From Brooksville down to Zephyrhills, visit Florida’s west central region along the gulf coast. With world-class beaches, museums, more theme parks, annual festivals, fresh seafood, water sports and outdoor recreation at every turn, you’ll fall in love with the west coast of Florida.
Visit Tampa Bay’s iconic Ybor City or head to the family fun zone of Busch Gardens. Hit the pristine sandy beaches of Redington, Madeira, Indian Rock, Clearwater and St. Pete, or enjoy the superb fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling in Crystal River.
Check out the Dali Museum and the Skyway Pier in St. Petersburg or attend a harbor concert in Clearwater. Wine vineyards can be found all along the coast, and the culinary scene in Tampa and St. Pete are becoming legendary. Golf enthusiasts love the variety of stellar courses all around the region, turning any trip into a leisure vacation.
Historical Ybor City in Tampa Bay Florida
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Head to Tampa for two of the most exciting festivals in Florida. Bringing in over half a million visitors each January, the Gasparilla Pirate Fest features a pirate themed parade and party led by the 164-foot-tall Jose Gasparilla pirate ship. Each October in Ybor City, Gauvaween attracts crowds for a full day of Halloween fun including outdoor concerts, Spooky Story Time, and costume contests.
The central west coast of Florida is home to some of the most prominent museums in the country, adding culture and history to the already popular region. Located in Tampa, the Museum of Fine Arts offers the only comprehensive art collection from antiquity to the present day. The Florida Holocaust Museum pays homage to the memory of millions that suffered in the Holocaust. And in St. Petersburg, the Dali Museum houses the world's most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist's work.
With the beach as your backdrop, there are outdoor adventures at every bend. Head to the Gulf Coast for swimming, surfing, diving, and snorkeling, or visit Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark for a bit of the not so ordinary. Enjoy an underwater performance at this 200-acre family entertainment park perfect for hot Florida days. Play some mini-golf at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf or visit Sunken Gardens for a stroll through a mixture of tropical landscapes and wildlife.
Whether you’re looking for something in particular, or just looking to keep cool indoors, there is no shortage of shopping malls and districts in west central Florida. When in Tampa, find all of your retail favorites at the International Plaza or Westshore Plaza, both filled with stores from high-end fashion to casual shops. Go antiquing in St. Petersburg and find a treasure from long ago or visit the art district and stop in the funky shops along the way.
Follow your favorite teams and catch a game while visiting west central Florida. Watch the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning hit the ice at the chilled Amalie Arena. Head to Raymond James Stadium to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers score a touchdown. Or check out the Yankees in spring training each March over at the George M. Steinbrenner Field to witness America’s favorite team in action.