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It’s Time for a Spring Break in Tampa | March 13, 2018

In many parts of North America this year March rolled in like a roaring lion leaving residents beyond winter-weary and ready for a reprieve. Yes, after record snowfalls and too many blizzards to count, it’s high time for a well-deserved spring break and the city of Tampa, Florida is beckoning.

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Tampa is a family-friendly location that also caters to the party crowd. Its temperate climate, tropical beaches and topnotch attractions make it a triple threat vacation destination.

Temperate Climate

With average highs in the mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit and a 72 percent chance of sunny skies during the month of March, Tampa’s climate is ideal for anyone looking to be outside and enjoy splashing about in warm water and catching some rays. Humidity and precipitation is also low at this time of year meaning no sticky nights and little chance of outdoor fun being spoiled by a rain shower.

Tropical Beaches

Situated on Florida’s west coast near the Gulf of Mexico, beaches are plentiful in Tampa and opportunities for water recreation abound. Whether you want to charter a boat, rent a jet ski, or just stroll along a boardwalk jutting into the bay the city’s glorious waterfront will satisfy your desires.

Tampa is also part of the broader Tampa Bay Area that includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater. St. Petersburg is bordered by three bodies of water offering a tremendous amount of beach front areas and the most number of sunny days in the state earning it the nickname of Sunshine City. Clearwater is home to Clearwater Beach, one of the best beaches in the Unites States and the world known for its 2.5 mile long stretch of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico. Pier 60 and the Beach Walk are popular destinations for both sunbathers and night owls.

Topnotch Attractions

Be it a theme park, museum or historical landmark, Tampa offers several options for those seeking adventure beyond just being a beach bum.

Busch Gardens Tampa is an African-themed animal and amusement park that features exhibits such as the Serengeti Plain, Edge of Africa and Bird Gardens. The park is also known for its eight roller coasters and two water rides.

The SS American Victory is a museum ship that is permanently docked in Tampa’s downtown Channel District. The ship was formerly used in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War as a cargo vessel transporting ammunition and other goods from the United States to Southeast Asia.

Ybor City is a historical district in northeast Tampa that contains many landmarks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The area is noteworthy for being the home of cigar manufacturers and thousands of immigrant workers who thrived in the region from the late 1800s until the Great Depression era. Ybor City was also known for its social clubs and mutual aid societies such as El Centro Español de Tampa and Centro Asturiano de Tampa that provided cultural gathering places to welcome and orient new immigrants to the city.

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