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Tampa Things to Do

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  • Busch Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Covering a huge area, Busch Gardens is well worth a visit if you get the chance. We took my 2 teenage daughters and they had a fantastic time. The picture on my main page is of my daughters and other children, stood near the bottom of a ride, that hits the water at the bottom and splashes them. On a really hot day it's keeps the kids from getting...

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  • Ybor City

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    When you are visiting Tampa, hop onto the tram at Channelside to Ybor city (advised in the daytime) Once there, walk around the old cigar factory area, wander into antique stores, and enjoy the funkiness. Grab a bite (and if you are lucky a tour) of Columbia restaurant, a landmark in Tampa.

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  • Aquarium

    Florida Aquarium The Florida Aquarium features various underwater creatures, like rays, sea turtles, sea dragons, coral, and various fish species. It also has a giant octopus, although that exhibit was closed when we were there. In addition, the aquarium includes a giant, multi-level glass-domed aviary with tanks and trees that exhibit a variety...

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Tampa Hotels

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Tampa Restaurants

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  • Bern's Steakhouse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bern's has been a Tampa icon since 1956 and known for its large steaks of course but also so much more in an upscale casual ambiance. From 25 types of caviar to a world's largest wine cellar with over one-half million bottles, Bern's offers truly unique and 5-star dining in a real steakhouse environment. Start with a tour of the kitchen and the...

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  • Bahama Breeze

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bahama Breeze, on the north side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway next to the Westin and Holiday Inn Express, is located on a strip of land called Rocky Point. The Breeze has a big indoor restaurant with a full menu, then a more casual dining option on the huge deck overlooking a small inlet connected to Tampa Bay. Went went once for drinks, then...

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  • La Columbia

    5 out of 5 stars

    The one place you must eat while in Tampa is the Columbia Restaurant. Since 1905 it has been a Tampa tradition, and one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city. The Columbia has received numerous rewards including induction into the "Fine Dining Hall of Fame" in Nation's Restaurant News,, the "Golden Spoon Award" in Florida Trends "Award...

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Tampa Nightlife

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  • Ybor City

    We wanted some cigars for a wedding gift, so we swung by -- where else -- the cigar capital of the free world, Ybor City. We were looking for a small, quiet place where we cigar novices could choose a bundle or box of cigars without the pressure of a bunch of cigar snobs looking over our shoulders. Our first stop was La Herencia de Cuba, a small...

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  • Channelside

    Wet Willy's is a small chain of bars that features frozen daiquiri-like drinks made in big premixed coolers lined up behind the bar. This Channelside location is surprisingly popular with 20-somethings on weekend nights after about 10 pm. Their drink flavors include Attitude Improvement, Call a Cab, Strawberry, Piña Colada, Sex on the Beach,...

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  • Club Liquid Blue

    Club Liquid Blue: DJ, Dance, Hip-hop/rap/funk, House/techno music rule this Clearwater dance club. Saturday is retro night, 70s and 80s music. On other nights, the attractions are brand-new dance music and drink specials - $1 drinks Tuesday and Wednesday. Make sure you have a designated driver!

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Tampa Transportation

  • Trolleys and Buses

    Ambiance Transportation offers daily scheduled bus transportation service between Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. From the website the coach is new and quite nice. The trip is approx 4 hours. They have reclining seats, overhead bins, AC, a on-board bathroom, and free movies on board so remember to bring your headsets. Note due to high gas...

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  • Tampa International Airport

    Tampa International Airport is one of very few airports (that I've been to at least) which offers free wi-fi internet. I figured this was worthy of a tip since most airports make you buy a "pass" in order to access their internet. So if you're looking for an airport to depart out of, or have a long layover in, Tampa would be a good one due to its...

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  • Local traffic

    I have rarely been so frustrated as driving around Tampa, especially near the beaches. Despite a relatively small amount of traffic, I have never had so many people pull out in front of me, cut me off, or creep across a 4-lane road despite oncoming traffic. Seemed like the people had no concept of staying out of the way of others, basically...

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Tampa Shopping

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  • International Plaza

    This mall is cram packed with high end stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillards, , Robb & Stucky Interiors, Aveda, Brookstone, Discovery Channel Store, Harry and David, Kenneth Cole, Kenneth Cole, Montblanc, Helzberg Diamonds, Swarovski.... In fact, I have friends who fly into Tampa just to go to this mall. If you're not into shopping it...

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  • Tampa Airport Watch Shop

    My son needed a battery for his watch and my brother recommended this place since we would be flying home soon. The lady in the shop was very nice, changed the battery and took off a couple of links for only $10.

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  • Incredible, unique candy!

    Candy Miyuki is likely the most unique candy venue you will experience.My first time experiencing this great treat was at the Annual Nude Nite Tampa Art Show where all forms of artistic forms were exhibited.Artist Myuki is the first and only woman ever to be trained in the Japanese art of Ame Zaiku---the art of candy making for over 2,000...

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Tampa Local Customs

  • Some folks hate Tampa

    According to www.stripclublist.com, Tampa boasts about 32 strip clubs/gentleman's clubs within the city limits. With a population of 303,447 in Tampa, that is about one strip club for every 9,500 people. For comparison New Hampshire has just one gentleman's club for every 440,000 people (I guess there is just one in the whole state!). Around Tampa...

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  • Ybor City

    Ybor City was once the main cigar producer of the Western Hemisphere. Times have changed since then, but cigar production is still kickin' in this historical part of the city of Tampa. I've visited several cigar shops, and I always come to the same consensus...they smell, they're ugly brown, and I don't want cancer. It's still entertaining to watch...

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  • Tampa Museum of Art

    The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center www.tampacenter.com is home to 12 performing arts groups and hosts operas, ballets, Broadway musicals, the Spanish Lyric theatre, and more. 1010 N. MacInnes Place.

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Tampa Warnings and Dangers

  • Rough Neighborhoods

    I've lived in the Tampa Bay area (Temple Terrace, St. Pete, Westchase) for about 4 years. I'm a young professional who moved from Michigan. Temple Terrace was, bar none, the sketchiest area in which I lived. Someone attempted to pop a window of my then boyfriend's car to steal a crappy GPS while parked at our apartment complex. St. Pete was...

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  • Lightning

    Tampa is the lightning capital of the world, but there's not much to be afraid of. You are twice as likely to be struck by lightning as you are to be shot while attending school, so you're not bloody likely to be struck. However, there's some stuff you should know: * If a rain storm with lightning comes, don't hide under a tree. The tree could be a...

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  • Bugs bugs bugs

    The area has millions of mosquitoes and invisible biting sand flies (known as “no-see-ums”), especially in the coastal and marshy areas, but neither insect carries malaria or other diseases. You should keep these pests at bay with a good insect repellent.

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Tampa Tourist Traps

  • Ybor City

    As a Tampa native, today's Ybor City is highly disappointing. The robust, vibrant, culturally unique neighborhood where my parents and grandparents grew up (see pic) AND the artistic bohemian community that began Ybor's comeback in the 80s have both been largely replaced by an unexciting collection of bars and "upscale" boutique franchises. It...

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  • Sea Critters

    You don't have to be afraid of being attacked by a shark. Stories they say about Florida and sharks are just rumours. There is a slightly bigger chance to encounter a shark on the ocean side, but again that would really be a coincidence. There has been just one person killed in last 200 years (recorded time). Go and enjoy Florida seas with smiling...

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  • Making phone calls

    When we went to the US for the first time and tried to call Niki's Uncle the payphone swallowed our coins in no time... And that wasn't even a call outside the country... If you come unprepared to the US buy a prepaid card at you can find these in almost any shop in the US or get them from a machine. But beware of the hidden charges these card...

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Tampa What to Pack

  • Clothes

    I like to travel light, but this is up to you. You don't need any heavy winter clothes in Tampa, that's for sure! During the summer, make sure you have light clothes and flip-flops! It rains a lot too, so be prepared! For the winter, I would say spring/fall clothes. Sunscreen is a must! Mosquito repellent too if you visit Tampa during the...

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  • Sunscreen

    If you're not used to a lot of sun, you'll need to apply sunscreen often -- unless your idea of a nice tan is fire engine red. Locals can often spot tourists a mile away by their brand-new 'Florida' gear and peeling sunburns. The ozone layer is thinning, so be prepared... Mosquito repellent is a must if you'll be outside in the evening/night,...

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  • Identification

    In the summer, Tampa is warm with afternoon rains. You'll need protection from the sun most of the time, but a slicker for when it rains. Bring sunblock. Lots. And something to keep the bugs at bay. They don't like citronella smell, so that's a good bet. Tampa, like all of Florida, is very humid. A brush and a cloth are a must for the serious...

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Tampa Off The Beaten Path

  • Canoeing

    hillsborough river state park is located northeast of tampa near the town of thonotoassa. historically the area was the site of fort foster during the second seminole war. most visitors come to the park to canoe the river's class II rapids and to walk the park's seven miles of nature trails. hillsborough state park is a nice getaway from the urban...

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  • Downtown

    The Christopher Columbus Monument is located just south of the central business district along Bayshore Drive. The statue was created by Albert Sabas, and features a statue of Columbus atop a stone pillar. The statue is located in aptly named Columbus Statue Park which is the northern end of Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park.

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  • Beach

    honeymoon island state park is located just west of the town of dunedin north of clearwater. the charming town of dunedin is a very nice place to visit in the tampa-clearwater area. honeymoon island has a beautiful unspoiled gulf beach. from downtown tampa take US 60 (kennedy blvd) west to clearwater. then take US19ALt to dunedin. see my dunedin...

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Tampa Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing

    Captain Dave is a grizzled veteran Tampa charter fisherman, and while he may be gruff at times, he knows his stuff. For $600, four of us fished for nearly eight hours, catching just a few edible fishing including flounder. We began our day at O'Neil's Marina in St. Pete next to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at sunrise. Our trip started by passing...

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  • Pro Football

    Raymond James Stadium was completed in 1998 and is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, University of South Florida Bulls, and the New Year’s Day Outback Bowl. It is located north of downtown just across the street from Yankee's Legends Field. The stadium was built at a cost of $170 million and it seats 66,000. I attended the Bucs game against the...

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  • Fishing with Capt Dave Markett

    Captain Dave is a grizzled veteran Tampa charter fisherman, and while he may be gruff at times, he knows his stuff. For $600, four of us fished for nearly eight hours, catching just a few edible fishing including flounder.We began our day at O'Neil's Marina in St. Pete next to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at sunrise. Our trip started by passing under...

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Tampa Favorites

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  • Beach

    From downtown Tampa, the big beach towns of Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Bellaire Beach, Reddington Shores, Fort Desoto Park, and others. Fort DeSoto Park beach was named America's best beach in Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman's annual rankings. Another nearby favorite is Caladesi Island State Park, in the Gulf just off...

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  • Downtown

    Located at 315 John F Kennedy Blvd, E in downtown Tampa is the City Hall, built in 1915. Architects Bonfoey and Elliott designed the building with a three-story base and its narrower 8-story central office tower. This building was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1974 and is open to the public. The clock is named Hortense in...

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  • University of Tampa

    University of Tampa is located on the Hillsborough River just across from downtown Tampa's Central Business District. UT has nearly 6,000 students who are able to graduate with degrees in about 100 different areas. The most impressive and historic building on campus is Plant Hall, built in 1888 and the headquarters for Theodore Roosevelt and others...

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