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Sightseeing in Tampa - what to see. Complete travel guide

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.
Tampa offers more than a thousand dining places to its visitors. Modest bistro with a simple and affordable menu, an abundance of luxury gourmet restaurants and cozy bars ideal for relaxing … Open
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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Tampa is the actively developing modern city with an interesting history, as well as lots of original features and legends. Several beautiful myths are associated with name of the city; one … Open
Ybor City district, which looks pretty contemporary nowadays, is actually the oldest district in the city. It was here that numerous cigar factories used to locate once. Many historical buildings have been destroyed over recent years. Stylish skyscrapers grew in their place. Today, only Cigar Museum reminds of the historical past of the area. The museum occupies one of the old buildings. Lovely old trams provide shuttle service around the block.
The Scientific and Industrial Museum enjoys great popularity among the guests of the city. It is one-of-a-kind in the United States. The museum is especially loved by tourists with children, who always become participants in exciting experiments, learn a lot of new and important information about the surrounding world. The museum contains a wonderful garden full of butterflies, various interactive exhibits, and a special hall where everyone can experience the intensity of a hurricane's force. The museum presents more than 450 different thematic expositions as a whole. You'll need hours to study all of them.
The most famous landmark is the Museus of Science and Industry (MOSI); it is the most extensive research institution in the southeastern region of the country. There are more than four and a … Open
There is an excellent theater in Tampa, which will be of interest to absolutely everyone. They hold performances of various genres. The repertoire of the theater will appeal to both admirers of the classics and fans of bright theatrical novelties. They often organize special events for children, as well.
Tampa skyline from Platt Street bridge The Tampa Zoo is a popular tourist destination, as well. It has become home to 2000 species of animals. The zoo has a very beautiful design. It is equipped with special animal pens, maximum close to the environmental conditions. Visitors are allowed to pat and feed the animals. You can make excellent memorable photos during your tour. There is also a terrarium and a special reptile exhibition on the territory of the zoo.
Tampa is a great place for a family holiday. A decent selection of entertainment centers, parks, modern cinemas and other leisure centers is offered to vacationers. The Adventure Island … Open
In a beautiful building made of metal and glass is located the Aquarium of Florida. It keeps a collection of more than 20000 aquatic plants and animals. For the convenience of visitors, the collection is divided into four zones. You can see not only colorful exotic fish but rare species of sharks, sea turtles, rays and other deep-sea habitats.
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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Tampa
♥   Shopping area ' Soho' Tampa, 3.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area 'Westshore' Tampa, 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Tampa
♥   Local Park 'Frog Branch Stream V' , 19.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Fossil' , 21.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Dinosaur' , 27.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Hillsborough River' , 31.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Local Park 'Wyatt Jeffries' , 31.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Tampa and around
♥   Art museum 'Salvador Dalí Museum' St. Petersburg, 26.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Tampa from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Giraffe Ranch Farm

From the series “Top 10 extraordinary farms”
The farm in Florida has several purposes and objectives. Its pets are used for scientific research. The farm cooperates with major health centres. Communication with animals has long been considered as one of the most effective therapies. The farm can be recommended to all nature lovers. Giraffe Ranch Farm is quite large and is perfect for hiking. … Read further
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