Attractions and Places to Visit in Tampa
Unlock the endless adventure in Tampa Bay. 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 and even Botanical Gardens. Come, explore and unlock adventure.
There's a lot more to the Gulf Coast of Florida than sun and surf. Area attractions offer a myriad of things to see and do, whether you're looking to fill an hour or a day. With choices as varied as museums, cruises, and historical sites, you'll never have a dull moment during your visit to the beautiful Beach City. Of course, it's beautiful beaches remain the reason people visit year after year.
Due to its wonderfully warm and sunny weather, many of Tampa’s attractions involve playing outside. Canoeing, paddle-boarding and dolphin cruises are just a few water activities available. On land, visit Busch Gardens or the nationally-recognized zoo. Stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk or check out one of its world-class golf courses. Explore Tampa’s wild side at the many parks and wilderness areas. When you get tired of the outdoors, or are sent inside due to the heat or sudden summer downpour, come inside and visit the world-class aquarium or one of the many local museums and galleries.
Immerse yourself into the world of marine life rescue at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Here, you can find interactive exhibits, fun and educational presentations, and playful dolphins. Visit Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure, which takes you inside the making of the hit... Dolphin Tale movies.
As you spend time exploring the aquarium, meet the resident dolphins Nicholas, Hope, and even Winter—the inspiration and star of the Dolphin Tale movies who swims with a prosthetic tail. Get to know the stories of resident sea turtles, otters, and sharks, and touch our sting rays as they glide through the water.
Your day concludes, leaving you with a greater knowledge about Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s mission to rescue, rehab, and release to protect Florida’s wildlife. The aquarium’s staff and volunteers work each day to rescue marine life and provide the most advanced and effective care to maximize the opportunity to return sick or injured animals to their homes. As you leave the aquarium take with you a new appreciation of ocean life.
Having fun while learning is a breeze at Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), the largest science center in the Southeast. MOSI offers more than 450 interactive science exhibits and visual displays on natural disasters, physics, astronomy and more. Experience what it’s like to pedal a bicycle on a 1-inch cable suspended 30 feet above the ground or lie on a bed-of-nails in Kids In Charge!, the largest children’s science center in the nation and home to The Saunders Planetarium. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in MOSI’s newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase. Then head outside to experience an adrenaline rush like no other on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line.
Expeience the fun and thrill at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of up-close animal encounters, award-winning live entertainment and world-class thrill rides. As one of the top zoos in North America, Busch Gardens brings you face-to-face with more exotic and endangered animals than any destination in the world.
Experience a new breed of speed! This new mega-attraction begins at Cheetah Run, just inches away from the world's fastest land animals. Look into their eyes. See them run. It's a new point-of-view guaranteed to get your heart racing.
Then join nature's most agile predator as it races across the Serengeti on Cheetah Hunt. This one-of-a-kind launch coaster climbs high above the African landscape, then races along the ground and through a rocky gorge. It's a 4,429' sprint that will take your breath away.