For a little fun, head down to Ybor City, the Cuban district of Tampa, which used to be the center of production of hand-rolled cigars. Today this restored area is teeming with restaurants, shops and bars. It's also a National Historic Landmark District with amazing wrought-iron balconies, globe street lights, brick-lined walkways and the majestic architecture of the old cigar factories.
Fun Things to Do
- Explore Africa, with zebras, giraffes, elephants and more, all roaming free in natural surroundings at Busch Gardens, a 330-acre zoo and theme park.
- Visit the Channelside Shops and the Florida Aquarium, home to an incredible 4,500 animal and plant species. The Aquarium has a wetlands area, activities for the whole family and the only diving shark tank of its kind.
- Visit St. Petersburg's impressive Salvador Dali Museum, which houses the largest collection of Dali's work outside of Spain.
- Head to the beautiful, powdery white beaches of nearby St. Petersburg and Sarasota.
The Cuban influence is still strong in Tampa today. It's a great place to sample delicious roast pork, black beans and rice, Cuban sandwiches and other authentic delicacies.
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