About Tampa

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Tampa is a city on Tampa Bay, along Florida’s Gulf Coast. A major business center and also known for its museums and other cultural offerings. Busch Gardens is an African-themed amusement park with thrill rides and animal-viewing areas. The historic Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Cuban and Spanish cigar-factory workers at the turn of the 20th century, is a dining and nightlife destination. 

The City of Tampa is the largest city in Hillsborough County, is the county seat and is the third most populous city in Florida. It is located on the west coast of Florida, approximately 200 miles northwest of Miami, 180 southwest of Jacksonville, and 20 miles northeast of St. Petersburg. Tampa’s economy is founded on a diverse base that includes tourism, agriculture, construction, finance, health care, government, technology, and the port of Tampa.

Downtown Tampa is the place for beautiful parks and signature outdoor events. Between the Tampa Riverwalk, waterfront parks, public art, Downtown Tampa provides a wide array of things to do outside..

Tampa’s urban core is full of rich history and breathtaking views of both manmade and natural design.

ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO

American Victory Ship Mariners Museum
The American Victory Ship is one of only four operational World War ll ships in the U.S.  Since its construction in 1944, the 455-foot SS American Victory has weathered quite a few storms, as mentioned World War II, and also the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Located in downtown Tampa the cargo vessel now serves as a museum with exhibits showcasing rare artifacts including photographs, uniforms, medals, documents, and naval gear. For more information, please visit http://www.americanvictory.org.

Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center – a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum- features three floors of exhibits of the history and heritage of Tampa Bay. It is located along Tampa’s Riverwalk and is one of Tampa’s premier cultural attractions. Website: https://www.tampabayhistorycenter.org/.

Henry B. Plant Museum
The Henry B. Plant Museum is located on the University of Tampa’s campus. It was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was a 511-room resort hotel opened in 1891 by Henry B. Plant. The museum’s exhibits focus on Gilded Age tourism, the elite lifestyle of the hotel’s guests, and the building’s use during the Spanish–American War. Learn more at: https://www.plantmuseum.com/.

The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium located in Tampa is a large scale, 250,000-square-foot aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. This means they are a leader in conservation and education, supporting programs for wildlife. The facility has over 7,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world. The facility is located in the Channel District of Downtown Tampa. Website: https://www.flaquarium.org/.

Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue is an animal sanctuary near Tampa devoted to rescuing and housing exotic cats, rehabilitating injured or orphaned native wild cats, and ending the private trade and ownership of exotic cats via educational outreach and legislation. Reservations are required for all visits. For additional information, please visit: http://bigcatrescue.org/.

Ybor City
Ybor City is a National historic landmark district in Tampa, located just northeast of downtown. It is unique in the South as a successful town almost entirely populated and owned by immigrants. It contains a total of 956 historic buildings, with Spanish-Cuban influence, as well as historic cigar factory buildings and associated infrastructure. The area was developed by businessman Vicente Martinez Ybor beginning in 1886, and was for a time the world’s leading supplier of cigars.

Riverwalk  
Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long open space waterside walkway along the Hillsborough River and shores of Tampa Bay. The Riverwalk offers a unique pedestrian path that links parks, museums, cultural with the convention Center. It provides a safe and healthy venue for biking, walking, and rollerblading as well as a needed impetus for other transportation means such as a water taxi. Encouraging greater use of the river, the Riverwalk is increasing the number of boat docks allowing additional means to access downtown waterfront amenities. The project has focused on restoring deteriorating seawalls to natural habitat and constructing filtering devices for pollutants flowing from downtown streets. The purpose of the Riverwalk is allow the community to enjoy one of Tampa’s greatest assets – the waterfront. Click here for a Map of the Riverwalk.