Thinking about paying a visit to Tampa Bay, Miami and the Everglades? You’d certainly not be the first person to want to visit this beautiful part of the United States, and indeed it’s been a popular hotspot for tourists for many years.
You won’t need much convincing to visit this region, but here are a few of the highlights you won’t want to miss during your visit.
In Miami, Visit Wynwood
Wynwood, Miami, is basically the East Coast’s equivalent of Los Angeles, but with nicer people and more murals. There’s plenty to do here to keep you entertained, but we particularly recommend checking out the local graffiti scene before stopping off for some coffee at Panther Coffee and then enjoying a bite to eat at one of the area’s many eateries.
In Tampa, Visit the Contemporary Art Museum
Tampa’s Contemporary Art Museum is a must-visit if you’re a bit of a culture vulture and want to take in something more than just the stunning natural beauty of the area. Established 30 years ago and based at the University of South Florida, the museum houses over 5,000 pieces of art by some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including Roy Lichtenstein. It hosts plenty of events and symposia, too.
Go On a Cruise
If you’re on the East Coast, going on an exciting Tampa Bay cruise is a great idea. You can head out of the country, travel to and around Miami or even on a wetlands cruise through the Everglades. It’s such a rich, diverse area that you’re sure to be able to find something that suits you no matter what pace you prefer, whether you’re after something slow and sedate or looking for a party cruise.
In Tampa, Visit Ybor City Museum State Park
Ybor City is a historic landmark, and the museum in Tampa was created to share much of its heritage. The town grew up around the burgeoning cigar industry at the turn of the 20th century and houses a recreated cigar worker’s house and some of the most beautiful gardens in the state. Wander around them on your own or, if you’d like a little extra context into what you’re looking at, sign up for a guided tour.
Now that you know just a few of the highlights in Tampa Bay, Miami and the Everglades, it’s up to you to start planning your visit. Of course, there’s much more to do and you’ll be able to find everything from specialized museums to hotspots for particular sports.