The Tampa and St. Petersburg area is a popular vacationing destination as well as a perfect home base to explore the Gulf side of Florida. The Tampa Bay
area offers professional sports, great beaches, art galleries and museums, live music venues, theme parks and much more. Year round, millions of tourists come to enjoy the sun, fun, shopping, dining and numerous other attractions that this unique area of Florida has to offer.
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Tampa Bay is in the perfect location for a family vacation. Nearby Extended Stay Hotels allow you to take a trip to many of Florida’s main attractions, such as Disneyworld
, without the expense associated with resort lodging. You can also enjoy the more relaxed Busch Gardens
right in Tampa Bay, which is an amusement park and a sprawling cage-less zoo all in one. Tampa also has numerous museums such as the Tampa Museum of Art
, the Salvador Dali Museum
, the Museum of Science and Industry
(MOSI) and the ever-popular Florida Aquarium
Tampa Bay boasts multiple venues to take in Broadway-quality shows, with four different theaters in the middle of the city including the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
, formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, one of the largest performing arts centers in North America. You definitely have a choice in what you can see and experience when it comes to arts and entertainment in Tampa Bay.
If you love sports, the Tampa and St. Petersburg area is an ideal location. You can catch a Tampa Bay Buccaneers
game during football season or a Tampa Bay Rays
game during baseball season. If hockey is more your thing, the Tampa Bay Lightning
delivers edge-of-your-seat excitement on ice. There is also an excellent Arena Football League team, the Tampa Bay Storm
, and the New York Yankees practice here during spring training. Whatever time of year you’re visiting, there will be no shortage of exciting live sports.
This area is known for its sandy beaches, popular destinations for spring breakers. There are nine public beaches
that offer something for every type of beachgoer from families to young singles to retired couples. The area also boasts amazing fishing, boating, hiking, biking and pretty much any other type of outdoor activity you can imagine with some of the most temperate weather and beautiful landscape in the country. And once you’ve worked up an appetite outdoors, there is a nearly endless choice of local restaurants serving fresh seafood, ethnic fare, contemporary American cuisine and much more. If you’re looking for bars and clubs
to enjoy some nightlife, you’re sure to find something that is right up your alley.
Outside of the metropolitan centers of Tampa and St. Petersburg you will find the many natural wonders and eclectic small towns that epitomize this region. You could make the short trip to Tarpon Springs
, a town founded by Greek sponge divers, to experience the area’s unique culture. This funky little town offers great shops and fantastic Greek and seafood restaurants. Ybor City
is the ideal destination for Cuban culture, reflecting Tampa’s roots as a cigar making city. Canoe Escape
, where you can paddle through some of Florida’s nature preserve land, is also worth a visit.
The varied cultural and recreational activities make the Tampa and St. Petersburg area an eclectic tourist destination. No matter what draws you to this vacationer’s paradise, you’re sure to find a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Tampa
at any of our Tampa and St. Petersburg Extended Stay Hotels locations.