The beautiful city of Tampa may be best known for its tanned locals and aromatic cigars, yet this city of 300,000-plus residents is a fine spot to explore for so many reasons beyond sun bathing. Stretched across a little more than 170 square miles, the accolades of this city can be difficult to encompass without the help of a rental car in Tampa, so hop into your temporary auto and drive into the vivid landscapes of the near tropical wonderland.
Lettuce entertain you
Tampa may be approximately 300 miles from the iconic Florida Keys, but visitors with a Tampa car rental shouldn't feel obligated to make the epic trip to see some of the state's finest natural accolades. Located just a few short miles from Tampa's city center, Lettuce Lake Park puts visitors in the center of some of the region's most awe-inspiring hardwood swamp forests. Canoe through natural floodplains, hike through the pine flatwoods, or simply stretch out and relax in one of the hardwood hammocks found throughout the park.
To fully get the vibe of any metropolitan area, you'll want to visit some of the city's historic sites. Although the Tampa Theatre isn't nearly as old as the city itself - Tampa was incorporated in 1849 - this relic from the 1920s offers a step back in time for all who come to enjoy a flick here. Although most movies today have their own first-rate soundtracks, patrons of the Tampa Theatre still have the good fortune of starting every show with a performance from the the movie house's authentic Wurlitzer organ. If you and your Tampa rental car
find yourself anywhere near Franklin Street, head to this historic landmark for a traditional Tampa entertainment experience.
Down by the Bay
With temperatures ranging from the low 90s to low 70s year-round, comfortable weather is commonplace in Tampa. What better way to enjoy the seaside views and weather than with a walk along Bayshore Boulevard? Located just south of the city center, the long winding path runs parallel to Tampa's shoreline, offering vistas of the city's skyline. Park your car rental in Tampa
and hit the shoreline here for a nice night cap (or wake up call) during your adventures.
With an abundance of sunshine and white-sugar sand beaches, not to mention a dynamic nightlife, exceptional dining and entertainment, the best way to see this city is in a Tampa car rental from Thrifty. We offer the lowest rates guaranteed on Tampa rental cars so you can experience everything on your terms. Be sure to sign up for he Blue Chip Express Rental Program® and you’ll be on your way to exciting attractions like these – even faster:
- Lowry Park Zoo. Child Magazine ranked this the number-one family-friendly zoo in America, and for good reason. With natural outdoor exhibits featuring more than 2,000 animals, as well as exhibits like Safari Africa, Asian Gardens, and Wallaroo Station children's zoo, there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time here. You can also check out all the exciting rides, shows and interactive shows, perfect for the entire family.
- Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. When the water falls below 68 degrees, the manatees come out to play! This is a unique experience you won’t want to miss. The viewing center is also a place to experience vibrant Florida plant life, butterfly gardens, birds and more.
- Ybor City. Put the top down on the convertible and head to one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse districts in Tampa. With its iron balconies, streetlights and brick-lined sidewalks, it provides a glimpse into an era rich with culture. Today, Ybor City is a shopping, dining and entertainment hub where the ancient art of hand-rolled cigar making lives on.
- Adventure Island. Have a splash at this 30-acre water park and experience the thrills and spills of corkscrew slides, a rambling river, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, and a host of other cool attractions that guarantee a day of sun-soaked fun. Just want to relax? Unwind in your own private cabana while the kids play.
With Tampa rental cars from Thrifty, you’ll have the freedom to custom design your own action packed adventure.