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Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

Just 8 km from the Tampa Cruise Port, this all-suite hotel offers free shuttle service to the airport and area businesses. Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore also features a free cooked-to-order breakfast. In the evening, the Manager's Reception serves complimentary beverages and light snacks After a busy day, guests can relax in a spacious suite with amenities such as refrigerators, microwaves and high-speed internet access. Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore features an outdoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre with free weights and cardiovascular equipment. The hotel also offers the Bay Cafe Restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere.

555 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33609
Painting With a Twist

Tired of the usual dinner and a movie date? Try your hand at something new and take your significant other or group of friends for a night of painting. Painting With a Twist offers patrons a unique atmosphere where they can partake in an art lesson, with paint and canvas provided, while sipping and snacking on food and beverages brought from home. Far from the usual date or girls night activity, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

2821 South Macdill Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33629
The Westin Tampa Bay

This hotel is located on Rocky Point Island and overlooks Tampa Bay. The hotel features a sandy beach, indoor pool and a flat-screen TV in every room. Rooms at the Westin Tampa Bay have an iPod docking station and a minibar. The rooms also feature a work desk and wired internet access. The Tampa Bay Westin offers a concierge desk. Guests can work out in the fitness centre or rent a boat or jet ski from the hotel. The Westin features AQUA, a seafood restaurant, located on site. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy the convenience of a Starbucks coffee shop. The Westin Tampa Bay is 4 miles from Tampa International Airport. The hotel is 7 miles from downtown Tampa.

7627 West Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport/Westshore

This Tampa hotel is located next to the Tampa International Airport in the Westshore business district. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and spacious rooms equipped with refrigerators. Westshore Hilton Garden Inn guest rooms all feature a seating area with a sofa bed and a large work desk. A 32-inch flat-screen cable TV with HBO and free Wi-Fi is provided. All rooms also include a microwave and coffee maker. Guests can eat at breakfast and lunch at The Coast restaurant and get snacks at the 24-hour convenience store. Tampa Airport Hilton Garden Inn features a full-service business center and a modern gym. Raymond James Stadium is a 5-minute drive from the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore. The University of Tampa is 10 minutes from the hotel and Beach Park is 5 minutes away.

5312 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provides for a calm and serene space in a busy town. This recreation park is equipped with modern equipments like LED lighting, adjustable seating arrangement, NEOS 360 Ring featuring challenging games for kids and so forth. Also, the lighting and water supply for the park is done through reclaimed water, thereby conserving water and electricity. It also has playground, picnic area, a separate dog park and walking trail, thereby catering to the entire family. All in all, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an ideal space to spend a lazy afternoon.

600 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602
Glazer Children's Museum

Located in downtown Tampa across the river from the University of Tampa and near Riverwalk, the Glazer Children's Museum provides plenty of fun and entertainment for children. The museum offers a full range of games, workshops and interactive exhibits. Craft activities, story time, parades, and fun fitness and aerobics are just a few of the daily programs accessible to children. Monthly events are scheduled with special themes, guests, face painting, demonstrations and exhibits designed just for kids. Food, snacks and beverages are available at the Tiny Bites Café.

110 West Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602

Splitsville Lanes is your one-stop location for lots of action. There are 12 lanes available for bowling, each with electronic scoring. If pool is your game, reserve one of the 6 billiard tables. While enjoying the game, order appetizers or a full meal from the dinner lounge. The menu includes a variety of items such as sushi, burgers, salads, steak, chicken and stone hearth pizzas. Stop by on and enjoy your favorite sporting action on one of the plasma TV's located throughout the lounge. All areas of Splitsville can be reserved for private parties.

615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602
The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium gives visitors an all-access pass to the mysteries of the deep. Observe seahorses, lobsters, colorful fish, moray eels, gators, river otters, Australian sea dragons and many more. If you're feeling truly adventurous, take advantage of the “Swim with the Fishes” or “Dive with the Sharks” programs (advance reservations required). Kids will love the wide range of colorful and fun-filled interactive displays. The aquarium also sponsors ecotours aboard a 64-foot catamaran, affording patrons an opportunity to get even more up-close-and-personal with the sea. See website for complete list of attractions, calendar of events and more.

701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602
SS American Victory Mariners Museum

Come aboard this 61-year old merchant ship and experience its history of past service to the US during WWII and both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Take your time on the self-guided tour of the nine decks and get a bird's eye view of the areas where the crew worked and lived. The ship is available for private and corporate events or it can be booked for small group tours. Also, a six hour cruise event can be arranged which includes breakfast, lunch, tours and a fly-over. Make reservations ahead of time to ensure your spot.

705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602
AirHeads Trampoline Arena

This indoor trampoline venue offers hours of fun for both kids and adults alike. From events like doge ball, cardio workout classes, and private parties, AirHeads Trampoline Arena has something for everyone. Literally let the kids bounce off the walls as they play, while parent can get in on the action or opt to relax with a cup of coffee or snack from the food bar while using the free WiFi. Monthly memberships are available and are quite cost effective if you plan on visiting often.

5072 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33624
ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is sprawled over 56 acres (22.7 hectares). It boasts of a dual distinction of being Tampa's oldest zoo as well as one of the most kid-friendly attractions in the city. Its fauna are sheltered in eight habitat zones that recreate the natural environment of the wildlife. These include the Wallaroo Station for Australian species, the Asian Gardens and Sulawesi Aviary for giant cats, and the Florida Boardwalk for native animals. Its rehabilitation and preservation programs extend well beyond the efforts of a typical zoo. Its most notable initiative is the hospital, Manatee and Aquatic Center. After an engaging day with animals, kids can delight in safari tours, bumper boats, roller coasters and pony rides. Its traveling exhibits and talk shows educate the public on environmental conservation. This venue is also ideal for camps and sleepovers. Celebrate a birthday party, business event or a wedding in style amidst wildlife.

1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33604-5958
Kayak Nature Adventures

Kayaking is one of the best ways to see the Florida landscape up close. At Kayak Nature Adventures, rent a single, double kayak or stand up paddleboard for a half or full day and leisurely explore the waterways. Bring a picnic lunch and stop at Clam Bayou Nature Preserve for a break. Find a perfect location and go snorkeling. Kayak Nature Adventures also offers a two-hour guided tour through the preserve during which you can learn about the area and its inhabitants. The tour is perfect for children, nature lovers, and photographers looking for the perfect picture of Florida's diverse environment. Hours of departure and locations for launching vary. Call for reservations. -Vickie Ferguson

3030 Miriam Street South, Gulfport, FL, United States, 33711
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