By Travel Writer Jennifer Anders
There are many things to do when you are in the Tampa Bay area. There are beaches and theme parks that are some of the best in the world. The following are some tips for traveling to Tampa Bay and some things to do.
Visiting Clearwater Beach is essential as it has some of the nicest sand in the world. Remember to wear sunscreen as getting sunburnt on the first day of a vacation to Florida can be devastating. Frenchy’s on the beach is a mainstay of the area with a world famous Grouper sandwich. Allot yourself plenty of time to get to the beach as the bridge going to the beach can be packed and take over an hour to get over.
If there is an event at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa you should check it out. The park is on the water and has some amazing views. They have a yearly Bacon and Bourbon festival as well as an Octoberfest so if you are in the area during these, you should check it out.
Busch Gardens in Tampa is a great place to take the family. There are numerous wildlife attractions as well as some world famous rollercoasters. Adventure Island is a water theme park that is across the street from Busch Gardens and has bundle packages for admission that you should check out.
Ybor City is a historic part of Tampa where many cigar factories were in the past. There are some great restaurants like the Columbia in Ybor. The nightlife in Ybor is lively and the crowd is eclectic. Some parts of Ybor are better than others when it comes to safety so stick to more crowded areas as late at night it can become dangerous.
If you are into dive bars and good beer then downtown St. Petersburg is for you. On the first Friday of every month there is live music in the streets and you can enjoy a drink and some food while watching.
The Tampa Bay area is varied but also quite a great place to visit or even think about living in. Knowing where to go before you arrive there is important as winging it can get you lost very easily as Tampa’s road systems are extremely confusing. Groupon has coupons for Travelocity and Orbitz for free if you are thinking of making the trip.