Chat Plus: What to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

Sunday, May 17, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

I'm going to Tampa for a long weekend to see family. I've never been before. Is there a "must-see" list for the greater Tampa Bay area?

Any Tampa to-do list should include Ybor City, the city's historic Latin district, with lots of dining, bar, shopping and music options; Fort DeSoto Park, about an hour's drive southwest, consistently voted best beach in the country; Busch Gardens Africa, with stomach-churning rides and lots of wild beasts to ogle; the Lowry Park Zoo, where you can visit a manatee rehabilitation center; and the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Pete, with the largest collection of the artist's works outside Spain. Details: Tampa Bay & Company, http://www.visittampabay.com.

-- K.C.S.

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