Tampa International Airport is 6 miles west of downtown Tampa. Tampa's climate generally features hot summer days with frequent thunderstorms in the summer and a threat of a light winter freeze from November through to March.
Sightseeing Around Tampa Bay
One of the main tourist attractions at Tampa is Busch Gardens. This African themed animal and amusement park is filled with an assortment of animals and rides; choose from rollercoasters, water rides, and a local train tour.
Florida Aquarium is another popular tourist spot. With a number of exhibits showing a variety of sea creatures and wetland animals such as Penguin Point, daily shark dives and the water fun zone, you will find plenty to keep the whole family amused.
Travel to Adventure Island, a water park located northeast of Tampa. It features 30 acres of water rides. Have a go on the Caribbean Corkscrew, Gulf Scream and Wahoo Run waterslides, great for kids and adults alike. For those who prefer a little less excitement there are also a number of attractions offering a more calm and peaceful experience such as Paradise Lagoon and the Rambling Bayou. It's a perfect bit of rest and relaxation between thrills and spills.
Alternatively, why not catch a performance at the Tampa Theatre and Office Building in the Uptown District? Visit one of the museums such as the Museum of Science and Industry or the Tampa Museum of Art. This exhibits modern and contemporary art as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.
Day Trips From Tampa
Drive to Orlando on Interstate 4 and discover a number of tourist attractions such as Universal Studios, Disney World, Islands of Adventure, and Gatorland.
Journey to St Petersburg. It is home to the pier, featuring a five-storey inverted pyramid-shaped building, along with other attractions. These include the Fort De Soto Park, the sunken gardens, Salvador Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theatre.
Sarasota, a city located to the south of Tampa, also offers a wide range of things to see and do. Why not visit Siesta Beach? The sand is 99% quartz; even on the hottest days the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot! It has been named the best beach in America on more than one occasion. Alternatively why not go for a stroll in the Sarasota Jungle Gardens with bird and animals shows on site?