The Art of Smart Timing
Thanks to Tampa's semi-tropical climate, you can enjoy the city and its surroundings year-round. However, Tampa's "busy" season is December through March. The city's residents love a reason to celebrate, and they take advantage of the wonderful weather with a full annual calendar of festivals and events, although spring usually hosts the most. Spring also is popular for the many opportunities to catch a spring training baseball game, while any time is a great time to enjoy the water activities on Tampa Bay.
Visitors can reach Tampa by air via the Tampa International Airport, which is served by 22 airlines, including several low-fare carriers. Tampa also is conveniently accessed by car via Interstates 75 and 275; I-75 runs north-south and bypasses Tampa but intersects with Interstate 4, which runs east-west into Tampa. I-275 forks off from I-75 and runs north-south into Tampa.
Both Amtrak National Rail Passenger Service and Greyhound Bus Lines also operate service routes to Tampa.
Parking in downtown Tampa is available both on the street and in various parking garages. Rates for municipal parking garages start at $1.25 per hour and range from $5.50 to $7 for six to 24 hours. Tampa also provides city buses, the TECO Line Streetcar System and Tampa Trolleys.
When exploring downtown, make time to check out the Tampa Riverwalk, which is lined with hotels, meetings venues, restaurants, green spaces, museums, parks and even a water taxi. It's a great way to explore the many facets of Tampa.
Off the Radar
Take time out to thoroughly explore Florida's great outdoors with a canoe trip down the Hillsborough River. With trips ranging from two hours to a full day, this adventure takes visitors through a 16,000-acre wildlife preserve, where they can see and experience the area's flora and fauna at its fullest.
Tampa Bay Visitors Bureau
Clearwater Visitors Bureau