by The Editors | December 5, 2018

Destination Spotlight: Tampa Bay

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On the Tampa Riverwalk, walk, bike (or water bike!), kayak or stand-up paddleboard along a two-mile pedestrian space linking parks, restaurants and attractions.

THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM

Explore the wonders of the water at The Florida Aquarium. Experience sharks, alligators, penguins and more. Plus, immerse yourself in interactive programs like Dive with the Sharks, Shark Swim and Swim with the Fishes, or take a Wild Dolphin Tour on board the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. Then, be sure to visit the aquarium’s new water play area, The Splash Pad. 

the details: (813) 273-4000 // flaquarium.org

TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART

The Tampa Museum of Art houses a collection ranging from ancient Greek and Roman art to pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein. It also hosts traveling exhibits, such as the works of Christo,  Andy Warhol and Norman Rockwell. At night, the museum becomes a work of art itself when its façade comes to life with thousands of shifting colors in Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa).

the details: (813) 274-8130 // tampamuseum.org

BUSCH GARDENS® TAMPA BAY

Ride world-class roller coasters at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Plummet from great heights on the record-breaking, 60-mph dive coaster Falcon’s Fury, experience weightlessness on Kumba, and enjoy more than a dozen other thrill rides. Plus, take a safari in the park’s zoo, which houses more than 12,000 animals, including big cats, primates and more. 

the details: (813) 884-4386 // buschgardens.com/tampa

ZOOTAMPA AT LOWRY PARK

Explore exotic natural wonders in ZooTampa Lowry Park as you feed rhinos, touch stingrays, walk with wallabies, meet giant tortoises and more across 56 acres filled with wildlife. Then top it all off with a ride on Roaring Springs to take a gentle boat ride through a breathtaking natural Florida landscape ending with a three-story plunge and splash. 

the details: (813) 935-8552 // zootampa.org

THE GLAZER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Named one of the top five children’s museums in America, The Glazer Children’s Museum is a place where children can experience 170 interactive exhibits and themed galleries where they can play, discover and connect to the world around them. 

the details: (813) 443-3861 // glazermuseum.org

TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER

The Tampa Bay History Center features three floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Florida history. Hit the high seas with pirates, stroll the brick streets of Ybor City with Cuban cigar rollers or saddle up for a cattle drive with pioneers. 

the details: (813) 228-0097 // tampabayhistorycenter.org