Tampa has a lot of sunshine and palm trees, but that is not all that makes “Cigar City” great. There are an array of artistic, historical, sports, and cultural attractions in the area. Here we will look at some of the ways you can spend the day exploring the city with a friend, grandchild, or on your own.
Situated in downtown is the Tampa Museum of Art. Founded in 1979 and opening up a new building in 2010 along the banks of the Hillsborough River, the museum exhibits contemporary and modern art as well as Roman, Etruscan, and Greek antiquities. The museum is open every day of the week, and seniors aged 65 years and older get half off admission. The University of South Florida, nestled in Tampa, has a Contemporary Art Museum as well.
Tampa Bay History Center whisks visitors back in time to the arrival of the area’s first native inhabitants. There are also exhibits detailing the Spanish conquistadors and historical figures who shaped the region’s history. There is even a reproduction of a ‘20s cigar store. There are three floors of temporary and permanent exhibits that include state of the art interactive exhibits and theaters along with kid-friendly, hands-on activities.
Tampa gives residents plenty of reasons to go outside. The city runs more than 165 beaches and parks that cover over 2,000 acres within the city limits, and there are another 70,000 acres of park space in the surrounding suburbs. The most famous outdoor attraction is Busch Gardens, an Africa-themed park that features thrilling roller coasters and a variety of African wildlife. Right next to Busch Gardens is a large water park called Adventure Island.
There are three major professional sports teams in Tampa: the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, and the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This means that there are professional sports to enjoy all year round in Tampa. In addition, the University of South Florida Bulls participate in NCAA Division I sports and are part of the American Athletic Conference.
Every year at the aptly named Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, you can enjoy the Florida State Fair. Unlike most state fairs across the country that are held at the end of the summer, Florida has its event in the middle of winter for eleven days in February. This is because the weather is just that nice. The fair has been held since the early 20th century and features outdoor and indoor rides, shows, and exhibits. There are also agricultural and fine arts competitions.
With so many fun things to do in Tampa, sometimes you might just want to sit back and relax. Tampa has you covered here too with a range of day spas. You can get your nails done and enjoy a massage at Heavenly Nails & Spa in South Tampa. Or, head over to Pia Esthetics Day Spa for eyelash services and massages. You are sure to find great ways to unwind.
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