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Holiday itinerary for Tampa Bay, FL

A holiday guide to must-see attractions, restaurants, and shows for out-of-town guests in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Boat Rental Hillsborough River

Rent a boat and cruise down Hillsborough River.

Photo by the City of Tampa

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The holidays are almost here, and if you’re hosting out-of-town guests, it’s time to step into the role of “official Tampa Bay tour guide.” We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors and show your friends around like a total pro.

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Sparkman Wharf is a waterfront area with many shops and restaurants.

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🏙️ Sightseeing

Is it even a trip to Tampa Bay without visiting the Florida Aquarium? You can also take your visitors to Sparkman Wharf for the perfect holiday family photo. And if there are any history buffs in the group, head to Ybor City. But before you end your trek, be sure to cross the Howard Frankland Bridge and head to the St. Pete Pier for an unreal 360° view of it all.

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Chill Bros has flavors like Double Down Oreo, Tampa Banana, and Belgian Brownie.

Photo by @eatloveteach

🥘 Eat and drink

If your guests need a caffeine pick-me-up, Buddy Brew Coffee, Felicitous Coffee & Tea House, and Bandit Coffee Co. offer a range of seasonal drinks. If you’re looking for a different kind of brew, The Big Guava is home to 100+ breweries, with Tampa Bay Brewing Company and Green Bench Brewing being two local hot spots.

Get ready to get your grub on because we’ve got plenty of articles to help you navigate the local food scene. You can’t miss these brunch spots that are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Our pick is the smoked salmon tartine from Graze 1910. For dinner, visit JoToro and try the El Gringo Beef Tacos. Plus, satisfy your sweet tooth at Chill Bros. Ice Cream.

🎳 Activities

Let the kids — or grandkidsrun around and explore ZooTampa at Lowery Park, see a kid-friendly show and enjoy the rides at Busch Gardens, take the family for a stroll along Old Northeast, or spend the afternoon ziplining with Empower Adventures.

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This Airstream has a private fenced in backyard. | Photo via VRBO

🛏️ Stay

If your visitors aren’t planning to crash with you, here are some places to stay:

Modern Apartment | $159/night
A two-bedroom space with premium furnishings and decor in the heart of Ybor City.

Retro Airstream | $114/night
A fully remodeled 1974 31' Airstream Sovereign with one bedroom, a full kitchen, and plenty of outdoor space.

The fun doesn’t stop there… Be sure to send your visitors the link to our events page in advance to get a feel for what they’ll want to see and do while in town.

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