THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM
20,000 sea creatures, river otters and ring-tailed lemurs call this Tampa Bay institution home. Touch stingrays, ponder the coral reef tank or splash in the water park. Take the Bay Spirit II into the bay for a dolphin-spotting expedition.
TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER
This modern museum houses 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. The in-house Columbia Café replicates the experience of dining at Ybor City’s Columbia Restaurant -- Florida’s oldest restaurant and a Tampa Bay landmark.
A 360-degree bar makes a great place to watch the sunset. It shares space with Tampa Bay Water Bikes, Urban Kai Stand-up Paddleboarding, and e-Boats Tampa for those who want to get out onto the water. A bike repair station stands at the ready to help cyclists needing air or a quick repair.