Tampa and Tampa Bay Florida
Bay, one of the worlds great secluded harbors, is a vast body of
water separated from the Gulf of Mexico by a peninsula that
stretches from Clearwater on the north to St. Petersburg on the
south. Tampa also features the largest port in Florida. Ranked among the top five best places in the nation to
live in the The 1999 Places Almanac, the city ranked among the
top 15 cities in the nation in a Forbes Magazine list of the
best places for business and careers. Tampa gets its name from a
Native American word meaning "a bundle of sticks," a reference
to the region as a campsite.
Today, Tampa is the third largest
city in Florida. Tampa is home to the Superbowl champions the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa Port is the nation's seventh largest
port. Tampa International Airport is known as the world's
friendliest airport. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is the
largest theater complex south the Mason Dixon line and Tampa
Convention Center is one of the largest convention centers in
the Southeastern United States. A major north-south interstate
highway, I-75, streaks up the east side of the bay, while I-275
branches off from I-75 north of Sarasota and travels through St.
Petersburg, crossing the Courtney Campbell Causeway and heading
north from downtown.
Those two interstate highways meet just
north of town. There they create a triangle known as the Busch
Gardens/University of South Florida section of town. That's
where you'll find Tampa's famed Busch Gardens, home of wild
rides and wild animals, and an attraction that ranks among the
top crowd pleasers in Florida. Other attractions in that
vicinity include, the Tampa Greyhound Track, MOSI - the Museum
of Science and Industry, Adventure Island water park and the D.
G. Yuengling Brewery. Temple Terrace, a suburb, can be found
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On the southern edge of downtown Tampa, the Garrison Channel
passes between Harbour Island, home to the
Island Hotel, which anchors a cluster of shops and
restaurants, and the Garrison Pier. Here, too, you will find the Tampa Convention Center, which
houses a branch of the Tampa Hillsborough Visitor Information
Center, a new Ice Palace Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lighting
professional hockey team, and the Florida Aquarium fittingly
tucked in near the sea.