The city of Tampa, situated on an inlet reaching far into the west coast of Florida, is the economic centre of western Florida. The city centre is an area of high-rise office blocks, but Tampa also has historic old quarters such as Ybor City and Old Hyde Park. The maps drawn by the Spanish conquistadors show a number of Indian settlements around Tampa Bay. In 1824 the Americans built a fort at the mouth of the Hillsborough River directed against the Seminole Indians. After the Second Seminole War a port and trading center were established here, and this soon developed into a regional center. The Civil War brought a period of stagnation, until a boost was given to the town by the construction of the South Florida Railroad.
Towards the end of the 19th century Tampa became a fashionable winter resort. In 1886 the Cuban cigar manufacturer Vincente Martinez Ybor moved his business to Tampa and a new quarter, Ybor City, was built for his Spanish-speaking employees. The mining of phosphates in the surrounding area also gave a stimulus to the city's development.
The Tampa Bay Area is overflowing with fun activities to make your vacation here a fun-filled adventure! Whether you like to build sandcastles, take relaxing strolls along the boardwalk, play Frisbee or merely take a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, our beaches are the place for you.
Our warm year-round climate means you can enjoy outdoor activities like boating, cycling, golf or simply lounging by the pool or beach. For the thrill seekers wanting to add some action and sport to your visit, you’ll find plenty of places to fish, parasail, play beach volleyball or soccer and visit an exciting amusement park.
Needing a break from the sun, don’t forget to visit all of the wonderful gift shops, beachwear stores, malls, museums and many more indoor family activities.
Tee off at one of nearly 100 Tampa golf courses! Golf enthusiasts and professionals from around the world come to Tampa Bay 365 days a year to challenge the pristine Tampa golf courses, thanks to the area’s temperate climate.
Parasailing in the Tampa Bay is one of the most beautiful sites you will ever encounter. Parasailing adventures for the whole family can make your Tampa vacation memories last forever
Boating & Cruises
Explore the water on a Tampa Bay cruise. Encounter dolphins on a tour of Tampa Bay, be a deck mate on a pirate ship, enjoy a fine-dining experience at sunset or take control of the captain’s wheel steering your very own eBoat and claim our waterfront!
Tampa has become one of the country's most fashionable kitesurfing locations for a number of reasons. First, average annual temperatures are just over 72 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing kitesurfers to ply their trade year-round.
One of the best ways to take in Tampa is an on the water adventure. Hop on a WaveRunner and navigate the bay or be your own captain and tour Tampa Bay driving your own speed boat. Either way, you’ll map out the perfect outdoor adventure in the sun!
Explore the water on a Tampa Bay cruise. Encounter The Tampa area is world famous for spear-fishing. An abundance of large game fish such as, cobia, snapper, kingfish, bonito, mackerel and grouper, can be found in the Gulf waters.
Surfing & Kayaking
Explore the beautiful rivers, bays and coastal areas in a kayak. An abundance of natural beauty lies in wait for those who take this opportunity to get up close (but not too close, please) with nature.
Muay Thai & Martial Arts
Teaching respect, discipline and focus. Maintaining a safe and clean environment for people who desire to feel good and get in great shape as well learn the art of boxing or Muay Thai.
Come ride along with us and enjoy the beauty of Old Tampa Bay. Enjoy the partially wooded trails that lead to the top of Tampa Bay.
Zoo & WIldlife Parks
Get closer to the animals for a once in a lifetime experience. Every visit is a connection to the living earth. Be sure to check out the daily schedule of live shows when you plan your trip
Whether you have a few hours or an entire day to explore, there are plenty of wild-to-mild Tampa attractions awaiting you. Explore Theme Parks, Aquariums & Zoos