Idyllic weather year-round, an abundance of family attractions, and pro-level sports destinations make the Big Guava a favorite for vacationers and transplants alike.
Although today it’s one of Florida’s largest cities, Tampa was at first overlooked by the Spanish as a place worth settling. Perhaps they simply never made it through both Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay to find the wetland peninsula that forms South Tampa. Happily, people today feel a little differently about this thriving metropolis, which has consistently ranked on “best city” lists.
If you’re wondering what to do in Tampa, hit the bay. From its thriving cruise ship port to fishing charters to paddling your own kayak, the bays and rivers around Tampa are a playground for water sports enthusiasts. In fact, recreationists of all kinds enjoy 165 city parks and beaches, too.
Despite its warm weather, locals also love heading indoors for some ice skating. Several NHL-sized rinks are open to the public, and the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team captures the hearts and attention of sports fans throughout the state. That’s not to say Tampa’s other teams don’t inspire loyalty. The AFL Buccaneers and the Rays draw large crowds too, while the New York Yankees hold spring training here.
If you’re looking for things to do in Tampa with kids, it’s going to be an easy search. The Florida Aquarium, Busch Gardens amusement park, and the Lowry Park Zoo are all favorites for youngsters…and everyone else, for that matter. Why not let your inner child out to play while you’re here?
No matter what you choose to do in Tampa, you can relax and have fun without worrying about your budget. Our Tampa vacation packages make a holiday on the bay both easy and affordable. Whether you want to get out on the water or recline in the sunshine, you’ll be glad you booked with us.
Accommodation in Tampa
Tampa is a great city, with 153 accommodations available for you to choose from on Travelocity's Tampa lodging page.
If you and your family are after a lavish retreat, you might like to spend some time at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa or the Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection. Alternatively, the Saddlebrook Resort and Spa or the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina offer good old fashioned comfort at an economical price.