Tampa, Florida – Map, Attractions, Points of Interest

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Tampa description

Located in west-central Florida and founded in 1824, the clean and modern city of Tampa offers activities and attractions for every interest and age.

Known for its cultural diversity, this southern city boasts a unique blend of Cuban, African American, Italian and Spanish neighborhoods.

Ybor City, known as Tampa's Latin Quarter, features its own unique blend of aromas, sights and sounds, including the smooth taste of Spanish Sangria, the smell of Cuban coffee and cigars and the Latin sounds of Rumba and Salsa late into the evening.



  • The name Tampa comes from the local Caloosa Indian word Tanpa, meaning "Stick of Fire."
  • Gasparilla Days - To visit Tampa in late January and not attend the annual gathering of pirates, beads, boats and parades, all witnessed by hundreds of thousands of revelers, is to have led a deprived and boring life.
  • The Tampa Bay area is home to three airports, eight hospitals and over 30 universities and colleges.
  • No city in Florida is more than 75 miles from either the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico

tampa attractions

  • Busch Gardens Tampa
    One of Florida's largest theme parks and home to the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses. The park features an African Continent theme including wildlife tours, thrill rides, adventure camps and shows of every description.

  • The Florida Aquarium
    Located in downtown Tampa, it's a wonderful example of Florida marine conservation. Over 20,000 examples of marine plants and animals are on display for visitors. Guests will observe dolphins, jellyfish, reef fish of all kinds, sharks and lots more.

  • Adventure Island Tampa
    It's an amazing water park, one great for a splashing, slipping, sliding and surfing day of fun.
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