Popular Landmarks and Attractions in Tampa

Don't miss out on these fun things to see and do in Tampa, Florida.
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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Fla.

Downtown Tampa is home to an impressive collection of parks and pedestrian-friendly outdoor play areas, including the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This eight-acre space offers a dog run, two interactive fountains and a Great Lawn popular for yoga, picnics and just soaking up the sun.

Cheetah Hunt Coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The kids aren't the only ones who enjoy Busch Gardens. This African-themed adventure park on 335 acres not far from downtown Tampa offers several natural settings where jungle animals roam. Scream-inducing roller coaster rides include SheiKra, the floorless coaster that rises 200 feet and drops at a 90-degree angle at 70 mph; Kumba and its three seconds of weightlessness while spiraling 360 degrees; and Cheetah Hunt (pictured), the park’s most recent coaster addition, with a length of 4,400 feet and earning the distinction of being the longest thrill ride attraction in the park.

The Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Fla.

Catch a classic or independent film at the historic Tampa Theatre.

Ybor City in Tampa, Fla.

Tampa's "Latin Quarter” – one of three National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida – was settled in the late 1880s by immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Italy. They worked in the cigar factories, some of which remain, where you can still buy hand-rolled cigars. Every Halloween, thousands pour in for Guavaween, a Mardi Gras-style celebration that includes kids' activities and a parade, the Mama Guava Stumble, that's heavy on outrageous costumes.

Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, Fla.

Walk, jog, skate, push a stroller, exercise the dog or bike along Bayshore Boulevard. At 4.5 miles, it's said to be the world's longest continuous sidewalk. Enjoy the dramatic views of Tampa across Hillsborough Bay. Bayshore is a busy commuter street, so stay alert if you're crossing. Early morning and after 5 p.m. it's a linear health club.

Bucaneer Cove at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Fit in with Tampa locals by learning the area’s sports teams and venues. Raymond James Stadium (pictured) is home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field, while the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning play at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

Tampa Bay Times Forum hosts ice hockey, basketball, arena football games and concerts.

Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Fla.

Rated first by Parents magazine in its list of Top 10 family-friendly zoos in the United States, this zoo features more than 1,500 animals and birds, from antelope to zebras, live in eight habitats scattered over 56 acres: Asian gardens, safari Africa, a free-flight aviary, manatee and aquatic center, Florida boardwalk, penguin beach, primate world, birds of prey and the Wallaroo Station, home to wallabies and kangaroos.

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Fla.

Set in Downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium features a whopping million-gallon fish tank and more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants. The little ones will enjoy watching the daily penguin promenade, cooling off at the outdoor water park, and swimming with fish in a coral reef tank. Certified SCUBA divers older than 15 can swim with the sharks.

Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa, Fla.

The Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa, Fla.