The beauty of Tampa attractions draws tourists from across the world. There are numerous things to see and do in the city, like visiting the museums, watching wildlife, or simply relaxing.
Tampa Attractions – Some Places of Interest
One of the top Tampa attractions is the Busch Gardens. It is home to over 2700 animals like Bengal tigers, orangutans, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, and many more. Visitors get a unique chance to closely observe wildlife by taking safaris like Serengeti, Jungala Insider, Sunset Safari, etc. Apart from animals, Busch Gardens has thrilling rides like roller coasters and many shows that enthrall the whole family. Another popular destination in Tampa is the Adventure Island water park. Spread over 30 acres, the water park has rides to suit all ages. The St. Pete Pier is a famous landmark and a place to relax. Here visitors can spend a day shopping, dining, visiting Art Glass and Crystal Gallery or taking the trolley tour. Some other important Tampa attractions include, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Big Cat Rescue, and Tampa Bay Downs Race Track.
Tampa Aquarium – Exploring Underwater Life
The Florida aquarium, also known as the Tampa aquarium, is one the major attractions of Tampa. Spread over more than 150,000 square feet, the aquarium has more than 10,000 aquatic plants and animals, belonging to 1350 different species. The exhibits are designed to show the journey of a drop of water from one of Florida’s fresh-water springs to the sea and displays different plants and animals from each habitat along the way. The Tampa aquarium has dive shows, touch tanks, close animal encounter shows and a unique program called ‘Dive with the Sharks’ where visitors can swim in the tank with sharks like tiger sharks, zebra sharks, nurse sharks and black tip reef sharks. There is also a children’s waterpark, called ‘Explore a Shore’.
Tampa Museum – For Science and Art
The Tampa Museum of Art is one of the most popular museums in the city. It has a rich collection of Roman and Greek antiquities, contemporary and modern paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. The museum holds educational classes for adults and kids on painting, drawing, art, etc. The premises are also lent for weddings, receptions, meetings, and corporate events. Another museum which is very popular in Tampa is the Museum of Science and Industry. It contains the largest child science center in the US and an IMAX Dome Theater, where a variety of films are shown throughout the day.