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The city of Tampa has developed into a full metropolis, with everything to offer visitors of all ages. The city has seen the addition of a world-class art museum dedicated to the work of the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. The Tampa Museum of Art boasts its own collection of art from around the world-nearly 7,000 objects fill the many galleries. The $84 million Florida Aquarium is a dazzling landmark in Tampa, and it has begun to draw large crowds of visitors to Tampa. In addition to cultural and educational offerings, Tampa boasts quite a nightlife with many restaurants and clubs to choose from. The Ybor District is Tampa's own Little Havana, and the wrought iron gates and cobblestone streets lend a certain charm to the area. Of course, no visit to Tampa would be complete without a visit to Busch Gardens, the amusement park and zoo built by the famous beer brewery. Kids and adults will have lots of fun there.

Attractions and entertainment in the Tampa area.

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Centre
1010 N. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL  33602
Phone:  (813) 222-1000
The largest performing arts complex in the southeast, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Centre has four performing halls.  The Centre features everything from Broadway shows
and symphonic concerts and select popular musicians.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
3000 E. Busch Blvd. (at McKinley Dr./N. 40thSt.).
Tel: 813 987-5283
Nearly 3,000 animals roam around Busch Gardens.  Special exhibit areas feature the regional habitat of most of the animals, including the gorilla and Edge of Africa safari experience. For those with a sense of adventure, Busch Gardens theme park offers an wealth of fast moving roller coasters and other rides, some of which make Disney’s rides look positively tame.

Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Dr.
Tel: 813 273-4000
The Florida Aquarium features over 5,000 aquatic animals and plants. Visit a mangrove forest in the Bays and Beaches Gallery, and don’t miss the Coral Reefs. The 43-foot-wide, 14-foot-tall panoramic window with schools full of fish, sharks and stingrays is very impressive and always a great hit with the kids.
Lowry Park Zoo
7530 North Blvd.
Tampa, FL
Tel: 813 932-0245
Visitors can watch the 2,000-pound manatees, the komodo dragons, and the rare red
Pandas. This 24-acre zoo strives to display animals in their natural habitats. Other major exhibits include a Florida wildlife display, an Asian Centre, a Primate World, an Aquatic Center, a free-flight aviary with a birds-of-prey show and a children's petting zoo

Tampa Museum of Art
600 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel:  813 274-8130
It is a reflection of this culturally diverse city – full of priceless treasures. The museum features a 4,500 pieces ranging from Greek and Roman antiquities.

Ybor City
1800 East 9th Avenue
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
Tampa, FL 33605
Tel: 813 248-3712
Discover the roots of old Tampa right back to the days of the city’s importance as a cigar manufacturing town. Discover the vibrant and colourful atmosphere of Cuban culture, the ethnic food, boutique shopping, and the infectious Latin music in Tampa's Cuban district.

Salvador Dali Museum
1000 Third Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tel:  727 823-3767
The world’s largest collection of Dali art. Follow the artist through his impressionist and
surrealist’s phases to his maturity. This really is a world-class museum.

Auburndale Speedway
5640 State Road 542 West
Auburndale, FL 33823
Tel:  941 965-7223
This speedway offers visitors a racing good time. Featuring limited Late Model, Street Stoick, Modified Mini Stock, Pure Stock V-8 and Pure Stock 4-cylinder divisions all attract lively competition.

The Museum of Fine Arts
255 Beach Drive
The Museum of Fine Arts features a superlative collection ranging from pre-Columbian art through Asian and African to European Old Masters. It displays exhibitions from renowned museums all over the world.

Canoe Escape
9335 E Fowler Avenue
Thonotosassa, FL  33592
Tel: 813 986-2067
Grab hold of a paddle and a canoe, and escape into one of Central Florida's wildest nature preserves. The water current is home to many gators, turtles, and great blue herons. Find peace and discover natural Florida in this 16,000-acre oasis.

Museum of Science & Industry
4801 Fowler Avenue
50th Street
Tampa, FL 33617
Tel: (813) 987-6100
Fax: 813 987-6310
This museum features numerous exhibits on natural phenomena.  It also contains a one of a kind IMAX Dome Theatre. This theatre displays its images on an 82-foot high screen. With over 450 interactive exhibits, visitors should be prepared to experience the unexpected, even hurricane winds at the Museum of Science & Industry.
Website: www.mosi.org

Tarpon Springs Aquarium
850 Dodecanese Boulevard
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Tel: 727 938-5378
Fax: 727 942-5708
Tarpon Springs Aquarium features the colourful creatures and tropical plants. Come and experience the local marine life. Visitors can touch the animals in the tidal touch-pool

The Pier
800 Second Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Tel: 727 821-6164
Visit nearby St. Petersburg and view the unique upside-down, five-story-high pyramid. The boardwalk is full with bikers, bladers, and families. Take a panoramic view of the clear blue waters below from the observation deck.

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