Things to Do & Places to Eat in Tampa

Looking for Things to Do in Tampa?

There are a lot of options when you and your family are looking for fun things to do in the Tampa area. Here is a list of our favorite family-friendly activities.

University of South Florida near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa for Things to Do in Tampa, FL

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida is located minutes from the Vista Inn & Suites Tampa. It’s ranked as one of the top universities in Florida. Ask about our special rates for alumni, current students and families.

3.6 miles

Busch Gardens near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa for Things to Do in Tampa, FL

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens and Adventure Island is a must see during your visit to Tampa. It features some of the best animal shows, safari rides and roller coasters in the world. In addition, you can experience up-close encounters with amazing animals in the African-inspired landscape of Busch Gardens.

5.8 miles

Museum of Science & Industry near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa for Things to Do in Tampa, FL

Museum of Science & Industry

Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is a scientific playground. There are more than 100 hands-on activities. You can see the stars in The Saunders Planetarium. You can also explore another world in our NASA-funded Mission: Moonbase lunar colony. In addition, you can touch the future in Connectus. MOSI’s innovative exhibits urge you to ask questions and expand your mind.

6 miles

ZooTampa at Lowry Park near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa for Things to Do in Tampa, FL

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits. It’s located in a lush, tropical garden setting. The zoo has many popular educational programming and fun recreational amenities. Also, you can experience up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events. ZooTampa is the winner of many accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.

7 miles

Florida Aquarium near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa for Things to Do in Tampa, FL

Florida Aquarium

Downtown Tampa features one of the country’s best aquariums! There are plenty of fun activities to be found at the Florida Aquarium. You can see Close-Up Critters, Penguins: Backstage Pass, Wild Dolphin Cruise and several swimming & diving experiences. Also, the Splash Pad is an outdoor water play area that’s perfect for the children.

11.4 miles

Raymond James Stadium near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa for Things to Do in Tampa, FL

Raymond James Stadium

Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls. The stadium is often referred to as the “crown jewel” of the NFL.

13.7 miles

Places to Eat Near Vista Inn & Suites Tampa

Whether you’re looking for a casual restaurant or something fancier, there are a lot of dining options right outside your door.


Long-standing chain serving a wide variety of pancakes and other American breakfast and diner fare.

Adjacent to the property

NY Times Square Pizza

New York-style pizza, pasta, salad and more.

0.2 miles

Plato Latino

Simple Cuban cafe providing classic sandwiches, stews and coffee drinks amid upbeat surroundings.

0.2 miles

Skipper’s Smokehouse

This Tampa Bay landmark has something for everyone; a perfect location for indoor and outdoor dining and live music.

1.3 miles

Joe’s New York Diner

An authentic, ‘50s-style diner open 24 hours a day where the food is cooked fresh.

3 miles