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10007 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 622-8557
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Tampa's Ybor City, began its intriguing history when cigar makers settled here after a disastrous fire that drove the industry north from Key West. Today it is a National Historic Landmark District lined with old buildings and historic sites. Today's Ybor is a lively and popular shopping, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from museums to flamenco dancing and of course, plenty of cigars. The area really comes alive when the sun sets with a bevy of nightlife options. Do not miss the annual Halloween Parade, known as the Mama Guava Stumble or Guava-ween!
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere await slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions.
Open daily from sunrise to sunset, Trout Creek Park is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll by the river, leisurely jog throughout the park, or a group picnic. Trout Creek has numerous picnic tables located along the trail with convenient access to parking. For larger groups, there are several pavilions equipped with electricity and grills. The park is popular with local residents for canoeing, boating, and fishing excursions on the Hillsborough River. Within the park, visitors have access to easy hiking trails, primitive trails, and off-road cycling trails. The park is pet friendly and equipped with water fountains, restroom facilities, pay phone. - Vickie Ferguson
The Roland Manteiga statue is the statue of an editor of the La Gaceta weekly newspaper that was the only trilingual newspaper in the U.S. started by his father. This statue stands as a replica of Roland Manteiga reading his own newspaper on the streets of Tampa. The statue is a great attraction to the tourists as well as locals that speaks of a lot of stories about Roland and his father. One can surely visit this statue and gain knowledge about the history of the trilingual newspaper as well click some pictures while one stands along with the statue.
Created as the ultimate entertainment destination for people of all ages, this unique venue combines the best games, attractions, music, video, and technology in a dynamic environment. The Jax Grill and the HopScotch Lounge are on site for a complete entertainment experience, as well as over 180 games for all ages.
At Busch Gardens, animals roam free and you are the outsider. You can see the park by monorail, cable car or train. Roller coasters, wild animals, entertaining shows, rides, food, shopping, sightseeing, bird shows, exotic flowers, train rides, Serengeti adventures, river rapids...the list goes merrily on. Wear comfy walking shoes and spend the day at this 300-acre park. You can even taste the Anheuser Busch brew that started it all. Busch Gardens is open year-round with varying schedules. Call or see website for details.
A hub for outdoor activities, this Tampa park offers visitors the opportunity to hike, fish, kayak, and more. The little ones can let loose on the playground structure and the picnic tables and barbecue's are perfect for a summer gathering. A nature center informs visitors on the local flora and fauna along with the extensive hiking trail information.
The ultimate family adventure park, this amusement park offers an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent including a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos complete with over 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops, and interactive games.
The Florida Aquarium gives visitors an all-access pass to the mysteries of the deep. Observe seahorses, lobsters, colorful fish, moray eels, gators, river otters, Australian sea dragons and many more. If you're feeling truly adventurous, take advantage of the “Swim with the Fishes” or “Dive with the Sharks” programs (advance reservations required). Kids will love the wide range of colorful and fun-filled interactive displays. The aquarium also sponsors ecotours aboard a 64-foot catamaran, affording patrons an opportunity to get even more up-close-and-personal with the sea. See website for complete list of attractions, calendar of events and more.
Morris Bridge Park, located near the University of South Florida, provides 106 acres of native Florida landscaping along the Hillsborough River. The park is a thriving ecosystem of wetlands, forest, and swamp, giving hikers, bicyclists, joggers and nature lovers an intriguing respite for relaxation. The park provides a boat dock and ramp, canoe launch area, fishing docks, covered shelters and restroom facilities. Anglers have the option of fishing from a boardwalk or along primitive trails. Several trails meander throughout the park and take hikers past scenic cypress trees, picnic areas and pavilions. Morris Bridge Park is open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset.
The StarShip Yacht provides two-hour dining cruises along with 4-star menu selections prepared daily by the ship's chef. Enjoy the Sunday Brunch Buffet Cruise featuring breakfast and lunch selections or the Lunch Cruise, which offers a 3-course meal including appetizer, entree and dessert. While cruising the waters of Tampa Bay, a narration of historical points of interest is provided on both cruises. For an evening of fun, the Dinner Cruise offers a 3-course meal, live music, bar and dancing under the moonlight. Throughout the year, special cruises have been scheduled for holidays and special events. Reservations required. Price: Brunch and Lunch Adults: $44.95 Child: $31.95 Dinner Adults: $79.95 Child: $44.95
When the Lightning began playing hockey in Tampa in 1992, quite a few residents were baffled by this fast, exciting sport. Since then, the Bolts have become one of Tampa's most popular past times with a state-of-the-art home at the Ice Palace. Games can get rowdy, as snowbirds try to cheer their home teams louder than the hometown fans. Games are usually in the evenings, but some afternoon games are scheduled on weekends and holidays. Tickets range in price from swank luxury box seats to nosebleeds.