Tampa is on the western Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, and has many attractions available for families, couples, and singles alike. The Tampa Bay area is the home of Busch Gardens, The Salvador Dali Museum, and the Lowry Park Zoo, and don't forget about the fantastic nightlife, and more. Letís take a look at what Tampa has to offer visitors and hopefully you will find Tampa Bay the perfect place to take the family this year for vacation.
Busch Gardens Africa amusement park is locaated right here in Tampa. There are plenty of rides to make the kids scream and the famous African Animal Adventure Safari is also located on the grounds. Visitors to Busch Gardens Africa can enjoy a variety of shows and other entertainment that is located throughout the park. There are many itineraries available for all ages or you can just wander around at your own discretion.
Yo-ho, ho-ho, a pirateís life for me! Visitors to Tampa should try Captain Memoís Pirate Cruise out of Clearwater Marina. Guests of the crew will enjoy a two hour cruise on the Pirateís Ransom. The ship has been custom designed and approved by the United States Coast Guard. Itís fully equipped including restrooms for both men and women. Able to accommodate up to 125 passengers, you will be treated to the legend of Captain Memo and have some pirate fun as you cruise the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Everyone loves to go to the zoo and the Lowry Park Zoo features examples of Floridaís wildlife in a natural setting. From Florida panthers and black bears to alligators and manatees, visitors will enjoy seeing the variety of wildlife and the additional exhibits sponsored by the zoo. Visitors to the zoo will enjoy feeding the giraffes at the Africa exhibit and people love the lemurs! Other attractions at the zoo include a place where visitors can pet stingrays, a childrenís petting zoo, kiddy rides, water play area and pony rides. Itís a great place for a day with the family.
While Tampa may have its own tourist trap in Busch Gardens, there are plenty of other things that the whole family can be doing. There is an active nightlife in the city and youíll never have a problem finding someplace that is rocking when youíre ready!
Big Cat Rescue (Tampa)
The sanctuary houses the most diverse population of exotic cats in the world, with 16 of the 35 species of wild cat represented among more than 100 residents. These include tigers, lions, leopards, cougars, bobcats, lynx, ocelots, servals, caracals and others, many of whom are threatened, endangered, or now extinct in the wild. Web page
Egmont Key State Park (St. Petersburg/Skyway Bridge Area)
Visitors can spend the day on the beach sunbathing, swimming in the warm bay waters, walking through the historic ruins of Fort Dade, or walking the brick paths that remain from the days Fort Dade was an active community with 300 residents. A gopher tortoise can be seen at almost every turn as you walk the historic paths. Many visitors are treated to the sight of hummingbirds as well as other seabirds.
January through May guided walks are conducted on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 10:30 AM until 3:30 PM. These walks allow the participants to view the wildlife and natural environment of the island, learn the history of the island and tour the historic lighthouse.
Access to the island is by boat only. The park is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach. To visit Egmont Key State Park, contact one of the following ferry services for schedules and fees.
De Soto National Memorial
Skate Park of Tampa
Tampa RC Model Boat Club
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