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Tampa, Florida

Tampa is a city of close to 350,000 people and is the seat of Hillsborough County. Over the course of its history, Tampa has been visited by Panfilo de Narvaez and several Spanish explorers. And to this day, the city still attracts a great number of tourists.

The city is a major port and has a growing economy where a lot of multinational companies are headquartered.

There are a lot of places here that you could enjoy on a bus rental in Tampa, Florida.

A bus rental in Tampa, Florida is perfect for any sized groups.

BusRental.com has been instrumental in bringing in a lot of groups into Tampa for a vacation, a day trip or a weekend getaway. We pride ourselves with having a fleet of 24-passenger mini bus rentals in Tampa, 49-passenger bus rentals and 56-passenger bus rentals available for charter.

And you will need one too. Because of the variety of places that you can visit in the city, you will appreciate how convenient, comfortable and luxurious a bus rental in Tampa, Florida really is. Be sure to visit:

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Tampa Entertainment and Amusement Parks

Adventure Island is a water park in Tampa that brings together water rides, games, restaurants and other attractions in its 12 hectares of space. Get on the Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew, Gulf Scream, Key West Rapids, Wahoo Run, and Water Moccasin. Or enjoy the Splash Attack and the Endless Surf, among other attractions.

You could also go to Busch Gardens Tampa, which is the only amusement park outside of Orlando that is consistently listed as one of Florida's best. The Busch Gardens has several themed areas such as the Bird Gardens, the Congo, and the Nairobi. Then they also have the animal exhibits, and annual events. Be sure to get on the four roller coasters here that have been listed as the country's top roller coasters: Montu, Kumba, Gwazi and SheiKra.

Also, Tampa has been named as one of the country's top party cities and there are entire districts that offer you a wide variety of nightlife options, including Ybor City, Channelside, International Plaza, Bay Street, Seminole Hard Rock and SoHo. There are also nightclubs downtown as well as other parts of the city.

Arts & Culture

Tampa is the site of several performing arts groups and venues. Check out these performance venues for some of the best shows here:

  • The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Since it opened in 1987, it has seen more than 10 million people go through its doors. The Straz Center holds an assortment of theater shows, performances, events and concerts. Within the Straz Center, you would also find the Carol Morsani Hall, the Ferguson Hall, the Jaeb Theater, the TECO Energy Foundation Theater and the Shimberg Playhouse.
  • Tampa Theatre is a historical landmark in the city and still serves as a screening venue for documentary, indie, and foreign films.
  • Gorilla Theatre is a performance venue that regular holds musicals, classic revivals and original plays. It is also where the Gorilla Theatre's Young Dramatists Project are held, as well as a jazz concert series.
  • The MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is an outdoor venue that can hold around 20,000 people who attends outdoor concerts here.

At these and some other venues, you might be able to catch performances put out by the city's notable groups, such as Florida Orchestra, Jobsite Theater, Opera Tampa, Spanish Lyric Theater, Stageworks Theatre, Tampa Bay Symphony, and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay.

Tampa is also known to be a center for death metal, as well as a thriving underground music scene.

Tampa Arts and Culture

Museums. The city is also home to a variety of museums that allows you to know more about a variety of subjects. Check out:

  • Museum of Science & Industry, where you can see several science related exhibits as well as watch movies in its domed IMAX theater.
  • The Henry B. Plant Museum is located inside the University of Tampa, and now has exhibits on the Gilden Age, historical tourism and other similar exhibits.
  • The Tampa Bay History Center, where you could learn more about the area's history, Spanish conquistadors, and even see a replica of a 1920s cigar shop.
  • The Tampa Firefighters Museum.
  • The Tampa Museum of Art, which has great art works, as well as Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiques and artifacts.
  • The University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum.
  • Ybor City Museum State Park is housed in a former bakery that was well-known for its cuban bread. The ovens are still part of the current museum's displays, as well as an ornamental garden inside the building.

You should also see the museum ship SS American Victory in the city's Channel area. The former World War II ship is now a museum.

Architecture. Architecture lovers would appreciate the varied styles seen in the city's buildings and homes. Tampa's skyscrapers has a post-modern architecture, while the city government is working hard to preserve the historic landmarks in the city as well as the historic districts. Check out the Mediterranean revival style of the Bay Isle Commercial Building, the Dutch Colonial Revival architecture of the William Curtis House, the late Gothic revival style of the St. James House of Prayer Episcopal Church, the Renaissance architecture of the El Pasaje or the Georgian architecture of the Johnson-Wolff House. That is just some of the architectural styles you would see in Tampa, so get on a bus rental in Tampa, Florida and check out these structures!

Festivals and annual events. Tampa is where the Gasparilla Pirate Festival is held. Attended by close to half a million attendees, this mock pirate invasion is held during late January or early February. The Florida State Fair is also held here. Other festivals and events you should not miss:

  • Fiesta Day
  • India International Film Festival of Tampa Bay
  • MacDill Air Fest
  • Metrocon Anime Convention
  • Outback Bowl

Restaurants & Shopping

Tampa Restaurants and Shopping

Tampa's food scene is a rowdy mix of Cuban, Floribbean, Italian and Spanish food.

For the best Cuban food, check out La Teresita Restaurant, Columbia Restaurant, and Brocato's Sandwich Shop. For Italian, nothing beats these restaurants: Luigi's Italian Restaurant, Spaghetti Warehouse, Bernini, Maggiano's Little Italy, Giordano's Pizza, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Il Terrazzo, Timpano Italian Chop House and Donatello.

On top of that, there are also Latin American and Vietnamese places here that give you a great dining experience.

Be sure to sample a Cuban sandwich, while you are here too.

Other restaurants you should not miss while here:

  • Bern's Steak House
  • Datz
  • Eddie V's Prime Seafood
  • Four Green Fields
  • Kombo Kitchen
  • Mermaid Tavern
  • Osteria Natalina
  • Oxford Exchange (Tampa, FL 33606)
  • Pané Rustica
  • The Smoke Shack

Shopping in Tampa will undoubtedly take you to the International Plaza and Bay Street where you could find Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom and other retailers. Or you could go to Westshore Plaza where you could find Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, along with AMC 14 movie theaters and a fine array of restaurants.

Then there is the Citrus Park Shopping Mall, which is owned by the Westfield Group, and Hyde Park village.

There are local businesses that you should check out as well, including Cleanse Apothecary.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Tampa Golf and Sports Venues

Golf courses abound in Tampa. Choose from these equally wonderful courses to play in:

  • Avila Golf & Country Club
  • Babe Zaharias Golf Course
  • Countryway Golf Course
  • Emerald Greens Golf Resort & Country Club
  • Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club
  • Hunter's Green Country Club
  • Northdale Golf & Tennis Club
  • Old Memorial Golf Club
  • Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club
  • Pebble Creek Golf Club
  • Rocky Point Golf Course
  • Rogers Park Golf Course
  • Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club
  • Terrace Hill Golf Club
  • The Claw At USF
  • Westchase Golf Club

Sports. Tampa is home to the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning.

Catch some great sporting events at these venues:

  • Bob Martinez Sports Center
  • Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
  • Curtis Hixon Hall
  • George M. Steinbrenner Field
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Skatepark of Tampa
  • Tampa Bay Downs
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum
  • Tampa Stadium
  • USF Soccer Stadium
  • USF Sun Dome

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Tampa Historical Sites and Landmarks

Aside from the history museums that you could go to, you could learn more about the history of Tampa and the Tampa Bay area from visiting the historic sites and landmarks.

You can tour the JC Newman Cigar Factory, the oldest operating cigar factory in the city that was built in the 1910s. You can actually learn more about Tampa's connection to the cigar as well as the city's history by touring the factory.

You could also go to a cigar industry history tour in Ybor City, which in itself is a historic district.

Check out the El Centro Español de Tampa, which is now a shopping complex, or the Floridan Palace Hotel, which was designed by Francis J. Kennard and G.A. Miller. You could also go to the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, which is now the home of Tampa Jewish Community Center and Federation and the Palmerin Hotel.

  • Circulo Cubano de Tampa
  • El Centro Español of West Tampa
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Seminole Heights Residential District
  • Tampa City Hall
  • Tampa Heights Historic District
  • Union Station in Tampa
  • Ybor Factory Building

Parks & Outdoor Activities

The city has more than 160 beaches and parks that in total occupies close to 2,300 acres. Check out the:

  • Al Lopez Park (Tampa, FL 33614), where you could find sports fields, a dog park, running, hiking and jogging paths, a playground, a pier, picnic areas, and play courts.
  • Ballast Point Park, where you have access to a boat ramp, picnic facilities, a playground, and a pier.
  • Copeland Park has several athletic fields, a computer lab, a fitness facility, a gym, play courts, a play ground, a swimming pool, and trails.
  • Cyrus Greene Park has several athletic fields, picnic grounds, play courts, swimming pool, a playground and a computer lab.
  • Davis Islands Seaplane Basin features a beach, a canoe and boat launch, a dog park and picnic grounds.
  • Desoto Park features a skate park, several ball fields, jogging paths, a playground, swimming pool and hiking trails.
  • Gadsden Park has hiking and biking trails, several ball fields, a dog park, a canoe launch, picnic and playground.
  • Highland Pines Park has several ball fields, jogging paths, picnic areas, play courts and playground, and racquetball and tennis courts.
  • Lowry Park is just across the zoo, and has a canoe launch, jogging paths, playground, pier, hiking and biking trails.
  • Rowlett Park has a canoe launch, a dog park, jogging paths, picnic areas, play courts, tennis courts and hiking trails.

Zoos & Aquariums

Lowry Park Zoo has 23 hectares of space and houses a large collection of animal species native to Florida, including the American Alligator, flamingos, and Key deer. The kid friendly zoo also has a number of kiddie rides

Other Points of Interest

Tampa is a gay friendly city. It has the GaYbor district, which is LGBT friendly and is the site of GaYbor Days. GaYbor Days is a yearly street party that celebrates diversity. Since 1989, the city plays host to the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and is Tampa's biggest film festival.

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