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Regional Adventures: Tampa Bay, Florida, United States

January 15, 2014

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay, Florida

The Tampa Bay area is a place that I lived for about 4 years. I have traveled many times across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on my way to Sarasota from Clearwater or Tarpon Springs so it is an area that I have fond memories of. It is in West Central Florida adjacent to, of course, Tampa Bay. It is the second most populous place in Florida and the fourth most populous area in the Southeast. The Tampa Bay area has a sub-tropical climate which means that it is prone to thunderstorms in the summer and can have frost in the winter but that really only happens every few years.

Thunderstorms are common most summer afternoons in Tampa Bay!

Tampa Bay is known for its beaches because of the warm, blue waters and nearly 70 miles of barrier islands that attract tourists from all over the world. Three beaches here (Fort De Soto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island, and Siesta Key) have been named by Dr. Beach as America’s Top Beach.

Siesta Key Beach, Tampa Bay

If you’re looking for something to do here then you’ll have no problem at all. After you tire of the beautiful beaches (as if that could happen) the Tampa Bay area is known its cultural attractions. There are tons of museums like the Tampa Museum of Art, The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science and Industry, the Dali Museum, and the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum.

The Dali Museum, Tampa Bay, FL

There are plenty of sporting events to see with three major teams in residence here (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning, and Rays) as well major and minor league teams playing here. If you’re into theme parks check out Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and Legoland! There are also several zoos and many botanical gardens such as Florida Botanical Gardens.

Tiger Swallowtail at the Florida Botanical Gardens, Tampa Bay

If you would like to read about other places I’ve traveled to in the U.S.A click the links below:

Regional Adventures: Florida

World Travels: U.S.A

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