Tampa

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Disney has the brand recognition, but this African-style theme park delivers heart-pumping coaster thrills, family-friendly animal attractions, and beer tasting for those over 21.

North of downtown Tampa, Busch Blvd. at McKinley Dr., FL, 888-800-5447, www.buschgardens.com
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Dali Museum

Touted as the world's most comprehensive collection of art from the late Spanish surrealist, the Dali Museum offers free docent-led tours that offer fascinating insights into Dali's multilayered works.

1000 Third St. S., FL, 800-442-3254, www.salvadordalimuseum.org
Tags: editor pick | great value | art | things to do | culture

El Sol Cigars

Dating to 1929, Tampa’s oldest cigar shop is still family run. Purchase cigars in various shapes and sizes as well as humidors and ashtrays.

1728 E. 7th Ave., FL, 813-248-5905, www.elsolcigars.com
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Florida Aquarium

Creatures from the state's inlets, sawgrass marshes, and coral reefs reside in the 200,000-square-foot space; hands-on tanks and an outdoor playground ratchet up the kid appeal.

701 Channelside Dr., FL, 813-273-4000, www.flaquarium.org
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife

Fort DeSoto Park

Spanning five islands, this historic 1,136-acre park contains remnants of its namesake fort, jaw-dropping views of the Gulf, and one of the best white-sand beaches in the U.S.

3500 Pinellas Bayway S., FL, 727-582-2267, www.pinellascounty.org/park
Tags: beach | family | views | things to do | outdoors | history

Gas Plant Antique Arcade

About 150 vendors ply their period wares on four floors in this hub of Central Avenue's 13-block antiques district.

1246 Central Ave., FL, 727-894-8611
Tags: shopping | moderate | things to do | antiques

Gulfport

This funky artistic enclave on Boca Ciega Bay unites multiple galleries within a few blocks; art walks are held on the first Friday and third Saturday of the month.

5720 Gulfport Blvd. S., FL, www.floridasbeach.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | art | things to do

Henry B. Plant Museum

The railroad resort (now museum) that Henry Bradley Plant established in 1891 has been restored to its original Moorish revival splendor, complete with antique European furniture and botanical gardens.

401 W. Kennedy Blvd., FL, 813-254-1891, www.plantmuseum.com
Tags: family | editor pick | art | things to do | culture | architecture | history

Hyde Park Village

A mixture of chain offerings like Anthropologie and Talbots cozy up with specialty boutiques in this charming open-air shopping district dotted with London-style red telephone boxes.

1509 W. Swann Ave., FL, 813-251-3500, www.oldhydepark.com
Tags: shopping | expensive | editor pick | boutique | things to do

Kayoga with Sculptured Bodies Fitness Studio

Combine a private three-hour kayak trip around the local barrier islands with yoga on a secluded beach for the ultimate in chill-out eco-touring.

664 Central Ave., FL, 727-895-9593, www.centralavefitness.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | sports

Sunken Gardens

This tranquil, 100-year-old botanical hideaway, an explosion of tropical plants tucked into four downtown acres, houses a butterfly garden and exotic birds.

1825 Fourth St. N, FL, 727-551-3100, www.stpete.org/sunken
Tags: family | editor pick | things to do | wildlife

Tampa Theatre

Built in 1926, this opulent city landmark hosts classic movies, concerts, special events like the Halloween gargoyle hunt, and backstage tours. Live organ music still opens most films.

711 N. Franklin St., FL, 813-274-8981, www.tampatheatre.org
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | smart splurge | things to do | history

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