Some Things You Should Do While You’re In Tampa, Florida

April 17 / Posted by Christi Hintz

So you’re considering (or have already committed to) an assignment in Tampa, Florida. It’s a great city with a lot to offer, so we thought we’d highlight some of the experiences available there. If you’re looking to make the most of your time in Tampa, we’ve compiled a list of fun ways to experience the city. Take some of these local favorites under consideration as you plan your travels.

Tampa Theatre


If you’re craving a night out at the movies while you’re visiting Tampa, you should seriously consider seeing it in the historic Tampa Theatre. This gorgeous theatre was built in 1926 and it’s architecture was designed to transport visitors to a scenic Mediterranean courtyard. The large, colorful theatre room is an experience that has to be seen to be believed, and the theatre offers tours of the facilities to guests that are interested in its unique architecture and history.


Tampa Theatre shows a mix of new films as well as some much loved classics. Check out their website for information on upcoming shows and events.

Empower Adventures Tampa Bay


Do you want to experience the great outdoors of Tampa Bay? Then this zipline tour might be just what you’re looking for. This amazing adventure features 3,000’ of ziplines, a 200’ suspension bridge, an aerial obstacle course, and a rappel to wrap things up. The experience takes about two and a half hours and can scaled to the level of difficulty you feel comfortable with. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, you can find out more about pricing, policies, and what you can expect on their website.

Busch Gardens Tampa


If you’re looking to get in touch with your inner child, then Busch Gardens will certainly offer more activities than you’ll know what to do with. This theme park and zoo features rides, shows, and animal experiences that will make for a full day of fun. Be sure to check their event calendar before you plan your trip, as they have fun events throughout the year.


Tampa Riverwalk


If one of your first tasks when arriving in a new city is finding a favorite place to walk, jog, or run, the Tampa Riverwalk is a great option. The Tampa Riverwalk is a walking path that follows right along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, providing a beautiful backdrop for jogging. Its location in downtown Tampa means that it’s the perfect place to discover your next favorite restaurant or attraction.


The Riverwalk is part of many great events that happen in downtown Tampa. You can learn more about some of those events on their website.

Tampa Bay History Center


Perhaps you’re the type of traveler who loves to learn all you can about the history of the places you visit. If that sounds like you, you’re in luck- Tampa is full of a variety of museums honoring art and history, including a Smithsonian affiliate museum called the Tampa Bay History Center.


The Tampa Bay History Center has three stories full of 12,000 years of Florida history, from some of the first people to live there to the present day. After you’re done exploring, you can head to the Columbia Cafe, which is associated with the popular Columbia Restaurant, and dine on a bit of history. The cafe serves Spanish and Cuban inspired foods that are part of the state’s heritage. Visit their website to begin planning your visit.


And that’s not all! There’s plenty more to do in Tampa. Have you visited? What were some of your favorite things to do there? Leave your own suggestions in the comments below to help your fellow travel nurses experience the best of what Tampa has to offer.

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