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If you’re looking for a vacation destination that has it all, look no further than Tampa, Florida. From fishing to dolphin cruises, windsurfing lessons to aquariums, Tampa has something for everyone!

Tampa, Florida, Visitors Guide

Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center that is known for its weather, museums, and other cultural offerings. Tampa, Florida, is a vibrant and eclectic city along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sitting right on Tampa Bay, it is the perfect combination between bustling city and relaxing coastal town. From beautiful parks like Hillsborough River State Park, to the excitement of Tampa Riverwalk, the city has something for everyone!

This multicultural metropolis began to grow in the 1880s with the construction of the first railroad links. This attracted immigrants who created a thriving cigar industry, and it has been growing ever since. With so many different ecosystems and cultures influencing the area, Tampa is sure to please the whole family, and be a vacation for the books!

Geography

Tampa, Florida is located in west Florida along Florida's Gulf Coast, along the shallow estuary known as Tampa Bay. The Hillsborough River meanders through Tampa originating from the Green Swamp area. It is a less than two-hour drive from Orlando, and 4.5 hours from Miami.

Neighborhoods

Seminole Heights> is an up-and-coming neighborhood with locally-loved restaurants and bars. It’s quirky, young, and eclectic spirit attracts young families, artists, and musicians to the neighborhood.
Hyde Park is the area’s most prestigious and historic neighborhood, with convenient access to fine dining, shopping, and nightlife. If you’re looking for a night out on the town, South Howard Avenue or “SoHo” is an entertainment and residential district within Hyde Park.
Davis Island is an affluent neighborhood with beach amenities and outdoor recreation. It is a very laid-back and relaxed community on the water with a prominent boating culture.
Ybor City is known as the “Heart of Tampa'' and is designated as the only neighborhood that is a National Historic Landmark District on Florida’s west coast. Founded in 1886, Ybor offers a lively Cuban feel paired with a dense center of restaurants, bars, and entertainment.
Downtown Tampa is ideal for professionals and college students, where the city’s energy is at its fullest including shops, restaurants, entertainment, festivals, cultural celebrations, and parades.

Top Places to Visit

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.4-mile walkable, bikeable, Segway-able waterfront path connecting culture and entertainment in Downtown Tampa.

Armature Works

Armature Works is a mixed-use commercial building consisting of Heights Public Market, multiple event spaces, co-shared workspace as well as multiple waterfront restaurants and bars.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a central gathering place featuring local festivals & events, recreation, picnic space & an art studio.

Climate

The best time to visit Tampa is from September to December when the weather is mild and less humid. The Tampa Bay area has a humid subtropical climate closely bordering a tropical monsoon climate near the waterfront areas. There are two basic seasons in the Tampa Bay area, a hot and wet season from May through October, and a mild and dry season from November through April.

What is Tampa Known for

Amusement Parks, Historic Districts, Bayshore Boulevard, Columbia restaurant in Ybor City, Ghost Tours, Professional Sports, Museums, Gasparilla Pirate Festival, MacDill Air Force Base and U.S. Central Command, Nightlife, Theater, Golfing, Watersports, Wildlife, Zoos and Aquariums

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