Vistining Tampa Reguarly

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    Nov 10, 2015 6:40 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Hope you are all well.

    I am visting tampa reguarly and staying for extended periods and wondered if you have any advice on what to see, do, visit, do/not do etc?

    Also drop me a line if local!

  • carew28

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    Nov 12, 2015 9:39 PM GMT
    I'm not local, but I visited Tampa for a few days back in 1996, and I have good memories of it. I saw the Busch Gardens Zoo, which had a great African wildlife exhibit, and was worth seeing. I also visited the site of a Civil War fortification and bombardment, which was interesting if you enjoy Civil War history. Unfortunately, I can't remember its name.

    St. Petersburg Beach (known as St. Pete Beach) is a short ways outside of Tampa. Coming from a cold New England climate, I really appreciated the warm, sunny beach. The water was sea-green, and lukewarm, the warmest water I've ever swum in, and really enjoyable, compared to the cold Cape Cod and Maine beaches that I was used to. However, you need to remember to use sunscreen if you spend even a short amount of time on that beach. I was there in April, so the weather was warm, but not awfully hot, and there was a nice breeze blowing. I doubt I'll ever have the chance to return there, but I do have good memories.
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    Nov 13, 2015 11:09 AM GMT
    The gay section of Tampa is called Ybor City (why-bore), and is usually marked as such on most maps. You'll find good nightspots there, a bit to the northeast side, if that interests you.
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    Nov 13, 2015 5:08 PM GMT

    St Pete Beach I believe is now officially named that. No longer St. Petersburg Beach.

    The better zoo experience is Lowry, not only already an award winning zoo but also I believe now directed by a guy I think I've chatted with in the past when he was at Dyer now named Palm Beach zoo. Two of my favorite smaller zoos. He did an excellent job in West Palm. I don't know his plans for Tampa but he's starting with an excellent facility. My last time there was specifically to pet and feed a white rhino. Fun. Also you can feed & pet the giraffes.

    Other excellent animal thangs around Tampa Bay are a wild cat sanctuary, the downtown Florida Aquarium--they do a gr8 job there, I've been about 3 times--and the electric company has a manatee viewing area when in season. Also that region has about the best access to nature so lots of wildlife encounters. Take a mountain bike ride into parkland or hike through them and you might enjoy gators or wild boar or wild turkey--they're so funny--or a cute turtle. Take a boat ride and you'll likely enjoy a dolphin encounter. There's a few hundred around Tampa but even more I think around Sarasota Bay just an hour south by car. I've been out only one time I think where I did not see them and that was in a red tide. And by seeing them I mean they often come right over to you. Look, don't touch or otherwise encourage or harass. They are protected.

    And if you happen to find yourself swimming in a school of fish they're feeding on, keep your hands in the ride at all times. I wound up in that situation just once and that was the only time they made me a little nervous. Otherwise they bring great joy. Enjoy.