It seems a little silly writing about things to do when visiting your student at USF. Based on the fact that central Florida is such a large tourist destination, you will find everything under the sun to do, there is no lack of entertainment. It doesn’t always have to be about amusement parks; although Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are a great time. If it’s football season, then, of course, you should plan on attending a Bulls game, or a Buccaneers football game, or even a Lightning hockey game. There is no shortage of sports in Tampa.
But if you’re looking for something easy around campus, why not take in the latest movie? AMC Highwoods 20 is just a couple of miles from campus, on Highwood Preserve Pkwy, and has lots of options for dining near it as well. For a family bowling match, try AMF University Lanes on N 56 St, or head downtown to the Channelside District for Splitsville. Why not take a walk in the park or canoe down the Hillsborough River? Right across from USF is Lettuce Lake Park and USF Riverfront Park. There are picnic facilities, rentals, and even guided tours. You must have your Bull with you at Riverfront Park as it requires a student ID.
On top of the award-winning beaches in the bay area, there are wonderful museums as well. Head across the street from campus and go to the Museum of Science and Industry (or known as MOSI). Or in downtown, the Henry B. Plant Museum will take you back to old Florida. Lastly, if you can venture to St. Pete, you must see the Salvador Dali Museum. It is an experience in itself.
Other great options for food and entertainment
TopGolf Tampa – 10690 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619
iFly Indoor Skydiving – 10654 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619
Dave & Buster’s -10209 Estuary Lakes Drive, Tampa, FL 33619
Grand Prix – 14320 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, FL 33613
Tampa Bay Food Tours – Showcases many outstanding chefs and unique destinations. Food tours are the perfect way to explore and savor the flavor of the west coast of Florida.
Tampa’s nightlife is fun! If you’re not sure, ask your kids. There are so many great pubs, craft breweries, nightclubs, theaters, sporting events, cultural happenings, street fairs, gambling, parades, and countless restaurants, hotels, and clubs to fit the vibe, budget, and taste of any type of visitor.
You may want to check out Sparkman Wharf, a new food hall formerly where Channelside was located. Has a dining garden, Biergarten and lawn for play and relaxation.
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