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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.


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 $9.25

Fully Loaded: Cuban Breakfast Roll, Fried Egg, Sausage, Double Bacon, Grilled Onions, Cheddar Cheese, & Maple Drizzle $9.50

Marlene's Way: Fresh Croissant, Fried Egg, Grilled Breakfast Ham, Swiss Cheese, Baby Spinach, Basil, & MOBS Special Zesty Sauce $9.00


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 (1.13.24):

Tues 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!)


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 $138.99  Online Price $99.99

Quick Queue Unlimited Plus Iron Gwazi One-Time Ride (Skip Lines, Does Not Include Park Admission) $49.99

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

Hours (1.13.24)

Mon to Thurs 10 am - 5 pm

Fri to Sun 10 am - 8 pm

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

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

Estimated General Admission(1.13.24):

Adult $34.70

Child $29.45

Senior $31.20

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

701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Hours (1.25.23)

Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm

The Prices Fluctuate On Several Variables

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


Daily 10 am - 5 pm

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.

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: $15.00

Senior (65+) $12.00

Youth (4-12) $10.00

The American Victory Ship & Museum Located in Tampa Florida

705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602


Monday Noon - 5 pm

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 5 pm


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


Monday to Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday    10 am - 4 pm

Sunday Closed

Order Online: No

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Paris (Grilled): Turkey Breast, Brie & Fresh Apples Served on Buttercrust White with Pete Wright's Mustard Sauce $13.50

Monte Cristo (Grilled): Ham, Genoa Salami, Turkey Breast, German Dill Pickles & Jarlsberg Cheese Served on Double Decker Style Pumpernickel Bread with Mustard Sauce $13.25

Bahama Baby (Grilled): Lots of Roast Pork, Ham, Thin Sliced Cucumber, Bacon, & Jarlsberg Cheese with Mustard Sauce on an Onion Roll $13.50

Texan: Double Decker Roast Beef Sandwich with Bacon, New York Cheddar, Red Onions, Lettuce, & Tomatoes on Pumpernickel with Pete's Mustard Sauce $15.75

Hummingbird Cake: Banana Layer Cake with Pineapple & Nuts with Cream Cheese Frosting $8.50

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 $7.75

Pizza Burger: Quarter Pound Burger with Pizza Sauce, Pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, White American Cheese on Grilled Texas Toast $9.00

Thee Glazed One Burger (Fri&Sat Only): Bacon Cheeseburger on a Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut Bun $9.00


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


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, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

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)

King Dec. 22' - $482.33

King Feb. 23' - $545.66

King Feb. 24' - $519.00

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

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

Two Queen Dec. 22' - $382.00

Two Queen Feb. 23' - $544.00

Two Queen Feb. 24' - $469.00

Located Near the Riverwalk and Florida Aquarium

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


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

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

Theoretical Jam: Wheat Ale with Red Berries | 6.0% ABV | 25 IBU

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


Monday to Thursday 11 am - 10 pm

Friday 11 am - 11 pm

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


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

Night Swim: Robust Porter | 6.2% ABV

Unholy: Belgian Tripel | 9.2% ABV

Peaches: Sour-Fruited Berliner Weisse | 5.0% ABV


Monday to Thursday 11 am - 11 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - Midnight

Sunday 11 am - 9 pm

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

Food Menu is Available

 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

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