The city of Tampa, situated on an inlet reaching far into the west coast of Florida, is the economic center of western Florida. Tampa is best known for its tourist attractions, especially Busch Gardens, where families get the thrill of an amusement park and the fun of a zoo all in one place. There are several other popular places in the area dedicated to animals and wildlife, including a zoo, aquarium, big cat sanctuary, and a public manatee viewing area.
Ybor City is one of the most haunted places in the world
Ybor City, a historic downtown Tampa neighborhood founded in the late 1800’s by cigar manufacturers and known for its’ cigar factories, is known as the “cigar capital of the world,” and thus, has been given the nickname of “Cigar City.” It is recognized as a National Historic Landmark District, and is home to the highly regarded Columbia Restaurant. Asides from its’ cigar making past, the area has a long history of strange paranormal happenings and is considered to be one of the most haunted towns in America.
Tampa was once referred to as the “damnedest town this side of Hell.’ Not surprisingly, the area offers a number of ghost tours, including one that is frequently rated amongst the best in the country. Ybor’s Cuban Club was voted “One of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.” by the Travel Channel. A tour is must anytime of the year, and of course, even more fun around Halloween!
Busch Gardens is a 335-acre, African-themed family entertainment and adventure park featuring thrill rides, live music, performances, and a multitude of exotic animals in natural habitat settings. Visitors can take a safari to see animals grazing on the plains with reproductions of African villages and camps, and the Serengeti Night Safari is one of the most popular options.There are a wide variety of exciting things to do at the park, including kiddie rides and water rides, but Busch Gardens is best known for its roller coasters that are an extreme thrill experience.
Museum of Science and Industry:
The Museum of Science and Industry invites visitors to explore, learn, imagine, and immerse themselves in every aspect of science and technology. Starting with the basics of physics, math, and other scientific principles, exhibits expand into various subject areas. Kids will love playing a giant game of “operation” as they learn about how the human body works and how technology helps people live longer, better lives. The Idea Zone has hands-on projects, and the Connectus exhibit gives visitors the chance to use cutting-edge technology before it is revealed to the general public. Other exhibits include the opportunity to interact with extreme weather and explore a model of NASA’s vision for human life off-earth.
Southern “pit” barbecue (beef, pork or chicken smoked in brick barbecue pits or large metal drums with tangy sauce added before and after cooking), garlic-seasoned prawns and crab, black-eyed peas, baked or candied sweet potatoes, cornbread, fried frog’s legs, fried alligator tail and fried conch