Welcome to Tampa, a lovely, and lively, city located on the west coast of Florida near to the Gulf of Mexico. With an abundance of water activities, performance art venues, and a world famous nightlife, Tampa is sure to please everyone. As part of the larger Tampa Bay Area, this city is continuing to expand and has been voted by Forbes as one of the best places to live.
This area was once inhabited by indigenous peoples including the Tocobaga and the Pohoy. There were no permanent European settlers until after the U.S. acquired Florida from Spain in 1819. Since then Tampa consisted mostly of pioneers until the railroad track made its way down, which helped the city to expand to over 30,000 residents by the early 1900s.
The climate in Tampa is characteristic of a tropical climate with hot summer days frequented by thunderstorms and cool winters with a threat of frost. Put this together and Tampa offers an average of a pleasant 70 to 90F.
You'll discover a vast selection of architectural designs in Tampa. High rises demonstrate post-modern styles, the Tampa Theatre is art deco and the Ybor City District is home to several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You'll discover that Tampa is home to quite the variety of stage and performing art venues. You'll find the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, the Tampa Theatre, Gorilla Theatre and much more including the WWE (wrestling) sports base that is located here. Museums are popular in the city as well and include the MOSI, the Tampa Museum of Art, the USF Contemporary Art Museum, The Tampa Firefighters Museum and more.
There is a nice selection of performing arts in Tampa as well. These include the Florida Orchestra, Opera Tampa, Jobsite Theater and the Tampa Bay Symphony. Many will feature international stars, so keep an eye out for street side advertisements.
The famous nightlife in Tampa includes specific districts such as: Channelside, Ybor City, SoHo, International Plaza and Bay Street, and Seminole Hard Rock Downtown. Plenty of clubs/bars can be found elsewhere too. Tampa is currently ranked as the 6th most popular city for nighttime partying.
So, come for the weather, stay for the entertainment. You'll be sure to have fun on your visit to Tampa. Check out travel excursions that will help you to see exactly what you are looking for without the possibility of getting lost in one of Tampa's many districts. See the best of Tampa and enjoy your visit!