Tampa has it all including culture and history with beautiful waterfront views, great restaurants, outdoor activities and showstopping theaters and museums. There is so much to see and do here and all of it with the sun shining! So if you have 48 hours in this cool city what should you plan to do? We have you covered.

The 11 eateries and activities below are a step above the rest. You will want to put all 11 of these places on your bucket list!

Top 11 Things to do in and around Tampa

Urban Kai

If you’re looking for a fun, low impact outdoor activity…look no further! Urban Kai offers stand up paddle boarding lessons, rentals, adventure tours and much more!

Bandit Coffee Co.

Bandit offers some of the best coffee in Florida. They have a large variety of roasts and they all tell their own story. They are a little outside of Tampa in St. Petersburg and it is worth the drive!

Nightly Spirits

Nightly Spirits is a popular activity that offers a combination of a pub crawl and ghost tour! It is unlike anything you have been on before. Participants get to explore haunted bars, buildings and much more while enjoying some tasty beverages along the way.

Tampa Bay SUP

Tampa Bay SUP has kayaks, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards for rent or lessons. They also offer incredible tours through the mangroves and preserves! Expect high quality service, equipment and instruction.


Ever tried a Nashville chicken donut? Well, you need to! Datz has all the delicious, inventive, fresh comfort food you could imagine. The menu is full of local items and is a flagship place to stop next time you are in the Sunshine state!

Stagework Theater

This outstanding venue puts on excellent performances and is the longest running theater in Tampa. It has been open for over 30 years. You will definitely want to try to check out an award-winning show here next time you are in town. Make sure to check their online calendar for upcoming performances and tickets.

Restaurant BT

This fantastic restaurant offers French-Vietnamese cuisine in a zen-like atmosphere. It is located in the heart of South Tampa and is certainly a unique experience not to be missed!

Tampa Water Taxi Co.

Tampa Water Taxi offers a variety of unforgettable tours. See and learn about Tampa’s beautiful homes, wildlife and history. They have celebrity home tours, dolphin tours, history tours, sunset tours and special events. 

Henry B. Plant Museum

This museum offers an authentic experience with actual furnishings from turn-of-the-century America that reflect the amazing opulence of the times. The museum is in the 1891 Tampa Bay Hotel, which has its own rich history. There is so much to learn here from the work of famous war correspondents to the vision of the steamship and railroad magnate Henry Plant.

Hidden Springs Ale Works

Enjoy the tasting room and try some locally crafted brews and seasonal sour ales. The delicious craft beers can also be found with various distributors in other locations. Check the website for those locations and for special events like raffles, trivia and more!

Garagiste Meadery

This small-scale entrepreneurial wine-maker has made a name for itself in the Tampa area. They do things differently and it is incredible! Check out their events and tasting room to sample some of their exotic and delicious creations. 


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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