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Florida is known for its humid heat, alligators and theme parks – not a bad holiday combo if we do say so ourselves! But there is far more to Florida’s favourite city, Tampa, then meets the eye. Tampa isn’t known as “The Sunshine State” for nothing. The weather here is subtropical, reaching up to a scorching 30°C in summer and boasting almost year round sunshine – hence the name! Because of this incredible weather, Tampa is home to diverse wildlife and some of the country’s most exciting animals – the alligator. If you’re looking for a thrill, a trip down the Hillsborough River in an air boat will get you up close and personal with Florida’s famous scaly locals.

But if you’re really up for an adrenaline buzz, take to the river in a kayak or canoe for a close encounter with these magnificent reptiles. If you prefer your wildlife a little more docile, the manatee viewing centre is a great place to learn about the manatees that make Tampa their home during the cooler months. But if you want a concentrated dose of wildlife with a side of rollercoasters, Busch Park is your number one destination. This huge theme park is usually top of every family’s list on their holiday to Tampa, and for good reason. There’s enough rides, animals and amusements to keep you busy for the whole day.

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Despite the sunshine vibe, Tampa has a lot of culture to take in. Starting with the city’s oldest theatre, the Tampa Theatre, where you can watch old movies in an ornate art deco style building, making any movie that bit more magical. For something a little more city-bound, take a ride on Tampa’s historic streetcar system which has taken Florida’s workers downtown to the cigar factories for over 100 years. And if it’s modern architecture you’re after, you can’t miss a trip over the incredible Sunshine Skyway Bridge which sits hundreds of feet above the glittering blue Tampa Bay.

Finish your trip with a relaxing meal along Tampa Riverwalk where you can dine on fresh seafood and authentic Spanish dishes, followed by a romantic stroll along the promenade to watch the sun set over the bay. If you’re holidaying in Florida you can’t go wrong with Tampa. Whether you’re a family, couple or solo explorer there’s plenty to see and do in the aptly named Sunshine State.

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10 facts about Tampa

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Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue is the biggest official wildcat sanctuary in North America. It rescues abused and abandoned big cats which you can visit for a donation.

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The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has an impressive total length of 21,877 feet but its main attraction is its height which sits 430 feet above the water.

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Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard is the world's longest sidewalk and is a hotspot for joggers, photographers, locals and tourists aplenty.

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Amalie Arena is a huge stadium where you can watch regular games of ice hockey, basketball and football games, as well as concerts.

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The Colonnade restaurant is a historic seafood restaurant located on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard which dates all the way back to 1935.

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Lowry Park Zoo was voted number one Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine and is celebrated for its wildlife conservation and biodiversity.

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Wat Mongkolrata is Tampa’s Thai Buddhist temple. It hosts Sunday markets, meditation classes and other events for locals and tourists.

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Tampa is home to numerous wild alligators and even wild dolphins. Take a river boat trip or even kayaking if you dare to meet them up close.

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Tampa's historic streetcar system was first built in 1892 and is still operational to this day, taking some 35,000 workers downtown every day.

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The Henry B. Plant Museum was a 511 room resort hotel opened in 1891. Today it is a stunning museum on the University of Tampa’s campus.

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