Nearby Attractions: The Tampa Aquarium is a short distance from the port and offers interactive exhibits the Penguins: Backstage Pass that enables visitors to come face-to-beak with endangered African black-footed penguins; a Wild Dolphin Ecotour; and Swim with the Fishes, a scuba-style diving adventure. Visit www.flaquarium.org. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is one of the country's largest zoos and also boasts multiple thrill rides and attractions. It is located at 3000 East Busch Boulevard. Visit www.buschgardens.com.
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A streetcar ride (the TECO Line Street Car System) along a 2.4-mile route is a convenient and inexpensive way to see the sights (fare is $2.50 one-way) and it takes to and from downtown Tampa to Ybor City via the Tampa Aquarium and other points of interest.
Fishing, biking, and spectator sports including major league baseball games of the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field and NFL games of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium are among popular pastimes.
Cruise passengers who have a very short time pre- or post-cruise have the Channelside Bay Plaza near the terminals with shops, restaurants and an IMAX theater.
Excursions Sold Onboard Ships: Sometimes a city tour to Tampa's historic landmarks including Ybor City is offered including transfer to the airport for passengers with late afternoon flights. Nearby Hotels: Major chains, including Best Western, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton and more are represented. Good Restaurant For Lunch: The Columbia Restaurant is an institution in Ybor City, celebrating 100 years in 2005. Try the bean soup and the paella valenciana (a rice, seafood, chicken and pork dish). The Columbia Restaurant is at 2117 East 7th Avenue. Visit www.columbiarestaurant.com.
Cruise Lines That Sail From The Port Of Tampa: Ships that you will be able to see and/or sail on include those of Carnival Cruise Lines, of Holland America Line, of Norwegian Cruise Line, and of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Transportation/Parking At The Port: Passengers who buy air tickets through the cruise lines generally receive free transfers from the airport to the port on embarkation/disembarkation day. Cruise lines also offer nominal fee airport/pier transportation to independent air travelers. The Tampa International Airport is a 15-minute ride from the port. Taxis are plentiful and fare is $25. Parking at the port is $14 per day. Valet parking is available at terminals 2 and 3 for additional charge.
Additional Information: Visit www.tampaport.com. For details on Tampa, log on to www.visittampabay.com.