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Hit Florida’s sun-kissed, Cuban-flavored west coast with an American Airlines flight to Tampa. Be blasted to Africa with safaris and rapid rides at Busch Gardens, buy hand-rolled cigars in Ybor City and watch dolphins showing off their dorsal fins when you fly to Tampa with American Airlines.
Enjoy a fun-packed family day at Busch Gardens, one of Florida’s wildest theme parks. Photograph rhinos on the Jeep adventure Rhino Rally, and crocodiles, lions and hippos on the Edge of Africa safari walk. Seeking a thrill? Scream as the bottomless SheiKra rollercoaster tops 70 miles an hour while waterfalls soak you on the Congo River Rapids and you play tug-of-war with tigers in Jungala.
Board a yellow streetcar to Ybor City, Tampa’s lively Latin quarter, full of old-fashioned Hispanic charm with its wrought-iron balconies, lanterns and colorful tiled murals. Stop at Ybor Square for hand-rolled cigars and wander the backstreets for art galleries, outdoor cafes and tapas bars. For a night of flamenco dance and Spanish-Cuban fare, snag a table in the palm-dotted patio of the century-old Columbia Restaurant.
Arrive early to beat the crowds to Florida Aquarium, an aquatic wonderland of otters, stingrays, octopuses and alligators. Kids love to watch penguins waddle at the daily parades. To watch playful bottlenose dolphins frolic in Tampa Bay, sign up for one of the 90-minute dolphin-watching cruises. Certified scuba divers can come face to face with Jaws and company while shark diving.
Unwind in Tampa Bay, where beaches necklace the turquoise Gulf of Mexico. Active types head to Clearwater Beach to parasail, play volleyball and watch the sunset paint the sky purple-pink from Pier 60. Kids love shelling and free play on St. Pete Beach. For a more back-to-nature feel, try Caladesi Island State Park for coastal hiking and kayaking through mangroves, or pearly white Fort DeSoto North Beach for total peace.
Immerse yourself in surrealist fantasies at the Salvador Dalí Museum in neighboring St Petersburg. Designed by world-famous architect Yann Weymouth, the museum is a striking fusion of concrete block and glass bubble. Step inside the light-filled gallery and you’ll be captivated by one of the world’s biggest collections of the wildly imaginative Spanish surrealist’s oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and sculptures.
Book your flight to Tampa with American Airlines today to see some of Tampa’s best attractions.
Venture off the beaten path to discover more things to do in Tampa with American Airlines. We’ll help you get the most out of your Florida vacation, whether you want to snap alligators on the Hillsborough River, hit the golf links, or find designer bargains at the International Plaza mall. American will be with you every step of the way.
Spot wildlife on a Tampa Canoe Escape, a self-guided paddle tour along the Hillsborough River through a 16,000-acre reserve. Bring your binoculars as you stand a good chance of glimpsing herons, wild ibis, osprey, vultures, alligators and Florida red-bellied turtles. Autumn is the best time to spot deer and spring brings out the songbirds.
Be whisked back to a more decadent age at the Henry B. Plant Museum, which railway magnate Henry Bradley Plant opened as a grand hotel in 1891. A whimsical vision with its neo-Moorish domes and minarets, the hotel is today a museum that reveals the life of Victorian high society in its rooms filled with oil paintings, oriental carpets and period furnishings.
Take the family to Lowry Park Zoo for encounters with koala and wallaroos at the Australia-inspired Wallaroo Station, and with gentle giant manatees at the Florida Manatee Center. Budding explorers have an exciting time spotting elephants and zebras at Safari Africa, feeding giraffes and stroking stingrays in the touch pools. Splash areas and a playground keep tots amused.
Enjoy a leisurely day of golfing and relaxation. Water is your chief challenge at the par-71 Rocky Point Golf Course, and Rogers Park is a championship course that even has a lighted driving and practice range. Unwind at day’s end with a couple’s massage at SB Spa Tampa or at the organic Blue Lotus Day Spa.
Indulge at Bern’s Steak House, sizzling steak to succulent perfection since 1956. Ruby red walls, chandeliers and rococo furnishings set the scene in the elegant restaurant, where caviar and champagne are followed by your choice of rib eye, tenderloin or T-Bone. The restaurant is equally renowned for its nearly 7,000-label wine collection, delectable handmade desserts (try the banana cheese pie) and cheese cave.
Book a flight to Tampa with American Airlines today to discover more things to do in Tampa.
|Florida Dance Festival||Jun 2013 (annual)||Tampa|
|Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival||Sep 2013 (annual)||Gary Amphitheatre|
|Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival||Oct 2013 (annual)||Tampa Theatre|
|Howl-O-Scream||Sep - Oct 2013; Thu, Fri, and Sat only (annual)||Busch Gardens Tampa Bay|
|Ybor City Heritage & Cigar Festival||Nov 2013 (annual)||Ybor City|
|NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Sep - Dec 2013 (annual)||Raymond James Stadium|
|Gasparilla Pirate Fest||Jan 2014 (annual)||Tampa|
|NHL Ice Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning||Oct 2013 - Apr 2014 (annual)||Tampa Bay Times Forum (ex St.Pete Times Forum)|
|Bella's Italian Cafe||Italian||Hyde Park||1||2|
|Bern's SteakHouse||Steaks/Chops||Hyde Park||3||3|
|Carmine's Seventh Avenue||Italian||Ybor City||1||2|
|Columbia Restaurant||Spanish/Portuguese||Ybor City||2||4|
|Fly Bar & Restaurant||Spanish/Portuguese||Hyde Park||2||3|
|Mel's Hot Dogs||American||Near Busch Gardens||1||1|
|Mise en Place||American||Hyde Park||2||3|
|Restaurant BT||Vietnamese||Hyde Park||3||4|
|The Refinery||Brewpub||Hyde Park||2||2|
|Whiskey Joe's Bar & Grill||Chicken/BBQ/Grill||Hyde Park||2||2|
|Wine Exchange||Mediterranean||Hyde Park||2||3|
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