Travellers come from all over the country to enjoy the natural beauty and year-round sunshine on Florida’s west coast. Famous for its pristine beaches, diverse culinary scene, theme parks and wildlife, the Tampa Bay region truly has something for everyone.
Thanks to Harborside Suites’ exceptional waterfront location and on-site marina, experiencing Tampa’s outdoor attractions has never been easier. Our friendly staff can arrange sunset cruises, sailing excursions, deep-sea fishing charters and guided tours by Jet Ski or kayak. Guests will also find an array of water sports gear for rent on our private beach. Choose from ocean kayaks, snorkelling equipment, Jet Skis and more.
For those who want to explore the surrounding area, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, two parks and a family-friendly manatee preserve are within 15 minutes of the resort. Downtown Tampa is also 30 minutes away by car.
Travelling with children? Harborside Suites at Little Harbor is less than 25 miles from the famous Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens amusement park and the Glazer Children’s Museum.
To help with your planning, we’ve put together a list of our favorite Tampa Bay attractions and things to do:
Manatee Viewing Center has been one of the best places in the world to see manatees for more than 25 years. Since the building of the Tampa Electric Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, Florida, people have been seeing manatees appear in the discharge canal of the power station. Here in this canal is where these splendid aquatic animals seek warm waters when Tampa Bay waters cool below about 68 degrees in the winter months of November through April. To learn more about the times of the year the Manatee Viewing Center is open, visit www.tampaelectric.com/manatee.
The Florida Aquarium is located in downtown Tampa, FL and ranks among the leading aquariums in the United States. Fun things to see and do at the Florida Aquarium include the Explore-A-Shore outdoor water fun area, Wild Dolphin Ecotour, the Swim with the Fishes activity, and the Penguins exhibit. All in all, you'll be able to see more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plant forms from around the world. To learn more about the best things to do at the Florida Aquarium, visit www.flaquarium.org.
The Amelie Arena is one of Tampa's leading venues and boasts more than 670,000 square feet of top facilities. Proud home of the National Hockey League's Tampa Bay Lightning, the Amelie Arena hosts a stellar lineup of concerts, sports action and events, including the circus, ice shows and family-style programs. To learn more about the exciting events coming up at the Amelie Arena and to get tickets, visit www.amaliearena.com.
The Tampa Museum of Art in Downtown Tampa, Florida offers a world-class collection specializing in 20th-century fine art and ancient Greek, Etruscan & Roman Antiquities. Housed in a spectacular new $33 million building by architect Stanley Saitowitz which was erected in 2006, the Tampa Museum of Art offers one of America's most spectacular art collections and spaces for viewing. To learn more about upcoming special exhibits and permanent collections at the Tampa Museum of Art, visit www.tampamuseum.org.
The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida offers over 400,000 square feet of interactive activities and hands-on learning opportunities revolving around science, an IMAX theater and a planetarium. The southeastern United States' largest center for science, the 450 exhibits include ways to learn about ecosystems, weather conditions, the human body and the planets and stars. To learn more about amazing things to do at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, visit www.mosi.org.
The Lowry Zoo in Tampa, Florida is a local gem that has been nationally recognized for its splendid facilities and programs. Named the #1 Zoo in the United States by readers of Parents Magazine, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is home a wondrous array of fascinating creatures on 56 sprawling acres. Find out more about the many exciting animals and exhibits to see at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, visit www.lowryparkzoo.com.
Busch Gardens Tampa offers an African safari experience filled with amusement park rides, roller coasters, entertainment, live stage shows and dining in Florida. You can see more than 3,000 animals at Busch Gardens Tampa and have a face-to-face encounter with orangutans at the Jungala exhibit or go roaring down the Kumba roller coaster. To learn more about the many exciting things to do at Busch Gardens, visit http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/.
The Glazer Children's Museum features a wide array of interactive learning opportunities and hands-on ways to play and learn, designed especially for kids. Exhibits include Art Smart, Central Bank, Cruise Ship, Engineers Workshop, Fire House, Publix Super Market, Tug Boat Tots and Vet Clinic. Note: No adult will be admitted to the Glazer Children's Museum without a child present. To learn more about the many fun things to do with kids at the Glazer Children's Museum, visit www.glazermuseum.org.
The Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida was built around the collection of A. Reynolds Morse and his wife Eleanor Reese, who assembled the world's largest private collection of Salvador Dali's work. Celebrating more than 25 years in Florida, the Salvador Dali Museum offers a rare look at the Surrealist master's art plus the work of other modern artists like Joan Miró and André Masson. To learn more about the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, visit www.salvadordalimuseum.org.
Find out what’s on in Tampa Bay during your visit. From professional sports to food & wine events to boat shows and charity events, there are plenty of chances to get out and join our friendly Tampa locals at play.
Festival of Chocolate (January) (20 miles)
Einstein on Food & Wine (January – February) (25 miles)
New York Yankees Spring Training (February - March) (20 miles)
Tampa Bay Rays Baseball (April – September) (40 miles)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football (September – November) (20 miles)
Tampa Bay Boat Show (September) (20 miles)
Tampa Bay Lightening Hockey (Oct – May) (20 miles)
Sunset Grill & Hooks (on property)
The Fish House (2 miles) – Lunch and dinner, Thursday - Sunday
Ybor Grill (3 miles) – Lunch and dinner only, Cuban theme
Circles Bar and Grill (8 miles) – Lunch and dinner, waterfront seating
Seafood Dive (8 miles) – Lunch and Dinner
Applebees Neighborhood Grill (10 miles) – Lunch, dinner, happy hour, late night