What to visit, while staying in Tampa? To make a ''what to do and see'' list, before your trip to Tampa, check out the list below, which contains some of the most popular and favorite attractions in the city.
The Florida Aquarium, considered to be one of the best aquariums in the country and premier Tampa attraction, a wonderful family destination that features fun activities such as a Wild Dolphin Ecotour, Swim with the Fishes or the Penguins: Backstage Pass, a new 30-minute Behind the Scenes experience where guests get the opportunity to interact with penguins in an up-close and personal setting. Aquariumania! is also one of the aquarium's most favorite highlights, a colorful, interesting exhibit in which visitors get the chance to see beautiful exotic fish, play fish games, watch vintage films about pet fish, and do lots of other fun activities related to fish.
Museum of Science & Industry, the place where learning takes a fun turn. The museum contains numerous exhibits and offers various educational programs to visitors of all ages, among the most favorite highlights being: the Exhibit Galleries, which feature over 450 hands-on activities and over 400,000 square feet of permanent interactive exhibits, about the human body, astronomy and other areas, and The ''New'' Saunders Planetarium, featuring a new projection dome, new seating arrangements and a state-of-the-art star projector — the GOTO Space Simulator Chronos projection system — capable of recreating the night sky from any time in less than 20 seconds from the past, present, and future from anywhere on the planet!
Adventure Island, the perfect Tampa attraction for splashy, family fun, great for chillin' the day away. ''Soaking, sunning and relaxing - that's what life's all about at Adventure Island''. This exciting amusement park offers visitors 30 acres of water fun and excitement for guests of all ages, featuring corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, a rambling river, and other family attractions.
There are dozens of fun, exciting and entertaining events, happening in Tampa, throughout the year, among the ones which fall into the ''most popular and expected'' ones also being: the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, celebrated in January, Florida State Fair, the largest major fair in the Southeast, kept in February, the Gasparilla Festival of Arts, happening in March, and the July 4th Celebrations, which happen in July.
Among the top places to shop in Tampa, FL, there are:
International Plaza and Bay Street: 2223 Northwest Shore Boulevard, Tampa, FL.
Channelside Bay Plaza: 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL.
University Square Mall: 2200 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL.
Magic Mall Inc.: 8330 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL.
Saks Fifth Avenue: 258 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, FL.
Famous Footwear: 15732 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL.
St Croix's Plaza: 4230 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL.