Last Updated:

6/23/22

Tampa, FL

Coaster Mania at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Best Attraction in Tampa Florida

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

The Special Breakfast Sandwich from Marlene's Original Breakfast Sandwich Located in Tampa, Florida.

Marlene's Original Breakfast Sandwich

7206 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33614

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

The Special: Cuban Baguette, Double Fried Egg, Smoked Kielbasa, Gouda Cheese, Chives, Cilantro, & MOBS Special Spicy Mayo $7.25


Fully Loaded: Cuban Breakfast Roll, Fried Egg, Sausage, Double Bacon, Grilled Onions, Cheddar Cheese, & Maple Drizzle $7.75


Marlene's Way: Fresh Croissant, Fried Egg, Grilled Breakfast Ham, Swiss Cheese, Baby Spinach, Basil, & MOBS Special Zesty Sauce $7.00

Hours:

Tuesday to Friday 7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday & Sunday 8 am - 12:30 pm

Order Online: No

One Sandwich will Power You Through the Day

Dozen Donuts from Nicola's Donuts Located in Tampa Florida, Handmade Since 1982

Nicola's Donut Shop

902 W Busch Blvd #102, Tampa, FL 33612

Some of the Donut Flavors

  • Brownie Explosion


  • Vanilla Maple


  • Fried Oreo


  • Frosted Animal Cracker


  • Fruity Pebble


  • Peanut Butter Cup


  • Chocolate Chocolate

Hours:

Mon to Sat. 6 am - Sellout/1 pm

Sunday Closed

Order Online: No

The Donuts Look Like a Work of Art, Too Good to Eat (Not!)

Activities

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay


Top Five Rides I Would Ride (No Order)

  • Iron Gwazi (New 2022) - North America Tallest, Fastest, & Steepest Hybrid Coaster


  • Cheetah Hunt - Park's Longest Thrill Ride, Triple-Launch Roller Coaster


  • Sheikra


  • Cobra's Curse - Spinning Roller Coaster


  • Kumba - World's Largest Vertical Loops in a Coaster


Daily Admission Ticket Cost(Estimate):


Gate Price $124.99  Online Price $89.99


Quick Queue Unlimited Plus Iron Gwazi One-Time Ride (Skip Lines, Does Not Include Park Admission) $39.99


Single Day Parking $30.00


All Day Dining $49.99

Plenty of Coasters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Located in Tampa Florida

10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Serengeti Safari Tour: 30 Min Off-Road Wildlife Safari $39.99

Summer Hours for the Most

Daily 10 am - 10 pm

The Florida Aquarium

Exhibit & Example of Animals


  • Wetlands of Florida: Birds, Turtles, Alligator, Freshwater Fish, & River Otters


  • Journey to Madagascar: Ring-Tailed Lemurs, Hissing Cockroaches, & Tomato Frog


  • Bays & Beaches: Spiny Lobsters, Garden Eels, & Pufferfish


  • Stingray Beach: Cownose Ray, Blue Angelfish, Porkfish, & Doctorfish


  • No Bone Zone: Sea Stars, Anemones, & Sea Cucumbers


  • Coral Reef (Largest Habitat): Sand Tiger Sharks, Sea Turtles, Atlantic Stingrays, & Green Moray Eel


  • Waves of Wonder: Jellyfish, Clownfish, Pacific Octopus, Bonnethead Sharks, & Spotted Eagle Rays 


  • Moon Bay (Touch Habitat, Only Kind in Southeast): Moon Jelly


Summer General Admission(Depends on Day):


Adult - $30.95/$33.45

Child - $26.45/$28.45

Senior - $28.20/$30.20


River Otter From The Florida Aquarium Located in Tampa Florida, My Favorite Animal

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Aqua Nights - Friday Nights July 1st to August 5th - 4 pm to 8 pm

Hours

Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm

Tampa Bay History Center

Some Exhibits That Spark My Interest


  • Cuban Pathways (Now-Feb 12th, 2023)


  • Kitschy Cartography: Illustrated & Pictorial Maps of Florida


  • Picturing Women Inventors


  • Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates, and Shipwrecks


General Admission


Adults: $16.95

Senior $14.95

Youth (7-17) $12.95

Discover Shipwrecks at the Tampa Bay History Center Located in Tampa Florida

801 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

The Touchton Map Library: Home to Thousands of Original Maps, Charts, and Other Documents Dating Back to the Discovery of the New World. Only Cartographic Center in the Southeastern United States, One of Only Nine in the U.S.

Hours

Daily 10 am - 5 pm

American Victory Ship & Museum

Excerpt From Their Website


As one of only 4 fully-operational WWII ships in the country, the American Victory Ship is a true American icon and is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.  Come aboard and witness virtually the entire ship including cavernous three-level cargo holds, radio and gyro rooms, hospital, galley, weaponry, steering stations, flying bridge, signaling equipment, wheelhouse, mess halls, crew cabins, lifeboats, the Captain's quarters, cargo equipment and the engine. Enjoy rare artifacts, exciting exhibits, uniforms, medals, documents, and photographs. It's all right here throughout nine decks and our 455'x109' cargo vessel.


General Admission


Adults: $12.00

Senior (65+) $10.00

Youth (4-12) $7.00

The American Victory Ship & Museum Located in Tampa Florida

705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Hours

Monday Noon - 5 pm

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Food

Bahama Baby Sandwich from Wright's Gourmet House Located in Tampa Florida, Home of Great Sandwiches and Cakes

Wright's Gourmet House

1200 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Paris (Grilled): Turkey Breast, Brie & Fresh Apples Served on Buttercrust White with Pete Wright's Mustard Sauce $12.50


Monte Cristo (Grilled): Ham, Genoa Salami, Turkey Breast, German Dill Pickles & Jarlsberg Cheese Served on Double Decker Style Pumpernickel Bread with Mustard Sauce $11.75


Bahama Baby (Grilled): Lots of Roast Pork, Ham, Thin Sliced Cucumber, Bacon, & Jarlsberg Cheese with Mustard Sauce on an Onion Roll $11.75


Texan: Double Decker Roast Beef Sandwich with Bacon, New York Cheddar, Red Onions, Lettuce, & Tomatoes on Pumpernickel with Pete's Mustard Sauce $14.50


Hummingbird Cake: Banana Layer Cake with Pineapple & Nuts with Cream Cheese Frosting $7.50

Hours:

Monday to Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday    10 am - 4 pm

Sunday Closed

Order Online: No

Do Not Leave Without Trying a Slice of Cake

Thee Tangy One Burger from Thee Burger Spot Located in Tampa Florida, Home of the Famous Onion Thangs

Thee Burger Spot

3917 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33603

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Thee Bacon One Burger: Topped with Bacon, American Cheese, Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion Thangs $6.75


Pizza Burger: Quarter Pound Burger with Pizza Sauce, Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, White American Cheese on Grilled Texas Toast


Thee Glazed One Burger (Fri&Sat Only): Bacon Cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut Bun $7.00

Hours:

Monday to Saturday 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday Closed

Order Online: Yes

Get Thee Burger Spot Famous Onion Thangs on the Side

Ice Cream Waffle Cone From Revolution Ice Cream Company Located in Tampa Florida, Home of Crazy Ice Cream Flovors

The Revolution Ice Cream Co.

6701 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

  • Callie's Hotcakes:  Buttered Pancake Ice Cream Topped with Syrup


  • Mint Want Cookies:  Mint Based Ice Cream with Andes Candies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Cookie Dough


  • Drunken Brownies:  Chardonnay Caramel Ice Cream with Brownie Bits


  • Porky's Delight:  Vanilla Ice Cream with Bacon & Bacon Brittle


  • Chocolate Shock:  Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Brownies, & Chocolate Chips

Hours:

Monday to Thursday Noon - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday Noon - 11 pm

Sunday 1 pm - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

They have Over 100 Flavors to Play With and Rotate on Regular Basis

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room which is usually a queen bed

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

  • The Newly Built East Tower has Views of Three New Pools.


  • Dining: Plenty of Options (12) Ranging from Council Oaks & Seafood, Fine Dining Steakhouse to Sugar Factory, Crazy Dessert Options Can Be Found Onsite


  • The Hard Rock Event Center, 1500 Seat Venue for the Nation's Best Entertainers


  • The Place to Be Seen is at Luxurious Pool Facility, Three Pools Surrounded By Cabanas & Loungers, Perfect Way to Get Your Drink On

The Pool Area at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa Florida, Perfect Way to Relax in the Pool

5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


East Tower King in August 2022 - $432.33


Connected is One of the Largest Casino in the Country (245,000 square-feet)

Tampa Marriott Water Street

  • A Waterfront Hotel in the Very Popular Water Street District of Downtown Tampa.


  • Dining: Garrison Tavern, a Neighborhood Public House Serving Craft Beer & Pub Fare with Topgolf Swing Suites for Fun with Friends


  • Relax at the Rooftop Pool Drinking a Berry Lemonade Cocktail from the Nearby Pool Bar & Grill


  • All the Rooms Have Plenty of Space So Your Pets Can Stretch Their Legs (Pets Allowed)

Pool View at Tampa Marriot Water Street is Located in Tampa, Florida.

505 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Located Near the Riverwalk and Florida Aquarium

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


Two Queen Bed in August 2022 - $334.00

21 and up fun

One Thousand Pickleball Courts Brew from Cigar City Brewing Located in Tampa Florida, One of the Best Breweries in the Country

Cigar City Brewing

3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, FL 33607

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Jai Alai: IPA - American | 7.5% ABV | 70 IBU


Florida Man: IPA - Imperial/Double | 8.5% ABV | 50 IBU


Margarita Gose: Sour - Fruited Gose | 4.2% ABV | 5 IBU


Cosmic Crown: Belgian Strong Golden Ale | 9.0% ABV | 36 IBU

Hours:

Monday to Thursday 11 am - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - 11 pm

Sunday 11 am - 10 pm

Food Menu is Available

Lineup of Brews From Coppertail Brewing Company Located in Tampa Florida

Coppertail Brewing Co.

2601 E 2nd Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Free Dive: IPA - American | 5.9% ABV | 65 IBU


Sunken Grove: Sour - Fruited Gose (Tangerines) | 4.3% ABV


Unholy: Belgian Tripel | 9.2% ABV


Cherry Gold: Kolsch | 4.9% ABV

Hours:

Monday to Thursday 11 am - 11 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - Midnight

Sunday 11 am - 9 pm

Food Menu is Available

They Pour Twenty Unique Brews at a Given Time & Rotate on a Regular Basis

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn