The Tampa Bay Experience Guide

Attractions and Adventures


Tampa Bay Riverwalk, Downtown Tampa, I275 North to Exit 44 Downtown West (Ashley/Tampa St.) then bear to the right (Ashley St.), Poe Garage in on the right and street parking is available. The Riverwalk offers a stroll along the historic Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel. See Armature Works/Ulele/Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Riverwalk Cafe/Four Green Fields/Remedy/Malio's, Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk.The Sail/The Bay Bar/Marriott Waterside, and Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center. 

Tampa RiverwalkPhoto courtesy of Friends of the RIVERWALK

Busch Gardens, 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612 (5-minute drive, 1.5 miles south, from USF). Complete with 300 acres of natural animal habitats and 30 acres of water-themed amusements. 

Nusch GardensPhoto courtesy of Busch Gardens

ZooTampa, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604 (20-minute drive, 6-6 ½ miles southwest, from USF). ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S. With now over 1,300 animals, the zoo encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. 

tigerPhoto courtesy of Zoo Tampa

St. Petersburg & Clearwater 

St. John's Pass Village & Boardwalk, located on the waterfront at John's Pass. This quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County's #1 attraction. Enjoy family-friendly fun on the Gulf Coast and lots of Shopping, Fishing, Dining, & Entertainment.  

St. John's PassPhoto courtesy of

Downtown St. Petersburg: See Interactive Map downtown st petePhoto courtesy of 

Pier 60. Centrally located on Clearwater Beach, Pier 60 is among the most popular destinations along the busy white sand beach. The 1,080-foot pier extends west from Highway 60 into the Gulf of Mexico.  

pier 60Photo courtesy of