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4 Reasons to Stay Local in Tampa

Tampa offers plenty to do while on vacation with an array of museums, cuisine, hikes and more. When you are staying local in Tampa check out these activities to make the most of out of your stay.

While Tampa is usually skipped over for more popular cities in the Sunshine State like Orlando and Miami, you shouldn’t steer clear of this upbeat city. Tampa offers plenty to do while on vacation with an array of museums, cuisine, hikes and more. When you are staying local in Tampa check out these activities to make the most of out of your stay.

Stroll along the Riverwalk:

Stroll along the Riverwalk:

This 2.4 mile pedestrian pathway is right along the waterfront of the Hillsborough River. Discover shops, restaurants, museums and more as you walk along this gorgeous, open-space pathway. Some popular attractions along the Riverwalk include the Florida Aquarium, The World War II American Victory Ship, and Channelside Bay Plaza.

Get up close and personal with wildlife:

Get up close and personal with wildlife:

Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center– This manatee sanctuary is a place where manatee’s retreat to for warmth when the ocean gets too cold. Spot the animals swimming around in the water plant between the months of November through April. Not only can you spot manatees, you can also enjoy the butterfly garden as well.

Big Cat Rescue– Located in Citrus Park, this rescue center is dedicated to nurturing injured or orphaned native wild cats. They have over 100 cats and 11 different species including tigers, cougars, bobcats, and more. A variety of tours are offered to visitors ranging from keeper tours to feeding tours.

Get out and explore nature:

Get out and explore nature:

Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s first state parks. With Hillsborough River surrounding the park visitors can engage in tons of outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking and canoeing. Here you can explore over 7 miles of pristine hiking trails and take a dip in a natural swimming pool during the summer months. Lettuce Lake Regional Park is another great place to get in touch with nature. Nestled in the floodplains of the Hillsborough River, this park offers a relaxed environment where you can enjoy bird watching and wildlife viewing.

Dive into the rich Cuban culture:

Dive into the rich Cuban culture:

Ybor city offers an ultimate Cuban experience right in Tampa. The cobblestone streets, historic buildings, aromas of Spanish spices and cigar smoke will make you feel like you’re actually in Cuba. If you’re looking for some authentic Spanish cuisine visit The Colombia Restaurant which is known as Florida’s oldest restaurant and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. The Colombia Restaurant offers a historic dining experience with delicious cuisine and beautiful architecture.

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