To the west of Plant City, and the north of Del Rio, Temple Terrace is an attractive Florida city, known for its amazing science and arts scenes and beautiful landscapes. Considered a town within Tampa's northern suburbs, the city is a short drive from Orlando attractions, as well as 25 minutes from the nearest beach.
The weather maintains a pleasant year-round temperature, making it perfect for families that love sunshine and adventures in nature. There are tons of restaurants and shops in Temple Terrace, as well as several family-friendly things to see and do in nearby Tampa. So grab your swimwear, some spending money, and bring your kids!
Adventure Island, one of the most popular water parks in the nation. There are 30 acres of water slides, splash zones, kiddie and classic swimming pools, wading pools, lazy rivers, and wave simulation pools.
There are numerous lifeguards on duty every single day, and plenty of picnic areas for families to sit and enjoy a nutritious lunch from one of the snack shacks. If you plan on spending all day at the park, opt to invest in the Dine All Day bracelet to pay once for all of your meals and snacks.
Situated across the street from the water park is Busch Gardens of Tampa. Home to over 300 species of animals — 12,000 in all, this makes Tampa one of the largest zoos in the US. Plus, there are numerous rides for young children, plus water rides and thrill rides for adults. Come create memories here and experience everything you need for an entertaining day . . . shows, dining, shopping, animals, rides and more!
There are many fun things to do in Temple Terrace and nearby Tampa!
Take your adventures indoors at the Museum of Science and Industry. . . or, simply 'Mosi'. This museum features interactive exhibits, such as an exploration of the human body, and views from inside a hurricane. There is also an IMAX theater with educational programs, and a butterfly garden.
With a population of 25,000 residents, the city is close to the Tampa campus of University of South Florida and Florida College, a four-year liberal arts school. Therefore, the city has numerous accommodations for families, singles, couples, and business trippers.
Some of their best, most comfortable hotels in the area include the Holiday Inn Express Tampa North, Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and WoodSpring Suites. To learn more about Temple Terrace, make regular trips back to TravNow for updates about hotels and attractions.
The Holiday Inn Express Tampa North
The Holiday Inn Express Tampa North, positioned on Telecom Drive, is a top-ranked award winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. As the number two best of the best hotel in Temple Terrace, there are certain expectations that travelers have about this place. Luckily, the homey accommodations and comfortable features meet, and often exceed, these expectations tenfold. There are 92 suites, each with an air-conditioning system, small kitchen with a microwave and mini fridge, plush bed, and a well-stocked bathroom with clean, fluffed towels whenever you need them.
Other Holiday Inn Express features include free parking spots, a swimming pool and hot tub, free hot breakfasts with all of your scrumptious favorites, an on-site fitness center, free high-speed internet, and a business center with meeting rooms.
For entertainment, if you love nature and the great outdoors, visit the Lettuce Lake Regional Park. The park has beautiful nature paths and hiking trails, as well as observation towers with walk-about decks that overlook a natural Florida marsh. You might see all kinds of local wildlife, such as water moccasins, alligators, turtles, and egrets.
Hilton Garden Inn
Located on Tampa Oaks Boulevard, the Hilton Garden Inn is considered the absolute best hotel in Temple Terrace according to over 800 TripAdvisor reviewers. Piled high with both homey amenities and luxurious accommodations, the hotel features 148 suites of varying sizes to meet the needs of all kinds of guests. There are family-friendly accommodations, as well as amenities specifically for business professionals, singles, couples, or honeymooners.
The staff are both polite and knowledgeable, while the indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, and on-site fitness room are the biggest draws for travelers. Other features include high-speed internet, room service, an on-site restaurant with a bar and lounge, and a shuttle service with pay-per-trip rides.
The Big Top Flea Market is a local favorite, where shoppers can peruse aisles upon aisles, and booths upon booths, of souvenirs and must-have stuff. You might even find a few antiques or oddities. And there are often food trucks that serve up lunch on picnic benches outside of the market.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Fairfield Inn & Suites, situated on Morris Bridge Road, is another high ranker in Temple Terrace, with over 300 positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Guests love the swimming pool and hot tub, the on-site workout room, and the free hot breakfast of coffee, waffles, bacon, eggs, juice, and a plethora of other tasty breakfast favorites.
Other features of the hotel include a self-serve laundry room, business center with meeting rooms for companies and business professionals, excellent customer service with knowledgeable, multi-lingual staff, and free parking.
While Fairfield Inn has you covered for breakfast, trek over to one of the nearby restaurants and have a nice bite for lunch. Within three miles, find a Carraba's Italian Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Applebees, Chili's, TGI Fridays and plenty more. If you are in the mood for a short drive with some interesting sightseeing, head to Ybor City.
WoodSpring Suites, a wonderful Temple Terrace hotel within a 15-minute drive of Busch Gardens, is popular for the close proximity to attractions, shops, and restaurants. The hotel offers 121 rooms, each with a custom air-conditioning system, a kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, and counter space, and a spacious, clean bathroom with fresh, fluffy towels and lots of free toiletries. There is also free high-speed internet, cable access with hundreds of channels, and a flat-screen television—so, your entertainment for the evenings is covered.
Other features include free off-the-street parking for guests, and self-serve laundry facilities. Price-wise, WoodSpring Suites is one of the most affordable hotels in Temple Terrace, even during the “on” season of summer. They do not offer breakfast, but there are vending machines throughout the hotel. Or, head down the street to Bob Evans for pancakes, bacon, and coffee.
If you want your vacation to be all about adventure and good times, call ahead to book with Canoe Escape. You can book from two hours long to an all-day trip, but you will be led out on a canoe ride on the Hillsborough River with a professional tour guide. Be sure to bring waterproof shoes and a good camera.