Local Attractions

Local Attractions & Entertainment

Attractions and points of interest
  • Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is the largest performing arts complex in the Southeast, presenting high quality performing arts programming from major Broadway tours to grand opera, dance, cabaret, comedy and concerts to the region. TBPAC is also home to the Patel Conservatory, which opened in 2004.
  • Big Red Balloon Sightseeing Adventures offers hot air balloon rides.
  • Hyde Park is an upscale district in South Tampa. There are many fine shops and restaurants in the area as well as a movie theatre.
  • Tampa Grand Prix is an entertainment complex with two 18-hole miniature golf courses, a gameroom, and two race tracks. This was previously known as Malibu Grand Prix.
  • Seminole Gaming Palace - Seminole reservation, casino, Hard Rock Cafe
  • The Skatepark of Tampa is a world-famous skate park, with many professional skateboarders flocking to it in January for the Tampa Am, and in March, for the Tampa Pro.
  • Tampa Union Station is an historic train station between downtown and Ybor City.
  • Ybor City is a National Historic Landmark District near downtown. It is a hotspot at night (especially on the weekends due to the many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues in the area).
  • West Tampa south of Raymond James Stadium, includes many Cuban and Spanish businesses, along Columbus Drive. Columbus Drive is also known as Boliche Boulevard after a famous Cuban dish. La Teresita, La Ideal, Lincoln Restaurant, The Italian American Club, and the Letter Carriers Hall are some of the well known local gathering places in Tampa. The "Brothers to the Rescue" Corner monument is in West Tampa at Dale Mabry Highway and Columbus Drive.
  • The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg runs in neighboring St. Petersburg.
  • Channelside located next to the Tampa Bay, it contains many arcades, shops, restaurants and bars, and an Imax theatre
  • Horse Racing at Tampa Bay Downs, in Oldsmar, first opened in 1926. The Tampa Bay Downs live racing season is from December to May with simulcasting year round. They also have a card room offering poker games.
  • Greyhound Racing at Tampa Greyhound Track, in Tampa, first opened in 1933. They have Lucky’s Card Room which offers poker/card playing opportunities and wagering on simulcast horse and dog racing



  • Tampa Theatre is a historic movie palace that shows a wide range of independent, foreign and classic films in addition to an occasional live show. It also is the home of several film festivals that occur throughout the year.
  • Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has an IMAX dome theater
  • The Fun-Lan Drive-In is the only drive-in theater left in Tampa. Fun-Lan has four screens each showing first-run movies. There is also a flea market in the morning five days per week. (TheRuskin area just south of the city is home to the Ruskin Drive-In, one of America's oldest.)

Live theatre

  • Friday Morning Musicale - The building, originally built in 1926, now serves as a community center and theatre. It is located in Hyde Park area of South Tampa.
  • Gorilla Theatre is an intimate venue in Drew park.
  • Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is located in downtown on the Hillsborough river and hosts a variety of live shows and concerts
  • Tampa Theatre shows classic and art house films. It occasionally hosts live performances.
  • Jobsite Theater is downtown's 8-year old regional theater company, and resident theater company of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center


Galleries and museums

A list of upcoming and ongoing art events in Tampa can be found at the website Tampa Bay and Beyond.


Shopping centers

  • International Plaza and Bay Street, located in the Westshore business district, is home to many upscale department stores (with Nordstrom, Dillard's, Robb & Stucky Interiors and Neiman Marcus as anchors) as well as a hotel that was recently built on the premises.
  • WestShore Plaza is an upper-middle class shopping center, one mile away from International Plaza and Bay Street. On the middle class end, the mall is anchored by Sears and JCPenney, and on the higher end, anchored by Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue.
  • University Mall, in the northern part of the city near the University of South Florida, with Sears, Macy's, Dillard's, Steve and Barry's University Sportswear, and Burlington Coat Factory as anchors.
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Brandon, A fairly large mall located in the eastern part of the city, with Sears, Dillards, Macy's, and JCPenney as anchors. An upper-middle class mall.
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Citrus Park, A mid-size mall located in the north western part of the city.
  • Old Hyde Park Village, a small collection of specialty boutiques anchored by Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and Williams-Sonoma. It has a pleasant park-like setting and Sunrise Theaters, which runs a nice mix of first-run headline movies and arts films. Hyde Park is accessible by trolley from downtown, the Cruise Port and Ybor City.