DISCOVER THE MANY THINGS TO DO IN TAMPA, FLORIDA
Expand Your (Tampa) Horizons
Make your escape to Le Méridien Tampa, a luxury retreat located in the heart of downtown Tampa. Superbly situated to take in the city's best dining, shopping and attractions, our hotel is located near popular points of interest like the Tampa Cruise Port, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa's many theatres and museums, Amalie Arena and much more. Whether you're here for a quick weekend escape or a longer vacation, you'll find no shortage of exciting things to do.
Tampa's Contemporary and Modern Art Museum houses a stunning permanent collection of antiquities and world-class traveling exhibitions. The museum is also the host to an array of visiting speakers and artists, plus includes an award-winning cafe. Hotel guests can enjoy free access to the museum during their stay with us.
Other prominent museums in Tampa include the nearby Chihuly Collection and Salvador Dali museums in St. Petersburg, The Tampa Bay History Center, the Henry B. Blant Museum and more.
The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium® is a 250,000-square-foot aquarium located in downtown Tampa's Channelside district. One of the city's most popular things to do, it features over 20,000 aquatic animals and plants and numerous exhibits. Exhibit highlights include river otters, sharks, endangered sea turtles, penguins and more. The aquarium also features The Water Fun Zone, a water park for kids, and a Dive With The Sharks program for certified SCUBA divers.
Spend a weekend enjoying some of Tampa, Florida's premier entertainment and cultural venues, all of which are located a short distance away. They include: The Straz Center, Amalie Arena and the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts features year-round entertainment, including Broadway performances and the annual Orchestra festival. Amalie Arena is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning and frequent touring productions, while MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre often plays host to music's biggest and brightest stars.
Tampa's most iconic neighborhood, Ybor City offers plenty of things to do for curious travelers. Soak in authentic Cuban culture, nibble on vibrant cuisine, tour local breweries and more. Enjoy the sounds and smells of Cuban influence, just two miles away.
Tampa Bay Sports
From Raymond James Stadium, to the championship Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa has it all. Enjoy the best spring training city in the country when you take in games each Spring at the nearby George Steinbrenner Field, or come down in January for the annual Outback Bowl Don't forget the Tampa Bay Rays, just a short drive away at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay is host to some of the country's best festivals, from Sunset Music Fest and Tampa Pride, to the Black Heritage Festival and finally...Gasparilla.
Held annually in the city of Tampa, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival celebrates the legend of Jose Gaspar, nicknamed Gasparilla. Gasparilla is a mythical Spanish pirate who supposedly raided the west coast of Florida in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. During the annual Pirate Festival, members of the Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla sail across Tampa Bay on a pirate ship and “invade” the city. Shortly after, a “victory parade” ensues! The parade includes marching bands, elaborate floats, and members of the “krewe” throwing beads, coins, and other treats to the crowd. The festival is held every year in late January or early February and promises fun for the whole family!
Downtown Tampa Events
Each week, downtown Tampa hosts lively events, from yoga in the park, to local and regional music, arts and culture.
While visiting Le Meridien Tampa, be sure to check out our local scene. View the schedule of events here; our hotel is walking distance to many of these parks and venues so that you can explore like a local.