Tampa is a city which is located in western Florida. It is located on the Tampa Bay which is only a short distance from the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa has a tropical to sub-tropical climate and has hundreds of parks and beaches. Though it is often overshadowed as a tourist destination by other cities in Florida, Tampa has a lot to offer the vacationer. Below is a list and brief explanation of the top 5 places to see in Tampa.

Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is a theme park that is owned by Seaworld. It is African themed and has many exhibits featuring animals which are native to the African continent. In addition to an impressive array of wildlife, Busch Gardens also has many thrilling rides.

Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium is a world renown display of sea life. The aquarium is over 250000 square feet and has sea animals ranging from the exotic to the local. Going to the aquarium is sure to be a hit for those with younger children.

Tampa Museum of Art
Located in the downtown area, The Tampa Museum of Art has an impressive array of both modern and classic art from around the world. Particularly interesting is its collection of ancient Greek and Roman art works.

Lowry Park Zoo
With over 2000 animals on display it is easy to spend a whole day at the Lowry Park Zoo observing and learning more about exotic animals in their natural habitats. There are also shows and rides at the zoo for when you need to take a break from watching the animals.

SS American Victory
The SS American Victory is a retired WWII ship that has been turned into a museum. With the price of admission you are given a tour of the ship which details its history as well as explains what life on a war ship was like.