Things to Do in Tampa, FL

For those of you coming from frosty locales, the opportunity to enjoy the warm air and soak up a few rays is probably more than enough incentive to join us for the Mid-Winter Practice Renewal in Tampa! However, for those who want to do a little more exploring, the Tampa Bay Area plenty to offer!

For your convenience, we’ve provided just a small sample of the memorable activities and attractions that will be available below. Check with the hotel concierge or do some investigating on your own for more great ideas!

Attractions and Events

Busch Gardens. This 335-acre African-themed zoological and amusement park is fun for the whole family, with award-winning roller coasters and rides and one of the world’s largest collection of animal habitats, including cheetahs, tropical birds, tigers, and more.

Adventure Island. Located across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island is a water park featuring a variety of rides, slides, pools, and dining.

Tampa Theatre. This historic theatre, built in 1926 in an opulent Mediterranean Revival style, is a community-owned, non-profit movie palace with tours, concerts, shows, and films playing on an almost-daily basis.

Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey. Come see Steven Stamkos and the 2015 Stanley Cup runners-up take on the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena on Feb. 23.


Henry B. Plant Museum. A converted Gilded Age hotel, this 1891 U.S. National Historic Landmark features preserved and restored artifacts from the original opulent luxury hotel, many of which originate from Europe and the Far East. Guided and self-tours available.

Tampa Museum of Art. Founded in 1979, the Tampa Museum of Art moved into a beautiful new aluminum and glass building in 2010 and features acclaimed collections of modern and contemporary art, as well as ancient Greek, Roman, and Etruscan artifacts.

The Florida Aquarium. The large-scale facility features more than 20,000 plants and animals with wetland, beach, coral reef, and ocean exhibits. The Florida Aquarium is consistently rated among the best and most kid-friendly facilities of its kind in the United States.

Shopping & Dining

International Plaza and Bay Street. This upscale mall and open-air village features high-end retail, casual and fine dining, and nightlife. Free shuttle transportation from the hotel is provided.

Hyde Park Village. Situated in and around several buildings in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, this open-air and pet-friendly shopping district is famed for independently owned boutiques and many of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants.

Cigar City Brewing. Especially known for its Jai Alai IPA, Cigar City Brewing features a tasting room, brewery tours, and a rotation of food trucks on site.


Tampa Riverwalk. Following the course of the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel, the Tampa Riverwalk provides great views, great dining, and easy access to parks, museums, and other attractions in downtown Tampa’s Arts District.

Lettuce Lake Park. Located just northeast of the city of Tampa, Lettuce Lake Park offers 240 acres of boardwalk, hiking trails, bike paths, kayaking, and exploration of a variety of Florida habitats, including wetlands, hardwood forest area, and more.

Gulf Coast Beaches. The Tampa Bay Area is home to some of the top-rated beaches in the United States, with pristine white sand and 361 days of sunshine per year. Soak in some sun, go for a swim, or just enjoy the breeze!


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