Tampa Information

A Little History
Although Ponce de Leon visited the Gulf Coast of what would become Tampa in 1513 the Spaniards who settled in Florida expended their energy developing the Atlantic side of the peninsula. The area did not start to grow until more than 300 years later. Although the area was blockaded during the Civil War, Tampa still experienced steady expansion. Businessmen like Henry B. Plant (railroad and hotels), Vincente Martinez Ybor (cigar factory on Ybor Square), Jose Marti (Cuba's "George Washington") and Percival Ellicott Fansler (commercial airline service) built strong foundations for the city. Tampa is now the seventh largest port in the United States and handles both commercial shipping and pleasure cruises.

Things to Do in Tampa
Tampa is not all business. The city is home to the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, affectionately known as "The Bucs" as well as the Tampa Bay Rays MLB. Additionally, six MLB teams do their spring training in the area. Their NHL team is appropriately called the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you want to see any of the home games for any of these teams, be sure you book your tickets early.

Are you traveling on a "shoestring?" There are some awesome things to do around Tampa that cost only the transportation to get to them. Fort DeSoto Park marks one of the places from which the coast was once defended. Two of the cannons are in the Fort and the park is a wonderful place to walk or bicycle.

The beach at Fort DeSoto Park is a good place for families. Parking is free and there are pavilions that are perfect for family reunions. If you are traveling in an RV, the park is a great place to stay. Everyone who parks there has a view of the Gulf of Mexico and may even be able see dolphins frolicking in the water.

The Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach charges no admission to see the manatees. The season begins November 1 when the water is the right temperature for the animals. Manatees average about ten feet long and weigh in at half a ton. The Tidal Walkway Nature Trail is a part of Tampa Electric's way of giving back to the community. The Upland Habitat there features native plants like the Cabbage Palm or Sabal palmetto. There are four more habitats you may visit including the Tampa Bay Estuary.

Ybor City Museum State Park does charge $4 to visit (children 5 and under are free). It is a National Historic Monument. The garden and the "casita" will give you a window into the history of Tampa that will round out your visit to this amazing city.

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