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i've only been 2 tampa once and i saw that is not influenced by tourist like miami and orlando do, i also want to know what does tampa have to offer (except for bush gardens), cause when i went there i got really bored, but dont take me wrong tampa looks like a nice city but why is it a major city? but the main question is as follows:

what similarities does tampa have with orlando and miami? if any?
 

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i've only been 2 tampa once and i saw that is not influenced by tourist like miami and orlando do, i also want to know what does tampa have to offer (except for bush gardens), cause when i went there i got really bored, but dont take me wrong tampa looks like a nice city but why is it a major city? but the main question is as follows:

what similarities does tampa have with orlando and miami? if any?
:bash: Uh...I don't even know where to begin.
 

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i asked what does tampa have, and its similarities to miami, and orlando. theres plenty to talk about, comon guys stop eating crap

STAY ON TOPIC OR DONT ANSWER.
 

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heres a list i found:
Tourism

[edit] Galleries and museums
African Art Gallery
American Victory Museum
Artists Unlimited located in the Channelside district.
Cigar Museum And Visitor Center is in Ybor City.
Covivant Gallery is on North Florida av. heading downtown.
Flight 19, a gallery located in the Union Train Station located at 601 North Nebraska Ave. is programmed by Experimental Skeleton
Graphicstudio is a world famous print studio located at USF.
Henry B. Plant Museum is located at the University of Tampa across the Hillsborough River from downtown.
Kid City, the Children's Museum of Tampa. It is located alongside Lowry Park Zoo
Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Saunders Planetarium is part of MOSI.
SS American Victory The American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum Ship is a unique and innovative maritime attraction aboard the World War II era merchant ship SS American Victory.
Tampa Bay History Center displays artifacts, memorabilia, maps, military uniforms and photographs depicting life in the Tampa Bay regions from 12,000 years ago to the present. Changing exhibits also are featured. It is located at the corner of Franklin and Platt Streets.
Tampa Museum of Art is in downtown on the Hillsborough River.
Tampa Police Museum preserves historically important record and equipment and promotes enthusiasm for a career in police work.
Ybor City Museum State Park is near downtown Tampa in Ybor City.
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is a photography museum located at the corner of Tampa and Jackson Streets, across from the Hyatt.
USF Contemporary Art Museum

[edit] Attractions and points of interest

Tampa Union Station
Centro Ybor complex with a TECO Line car passing in front
Street festival in Ybor Historic DistrictFlorida Aquarium
Channel District, Tampa, upscale nightlife district featuring higher-end restaurants, clubs, and an IMAX movie theatre
Soho, Tampa, trendy nightlife district featuring upscale clubs, many fine restaurants, and a 24-hour Starbucks
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center at http://tbpac.org is the largest performing arts complex in the Southeast, presenting high quality performing arts programming from major Broadway tours to grand opera, dance, cabaret, comedy and concerts to the region. TBPAC is also home to the Patel Conservatory, which opened in 2004.
Historic Hyde Park[2] is a historical district in South Tampa with many fine architectural examples.
The Skatepark of Tampa is a world-famous skatepark, with many professional skateboarders flocking to it in January for the Tampa Am, and in March, for the Tampa Pro skateboard contests.
Tampa Union Station is an historic train station between downtown and Ybor City.
Park Tower, once called the Lykes Building, was the tallest skyscraper in the Tampa skyline when it was first built in 1973.
Ybor City is a historic district near downtown. It is a hotspot at night (especially on the weekends due to the many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues in the area). Ybor City and Tampa in general were an integral part of the Florida death metal scene.
West Tampa, south of Raymond James Stadium, includes many Cuban and Spanish businesses, along Columbus Drive. Columbus Drive is also known as Boliche Boulevard after a famous Cuban dish. La Teresita, La Ideal, Lincoln Restaurant, The Italian American Club, and the Letter Carriers Hall are some of the well known local gathering places in Tampa. The "Brothers to the Rescue" Corner monument is in West Tampa at Dale Mabry Highway and Columbus Drive.
Malibu Grand Prix, renamed to Tampa Grand Prix, featuring a large realistic go kart track, and other family attractions
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 24-hour gaming/nightlife venue and certified four-diamond hotel/resort[http[://www.hardrockhotelcasinotampa.com/]
Horse Racing at Tampa Bay Downs, near Oldsmar, first opened in 1926. The Tampa Bay Downs live racing season is from December to May with simulcasting year round. They also have a card room offering poker games.
Greyhound Racing at Tampa Greyhound Track first opened in 1933. They have live racing from June to December, with simulcasts year round. They also have a card room offering poker games.

[edit] Zoological parks and aquariums
Big Cat Rescue is a non-profit sanctuary for large cats. The facility is in the Citrus Park area and is open to the public.
Busch Gardens is a popular theme park with rides, shows and animals. The newest roller coaster, Sheikra, is the only vertical drop roller coaster in North America. Sheikra will soon be joined by the roller coaster nearing completion at Busch Gardens Europe, Griffon.
Florida Aquarium is located in the Channel District near downtown.
Lowry Park Zoo is rated one of the nation's top mid-sized zoos.
Suncoast Primate Sanctuary.
University of South Florida Botanical Gardens.

[edit] Landmarks
Sulphur Springs Water Tower is a highly visible but somewhat mysterious landmark.
Sidewalk along upscale Bayshore Boulevard, longest continuous sidewalk in the U.S.
Babe Zaharias Golf Course in the Forest Hills area of Tampa has been designated a Historical Landmark by the National Register of Historic Places. It was bought in 1949 by the famous 'Babe' who had a residence nearby and closed at her death. In 1974, the City of Tampa opened the golf course as a public facility for the enjoyment of golfers.[21]
The Story of Tampa, a public painting by Lynn Ash, is a 4' x 8' oil on masonite mural that weaves together many of the notable aspects of Tampa's unique character and identity. It was commissioned in 2003 by the City of Tampa's Public Art Program and can be found in the lobby of the Tampa Municipal Office Building.[22]
The Tampa Riverwalk is a project in the works, designed to open the Hillsborough River, which winds through the city, to the people.[23]
The city of Tampa is proposing building a more recognizable landmark in the downtown area - and one idea that has been proposed is a Space Needle building similar to that of Seattle's. Another plan calls for four large fabric "gates" to be placed at four areas leading into the downtown area that would be illuminated at night and would be recognizable to outside visitors, welcoming them into the downtown area.


[edit] Events
Outback Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game held at Raymond James Stadium, normally on New Year's Day (January 1).
Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an annual event consisting of several parades, live entertainment, and fireworks. The event is also known as the Mardi Gras of Tampa. The main parade takes place on the last Saturday of January along Bayshore Blvd, happening the afternoon after a pirate ship (and a flotilla of 300+ private boats) "invades" the city and the mayor surrenders the key to the city at the Convention Center.
Sant'Yago Knight Parade is an illuminated nighttime parade that takes place one Saturday in February in Ybor City.
Florida State Fair lasts over a week in February and features livestock, food, entertainment and midway rides. It takes place at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Guavaween offers daytime events and nighttime parade one Saturday in October in Ybor City.
Tropical Heatwave is a diverse series of concerts sponsored by community radio 88.5 WMNF.
The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival takes place in October at several local venues including the Tampa Theatre
Bonk Festival of New Music is an annual event to promote public awareness of new music and to foster relationships between musicians. It takes place at a variety of venues around Tampa.
Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival
Tampa International Film Festival
Imagine International Film Festival

k i see lots of stuff here
 

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so tampa has no similarities with orlando or miami i guess, how about asking this i am planing to visit my uncle this weekend and i want to go out what is there to do guys tell me????????? i dont understand why u people cant give a simple answer of the similarities tampa has to other cities in florida?
 

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Similarities: sprawl, lack of pedestrian environment, poor transportation

Things to do - which is a completely different question: Ybor, Channelside, go gamble at the Hard Rock, go to BayWalk in St. PEte . . . I mean, what do you want to do?
 

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Similarities: sprawl, lack of pedestrian environment, poor transportation

Things to do - which is a completely different question: Ybor, Channelside, go gamble at the Hard Rock, go to BayWalk in St. PEte . . . I mean, what do you want to do?
k, thanks but were is Ybor and channelside?
 

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If you're not 21, there's almost nothing you can do, if you're not 18, there's nothing you can do.
Tampa is NOTHING like Orlando, Orlando is tourist base, Tampa is business base, Miami is a mix of both, however Tampa is IMO the best place to go if you're an architectural enthusiast because of the plethera of architectural styles.
That's one of the reasons why I could never leave Tampa.
 

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WTF? This thread is complete nonsense...



To the thread creator... Two things, and in all honesty, this advice applies to any webforum you will ever visit in your life...



One... ALWAYS READ THE FORUM RULES BEFORE POSTING... Comparison threads such as this are expressly forbidden here, and for good reason...

Two... ALWAYS SEARCH THE FORUM FOR YOUR TOPIC BEFORE POSTING A NEW THREAD.

if you want to know what's cool to do in Tampa, for crying out loud man, LOOK at the forum... There's a community subforum called "Skyway Cafe", whose description is, "Discussions about the Tampa Bay area community.... news, nightlife, attractions, sports, events, etc."

Now, call me crazy, but I bet that if you go into that forum and spend even 5 minutes looking at the threads which already exist there, you're going to have a pretty good idea of the things there are to do in Tampa, and what members here think of it.
 
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