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Top Things to Do in Tampa Bay

Wondering what to do in Tampa Bay besides having fun in the sun on one of the many nearby pristine beaches? Welcome to Florida's Sun Coast where the weather is perfect for you to enjoy all of our wonderful attractions, entertainment, dining, golf and areas to explore any time of the year. If you're looking for a quick way to score tickets to Tampa Bay's top destinations, CityPASS offers admission to the most popular attractions at a reduced rate, rolled into one ticket price.

One of Florida's oldest port cities, Tampa Bay is rich with history and culture. But in recent years the region has become a favorite vacation destination for families of all kinds to enjoy the wealth of natural wonder the area offers. From outdoor, high-end malls to thrilling theme parks, immersive aquariums to pulse-pounding go-kart races, wildlife to wild nightlife, Tampa Bay is full of unique things to do you won't find anywhere else.

Busch Gardens Tampa

The African savannah comes to Tampa Bay at Busch Gardens. A giraffe may stretch down for a friendly nuzzle, and visitors can view majestic beasts such as rhinos and lions in action. Jungala, a four-acre attraction, allows visitors to experience up-close animal interactions with its exotic inhabitants.

The Florida Aquarium

Exhibits at this 200,000-square-foot aquarium are categorized by ecosystems and include wetlands, bays, beaches and coral reefs.

Dalí Museum

The world’s most comprehensive collection of works done by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí from 1914 to 1980 includes small impressionistic pieces to giant surrealistic montages. The museum includes sculptures and other works that illustrate Dalí’s versatility, plus other exhibits relating to his life.

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Tampa’s premier arts center sits along the picturesque Hillsborough River. It is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and also the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory. Patrons can enjoy world-class theater productions, music, ballet and other entertainment.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa at Lowry Park has more than 60 acres of lush natural habitats and is home to the Florida manatee, Native Florida Wildlife habitat, Asian Gardens, Primate World and the expansive Safari Africa. Open daily from 9:30 am–5 pm. Adults, $36.95; children 3-11, $27.95. Located just 10 minutes north of downtown Tampa. 

Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City Brewing incorporates the Latin culture and the city's tobacco-making history into its labels, names and recipes. The tasting room has over 20 beers on-tap and is open Su-Th 11 am-11 pm, F-Sa 11 am-1 am. Tours last 45 minutes, run W-Su and are $8. Check website for times.

Clearwater Beach

A favorite among families, tourists and college students is Clearwater Beach, covered in sugary white sands and shells. Here, water sports are king, with outlets all over town for catamaraning, parasailing, jet skiing, fishing and more.

SimCenter Tampa Bay

Provides hours of fun and thrills for the whole family. Seven life-size simulators including a Boeing 737 jetliner, F-16, F-35 fighter jet simulators and Formula 1 race car simulators.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

In collaboration with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Hard Rock International's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel offers elegant and entertaining accommodations and entertainment. The hotel features a spa, pools and a casino with popular gaming machines.

Pro Karting Experience

Spend the day enjoying family fun at St. Petersburg’s Pro Karting Experience. On the 3/8 mile professional road course live out your race car driving fantasies on each sweeping turn, as drivers of all skill levels are welcome.