Things to do in Tampa

This gem along Florida’s Gulf Coast is a major business center, but it’s also known for its world-class cultural institutions, amusement parks, and Latin communities. There is also a fantastic nightlife scene and fascinating history. What are you waiting for? Make the best of your trip with Vinnie Van GO's guide to Tampa!

Tampa Annual Events

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival

Every January, one of the area’s biggest cultural festivities takes over Tampa with this eight week event. The events include speakers, musicians, poets, artists, and other creative and inspiring people.

Mayor’s River O’Green Fest

The City of Tampa’s official St. Patrick’s Day event kicks off every March with a bang. Join the huge crowds along the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for a some very green festivities.

Conga Caliente

Every November, people from all over the states come to Tampa Bay to celebrate Hispanic arts, culture, and heritage at this free festival.

Tampa Stadiums

Raymond James Stadium

This massive state-of-the-art stadium, also known as the “Ray Jay”, is the home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If you’re in Tampa in season, be sure to stop by for a game.

4201 N Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

Amalie Arena

This huge indoor arena houses major sport and entertainment events throughout the year. It’s also home to the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Waterparks

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A visit to this 335-acre animal theme park located in central Tampa is like stepping off the plane in an African safari. With rides, giraffes, and more, this is one of the best places to spend a day in Tampa.

10165 McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Adventure Island

When the weather is hot, there’s no better place to spend the day than Adventure Island. With more than 30 acres of water rides, restaurants, and other attractions and activities, everyone in the family can find something they’ll enjoy.

10001 N Malcolm McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Florida Aquarium

Opened since 1995, the Florida Aquarium has more than 250,000 square feet of aquatic plants and animals. Dive with sharks, swim with fishes, and more!

701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Tours

For a not-so-subtle way of seeing Tampa, consider a segway tour. Tampa Segway Tours offers guided experiences that are both fun and informative. For something a bit slower, history buffs will love the Ybor City Historic Walking Tour. Too slow? Adventure-lovers will enjoy Tampa Adventure Group.

Tampa Restaurants

Frog Pond

Located just a short shuttle ride from all major Tampa hotels, Frog Pond is known amongst the locals to have the best breakfast around. Stop by for delicious eggs, pancakes, and more.

7390 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

Delco’s Original Steaks and Hoagies

For your fix of red meat, Delco’s is known far and wide to bring some of the best. Think it can’t get any better? Their cakes are delicious too. You’ll leave with a full belly, trust us!

1701 Main Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

Columbia Restaurant

Florida has the best Cuban food in the states, and Columbia Restaurant may take the crown. Stop by for the cafe con leche – it’s Vinnie’s favorite!

2117 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

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