Tampa, Florida is an amazing city that offers a wide variety of things to do – family adventures, nightlife for couples, sporting events and so much more! This is a city that is surrounded by action but also provides quiet escapes and cultural destinations. Tampa is known for great weather and a close proximity to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. The following seven activities, adventures and locations should be on every visitor’s “Must Do” list while in Tampa!
Busch Gardens in Tampa is a world-class theme park that provides fun for everyone in the family. Busch Gardens has several different exotic areas throughout the 300 plus acre theme park that offers thrill rides, live entertainment shows, great restaurants and many other experiences that can only be found at Busch Gardens. One of the main reasons to visit Busch Gardens is to see a remarkable zoo environment that is considered to be one the greatest zoos in the entire world. Busch Gardens can be a single day visit or planned for multiple days to explore everything it has to offer. Busch Gardens offers very attractive Military Discounts that provide a cost effective way to visit.
Tampa offers almost 100 gold courses and many provide championship play that can only be found in golf destination cities like Tampa. Courses here include Innisbrook and TPC Tampa Bay. These courses challenge some of the best golfers in the world and provide a unique opportunity to play on a perfect course in a perfect climate. In addition to these amazing golf courses, Tampa has golf courses that will allow players of every skill level, and with any budget, to play a round while visiting. Several courses either advertise Military Discounts or will provide them upon request.
Ybor City is a Historic Landmark District and provides a great way to take in vintage charm while shopping and experiencing great food and fantastic entertainment. During the day, Ybor City is a family fun district where a lot of historic Florida industry can be visited. Cigar moguls like Arturo Fuente called this area home and there are still several unique cigar shops in Ybor City. There is a strong Spanish and Cuban influence throughout the area which can be found in the area restaurants and shops. At night, Ybor City offers some of the greatest and liveliest nightlife around!
Fort De Soto Park
Fort De Soto Park is one of Tampa’s most amazing parks and beaches – it was actually named America’s Best Family Beach by USA Today! Along with the incredible beach, which many believe to be one of the main reasons to visit Tampa, Fort De Soto Park is a historic destination that offers unbelievable American history including activity during the Civil War, Spanish American War and World War II. The park also has hiking trails, camping, boating and several other activities.
Tampa is the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays and the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Six Major League Baseball teams call the Tampa area “Home” during Spring Training. There are four Minor League Baseball teams, an Arena Football League team and college sports teams including the University of South Florida. There is world-class sports in Tampa every season and sports action can be found throughout the area. Many sports stadiums, fields and centers gladly offer Military Discounts including Military Family Discounts.
LEGOLAND and Dinosaur World
LEGOLAND and Dinosaur World are two different theme parks that add to the excitement and fun that can be found in Tampa. LEGOLAND is a theme park designed around this all-time favorite toy. There are over 50 rides designed for children between the ages of 2 – 13. There are exceptional areas throughout LEGOLAND designed around different LEGO themes that each offer great food, fun live entertainment and plenty of shopping. Dinosaur World offers a great way for dinosaur fans to get up close and personal with over 150 life-like dinosaurs and exhibits where dinosaurs actually come to life. There is an archeological dig site, fossils, caves and many other areas where visitors can explore these amazing creatures in a one-of-a-kind environment. Each theme park offers Military Discounts highlighted by LEGOLAND’s Military Appreciation Days that provide free admission to Military members.
Casinos and Racing
Both The Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel and Tampa Bay Downs are a great way for adults to experience great entertainment and a fun way to spend time in the City. The Seminole Hard Rock is a Casino Hotel that is known all over the world not only for its large casino that offers Las Vegas style gambling but also for its luxurious accommodations, fine restaurants, high class spa and home to an entertainment center that attracts some of the most well-known entertainers. Tampa Bay Downs is the only thoroughbred horse racing location in the area and provides heart pounding racing December through May and other gambling throughout the entire year.
Tampa, Florida is a great destination in Florida that offers amazing entertainment, theme parks, nightlife and much more! The City provides great Military Discounts that provide a cost effective way to explore this city that has tons of sun and fun.
By Military Travel Exchange