Tampa, considered to be one of the most famous attractions on the west coast of Florida, is an extremely popular international tourist destination. The city boasts of an infectious mood and is known to offer its visitors with a magnificent culture as well as an excellent cosmopolitan lifestyle. It is considered to be home to the hippest area on the west coast and is also full of countless activities and attractions. The jaw dropping sugar-sand beaches help to boost the natural beauty that the city has to offer and there is always something to do at one of the city’s museums, malls, theme parks, shopping galleries and restaurants. Apart from offering a rich cosmopolitan lifestyle, Tampa also allows its visitors to explore a range of activities such as experiencing Florida’s native wildlife, hiking in the Homassa Springs State, checking out more than 34 different kinds of fish by walking under the “fish bowl spring” and canoeing in the Hillsborough River.
It might be hard to believe, but this exotic city was nothing more than a small US Army base settlement in the 1820s. It transformed into a booming port after the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of railroads. The city also acquired a major foothold in the tobacco industry as thousands of Cubans moved into the neighboring Ybor City to set up tobacco factories. Today, Tampa has managed to establish itself as a financially secure and a forward thinking city in the US.
Tampa might not be as flashy as Orlando or Miami, but it has still managed to grow as a major destination primarily due to its beautiful sandy beaches, exciting cultural attractions and a wide range of “fun” things to do. The Busch Gardens remain to be a major draw for visitors, but that doesn’t prevent Tampa from boasting of another zoo and an aquarium as well. Outside of its natural beauty, magnificent adventure activities and exciting theme parks, Tampa also offers its tourists with some of the greatest museums in the US such as the Salvador Dali Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition to everything that Tampa has to offer, the city also boasts of being able to cater to all sorts of travel requirements – family friendly, romantic, adventurous, laid back, beach centric or fun filled – irrespective of your needs, the city always manages to deliver.
Another reason why Tampa receives full marks from its tourists is the magnificent year round weather. The summer temperatures hover around the 90s (F) while the winter temperatures average in the 70s (F). The city is kissed by the sun almost every day of the year and the rains are mostly restricted to the summer months.
As far as the nightlife and cuisines are concerned, you can actually enjoy yourself while in Tampa. The trendy SoHo area is full of restaurants that offer all sorts of cuisines that are prepared by award winning chefs. Hyde Park, Westshore and Downtown Tampa are where all the fun and excitement of the city can be found. These areas are home to some of the best and hippest bars and nightclubs in the city. If retail therapy is what you need, look no further than areas such as Ybor City or Hyde Park.