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Florida’s third biggest city is a business hub but, as you’ll quickly discover when you book a flight to Tampa with Qatar Airways, there’s so much more to it than that.
Tampa’s historic district has been completely revitalised in recent years, and the city’s downtown museums certainly repay the effort of making a visit. Fly to Tampa and discover a vibrant commercial centre that is also a growing cultural attraction for the whole region.
On your trip to Tampa pay a visit to Lowry Park Zoo where you can see over 2,000 animals enjoying a natural habitat. You can feed many of the beasts and there are additional facilities there such as a children’s play area, restaurant and various rides.
The Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Centre can be found on Apollo Beach. A local power plant warms the water and attracts these strange walrus-like creatures, and you can use the walkway and viewing platform to see not only them but a range of Florida wildlife in its natural state.
The famous Sunshine Skyway offers wonderful views across the ocean, and the bridge itself is a triumph of aesthetic engineering. It’s a highway on stilts, 12 miles long and curving gracefully in a wide arc across Tampa Bay.
For some fun family entertainment you can’t beat a visit to Busch Gardens, an Africa-themed adventure park featuring exotic animals in a natural setting, arts and crafts, live music and thrilling rides.
The cuisine in Tampa, especially in the Bay area, is as rich and unique as the city’s vibrant cultural life. The waterfront restaurants and bistros offer a range of culinary options, both local and international, and there’s an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. From farm-to-table restaurants to Michelin-starred fine dining, feast on everything from authentic Spanish dishes to fresh seafood and much more.
Try the specialty Cuban sandwiches which pack in Swiss cheese and a range of mouth-watering condiments, or a Mediterranean grill down on the waterfront. Whether you’re into traditional American steaks, European cuisine or international favourites like fast-food burgers, you’ll find it all here in Tampa.
If you’re travelling to Tampa for the shopping, you’ll find everything from elite designers and national names to bargain outlets and local boutiques. The diverse shopping scene of Tampa Bay in particular fits all styles and price ranges.
The city has specialist shopping districts for things like antiques and designer clothing, as well as large malls with everything under one roof.
Hyde Park Village has more friendly local shops, many of which were established decades ago, whilst the exclusive WestShore District specialises in upmarket labels and top designer brands.
When you book a flight to Fort Tampa with Qatar Airways you will travel on a Qatar Airways operated flight to New York (JFK) or Philadelphia (PHL), and connect to Tampa with our partner airlines.
Flights to Tampa with Qatar Airways arrive at Tampa International Airport, seven miles west of downtown Tampa, from where you can take the SuperShuttle or other public transport into the city.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Tampa please check the visa and passport requirements.
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