Tampa General Attractions
DESCRIPTION: A 230,000 square-foot dining and entertainment center adjacent to the Florida Aquarium, Amelie Arena, Tampa Port Authority cruise terminal and located anmong high rise condominiums and hotels. Channelside restaurants indoor, outdoor dining, value and upscale restaurants set to a live music atmosphere on brick lined walkways. Channelside Cinemas with an IMAX theater are popular with families and complex has frequent special events in the courtyard. There are plenty of reasons for visitors to hang out pre- and post-cruise. People are in a good mood and love seeing cargo ships and commercial cruises come and go.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12a-6p, restaurant and club hours vary
ADDRESS: 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: garage on premises and valet parking
TRANSIT: trolley from Downtown Tampa and Ybor City
DESCRIPTION: The cultural heart of Tampa, it hosts an exciting mix of trendy retailers, inventive restaurants, nightclubs and quality entertainment venues oriented around a palm plaza to emphasize a connection with Ybor City; anchored by Improv Comedy Theater, a 20-screen Muvico Cineplex, GameWorks, International Bazaar, and the historically restored Centro Espanol building; the International Bazaar intermingles arts, food, music, Latin Dancing and shops representing the cultures over 100 countries; popular day and night and a frequent festival — truly a cultural bonanza.
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Wed 10a-8p, Thu-Sat 10a-10p, Sunday 11a-7p; as one would expect, restaurant and nightclub hours vary
ADDRESS: 1600 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: small fee with validation in garage
Henry Plant Museum
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1891 and a National Historic Landmark, the building is distinguished for its Moorisk architecture, opulent furnishings from a bygone era and its timeless, but always spectacular gardens. Using $2.5 million of his own money, railroad baron Henry Plant built the resort hotel to give people a reason to take his railroad here. He spent another $500,000 laying 511 rooms and the lobby with opulent European furniture and the latest luxuries of the day. The 150-acre hotel grounds included an 18-hole golf course, flower conservatory, tennis courts, croquet courts, boathouse, hunting and fishing grounds, stables, racetrack, kennels, exposition hall, casino, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, spa and card rooms totaling 21 buildings. Today, the hotel is a museum and focal point of the University of Tampa campus.
ADMISSION: visit website for pricing options; includes a 14 minute introductory video
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 401 West Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL MAP
PARKING: free on street