When it comes to Tampa, Florida, you can have your pick from among remarkable museums, professional sports teams, and a multitude of entertainment and dining options. Located in Hillsborough County, this city promises to make your stay a memorable one. The popularity of Tampa can be traced to numerous attractions found within and nearby to the city. Here’s what is available for the enjoyment of visitors and new and long time residents alike. There’s so much to do you will never run out of ideas. That’s one reason Tampa has become a popular city and is growing rapidly.
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa
The Florida Aquarium uses thousands of gallons of water to house a huge range of fish and other aquatic animals. Prepare to spend a good few hours enjoying this fascinating place. You can enjoy watching the fish and sea life that is not only local to Florida but also from other parts of the world like river otters, sea dragons, alligators and more.
Busch Gardens Africa
Considered one among Florida’s reputed theme parks, this African theme park features exotic wildlife. Moreover, the park is equipped with rides and shows for kids of all ages – whether young or old. Busch Gardens is located in central Tampa and boasts state-of-the-art roller coasters to appeal to even the most intense thrill-seeker; not to mention plenty of rollicking fun for the whole family. Busch Gardens used to be run by the company that makes Busch beer. I remember visiting the park many years ago when they used to give samples of beer to guests.
Wide range of Museums
Tampa is a city rich in art and museums. If you’re interested in contemporary art, head over to the Tampa Museum of Art on the river front. The Henry B. Plant Museum, on the University of Florida’s campus, offers a chance to go back in time and appreciate the luxury of America’s Gilded Age. The Museum of Science and Industry is the ideal spot for active families, showcasing many interactive science exhibits and Florida-related displays.
Whether it’s a day of serene relaxation or absolute excitement, Tampa has you covered. For an unforgettable day, head to any one of the several emerald-green and white-sand beaches like Clearwater Beach, Davis Islands Beach, St. Pete Beach, and many others.
Cost of Living
As compared to New York and Miami, the cost of living in Tampa FL is relatively fair. As a matter of fact, the Numbeo database says Tampa’s Rent Index is 57.63% lower than NYC while Restaurants Index is 26.43% lower. This is one of the reasons the city is an appealing place to move or retire to, especially for northerners looking for a warmer place to call home. One cost that stays constant is that of having a pest control service in Tampa. The warm weather means there are pests year round.
Terrific Local Economy
The revenue from bigger companies is highly responsible for strengthening the economy of Tampa. DUKE Energy, WellCare Health Plans, and OSI Restaurant Partners are only a few. Additionally, the city of Tampa owns a good number of small businesses, namely tourism, sporting, retail, real estate, trading agencies, and so on that contribute to the health of the economy.
So living in Tampa Bay can indeed be a lifetime experience, whether you are willing to settle alone or with all your loved ones.