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Spend a fun day out with the family at the Busch Gardens, located on East Busch Boulevard, where you will find everything for everybody, including monorail rides, cable car or train rides, roller coasters, rides, entertaining shows, delicious food, and much, much more.


Show your kids a good time, during your stay in Tampa, by taking them to Adventure Island, situated on Malcolm McKinley Drive, featuring 30-acres of fun attractions such as high-speed thrills, various slides, a wave pool, children's play areas and many other family-friendly `treats`.


Explore The Florida Aquarium, which can be found on Channelside Drive, where you will enter in the magnificent aquatic world of sharks, gators, exotic sea dragons, discover more than 10 000 aquatic plants and admire an impressive collection of more than 600 amazing sea creatures.


Check out the Tampa Museum of Art, on North Howard Avenue, where you can see nearly 5000 art objects, displays of eye-catching sculptures, as well as the largest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in the Southeast.


Sports & outdoor events

X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K - this fun and popular Tampa running event happens in November, and offers a course that takes the participants through rolling hills and tall grass, in the beautiful Alafia River State Park.


The X-Country Marathon has something for everybody, featuring a full marathon, a half marathon and 5k courses, for those who are less athletic, but still enthusiastically willing to participate.


Along with the X-Country Marathon, there are also other fun and entertaining runs, which are also considered to be among the most popular and favorite annual sporting event in Tampa, such as the Picnic Island Adventure Runs (May/June), the Florida Challenge Trail Runs (January), the Flatwoods Four Trail Run (February) and the Croom 50M/50K/15M Fools Trail Run (April), among others.



The Annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival, which takes place in late January, is perhaps the most popular and expected annual celebration in Tampa.


This family-friendly, colorful event is held in downtown Tampa, filling the city streets with "scary" Pirates, also featuring the world's only fully-rigged Pirate Ship, as well as entertaining live performances, a magnificent parade, and many other fun festival-like treats that will transform the day out into a memorable experience for the entire family.



Tampa's nightlife scene is dominated by flashy decors, hip Latin beats and high-energy dance clubs, most of the exciting nightly action happening along 7th Avenue, in Ybor City.


Whether you're into the 80's music, salsa, hip-hop, blues, jazz, rock or even Celtic tunes, you will find everything you need, in order to turn your night out in Tampa into one of the best nights out you ever experienced.


To help you choose a starting point for your night out, here are some of the most popular and favorite night spots in Tampa:  

- Club Prana, which can be found on E 7th Avenue,

- the Round-up, located on W Hillsborough Avenue, featuring classic countryside rhymes and a spacious dance floor,  

- Orpheum, situated on Republica de Cuba, the Stumps Supper Club, on Channelside Drive,

- Club Underground, located on E Whiting Street

- and Rare Olive, situated on E 7th Avenue, where, on any given night, you can enjoy quality live music, from swing and reggae to jazz and disco, as well as delicious martinis and live musical performances.


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