The third largest city in Florida, Tampa is located on the coast of Tampa Bay Gulf. Tampa was added to the territory of the United States in the middle of the 19th century. Even at that time this was a promising and a rapidly developing industrial area. In the end of the 19th century the city became very famous due to the tobacco company that had produced best cigars in the region. Later here were founded large factories targeted at extraction and processing of phosphates. The tourism sector started developing only in the second half of the 20th century.
During several decades hundreds of modern skyscrapers, beautiful restaurants and hotels were built in the city. Today Tampa is considered one of the best resort cities of the United States. Many people call Tampa "the city of entertainments". Busch Gardens Park has become a favorite place of rest for both locals and tourists. This park is adjacent to a water park named "The Island". Here you will find numerous water rides, pools and water slides. Little visitors can play in children's play rooms of enjoy tasty dishes in the local cafe.
In order to get acquainted with the culture of local residents tourists are always recommended to visit several museums. Visitors are recommended to see the collection of Museum of Art, the formation of which started more than 150 years ago. Plays and musical performances in Main Theatre and Concert Hall take place simply every evening, so everyone is free to choose a cultural program to fit own taste. Busch Gardens Africa Garden is also the place you cannot forget about. The garden was created according to a unique design of contemporary architects. Each part of this natural complex is designed in slightest details. Shoppers are recommended to visit Channelside shopping center - one of the largest ones in the city. Sports fans will never get bored here as the beaches of the city provide a great choice of entertainments, and every hotel is equipped with gym and a fitness center.