Unexpected Surprises Await
The most underrated city with big time fun: Tampa has evolved from its gritty roots into a modern city with world-class theme parks, museums and ambitious restaurants. The downtown Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River sparkles with modern architecture and scenic public spaces. There’s enough entertainment here to last a week including Adventure Island Water Park, Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, The Florida Aquarium and the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A pleasant surprise is the Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple. For the best noodle soup and beef soup with fish balls, people flock here on Sundays for the food and flower markets. Get here early. Visitors may enter the temple barefoot and listen to traditional music.