No Tourists Allowed: Tampa’s Hottest Hidden Secrets

Florida is a sought-after destination for many people: retirees, recent college grads, and those looking to make a major change in life. 

Tampa is one of the top cities to live and be in with places like Ybor City and St. Pete. But what about things to do that are off the beaten path? 

As you check out Tampa houses for rent experience one of the hidden gems of the city. 

Bayshore Boulevard

Were you aware that Tampa has the nation’s longest sidewalk? It’s right here in Bayshore. 

Take a stroll and see one of the best views of Tampa’s skyline from afar. You can also check out Gasparilla, a ship that’s a floating landmark that celebrates the city’s history. 

Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple

This Buddhist temple sits on the bank of the Palm River, and is lovingly known as Wat Tampa by locals.

You can have an open-air brunch here and check out the Sunday market, which has been offered to locals for over 30 years. 

Marvel at the stunning architecture of the building itself or decorative dragons that sit on the grounds. The space is shaded by large oak trees so you can get a break from the Florida sun. 

Manatee Viewing Center

There’s a plethora of adorable “sea cows” on display here at Tampa Electric, and it’s free and open to the public. 

If you catch them at the right time you have a chance to see hundreds of manatees all in one spot.

Courtney Campbell Causeway

This nine-and-a-half mile span across Old Tampa is where you can bike, laze on white sand beaches, or drive around a scenic highway.

You’re guaranteed to catch a colorful sunset here.

SS American Victory Mariners’ Memorial and Museum Ship

Hop aboard this floating museum, one of only four fully operational World War II ships in the nation.

You’ll encounter rare artifacts, check out the captain’s quarters, and see the engine room.

The ship holds seasonal events like Undead in the Water around Halloween and a Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. 

Florida Cane Distillery

Step out of the heat and into the Distillery that offers tours and tastings of hand-crafted spirits.

Established in 2012, Florida Cane is the only craft distillery in the country to have produced over 32 spirits and five brands.  

 It also offers the country’s only hands-on whiskey distilling school where folks can make their own whiskey from beginning to end.

CASS Contemporary

Art aficionados will enjoy a stroll through this gallery that specializes in collectible pieces and shows artworks both indoors and outdoors.

 It’s the perfect way to get a sense of what the local art scene is like.

Ringling Museum

Yes, those Ringlings of the circus fame. Though the museum is now home to one of the preeminent art and cultural collections in the country, it began with John Ringling and his wife back in 1911. The couple put on display some of the finest pieces of art they had fell in love with and collected.

 Today you can visit the Circus Museum, Museum of Art, Bayfront Gardens, and many other well-stocked sectors of this huge collection.

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