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Meeting new people is one of the best parts of travelling, and with as many as 340,000 residents calling this part of Tampa Bay home, you're sure to have no shortage of opportunities.
If you head 330 kilometres northwest of Tampa, you'll reach Tallahassee, the state capital. Travel 20 kilometres east and you'll come across Valrico.
If you're the kind of traveller who simply loves iconic attractions, Busch Gardens is the perfect place for you to head to.
An outing to Adventure Island or Big Cat Rescue is a perfect chance for some family bonding. Are the little ones still up for more? Keep the adventure rolling with a trip to the Florida State Fairgrounds and the Glazer Children's Museum.
Stepping inside Florida Aquarium is like taking a dive into the depths of the ocean, but without having to use a wetsuit! Here you'll get close, but not too close, to all sorts of fascinating marine animals.
Marvel at some incredible animals and learn about the importance of conservation with a family day out at the Lowry Park Zoo.
Gather your mates and make your way to the Cigar City Brewery for a few cold ones. Their tap range is more than enticing, so be sure to free up a good couple of hours!
How about an afternoon tasting the local wine? Indulge your taste buds, as well as learn about the winemaking process in this region, at the Florida Estates Winery.
Start your night with some high-stakes action and sparkling lights at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa. It's an excellent place to get the party started!
If you'd like to know about the local plant species, make your way to the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, spend a while exploring the winding pathways and taking in the variety of plant specimens at the Eureka Springs Regional Park.
Al Lopez Park and Lake Rogers Park are the ideal places to get a little sun, go for a picnic or just relax and people-watch. Also consider spending a peaceful day wandering the grounds of Cypress Point Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
Tampa / Hillsborough Convention and Visitors Association should be one of the first places you visit. Here, you'll discover a wealth of information, including ideas for day trips, which restaurants to eat at and so much more.
If you'd like to recharge your batteries, you'll uncover plenty of nature reserves and parks to explore. Ease your way into it with a breath of fresh, clean air at Lettuce Lake Park or E.G. Simmons Regional Park. Two additional areas to take a look at are Camp Bayou Nature Preserve and Hillsborough River State Park.
Feed your curiosity at Tampa's museums, the MacDill Air Force Base and the Tampa Firefighters Museum. They're perfect solutions to stormy weather days.
Set off on a voyage along the seven seas at the American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum, a valuable repository of the area's seafaring past.
Awaken the science geek within with a morning at the Museum of Science and Industry. When you're there, don't forget to enquire about any travelling exhibitions. Trust us when we say, you won't want to miss a thing!
Order up a strong coffee — you've got a big day of gallery hopping to look forward to. The Tampa Museum of Art is an excellent place to start. Next on the map are the exceptional collections of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.
Calling all history fans! You can discover more about the rich and diverse past of the area at the Tampa Bay History Center and the Ybor City Museum State Park. For another insight into past events, also plan an excursion to the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Oldsmar Historical Society Museum.
The AIDS Memorial Park and La Casita House Museum offer a peak into Tampa's background. History addicts should schedule time for both.
Organise a day trip to Fort Foster, a complex that once played a significant defence role, and visualise the battles that its time-scarred walls endured many years ago.
Do some serious soul-searching or just soak up the tranquillity of the Wat Mongkolrata Temple, a historic place of worship.
You might think there's nothing left to do after seeing Tampa's big-name tourist sights, but don't check in for that flight home just yet. There are still a few spots that are worth a peek. Why not pay a visit to the Grand Prix Tampa and Manatee Viewing Center? Or, visit, the Sun City Center Library and the Carrolwood Golf Country Club.
With such a fabulous range, you won't have any troubles getting your hands on your Tampa hotel. At the moment, lastminute.com.au lists more than 64 digs.
Shoestring travellers can rest easy. Budget rooms await at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott Tampa Westshore/Airport and the Hyde Park Hotel. These digs are proof that excellent service doesn't need to cost you an arm and a leg. Or would you rather spend your time in more luxurious surrounds? Get ready to be treated like royalty at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa or the Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection.
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