MenuDirections 2013: Must-see Attractions in Tampa

A quick guide to what to see in Tampa, Fla.

FoodService Director’s 11th annual MenuDirections is March 3-5 in Tampa, Fla. For those first-time visitors to the city, here’s a quick guide of must-see attractions in Tampa, home of sunshine, beaches and fun!

Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay combines thrill rides, live entertainment and one of North America’s largest zoos for an unforgettable adventure. New this year, is Iceploration, which features ice skaters, larger-than-life puppets and animals.

seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa
813-987-5000
888-800-5447

The Florida Aquarium

Billed as one of the top family-friendly aquariums in the country, the Florida Aquarium features interactive programs like "Swim with the Fishes" and "Dive with the Sharks." Visitors can also go behind the scenes with a shark feeding or penguin encounter.

flaquarium.org
813-273-4000

Canoe Escape

Jump in a canoe and explore the Hillsborough River as you wind your way through a 16,000-acre wilderness park. Discover Florida’s birds, turtles and gators on a two-hour to full-day downstream paddling adventure.

canoeescape.com
813-986-2067

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is the largest science center in the southeastern United States, with more than 450 hands-on activities. It’s home to the only IMAX Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. The museum also features The Children’s Science Center at MOSI, which is the largest children’s science center in the nation

mosi.org
813-987-6000

Source: Tampa Bay & Co. 

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