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Tampa, Florida, USA: Overview
Tampa is a city in Florida located on the north shore of Tampa Bay. The bay has got Saint Petersburg on the west, and Bradenton on the south. Tampa is a favorite holiday destination for adults and families. The city is home to 165 parks and beaches covering 2,286 acres (9.25 km2).
The Tampa Bay area has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) with hot and humid summers (mid-May through mid-October). Average highs range from 70 to 90 °F (21 to 32 °C) year-round, and lows 52 to 76 °F (11 to 24 °C). Winters last till mid-February.
Airports in Tampa, Florida
Tampa International Airport Location:
Six miles (9.7 km) west of Downtown Tampa
Top airlines at Tampa Airport (by passenger traffic share)
- Southwest (33.16%)
- Delta (16.94%)
- American (16.23%)
- United (10.38
- Spirit (8.96%)
- Other (8.26%)
Top Attractions in Tampa
1. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
If you are looking for things-to-do in Tampa with kids, then keep Busch Gardens Tampa Bay at number 1 spot. This is a 335-acre (136 ha) African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida. The park officially features nine roller coasters and two water rides amongst other rides and animal attractions. This is the second-largest theme park by the number of visitors in Florida after SeaWorld Orlando. Around 4.139 million visitors attended the park in 2018. The entry ticket starts at $84.99/ticket. If you have got your airline tickets to Tampa, confirmed, you should buy ticket to Busch Gardens online to avoid a last-minute rush.
Whether you are looking for summer camps, school trips, etc. or a family vacation, Florida Aquarium deserves to be on your list of things-to-experience in Tampa. The aquarium is home to more than 7,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world. Exhibits include a large simulated wetlands exhibit located under a tall glass atrium, a simulated beach, and a coral reef community housed in a 500,000-US-gallon (1,900,000 l) tank. The newest section is Waves of Wonder and Heart of the Seas gallery, which replaced the OceanCommotion section. If you are visiting Tampa with 3 to 5 years old, do not miss to attend Aquatots, a program designed to encourage interaction with parents and children through storytime, craft making, activity center play and touring the aquarium.
Want a quiet time for yourself? Head to Tampa Riverwalk. It is a 2.6-mile-long (4.2 km) open space and pedestrian trail development along the Hillsborough River in Tampa, Florida. Many of the top attractions in Tampa like Tampa Arts District, Curtis Hixon Park, MacDill Park, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, are alongside this popular trail. The place is managed by Friends of the Riverwalk, a nonprofit organization along with the City of Tampa.
Leave your marks on the Riverwalk by purchasing a granite paver. With your personalized message, wish your family members or friends, or just express your heart about the place you are visiting. Each paver can be engraved with up to four lines of text, with 18 characters (including spaces) per line. Square paver is 12 inches by 12 inches.
The Tampa Theatre is a historic U.S. theater and city landmark in the Uptown District of Tampa, Florida. Why should you be at Tampa Theatre? The place helps you understand the culture and art of Florida with a wide range of independent, foreign, and documentary films. Shows never stop at the theater. The place has been filmed in several movies (Stranger Than Paradise), music videos and local programming. Tampa Theater is a popular venue for musicians and bands. Anytime you feel the appetite for local cuisines or drinks, locally-owned restaurants and breweries are just a stone throw away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Can I find a nonstop flight to Tampa?
A. Yes. Atlanta (GA), ATL; Charlotte (NC), CLT; Chicago (IL), ORD; Dallas Fort Worth (TX), DFW; Philadelphia (PA), PHL; Newark (NJ), EWR; Baltimore (MD), BWI; Denver (CO), DEN; Detroit (MI), DTW; Boston (MA), BOS are the top 10 cities connected to Tampa with nonstop flights. If your city is not listed here, use our flight booking website to know availability of nonstop flights from your city.
A. Flight distance and time to Tampa from a few popular US cities are as follows:
| Flights to Tampa || Flight Distance || Flight Time || Time Difference |
| HNL to TPA || 4,691 miles/7549 km || 9 hours 53 minutes || TPA is 6 hours ahead |
| ANC to TPA || 3,802 miles/6119 km || 08 hours 06 minutes || TPA is 4 hours ahead |
| AX to TPAL || 2,158 miles/3473 km || 04 hours 08 minutes || TPA is 3 hours ahead |
| DEN to TPA || 1,506 miles/2424 km || 03 hours || TPA is 2 hours ahead |
| ORD to TPA || 1,012 miles/1628 km || 02 hour 10 minutes || TPA is 1 hour ahead |
| JFK to TPA || 1,005 miles/1618 km || 02 hours 23 minutes || No difference | Q3. Which airline has the cheapest air ticket to Tampa?
A. Southwest and Spirit. Southwest is the world’s largest low-cost carrier. For some technical reasons, we are unable to display the fare for Southwest, however, you can book your plane ticket to Tampa over the phone. You can book cheap ticket with Spirit online.
Q4. What is the best time to book the cheapest flight to Tampa?
Observing the airfare trends to Tampa, you can easily infer that booking your ticket in much advance, i.e., before four to six months, is not going to help in savings. An advance reservation before two to three months of the departure flight is enough to grab the cheapest flight deal.