Things to do in Tampa
Expand Your (Tampa) Horizons
Experience our private retreat in the heart of downtown Tampa, situated perfectly to take in lively arts, culture, theatre and family fun. Within walking distance of museums and restaurants, we are also central to the most popular Tampa attractions. Enjoy the convenience of close proximity to the Tampa Cruise Port, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa theatres and museums, Amalie Arena, and more.
Tampa's Contemporary and Modern Art Museum houses a stunning permanent collection of antiquities and world-class traveling exhibitions. The musem is frequent host to speakers and artists and includes an award-winning building and cafe; plus, our guests receive access free of charge by showing the pass located in each guestroom.
Other first-class museums of 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, featuring over 20,000 aquatic animals and plants and numerous exhibits designed to show the journey of water from Florida's fresh springs to the Gulf of Mexico. 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.
A few of Florida's most dynamic entertainment and cultural venues are just a short distance: The Straz Center, Amalie Arena and the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts features year-round world class entertainment including Broadway performances and the annual Orchestra festival. Amalie Arena hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning and frequent touring productions, plus see music's biggest and brightest stars at the Amphitheatre in East Tampa.
Tampa's most notorious neighborhood for authentic Cuban culture, history and cuisine, Ybor City features cigar rollers, 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.