A popular city in Tampa Bay, Tampa is one of the most visited Florida cities for business professionals and families. There are hundreds of museums and restaurants, a booming arts scene, and an awesome nightlife, as well as several business centers, a handful of pleasant, well-maintained parks, and plenty of culture.
Historic in a way, Tampa features several popular attractions, but one of the most famed and family-friendly is The Florida Aquarium. The largest in the state, and one of the biggest and well-maintained in the nation, this aquarium features over 20,000 sea creatures and animals on 6 acres of 250,000 square-foot tanks.
Guests visiting The Florida Aquarium have abundant opportunities to interact with their favorite animals, from dives with sharks, to touch tanks and water fun zones, to the quirky penguin promenades, and a look at the native wildlife of Florida wetlands.
The average guest spends just over 2 hours perusing the exhibits at a leisure pace, so you should plan on bringing a good pair of comfortable walking shoes. There are lots of snack shops in case you get hungry. A souvenir shop allows you to snag sea-themed necklaces, stuffed animals, and books, and those profits go to ocean and coral conservation.
Lettuce Lake Park is a beautiful place to unwind and relax in the tranquility of nature. This park is ginormous, spanning 240 acres, and featuring several boardwalks, dozens of nature paths, a few fishing docks, picnic tables, BBQ grills, and observation decks. Pack a lunch and bring the kids for a sight-seeing hike before you sit down to a nice picnic. Or, rent a canoe and head out on the river. You might see some native Florida wildlife, like manatees, alligators, and turtles. Florida weather can get quite hot, so pack some comfortable, airy clothes, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Closer to Plant City on the outskirts of Tampa, Dinosaur World is a quirky, fascinating place for anyone that appreciates science and an outdoor museum atmosphere. T
This park features 3 outdoor walk-abouts with over 150 life-size dinosaur sculptures, each with features that distinguish one dinosaur type from another. The on-site indoor museum garners attention for their informative plaques and interactive boards of dinosaur facts.
Up for an adrenaline kick? Take your chances on the Cheetah Run—a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay attraction on North Malcom McKinley Drive. Lasting 4 minutes at top speeds of 60 miles-per-hour, this rollercoaster shows riders how fast a cheetah can run. It was named one of the best rides in 2011 by Golden Ticket Awards, and hundreds of TripAdvisor reviewers have called it an amazing, thrilling experience.
There are so many fun things to do... you may need a few days at one of the best Tampa hotels!
In which case, the following hotels have been top-ranked as the best hotels in Tampa —Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore, Sailport Waterfront Suites, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, and Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel.
Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore
Sitting on West Kennedy Boulevard, the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore is a high-ranked Tampa hotel for business professionals and weekend vacationers. While the accommodations are certainly family-friendly, the business center, meeting rooms, and excellent internet access are drawing points for company travelers. The fabulous amenities at this hotel include room service, complementary fresh-baked banana bread, free parking for guests, an on-site bar, lounge, and restaurant, a fitness room, airport transportation, and concierge services.
Adventure Island, one of Tampa’s biggest and most popular water theme parks, is moments away, so plan an afternoon to leave the hotel for fun on water slides and thrill rides. Let the kiddos splash in the pool, navigate a 20-foot platform, get drenched by the Splash Attack, and have snacks all day long. You can relax and bask sunshine. Rates are reasonable and there's the Island Surf Shop for necessities, gifts and souvenirs. Come get wet!
Sailport Waterfront Suites
Sailport Waterfront Suites on North Rocky Point Drive is a seaside hotel with basic accommodations that feel luxurious, indulgent, and upscale. With its own private beach, the hotel is a top-ranked choice for Tampa, and numerous past guests have highlighted the comfortable beds, clean rooms, spacious lobby, and excellent customer service and front desk assistance. Room-wise, the area is peaceful and quiet, so guests can expect the same in their rooms. There are also well-furnished sitting areas, an en-suite bathroom loaded with fluffed towels and essential toiletries, and clean linens, extra blankets, and free high-speed internet. Want entertainment without straying too far? Take your business to the downstairs mini bar, then retire to the waterside lounge area to relax by the fire pit.
The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Bayport Drive overlooks the beauties of the actual Tampa Bay waters, so there are abundant opportunities to see a stunning sunset. This hotel has garnered nothing but positive reviews from past guests, and it is ranked the number one place to stay for business professionals, luxury vacation seekers, and honeymooners. Some of the on-site accommodations include an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, hot tub, and spa, free parking for guests, shuttle bus services, a nice bar and lounge with an indoor eatery, 24-hour room service, and airport transportation
Room-wise, guests can expect super-comfortable beds, a clean and spacious en-suite bathroom, and a comfy, well-furnished sitting space. Cypress Point Park, located within a mile of the Grand Hyatt, is a favorite Tampa beach, with seashores that nudge the bay, a small playground for children, and nature paths for hikers, bicyclers, and dog walkers.
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on Jim Walter Boulevard is a gorgeous Tampa hotel with luxurious accommodations and all of the comforts of a home away from home. Which, in essence, is the ultimate goal when you travel somewhere new. Peaceful and upscale, the hotel offers a degree of elegance that begins in the beautifully decorated lobby.
One of the nearest hotels to the Tampa International Airport, this hotel boasts a selection of accommodations, such as shuttle bus services, free parking for guests and room service. There is also an on-site bar, lounge, and restaurant, a swimming pool and hot tub, a fitness room with updated equipment, free high-speed internet, a banquet room and business center, and concierge services.
Located less than a mile from the hotel is the Brew Bus, a shuttle service that takes you and your friends from one pub to another to sample delicious craft brews. You'll abo-brew-tely have a great time!
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