strong tailwinds.

This first airline made two flights per day, six days a week, at a cost of just $5 per person. Later the airline added routes to Manatee, Bradenton and Sarasota. The airline operated for just four months, carrying 1,205 passengers.

In Tampa a monument was erected in 1956 to commemorate this significant achievement. It is a simple monument featuring a half of a propeller on a stone base with a bronze plaque describing the event. The monument is located on Bayshore Boulevard just south of the city center, and across from the Tampa Hospital on Davis Islands.

More Places to do a Ropes Course

by tampa_shawn

I absolutely love ropes courses. Most ropes courses are designed as team building and not open to individuals or a small group (less than 10 people). If/when you have organized a group of at least ten people call ahead for a reservation.

If you haven't done a ropes course or any other ropes based adventures, it is a great place to get active, fit and get your adrenalin pumping. The course vary greatly by course.

Most of the courses listed here are only open on a few set days each season and you'll need to check the websites for the days they are open (or set up a group over than 10)

USF Ropes Course
Tickets must be purchased in advance from our web store, $10.00 for USF students, $15.00 for USF faculty and staff, $17.00 for all others.

This course is open to the general public ONLY THREE DAYS a YEAR (one day a semester)

2008-2009 Dates:
October 11, 2008 9:00am to Noon and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
February 7, 2009 9:00am to Noon and 1:00pm to 4:00pm
April 11, 2009 9:00am to Noon


Tickets must be purchased in advance from their web store, $10.00 for USF students, $15.00 for USF faculty and staff, $17.00 for all others.

The site to buy tickets is: https://usfweb3.usf.edu/ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=28

Phone: 974-8964, option 1.


From Tampa International Airport: Take I-275 north to Fletcher Avenue and head east (total trip is approximately 17 miles).

ROPES COURSE IS ON Fletcher past 55th Street (going towards I75)…is in Riverfront park….

Pathfinder Inc Group

This group does a lot of different courses in different places. Most of their events require that you put together a group of more than ten. But they do have one event that is open to the public.... Tree Climbing at Boyd Hill Nature Park

Get vertical and see life from a new perspective about 60-feet off the ground in a huge live oak tree - Open the first Saturday of every month at Boyd Hill Nature Park in St. Petersburg.

$10 for ages 6 and older.
Get a 30 minute session and then can go back in the queue for another session



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Address: 5325 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33607, United States