Things to Do & See in Tampa
Museums and Arts:
- The Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its award-winning new home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on classical, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection, including one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States, with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media; most notably, Leo Villareal’s Sky (Tampa), the 14,000-square-foot LED installation on the Museum’s south façade, has become an iconic image for Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. The Museum is home to Sono Café, a Slow Food movement café overlooking the Hillsborough River, and has emerged as Tampa’s premier venue for special events.
- The Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center - a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum- features three floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Florida history. Hit the high seas with conquistadors and pirates, stroll the brick streets of Ybor City with Cuban cigar rollers, or saddle up for a cattle drive with Florida pioneers. The History Center's hands-on exhibits and immersive theater experiences explore the history and heritage of the Tampa Bay area. The History Center is located along Tampa's Riverwalk and features waterfront dining at the Columbia Cafe and a museum store showcasing local crafts and artwork. One of Tampa's premier cultural attractions, the History Center's cutting-edge, interactive exhibits provide a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages.
- Henry B. Plant Museum
With it's magnificent Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and tropical gardens, a visit to the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, will transport you to Victorian splendor. Docent and audio tours (in English/Spanish) available. National Historic Landmark. Extraordinary Museum Store.
- The Ringling
Located on the beautiful Sarasota Bay, visit the Art galleries, Ca d'Zan Mansion, Circus Museum including The Wisconsin Rail Car and the Howard Bros. Circus miniature, Historic Asolo Theater, and lush grounds and gardens.
- Florida Aquarium
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is one of the top aquariums in the country! Experience sharks, alligators, penguins and much more! 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. Special Behind the Scenes experiences like Penguins: Backstage Pass are unique and exciting as you come face to beak with our adorable penguins. After exploring all the exhibits inside, splash away at the Aquarium's new water play area, The Splash Pad!
- Big Cat Rescue
Take photos that everyone will think you took on a safari at this sanctuary for big cats that is working to end the trade in them as pets, props and for their parts.
- Can You Escape?
Tampa's largest and highest-rated escape room is a collection of fun, interactive, themed, real-live escape rooms where your team enters a locked room and works together to find hidden objects, figure out clues and solve puzzles to earn your freedom in 60 minutes.
- Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is an institution in the Tampa Bay area serving as one of our most visited attractions for over 38 years. Sailing the waters along Clearwater Beach, a short drive west from Tampa, the cruise offers the perfect family activity or setting for a corporate event.
- The Brew Bus - Tampa Bay
We have been sharing our love for beer since 2011 when we began our journey as a local brewery tour company. A year later we turned our tour bus into a mobile tasting room by brewing our own beer. Come visit our brand new tasting room and brewery in Seminole Heights.
- Cigar City Cider & Mead
Whether you're a cider or mead enthusiast, or are looking to expand your palette beyond beer, we offer our customers a diverse selection of ciders and mead brewed with Florida grown ingredients and always 100% natural in the heart of historic Ybor City.
- Coppertail Brewing Company
Enjoy Florida inspired, Tampa brewed craft beer in our tasting room. Centrally located at the crossroads of Ybor City and Downtown Tampa, celebrate happy hour or a friendly night out with our knowledgeable bartenders.
- Four Stacks Brewing Company
One of Tampa's hidden gems, Four Stacks is located just 20 minutes south of Downtown in the growing Southshore community. Our cozy taproom offers 18 taps of house, local, and regional craft beer favorites. We are also pet and kid friendly.
- Gasparilla Music Festival
Gasparilla Music Festival is emerging as one of the country's top music festivals in the month of March. The two day celebration of music and food features top national bands on different stages in a truly unique setting along downtown Tampa's scenic riverfront. March 10-11, 2018.