Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
2701 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 971-4710
Fax: (813) 977-0155
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere await slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions.
At Busch Gardens, animals roam free and you are the outsider. You can see the park by monorail, cable car or train. Roller coasters, wild animals, entertaining shows, rides, food, shopping, sightseeing, bird shows, exotic flowers, train rides, Serengeti adventures, river rapids...the list goes merrily on. Wear comfy walking shoes and spend the day at this 300-acre park. You can even taste the Anheuser Busch brew that started it all. Busch Gardens is open year-round with varying schedules. Call or see website for details.
Since 1933 the Tampa Greyhound Track has been offering live racing and today it's still running strong with its six-month schedule of live greyhound racing. Whether you go in the evening or take in an early matinee, you'll witness fantastic races from start to finish. Please note, flashing cameras are not allowed. Along with live greyhound racing, you can also catch on Thoroughbred racing as well as Harness racing and Jai-Alai all year round. The Clubhouse offers a daily menu of delicious selections in case you want to have a bite with you pet. Reservations are accepted. Dress appropriately for Clubhouse dining.
River Tower Park is located on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Sprawling over 12 acres (5 hectares), this public space is a popular recreational spot among locals. Unwind with a picnic or a good book on its verdant landscape in view of the Sulphur Springs Water Tower. This Tampa landmark stands at a 231 feet (70 meters) height. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department puts together an interesting program of activities and workshops for all ages that aim at enriching the community. Other facilities include tennis courts, gymnasium, pool, playground and art studio.
A hub for outdoor activities, this Tampa park offers visitors the opportunity to hike, fish, kayak, and more. The little ones can let loose on the playground structure and the picnic tables and barbecue's are perfect for a summer gathering. A nature center informs visitors on the local flora and fauna along with the extensive hiking trail information.
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.
Open daily from sunrise to sunset, Trout Creek Park is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll by the river, leisurely jog throughout the park, or a group picnic. Trout Creek has numerous picnic tables located along the trail with convenient access to parking. For larger groups, there are several pavilions equipped with electricity and grills. The park is popular with local residents for canoeing, boating, and fishing excursions on the Hillsborough River. Within the park, visitors have access to easy hiking trails, primitive trails, and off-road cycling trails. The park is pet friendly and equipped with water fountains, restroom facilities, pay phone. - Vickie Ferguson
For a fun-filled outing, United Skates of America has a little bit of something for everyone. First, at United Skates, it's all about skating. Bring your own or rent what you need then take to the rink and show off your stuff. Take a break and play some arcade games or get a slice of pizza at the food bar. United Skates offers classes for skating and hockey, has planned events such as derby night, offers discounted admission on select days, provides packages for birthday parties, and has an adult skating night for guests ages 17 and older. Call ahead for further information.
The Old Hillsborough County High School, which was also called Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, is a historic landmark. Now known as the D.W. Waters Career Center, when this building was first built, it served as the county's only high school. It is now a training center for the 11th and 12th grade students in occupational training. The building is featured on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tampa's Ybor City, began its intriguing history when cigar makers settled here after a disastrous fire that drove the industry north from Key West. Today it is a National Historic Landmark District lined with old buildings and historic sites. Today's Ybor is a lively and popular shopping, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from museums to flamenco dancing and of course, plenty of cigars. The area really comes alive when the sun sets with a bevy of nightlife options. Do not miss the annual Halloween Parade, known as the Mama Guava Stumble or Guava-ween!
The Roland Manteiga statue is the statue of an editor of the La Gaceta weekly newspaper that was the only trilingual newspaper in the U.S. started by his father. This statue stands as a replica of Roland Manteiga reading his own newspaper on the streets of Tampa. The statue is a great attraction to the tourists as well as locals that speaks of a lot of stories about Roland and his father. One can surely visit this statue and gain knowledge about the history of the trilingual newspaper as well click some pictures while one stands along with the statue.
Old Tampa Free Public Library or the Exceptional Children Education Center building represents architectural design that dates back to the early 1900s. The Carnegie Corporation provided funds for the library’s construction. Listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this historical landmark was restored by the Tampa city.