With its gorgeous sandy beaches on the Gulf, lovely city skyline and exciting attractions, Tampa, Florida a.k.a. Tampa Bay is a great place to live or visit. Those who live there can have a "metro" lifestyle while enjoying the beaches. Tampa Bay has much to offer without the large crowds that fill many other popular tourist areas.
About Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is actually an area that covers five communities along the Bay waterfront. Many locals and travelers have come to know the area as "Tampa Bay" because the entire area is connected by freeways and bridges like one huge metropolitan area. Tampa Bay represents an area where the natural beauty of the Gulf shores blends with the big city, giving those who live there the best of both worlds.
The city of Tampa, or "Lightening Capital," is located in Hillsborough County as the county seat. It had an estimated population of 317,647 in 2003. The city is situated at the mouth of the Hillsborough River on Tampa Bay. Nearby cities include East Lake-Leto, Palm River-Clair Mel, Temple Terrace, Greater Carrollwood and East Lake-Orient Park.
Thrilling Family Attractions In Tampa Bay, Florida
Many families vacation in Tampa Bay because they can visit all the exciting attractions of the more popular tourist areas without such large crowds. One of the most popular attractions is Busch Gardens, a family theme park with wildlife themes such as African safaris and wild bird sanctuaries. Kids can enjoy rides as they learn about unique animals.
At the Florida Aquarium, one can dive with sharks, explore wetlands, discover unusual creatures that live in the Florida bay area, learn about the real "sea dragons," and gaze at the beautiful fish and marine life in the coral reef gallery.
Another great place for animal lovers is the Lowry Park Zoo at Tampa Bay (http://www.lowryparkzoo.com). More than 1,600 animals live at the zoo in natural habitats. There are interactive exhibits, zoo shows and even zoo rides on a safari, a "sky" fari by chairlift or on a real camel! It's fun for all ages.
Water fans will enjoy a wet and wild day at Adventure Island, where there are more than 30 acres of adventurous wild water rides just waiting to drench their passengers! Nature lovers can jog, walk or bike along the scenic trails of Bayshore Boulevard. Or, for something historic and cultural, the Tampa Theatre is a movie palace that's listed on the Natural Register of Historic Places - and the famous Wurlitzer organ still plays before every show!
Tourism in Tampa Bay
There is much to see and do while visiting Tampa Bay, from thrilling family adventures to relaxing tours of the area and local museums. There's plenty of fun on the waterfront of Tampa Bay with boating, swimming, sunbathing, para-sailing, jet skiing, sport fishing and more. The area also offers some great golf courses for those planning a golf trip to Tampa Bay.
Museums in Tampa Bay
For a closer look at history, the museums of Tampa Bay are worth a visit. Museums in the area include the Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Ybor City State Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.
No matter what time of the year, there's always something fun to do in Tampa Bay. To learn more about Tampa Bay, Florida USA visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site. (http://www.visittampabay.com/)