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Exciting things to do in Tampa Bay

Famous for its tranquil bay, family-friendly attractions and breathtaking area beaches, Tampa is one of Florida’s most vibrant cities.

At Bay Harbor Hotel, enjoying all that Tampa has to offer has never been easier. Our tropical waterfront property is ideally situated along the edge of the bay, just eight miles from downtown and five minutes from the airport. Tucked away on a sandy beach, Harbor Hotel is close to the best local attractions, yet feels like a world unto itself.

Whether you want to visit top attractions like Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium or prefer to sunbathe on Clearwater’s pristine beaches, the best of Tampa is right outside your door. Go picnicking at beautiful Ben T. Davis Beach, or shop at over 200 stores at International Plaza, both just five minutes away. Guests can also play sand volleyball and partake in watersports right here at the hotel.

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  • Tampa Museum of Art Distance:8.2 miles

    Tampa Museum of Art

    Located in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, this 66,000-square-foot museum hosts world-class traveling exhibitions, a growing collection of contemporary and classical art and a host of educational programs.  Learn more here. 

    2306 North Howard Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33607-2613
    (813) 259-1720

    Located in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, this 66,000-square-foot museum hosts world-class traveling exhibitions, a growing collection of contemporary and classical art and a host of educational programs.  Learn more here. 

    2306 North Howard Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33607-2613
    (813) 259-1720

  • Museum of Science & Industry Distance:16.2 miles

    Museum of Science & Industry

    Discover over 400,000 square feet of interactive science activities at the Museum of Science and Industry. This impressive facility houses an IMAX theater, planetarium and 450 exhibits about ecosystems, weather, outer space and more. Learn more on the museum’s website.

    Discover over 400,000 square feet of interactive science activities at the Museum of Science and Industry. This impressive facility houses an IMAX theater, planetarium and 450 exhibits about ecosystems, weather, outer space and more. Learn more on the museum’s website.

  • Salvador Dali Museum Distance:21.9 miles

    Salvador Dali Museum

    Discover the largest collection of Salvador Dali artwork outside of Europe at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The museum is home to an exceptional collection, including 96 oil paintings and 100 watercolors and drawings.

    1 Dali Boulevard
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33764
    (727) 823-3767

    Discover the largest collection of Salvador Dali artwork outside of Europe at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The museum is home to an exceptional collection, including 96 oil paintings and 100 watercolors and drawings.

    1 Dali Boulevard
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33764
    (727) 823-3767

  • Lowry Park Zoo Distance:9.8 miles

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Named the “Number One Zoo in the U.S.” by Child Magazine, Lowry Park Zoo is a must-see for families and animal lovers. The zoo is home to a variety of unique habitats, including a primate exhibit, Asian gardens, African animals and a manatee center.

    Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

    1101 West Sligh Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33604
    (813) 935-8552

    Named the “Number One Zoo in the U.S.” by Child Magazine, Lowry Park Zoo is a must-see for families and animal lovers. The zoo is home to a variety of unique habitats, including a primate exhibit, Asian gardens, African animals and a manatee center.

    Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

    1101 West Sligh Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33604
    (813) 935-8552

  • Busch Gardens Distance:14.8 miles

    Busch Gardens

    Located in 22 minutes east of the hotel in Tampa, Busch Gardens theme park offers an abundance of fun for the entire family. Enjoy 335 acres of African animals, rides and live entertainment. Learn more at the Busch Gardens website.

    Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

    3000 E. Busch Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (888) 800-5447

    Located in 22 minutes east of the hotel in Tampa, Busch Gardens theme park offers an abundance of fun for the entire family. Enjoy 335 acres of African animals, rides and live entertainment. Learn more at the Busch Gardens website.

    Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

    3000 E. Busch Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33612
    (888) 800-5447

  • Safety Harbor Spa Distance:10 miles

    Safety Harbor Spa

    Located just across Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself. Indulge in 50,000 square feet of treatment rooms, swimming pools and natural mineral springs believed to restore youth and vitality. View a full list of spa services.

    Located just across Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself. Indulge in 50,000 square feet of treatment rooms, swimming pools and natural mineral springs believed to restore youth and vitality. View a full list of spa services.

  • Ben T. Davis Beach Distance:0.5 miles

    Ben T. Davis Beach

    Situated just moments from Bay Harbor Hotel, this local beach is a perfect place for a picnic or day on the water. Visitors will find a boat ramp, BBQ grills, tables and warm waters for swimming. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset. 

    Situated just moments from Bay Harbor Hotel, this local beach is a perfect place for a picnic or day on the water. Visitors will find a boat ramp, BBQ grills, tables and warm waters for swimming. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset. 

  • Clearwater Beach Distance:20 miles

    Clearwater Beach

    For an unforgettable excursion from Tampa, drive over the bay to Clearwater Beach. You’ll be amazed by the town’s white sand beaches, sparkling Gulf waters and family-friendly attractions. Be sure to meet Winter, the famous dolphin from the film Dolphin Tale, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 

    For an unforgettable excursion from Tampa, drive over the bay to Clearwater Beach. You’ll be amazed by the town’s white sand beaches, sparkling Gulf waters and family-friendly attractions. Be sure to meet Winter, the famous dolphin from the film Dolphin Tale, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 

  • St. Petersburg Distance:20 miles

    St. Petersburg

    If you love the sand and surf, you won’t want to miss St. Petersburg. This famous beach town is home to beautiful golf courses, parks, theaters, the Salvador Dali Museum, Tropicana Field ballpark and Fort DeSoto Beach – named one of the top beaches in the United States.

    If you love the sand and surf, you won’t want to miss St. Petersburg. This famous beach town is home to beautiful golf courses, parks, theaters, the Salvador Dali Museum, Tropicana Field ballpark and Fort DeSoto Beach – named one of the top beaches in the United States.

  • Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum) Distance:10 miles

    Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum)

    Located in Downtown Tampa's Channelside District, Amelie Arena is a popular venue for basketball games, ice hockey, concerts and football games. The arena has hosted many notable events, such as the 2012 Republican National Convention and the NCAA Division Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. See what’s happening during your visit.

    Located in Downtown Tampa's Channelside District, Amelie Arena is a popular venue for basketball games, ice hockey, concerts and football games. The arena has hosted many notable events, such as the 2012 Republican National Convention and the NCAA Division Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. See what’s happening during your visit.

  • MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly Ford Amphitheater) Distance:16.4 miles

    MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly Ford Amphitheater)

    See the top musical performers in the country at Tampa’s largest outdoor amphitheater, located just 18 minutes from the hotel. This venue has hosted legendary artists like Aerosmith, Alan Jackson, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. See who’s performing during your visit.

    See the top musical performers in the country at Tampa’s largest outdoor amphitheater, located just 18 minutes from the hotel. This venue has hosted legendary artists like Aerosmith, Alan Jackson, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. See who’s performing during your visit.

  • Ybor City Distance:10 miles

    Ybor City

    Founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers, Ybor City is a National Historic Landmark District and Tampa’s most vibrant multicultural neighborhood. Today travelers come for the sidewalk cafes, international cuisine, Latin entertainment and sizzling nightlife.

    Founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers, Ybor City is a National Historic Landmark District and Tampa’s most vibrant multicultural neighborhood. Today travelers come for the sidewalk cafes, international cuisine, Latin entertainment and sizzling nightlife.

  • Yacht StarShip Distance:9.5 miles

    Yacht StarShip

    One of the most scenic things to do in Tampa is take a ride on the Yacht StarShip. Docked 15 minutes from the hotel on Channelside Drive, the ship provides dinner cruises, lunch cruises and brunch cruises on the bay. Families, groups and solo travelers are invited to enjoy the ambiance and award-winning cuisine onboard.

    603 Channelside Drive
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 223-7999

    One of the most scenic things to do in Tampa is take a ride on the Yacht StarShip. Docked 15 minutes from the hotel on Channelside Drive, the ship provides dinner cruises, lunch cruises and brunch cruises on the bay. Families, groups and solo travelers are invited to enjoy the ambiance and award-winning cuisine onboard.

    603 Channelside Drive
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 223-7999

  • International Plaza Distance:3.6 miles

    International Plaza

    Discover a shopper’s paradise just five minutes away at International Plaza and Bay Street. This mall is home to over 200 stores, including Forever 21, Godiva, Guess, H&M, L'Occitane and Urban Outfitters. Visitors will also find popular restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen. Explore here. 

    Discover a shopper’s paradise just five minutes away at International Plaza and Bay Street. This mall is home to over 200 stores, including Forever 21, Godiva, Guess, H&M, L'Occitane and Urban Outfitters. Visitors will also find popular restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen. Explore here. 

  • Florida Aquarium Distance:8.7 miles

    Florida Aquarium

    Located in downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants from around the world, including a penguin exhibit, living coral reef and wetlands habitat. With so much to see, it’s no wonder the Florida Aquarium ranks among the leading aquariums in the country. 

    Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

    701 Channelside Dr
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 273-4000

    Located in downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants from around the world, including a penguin exhibit, living coral reef and wetlands habitat. With so much to see, it’s no wonder the Florida Aquarium ranks among the leading aquariums in the country. 

    Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

    701 Channelside Dr
    Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 273-4000

  • Port Tampa Bay Distance:9.2 miles

    Port Tampa Bay

    Strategically located on Florida's west coast, the Port of Tampa is easily linked to rapidly expanding markets in Central and South America and beyond. For more information click here!

    Strategically located on Florida's west coast, the Port of Tampa is easily linked to rapidly expanding markets in Central and South America and beyond. For more information click here!

  • Walt Disney World Distance:74.3 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes drive

    Disney World

    Come and enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Plan your vacation, create memories and enjoy every moment with family and friends.

    Come and enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Plan your vacation, create memories and enjoy every moment with family and friends.

Ben T. Davis Beach

Distance: 0.5 miles
Ben T. Davis Beach

Situated just moments from Bay Harbor Hotel, this local beach is a perfect place for a picnic or day on the water. Visitors will find a boat ramp, BBQ grills, tables and warm waters for swimming. The beach is open from sunrise to sunset. 

International Plaza

Distance: 3.6 miles
International Plaza

Discover a shopper’s paradise just five minutes away at International Plaza and Bay Street. This mall is home to over 200 stores, including Forever 21, Godiva, Guess, H&M, L'Occitane and Urban Outfitters. Visitors will also find popular restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen. Explore here. 

Tampa Museum of Art

Distance: 8.2 miles
Tampa Museum of Art

Located in downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, this 66,000-square-foot museum hosts world-class traveling exhibitions, a growing collection of contemporary and classical art and a host of educational programs.  Learn more here. 

2306 North Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607-2613
(813) 259-1720

Florida Aquarium

Distance: 8.7 miles
Florida Aquarium

Located in downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium is home to more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants from around the world, including a penguin exhibit, living coral reef and wetlands habitat. With so much to see, it’s no wonder the Florida Aquarium ranks among the leading aquariums in the country. 

Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

701 Channelside Dr
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 273-4000

Port Tampa Bay

Distance: 9.2 miles
Port Tampa Bay

Strategically located on Florida's west coast, the Port of Tampa is easily linked to rapidly expanding markets in Central and South America and beyond. For more information click here!

Yacht StarShip

Distance: 9.5 miles
Yacht StarShip

One of the most scenic things to do in Tampa is take a ride on the Yacht StarShip. Docked 15 minutes from the hotel on Channelside Drive, the ship provides dinner cruises, lunch cruises and brunch cruises on the bay. Families, groups and solo travelers are invited to enjoy the ambiance and award-winning cuisine onboard.

603 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 223-7999

Lowry Park Zoo

Distance: 9.8 miles
Lowry Park Zoo

Named the “Number One Zoo in the U.S.” by Child Magazine, Lowry Park Zoo is a must-see for families and animal lovers. The zoo is home to a variety of unique habitats, including a primate exhibit, Asian gardens, African animals and a manatee center.

Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 935-8552

Ybor City

Distance: 10 miles
Ybor City

Founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers, Ybor City is a National Historic Landmark District and Tampa’s most vibrant multicultural neighborhood. Today travelers come for the sidewalk cafes, international cuisine, Latin entertainment and sizzling nightlife.

Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum)

Distance: 10 miles
Amalie Arena (formerly Tampa Bay Times Forum)

Located in Downtown Tampa's Channelside District, Amelie Arena is a popular venue for basketball games, ice hockey, concerts and football games. The arena has hosted many notable events, such as the 2012 Republican National Convention and the NCAA Division Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament. See what’s happening during your visit.

Safety Harbor Spa

Distance: 10 miles
Safety Harbor Spa

Located just across Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself. Indulge in 50,000 square feet of treatment rooms, swimming pools and natural mineral springs believed to restore youth and vitality. View a full list of spa services.

Busch Gardens

Distance: 14.8 miles
Busch Gardens

Located in 22 minutes east of the hotel in Tampa, Busch Gardens theme park offers an abundance of fun for the entire family. Enjoy 335 acres of African animals, rides and live entertainment. Learn more at the Busch Gardens website.

Tickets available for purchase at Front Desk

3000 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(888) 800-5447

Museum of Science & Industry

Distance: 16.2 miles
Museum of Science & Industry

Discover over 400,000 square feet of interactive science activities at the Museum of Science and Industry. This impressive facility houses an IMAX theater, planetarium and 450 exhibits about ecosystems, weather, outer space and more. Learn more on the museum’s website.

MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly Ford Amphitheater)

Distance: 16.4 miles
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly Ford Amphitheater)

See the top musical performers in the country at Tampa’s largest outdoor amphitheater, located just 18 minutes from the hotel. This venue has hosted legendary artists like Aerosmith, Alan Jackson, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. See who’s performing during your visit.

Clearwater Beach

Distance: 20 miles
Clearwater Beach

For an unforgettable excursion from Tampa, drive over the bay to Clearwater Beach. You’ll be amazed by the town’s white sand beaches, sparkling Gulf waters and family-friendly attractions. Be sure to meet Winter, the famous dolphin from the film Dolphin Tale, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. 

St. Petersburg

Distance: 20 miles
St. Petersburg

If you love the sand and surf, you won’t want to miss St. Petersburg. This famous beach town is home to beautiful golf courses, parks, theaters, the Salvador Dali Museum, Tropicana Field ballpark and Fort DeSoto Beach – named one of the top beaches in the United States.

Salvador Dali Museum

Distance: 21.9 miles
Exterior view at Bay Harbor hotel in Tampa, US

Discover the largest collection of Salvador Dali artwork outside of Europe at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg. The museum is home to an exceptional collection, including 96 oil paintings and 100 watercolors and drawings.

1 Dali Boulevard
Saint Petersburg, FL 33764
(727) 823-3767

Walt Disney World

Distance: 74.3 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes drive
Disney World

Come and enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Plan your vacation, create memories and enjoy every moment with family and friends.

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