If you’ve never before had an opportunity to travel to Tampa, then you are in for quite a treat. Whether you plan to explore underwater wonders at the Florida Aquarium, ride roller coasters at Busch Gardens, or soak up some rays in the Florida Sunshine, a trip to Tampa is sure to provide fun for the whole family.

So, what’s on your agenda while you are there? With so many options from which to choose, you may not know where to begin. Our DriveTheNation.com team has compiled our “Quick Guide to Tampa” so that you won’t have to miss any of the action.

Florida Aquarium

Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium, located in Tampa, provides more than 250,000 square feet of marine life. The aquarium provides both educational learning experiences for children as well as entertainment for the whole family. In early February 2015, Rihanna visited the Florida Aquarium and swam with the sharks for an underwater photo shoot for Bazaar’s March issue. You can bet jaws are dropping everywhere. (See what I did there?)

Busch Gardens



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Ready for the thrill of your life? Soar to new heights on some of the nation’s best roller coasters, rides, attractions, shows, animal encounters and dining! The African-themed animal theme park is a popular tourist destination and especially worthwhile for the youngest jungle explorers. They will love the net-climbing fun and close-up animal views of Jungala.

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Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

© Museum of Science & Industry

Explore the IMAX Theater, Planetarium and much more during your trip to the Museum of Science an Industry in Tampa, Florida. As a not-for-profit science museum, kids will love the educational indoor and outdoor activities the museum offers. Parents will appreciate the interactive and intellectually stimulating exhibits as well. Bonus: Admission to MOSI includes access to more than 450 hands-on activities!

Professional Sports

Are you a sports buff? Tampa residents love their sports teams, that’s for sure. Depending on the time of your visit, you can catch a football game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, some baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays, hockey with the Tampa Bay Lightning, or soccer with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tickets to Tampa sporting events also make fabulous birthday, anniversary and Christmas gifts as well!

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, FL

Ready to kick back and relax? There’s no place to rejuvenate like the snow-white sands of Clearwater Beach. As a top year-round destination, Clearwater offers an endless supply of entertainment, natural beauty, and outdoor activities both on land and at sea. If fun in the sun is something you’re seeking, then Clearwater Beach won’t disappoint.

Looking for tips on great restaurants and free things to do in Tampa? Read the destination guide here!

What’s your favorite place to explore in Tampa? We would love to hear from you. Share your ideas in the comments below or connect with us on social media using the hashtag #drivethenation. Safe travels!

Quick Guide to Tampa, Florida