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The Heart of History and Culture

Take a street car in Ybor City to experience the vibrant buildings and nightlife, enjoy an iconic Cuban sandwich, shop the vintage boutiques, check out a show at the cinema or comedy club and hang with roosters! Seminole Heights boasts live music, bohemian bars, vintage shops, and galleries.

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Parks & Rec

From Busch Gardens, an African-inspired animal theme park, to Adventure Island water park and ZooTampa at Lowry Park, the thrills keep coming. Get up-close and personal with elephants and rhinos, fly down adrenaline-filled water slides, or brave Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster!

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Must See: Holidays and Festivals at Busch Gardens

The theme park’s special events include Howl-O-Scream’s haunted houses and thrill rides, Christmas Town’s twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, as well as Independence Day fireworks. The Food & Wine Festival and Bierfest are great for foodies, while Sesame Street Safari is perfect for the whole family.

Must Do: Ybor City Walking Tours

Stroll the brick streets on a 90-minute historic walking tour, indulge in a food walking tour, or learn about the area’s heritage on a cigar industry tour, If you’re feeling brave, the ghost tours take you behind the historical architecture with spine-tingling tales of paranormal folklore.

Must Have: The Columbia

Founded in 1905, The Columbia is Florida’s oldest restaurant and largest Spanish restaurant in the world. A must-try is the legendary Original Cuban Sandwich on La Segunda Bakery bread, “1905 Salad,” and sangria.