Explore the Tampa Riverwalk
Tampa Bay’s 2.5-mile (4 km) pedestrian space links downtown’s most popular destinations like gems on a string. The mix of museums, restaurants, and parks makes the Tampa Riverwalk a must-experience of any visit. Relax on eight acres at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park; or step inside the Tampa Museum of Art, which host series of visiting exhibits from around the word in addition to its own collection of antiquities and, modern and contemporary art. Catch a show at The Straz Center for Performing Arts, the largest theater complex in the Southeast hosting a Broadway series fall through spring, homegrown theater troupes, and the Florida Orchestra; or experience the Tampa Bay History Center, housing 12,000 years of Tampa Bay history, starting with the Native Americans who first found settled on the shores of the sparkling bay. Interactive exhibits tell of Spanish and American settlers, cowboys, Cuban cigar makers and the region’s role in nearly two centuries U.S. military history.
Or plan a Riverwalk water activation activity! Step aboard the Tampa Bay Fun Boat for an hour-long cruise on Tampa’s waterfront. Rent a virtually silent, easy to operate, environmentally friendly eBoat and enjoy Tampa’s waterways for an hour or more, with or without a guide to customize your tour. Set out on a unique outdoor adventure on Tampa's rivers and bay as captain of your very own 2 person Mini-Powerboat with Riverwalk Boating Co.! Or paddleboard down the Hillsborough Rover with Urban Kai!
Step Aboard a Water Taxi
The Pirate Water Taxi has a fleet of pirate themed water taxis in downtown Tampa. They offer daily tours of Tampa with 17 stops conveniently located along the Riverwalk, Channel District, and Davis Islands!
Sightsee Mr. Ybor’s City
Explore the historic past and experience the future in Tampa’s Latin Quarter, Ybor City! Once hailed as the “Cigar Capital of the World,” embark on a tour of Tampa Bay's thriving cigar industry. Have your pick of the Ybor City State Museum, J.C. Newman Cigar Company, which is America’s oldest family-owned cigar company and the last operating cigar factory in Cigar City. Visit Arturo Fuente Jr. at Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company, where he sells his family’s Dominican handmade cigar brands. Tour the Tabanero Cigar Factory, or simply stop by the Columbia Restaurant Gift Store to experience the hand-rolling of the finest cigars.
Conquer Sparkman Wharf
Minutes away from downtown Tampa, Sparkman Wharf features a unique collection of waterfront retail, dining, and entertainment options, including Splitsville Luxury Bowling! Sparkman Wharf is within walking distance of Tampa’s vibrant local attractions, but can also be accessed by a quick ride on the TECO Historic Streetcar & Trolley.
Walk on the Wild Side at ZooTampa
If fun is in your nature, spend some time at ZooTampa, named the "#1 Zoo in the U.S." by both Parents and Child magazines. The Zoo features more than 1,200 incredible animals on 56 lush acres including manatees, koalas, elephants, tigers, penguins, orangutans and much more. ZooTampa also offers behind-the-scenes tours and other exciting adventures you’re sure to go wild for!
Sea Life at The Florida Aquarium
Experience The Florida Aquarium and see why it’s among the top aquariums in the world. There are over 10,000 aquatic plants and animals, including sharks, otters, gators, free-flying birds, exotic sea dragons and more. Come aboard our 64-foot, 49 passenger catamaran and enjoy a picturesque tour and journey out into Tampa Bay to see dolphins, numerous species of birds and fish, manatees and more! Experience Tampa Bay's spectacular wildlife in its natural habitats! The DolphinQuest Eco-Tour can be purchased alone or as an ideal complement to your indoor Aquarium experience.
Sail in Style with Yacht Starship
Set sail on an unforgettable cruise aboard the Yacht StarShip! This 180-foot dining super yacht is the only one of its kind in Tampa Bay. As America’s first three-diamond rated dining yacht, Yacht StarShip offers the best views on the waters of Tampa Bay and award-winning cuisine. A dining experience on the 600-passenger Yacht StarShip, or the 150-passenger Yacht StarShip II is set to impress. Available for public or private cruises from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and other local ports.
Canoe on the Hillsborough River
Explore Canoe Escape, Tampa's premiere attraction for birdwatching, photography, canoeing, kayaking, and family fun. Escape to nature on a self-guided, 2-hour to full day, downstream, quiet water, paddling adventure through a 16,000-acre wildlife preserve. There is a guided interpretive nature trip offered on Wednesdays throughout the year, and escorted moonlight trips offered between April and October. Paddling close to a sunning 'gator, or a threatened limpkin or congregation of turtles on a log might be the most prized memory of your trip to Tampa!
Plan Fishing Expeditions
Adventure into the greater Tampa Bay on a fishing Carter! Gone Fishing Charters specializes in flats and near shore light tackle fishing. Depending on the time of year, targeted species might include redfish, snook, trout, tarpon, kingfish, grouper and snapper. Tampa Fishing Charters specializes in light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing in search of Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, Shark, Tripletail, Permit, Pompano, and Mackerel among other species.
Hands-on Experiences to Treasure
At Safari Wilderness Ranch, enjoy fresh air year-round as knowledgeable guides tour you through huge herds of wetland exotic species in custom safari vehicles. Book Camel-back or horse-drawn carriage game viewing safari tours. Giraffe Ranch provides fun, intimate, high-quality, hands-on animal adventures. See, smell, touch animals thriving in large natural herds with room to roam. Big Cat Rescue is one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the world dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats. Take photos that everyone will think you took on a safari at this sanctuary for big cats that is working to end the trade in them as pets, props and for their parts.
Brave Busch Gardens Adventures
Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, Broadway-style live entertainment and one of North America's largest zoos with over 12,000 animals, making in an unforgettable African adventure for the whole family. Located right across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or relax all day in a private cabana.