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The Port of Tampa is popular with cruise passengers because of its semi-tropical climate and immediate access to the Gulf of Mexico.
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Hyde Park Tampa is an historic neighborhood and Tampa shopping district in South Tampa, popular for its bars, restaurants, open-air shopping center and recreation areas. It's located near the University of Tampa and close to the city's business and cultural arts districts. Hyde Park Tampa was the first suburb built in western Tampa. It features bungalow homes, mansions, and condominiums. Old Hyde Park Village is an upscale outdoor Tampa shopping mall, located in the center of Hyde Park Tampa.
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Dolphin Cruise

The Florida Aquarium in Tampa Bay is offering cruises aboard a 72-foot, 130-passenger catamaran, officially named Bay Spirit II. The Aquarium has partnered with the Tampa Port Authority in order to bring this important project to life.
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Ybor City

Ybor City, in Tampa, is known as Florida's Latin Quarter. It was founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor as a cigar-manufacturing center, and you can still see storefronts where cigars are rolled by hand on La Setima, the main axis of Ybor City's historic district, one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida.
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The Florida Aquarium

tampaAlong downtown Tampa's waterfront, the distinctive glass-domed Florida Aquarium showcases more than 4,300 animals and plants in natural fresh- and saltwater habitats. Walking through the aquarium's huge galleries, visitors can explore Florida wetlands, bays, beaches, coral reefs and offshore depths. For the ultimate hands-on aquatic adventure, visit the new "Explore A Shore" exhibit, where children of all ages can climb among mangrove tree roots, dig for buried shells, crawl through coral caves and touch live sea creatures in a pool teeming with everything from sea stars and anemones to horseshoe crabs and angelfish.

The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Families will experience wonders of a different kind at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). At this scientific playground filled with more than 450 "minds-on" activities, visitors learn by doing. Encounter the gale-force winds of a Gulf Coast hurricane, explore the universe in space simulators or wander through a free-flight butterfly garden. And at Florida's first IMAX Dome, a 350-seat, 85-foot domed theater, viewers can experience the thrill of various films up-close.At the Children's Museum of Tampa, kids can roam through a miniature outdoor city built to scale and chock-full of educational and entertaining activities.


Tampa Bay Piers

Two Pinellas-area piers provide additional diversions. Jetting out into Tampa Bay, the quarter-mile-long St. Petersburg Pier features an inverted five-story pyramid housing a festival marketplace of shops, numerous eating establishments, an aquarium and large observation area. Plus, families can rent electric boats, visit the H.M.S. Bounty exhibit in the winter months, play miniature golf, or celebrate the end of a beautiful Gulf Coast day at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Pier 60 offers a sunset celebration patterned after Key West's popular Mallory Square festival, but with a decidedly family-friendly atmosphere. Craftsmen, artists and entertainers perform nightly, two hours before and after sunset.

In addition, some of Tampa's most popular attractions, such as Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and MOSI, offer an average of 10 percent off admissions to senior citizens and students. For quick, affordable transportation to many of the area's cultural and historical attractions, families can take advantage of the Tampa-Ybor Trolley's 25-cent fare..

Fort DeSoto Park

At the mouth of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Fort DeSoto Park attracts record numbers of visitors wishing to sample some of Florida's most picturesque beaches, picnicking grounds and camping spots. The park consists of five connected barrier islands south of St. Petersburg. Mullet Key is the largest and is the site of Fort DeSoto, a Spanish American War-era artillery installation with unusual weaponry. The island also offers beautiful waterside camping, four miles of bicycle and in-line skating trails, ample saltwater fishing spots and a large playground for kids.

Aboard airboats, visitors can explore Manatee County's inland bays where porpoises play and sea turtles paddle by or glide through narrow mangrove hammocks where sandhill cranes and wood storks nest. Adventurous paddlers can hop in a canoe and follow the Manatee River into Florida's interior, where white sandbars suddenly appear around bends in the waterway and rich subtropical vegetation lines the riverbanks. Nature lovers can visit 15 manatee watch areas throughout the Bradenton area for glimpses of the county's namesake.

Hyde Park and Ybor City

Just beyond Tampa's downtown business district are the historic communities of Hyde Park and Ybor City, adding a nostalgic, romantic flair to the city's bustling, modern-day pace. Nestled in the shadows of the grand Henry B. Plant Museum lies Hyde Park, one of Tampa's oldest neighborhoods.


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