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Attractions in Tampa

With so many things to do in Orlando only an hour or two away, one might think that travelers find it easy to overlook Tampa's attractions in favor of the imaginative might of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. That's just not the case. The two areas should not be seen a competitors but as complementaries, and the attractions in Tampa, FL offer a more multidimensional experience for visitors to the Sunshine State, including some of the BEST beaches near Disney World on the West Coast!

First on the list is, of course, the stunning white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors to Tampa probably have the beach on their itineraries already, but a few of them are only accessible by boat. Try Egmont Key or Caladesi Island if you're looking for a more secluded spot.

The fishing is great in Tampa too, and several of our local captains are listed among the year's best Florida fishing charters! Tampa Bay's numerous inlets and backwaters offer no end of flats and shallows to in which to hunt monster redfish, or you can head further offshore in search of the real trophies.

The city itself holds just as much attraction as the sea. Tampa is a city with loads of places to shop, eat, sightsee and party, making it a prime location, not only for nightlife, but as one of the top locations for family reunions in Florida!

Ybor City serves as Tampa's historic district; it's one of the busiest neighborhoods at any time of day. By day, visit the Ybor City State Museum for a look at the history of this diverse, multi-ethnic enclave. From there, depart on a walking tour of the neighborhood and the nearby Ybor City Cigar Museum. Be sure to try a Cubano sandwich before you leave, too. At night, Ybor City transforms into one of Tampa's prime nightlife hotspots

The Florida Aquarium, located at 701 Channelside Drive, is one of the nation's leading aquariums. It's fun for all ages. Also downtown is the non-profit Tampa Theatre, which features a wide variety of independent films and documentaries. And for those who like to get IN the water, we're happy to say that the Tampa Bay area is home to many of Florida's top kayaking spots!

Busch Gardens probably needs no explanation. Located in North Tampa, it's a top-notch amusement park and zoo rolled into one. Rides, food, shows and much more can be had here.

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