Tampa, Florida is one of the most thriving cities and cultural centers in Florida. It is located on the west side of the Sunshine State right next to the beautiful beaches and inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Tampa is an entertaining mix of high tech and low key.
Visit historic Ybor City near downtown, where immigrants settled in the 1880s and developed a thriving cigar industry. Today it is full of eclectic shops, restaurants and other businesses. It was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” in 2008.
You can catch a Broadway-style musical or theatrical performance at the Straz Center. Check out the Florida Aquarium, one of the top aquariums in the U.S. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is an annual celebration of Tampa’s connection to the days of pirates sailing the high seas that is held in January.
Tampa is also home to many unique and diverse restaurants.
There’s much to see and the weather is ideal for walking. Forbes Magazine ranked Tampa as America’s fifth best outdoor city. The recently updated Riverwalk stretches 2.5 miles along the Hillsborough River passing near museums, restaurants and parks. Tampa was rated the best big city to live in the southeast U.S. by Money Magazine.
The Beach at your Doorstep
There are dozens of the best gulf beaches in the country a few miles from downtown Tampa. Clearwater Beach was voted the No. 1 beach in the United States in 2016. St. Pete Beach features the elegant Don Cesar Resort among other beach hotspots. The World War II era Fort De Soto is also a treasure on the waterfront and has cannon installations and cavernous ammunition storage facilities that you can tour at your leisure.
Five Major League Baseball teams call the Tampa area home for spring training each year. The New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles all train in the Tampa Bay area in February and March.
The Tampa area is also home to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays and the United Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Although it can become quite hot during the daytime in the summer, a short trip to the waterfront can offer a nice relief. Winters are very comfortable with little rainfall and 70 degree days.
For help planning your medical trip to Tampa, check out the Visitor’s bureau.