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Sightseeing in Tampa

When you have had your fill of chills and thrills on the roller coaster rides at Busch Garden, explore the city at leisure. Stop by the fine Tampa Museum of Art, boasting of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities as well as modern American Art. Admire the museum building and the collection housed in the Henry B Plant Museum, the former home of the railroad tycoon, Henry B Plant. The Florida Aquarium is a city landmark - stare wide-eyed at the wide variety of fresh-water and sea-water creatures here. Swamps, lagoons, streams from across Florida have been recreated here and one can only marvel at Mother Nature's tremendous diversity.

Culturally distinct with its strong Cuban overtones, Ybor City is Tampa's prized tourist enclave -- the nightlife here is the best in the city. A historic district, Ybor City was established in 1886 by cigar magnate Vincent Martinez Ybor as a base to manufacture cigars from the Havana tobacco shipped into Tampa. Soon, a large migrant workforce, mainly Cuban made Tampa the Cigar Capital of the World. With the decline of the cigar industry, most factories were converted into bars, shops and restaurants. For a better understanding of the area, visit the Ybor City State Museum.

If you have had enough of history and want to get a fix of science and technology, head for the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) with its interactive displays and IMAX Theater.


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