Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
2701 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 971-4710
Fax: (813) 977-0155
The University of South Florida Recreation Center is a popular place among students of the university and other fitness freaks. The center has a gym, equipped with excellent machines and fitness equipment, including around 30 cardiovascular machines. There are facilities for indoor rock climbing, basketball, karate, racquetball, volleyball, aerobics and dance at versatile centre. It is a good place for students looking for a quick workout or indulging in a sport. The hours and schedules for all the facilities are variable.
The Soccer Stadium at the University of South Florida, is a decent place to watch college teams slug it out on the field. With a modest capacity of only around 1000, this stadium is complete with basic facilities of locker rooms with training facilities, practice fields, flood-lights for night matches and even a natural grass soccer strip. The University college teams use the stadium for their soccer games and have a wide fan-base in the region who vociferously support their teams.
If you choose to play the back tees at this par-71 course (6809 yards), you are in for a battle. The course, designed by William F Mitchell, winds through a former swamp basin, making it visually interesting as well as a stern test. The difficulty eases substantially as one moves forward on the tee box to the gold (6201 yards). Tees and greens are elevated, and a number of traps join the swamp to gobble errant shots. There are two long par-4s, but the rest of the holes are average in length. University of South Florida Golf Course is a public golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged.
Sundome is a multi-purpose sports facility at the University of South Florida and has a seating capacity of up to 11,324 sports fans. It was constructed in 1981 and music concerts of the likes of Carlos Santana, U2, the all time favorite Madonna, the ever melodious Elton John, soul full Sting, The Beatles Ringo Starr and Jay-Z all took place in the Sports facility. The stadium boasts of holding approximately 300 events annually.
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.
More than 450 activities await you at this non-profit facility dedicated to promoting a better understanding of science and technology. The Saunders Planetarium shows you the stars. Step inside the Gulf Coast Hurricane exhibit for a blast of tropical nightmare. At the IMAX Dome Theatre, the world is bigger than life, filled with odd sights and sounds on a huge screen. Souvenirs ranging from totes and T-shirts to puzzles and posters are available at the Science Store. For refreshment, the MOSI Café offers pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
Designed for kids, both young and old, Congo River is a cool place where you play miniature golf in view of a waterfall, feed the gators and play a variety of games in the arcade. Located near Busch Gardens, this is a great place to while away an afternoon or spent a couple of hours enjoying a few laughs at the mini-golf course. After sinking that last hole-in-one, stop by Mel's Hot Dogs, just a short drive down Busch, for what may be the greatest hot dog in town.
Featuring long, tight fairways lined with oaks, cypress and pines, this attractive course is home to a variety of wildlife, including the occasional alligator. The Claw is home to the university's golf teams and is a par-71 layout with driving range, golf clinics, individual lessons by PGA professionals and a golf shop. You can take golf lessons at this golf club and partake in one of the many sporting and golfing events that take place here from time to time. Check website for more details.
This solid public layout, at par 72 and 5922 yards from the middle tees, is just what you'd expect from a good public course. The holes aren't terribly long and the course will yield a good score if played with any precision at all. There is sand, and some water, but the hazards aren't confrontational. Rogers Park Golf Course's greens are reasonably flat and the course is normally in decent shape for a public track. This is a public golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged.
At par 70 and 6163 yards, Babe Zaharias Golf Course is a short but tight venue. There is a considerable amount of out-of-bounds to be avoided, and obviously, accuracy is key. The par-5s are very short and the par-3s are all of average distance. There are three longish par-4s, but they can all be defused with a good tee shot. This is a public golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged. Open daily 7am onwards.
This Arthur Hills track is quite pretty and, at 7004 yards, very challenging from the gold tees. However, the par-72 layout is interesting from whichever tees you choose to play (blue tees run a more reasonable 6418 yards). You will encounter water on 10 holes, along with some annoying and well-placed sand traps. As well, the greens contain plenty of rolls and bulges to keep you thinking. Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club is a private golf course. Soft spikes only.