Limitless Things to Do in Tampa, FL
Make yourself at home here on the Tampa, FL waterfront - and discover the many wonderful things to do right outside our renovated hotel doors. The Westin Tampa Waterside is within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center and just a half mile from Amalie Arena, making our hotel ideal for leisure and business travelers alike. When you stay with us, you'll enjoy the convenience of being close to attractions such as the Tampa Cruise Port, Florida Aquarium, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Raymond James Stadium, and baseball spring training.
Browse our list of things to do and see in Tampa, and let us know if you'd like additional information. After a full day exploring, kick back and relax in one of our remodeled guest rooms or enjoy a bite to eat at our new restaurant and bar.
A top family-friendly outing, the Florida Aquarium wows visitors of all ages with programs like "Swim with the Fishes" and "Dive with the Sharks." Take a behind-the-scenes peek with a shark feeding or make friends with a colony of penguins.
Busch Gardens is annually ranked one of TripAdvisor's top things to do in Tampa. Located just minutes away from our hotel, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is one of the area's most beloved attractions. Travelers of all ages flock to this famous amusement park to enjoy world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and one of North America's largest zoos.
Lowry Park Zoo
One of the country's top zoos, family-friendly Lowry Park Zoo is located just 10 minutes north of downtown Tampa. Visit over 2,000 animals in their natural habitat, including the beloved Florida Manatee. Daily shows and rides. I-275 Exit 48. Free parking.
John's Pass Village & Boardwalk
Spend a weekend discovering the many things to do in this historic, quaint fishing village, Pinellas County's number-one tourist attraction. More than 100 merchants offer unique retail opportunities, fun dining options and more. More, the beach is a short stroll from the Village in addition to outposts for boat rentals, parasailing, jet skiing and other outdoor recreational activities.
Historic Ybor City
Ybor City is a historic neighborhood in Tampa near downtown known as Tampa's Latin Quarter. The area was originally founded by cigar manufacturers in the 1880s and first populated by immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Italy. Ybor City is known for its eclectic cuisine and shops, as well as for art galleries and museums. At night, Ybor City comes alive with numerous bars and nightclubs featuring music from jazz, blues, and authentic salsa, to reggae and hip-hop. Thanks to a strong restoration effort, Ybor City is the liveliest spot in town on weekends. Restaurants like the Columbia, dance clubs like Prana, cigar stores and specialty shops line Ybor City's narrow streets. Exhibits throughout Ybor City Museum chronicle the city's colorful history.
City Bike Tampa
City Bike Tampa offers a broad selection of products and services for active cyclists and those looking to explore bicycling as a new part of their active lifestyle.
Market Carpet Glide - Tampa Bay Segway Tours
Rated #1 out 45 on TripAdvisor in 2017. Tour beautiful Tampa Bay while riding on a segway. Ride through some of Tampa's most popular destinations with an experienced guide. Tour stops include Bayshore Boulevard, Davis Island, Harbour Island, Tampa Convention Center, and Tampa Riverwalk. Tours run year round, seven days a week.
Tampa Water Taxi Co.
The famous crew headed by Captail Larry at Tampa Water Taxi Company whisk passengers along the city's historic harbor and through Davis Island Canal. The team will seek out stunning views of notable architecture, wildlife, historic landmarks and more. Vessels are even known to "rub shoulders" with friendly dolphins, so it's a perfect choice for a romantic or family outing.
Tour times: 75 mins
Tampa Bay Sailing Tours
Top rated on travel blogs, Tampa Bay Sailing Tours offers a unique private sailing experience. Combining the joy of sailing with Tampa's one of a kind energy. No other company allows you to see the best of Tampa aboard a comfortable, wide and stable sailing catamaran. This difference is only the beginning!
eBoats Tampa offers residents, visitors and businesses an opportunity to experience downtown Tampa in distinctly-styled electric boats. Guests can rent one of our virtually silent, easy to operate, environmentally friendly boats today and enjoy Tampa from our perspective. Our boats comfortably fit up to 10 passengers and are available on an hourly basis
Urban Kai - Stand Up Paddleboarding
A "Top 10" activity in Tampa. Floating on water, you can watch the sunrise or sunset, feel the calm sea breeze and watch amazing marine life pass underneath you. Located right on Tampa Bay.
Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa
Offering Members the absolute best in fitness and wellness programs, including everything from Pilates, indoor cycling and cutting-edge group exercise classes, to small group training with certified fitness professionals. The Harbour Island Athletic Club is located less than a block away from our hotel.
International Plaza & Bay Street: Adjacent to Tampa International Airport, sits one of the most distinctive shopping destinations of Florida's West Coast. Stores include Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, over 200 specialty shops, and Bay Street which houses a wide selection of dining and entertainment options such as The Capital Grille, Blue Martini, and Bar Louie.
Westshore Plaza: Westshore Plaza is one of Tampa's preferred shopping venues, offering high end department stores such as Saks 5th Avenue and Macy's and an additional 120 specialty stores. Westshore Plaza also boasts distinctive dining and entertainment options which include Maggiano's, PF Chang's, and the Palm Restaurant.
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Located within the Florida State Fairgrounds, this Tampa amphitheatre is an outdoor, state-of-the-art facility that hosts numerous big concerts and events throughout the year. The largest in Tampa/Clearwater, it is 9 miles from The Westin Tampa Waterside.
Usually played on New Year's Day, the Outback Bowl is a college football bowl game played at Raymond James Stadium between the 3rd pick teams from the SEC and Big Ten Conference.
Located just over 6 miles from Raymond James Stadium, The Westin Tampa Waterside is the ideal Outback Bowl hotel.