TAMPA: Best of Florida
When you visit Florida, you probably want to enjoy everything that the state is famous for, and stay at one great hotel while you�re at it. You�ll most likely want to visit fantastic beaches, amusement parks, and sports centers, and also experience great dining, art and culture.
The best time to vacation in Tampa is from May through December when visitors are fewer and prices are reasonable if looking for the best rates.
Low Season: May through December is less busy. Average Daily Rates of:
- 2 Star: $95-$105
- 3 Star: $105-$125
- 4 Star: $145-$200
- 2 Star: $125-$145
- 3 Star: $145-$175
- 4 Star: $200-$300
Sights you mustn’t missFun for all ages a visit to MOSI, or Museum of Science and Industry is an adventure in knowledge, with well over 450 interactive exhibits and a massive IMAX movie screen, you will believe you are in space.
With over 25 miles of beautiful beaches in Tampa, this is the sight to see. Combine that with awesome nightlife just off the beaches at night, and you soon realize that this is an adventure.
Fun things to doYou must spend a day at the Lowery Park Zoo, which has been voted the Number 1 zoo in the whole United States. This beautiful zoo features over 1500 animals and if set on over sixty acres.
Visit the Big Cat Rescue and help support this suburban rescue sanctuary of large cats. You won’t believe just how close you can get.
Visit Tampa’s Florida Aquarium Dome and realize just what its like to live underwater.
For Mom and Dad, maybe 18 holes on Saddlebrook Gold Course are in order. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
Take a chill pill away from the heat at Adventure Island, Bush Garden’s Waterpark. These 30 acres of liquid fun offers both relaxation as well as high-speed thrills. With outdoor café’s, gift shops and more, it’s just not an attraction to miss.
Wine and Dine TipsDining in Tampa offers no great challenge for finding great food. From fast food on the go, to 5 star “fine dining” restaurants, serving prime beef, seafood to pizza and ice crème, it’s all here. Some suggestions from restaurant fans follow.
Lets look at a fine restaurant, Coopers Hawk, which by the way is also a winery. Here you can enjoy a locally produced wine paired with anything from Surf & Turf, Pasta to burgers.
On a more casual note, another fun adventure is the Grill 54 Winebar, where you can experience world class spectacular fresh Sushi with your wine. Offering quite an excellent selection of wines, and truly great prices, which should offset the price of the sushi. If wine isn’t your thing, how about trying a Cucumber Gimlet or Crush Martini?
The Ocean Prime Seafood and Steak eatery, a delicious waterfront restaurant, offers only the finest cut of beef. For seafood, they serve only the freshest naturally harvested fish, monitored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. This is a very modern, and eclectically lit restaurant, pleasing to the eye, and the palate.
Day TripsA three-hour drive will get you to Jacksonville and some of the best golf in the state of Florida. Also in Jacksonville, you won’t find the crowded beaches like you have in Tampa.
Just over four hours away by car is Fort Lauderdale, always a fun adventure, especially back in the days when it was the main “party” during ‘Spring Break”. Today it has taken a turn to the upper class, with tons of luxury yachts in the marinas.
If you leave early in the morning, you can make it to Miami Beach in about 4 ½ hours, and your guaranteed excitement and a major party crowd on that beach.
You might however, think about staying over so you can really enjoy the nightlife and dinner, and not worry about the drive home.
Where to StayThe InterContinental Tampa features outstanding customer service and an immaculate setting for enjoying everything that Tampa has in store for you. Business and leisure travelers love InterContinental Tampa because of its comfortable yet elegant atmosphere and outstanding amenities. If you need a budget-friendly Tampa hotel, consider staying at the new SpringHill Suites by Marriott Tampa North, which is located in New Tampa, off of the I-75. You'll receive spacious rooms, heavenly beds, a business center, a pool, and a locale near all of the best attractions and activities in Tampa.
When you stay at the Wyndham Tampa Westshore, it's all about good times and fun with little things like complimentary drinks and appetizers and lunch in a luxurious cabana.
Click map to view hotels
View All Hotels
Most popular hotels in Tampa
Westin Harbour IslandProperty Location With a stay at Westin Harbour Island, you'll be centrally located in Tampa, walking distance from Tampa Convention Center and close to Tampa Bay History Center. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Port of Tampa and Channelside Bay Plaza. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 299 air-conditioned guest......ViewRooms from$111.00
Hilton Tampa Airport WestshoreProperty Location With a stay at Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore in Tampa, you'll be near the airport and convenient to International Plaza and Bay Street and Raymond James Stadium. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Al Lopez Park and Hyde Park. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 238 air-conditioned guestroom......ViewRooms from$101.00
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa BayProperty Location Located in Tampa, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay is near the bay and close to International Plaza and Bay Street and Westshore Plaza Mall. This hotel is within the vicinity of Al Lopez Park and Hyde Park. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 203 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD tele......ViewRooms from$84.00
Grand Suites HotelProperty Location With a stay at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites near Busch Gardens-USF in Tampa, you'll be convenient to University Mall and Busch Gardens. This hotel is within close proximity of Adventure Island and USF Sun Dome. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves.......ViewRooms from$75.00
Grand Hyatt Tampa BayProperty Location With a stay at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, you'll be centrally located in Tampa, convenient to International Plaza and Bay Street and Raymond James Stadium. This 4-star hotel is within the vicinity of Al Lopez Park and Hyde Park. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 442 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Wir......ViewRooms from$127.00
Tahitian Inn & SpaProperty Location When you stay at Tahitian Inn & Spa in Tampa, you'll be in the business district and close to Westshore Plaza Mall and Raymond James Stadium. This spa hotel is within close proximity of International Plaza and Bay Street and University of Tampa. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 79 air-conditioned rooms......ViewRooms from$87.00
Residence Inn By Marriott Tampa DowntownProperty Location A stay at Residence Inn By Marriott Tampa Downtown places you in the heart of Tampa, walking distance from Glazer Children's Museum and David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. This hotel is within close proximity of Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and University of Tampa. Rooms Make yourself at home ......ViewRooms from$119.00
Baymont Inn and Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USFProperty Location With a stay at Baymont Inn and Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USF in Tampa, you'll be in the suburbs and convenient to Adventure Island and Busch Gardens. This hotel is within close proximity of Museum of Science and Industry and USF Sun Dome. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the air-conditioned rooms featuri......ViewRooms from$49.00
Chase Suite Hotel TampaProperty Location Located in Tampa, Chase Suite Hotel Tampa is on an island and close to International Plaza and Bay Street and Westshore Plaza Mall. This condo is within the vicinity of Al Lopez Park and Hyde Park. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 176 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces and plasma televisions. Your ......ViewRooms from$99.00
Emerald Greens Condo HotelProperty Location When you stay at Emerald Greens Golf Resort & Country Club in Tampa, you'll be in the suburbs and within the vicinity of Grand Prix Tampa and Big Cat Rescue. This golf villa is within the vicinity of Lowry Park Zoo and Moffitt Cancer Center. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms fea......ViewRooms from$151.00
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center near Busch GardensClarion Hotel and Conference Center near Busch Gardens is a family-friendly hotel located in Tampa's Busch Gardens neighborhood, close to University Mall, Adventure Island, and Busch Gardens. Additional points of interest include Grand Prix Tampa and University of South Florida. Hotel Features. Clarion Hotel and Conference Center nea......ViewRooms from$60.00
Ramada Westshore Tampa AirportLocated in Tampa, Ramada Westshore Tampa Airport is near the airport and close to Westshore Plaza Mall, Raymond James Stadium, and International Plaza and Bay Street. Nearby points of interest also include George M. Steinbrenner Field and Al Lopez Park. Hotel Features. Ramada Westshore Tampa Airport's restaurant serves lunch and dinn......ViewRooms from$63.00
Top 100 rated hotels in Tampa