Take a Day Trip: 5 Best Places to Visit in Tampa

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Living at The Islands puts you into close proximity to so many things to do and places to go throughout the Lakewood Ranch and Tampa Bay area. Here are five great places to visit in The Tampa Bay area:

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#1 Busch Gardens TampaMako-and-Kraken-Aerial_1900x700-1024x377

d animal park. Having over 12,000 animals, it is home to one of the largest zoos in North America. Busch Gardens offers something for everyone with exciting rides, including thrilling roller coasters, live shows, and opportunities for up-close animal interactions.As one of the premier attractions in Tampa, Busch Gardens is a 335-acre African-theme

#2 Museum of Science & Industry

Known as MOSI, the Museum is a scientific playground that offers more than 400 hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages. It is also home to the Saunders Planetarium, Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line, and the Florida Hospital IMAX® Dome Theatre. Various exhibits and films are presented throughout the year, which makes the Museum of Science & Industry a great place to cool off during warmer weather.

#3 Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

The Lowry Park Zoo is home to over 1,300 animals, including endangered and vulnerable species throughout the world. Habitats devoted to Africa, Asia, Australian, and Florida wildlife are located throughout the Zoo’s 56-acre grounds. The Zoo is also home to one of the state’s top manatee rescue and rehabilitation centers. Participate in special events or take a behind-the-scene tour and get close up with the animals.

#4 Tampa Riverwalk

tampa-riverwalkTake a stroll or a jog along the Hillsborough River waterfront on the Tampa Riverwalk, which provides access to several parks, museums, dining, and various entertainment venues. Don’t want to walk? Rent a Segway and cruise along the walk or take a tour. The Riverwalk is also home to various festivals and exhibitions throughout the year.

#5 Tampa Museum of Art

There’s no better place to spend a hot afternoon than enjoying the air-conditioned environment of the Tampa Museum of Art located in Downtown Tampa. The museum focuses on contemporary, modern, and antiquity forms of art and maintains a permanent collection including a collection of ancient art. Temporary collections and various exhibitions are available to view throughout the year.

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