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Tampa Convention Center Introduction

Overlooking the mouth of the Hillsborough River, the Tampa Convention Center is in one of Downtown Tampa's most attractive locations. Visitors are treated to views of both Tampa Bay and the city's glittering skyline during any of the 300 events put on at the center each year. Open since 1990, the venue includes an exhibition hall, a ballroom, and 36 meeting rooms. Ten of the meeting rooms have full views of the waterfront, where there's a large choice of places to eat and drink. One of the highlights is the Sail, a 360-degree bar on the riverwalk.

Hotels near Tampa Convention Center

There's a cluster of upmarket hotels around the Tampa Convention Center, many of which feature indoor or outdoor pools. There are also mid-range hotels within a short distance of the center. The best time to visit Tampa is from September to December, which is when you're most likely to find a hotel bargain. The weather is more pleasant at that time than during the humid summer months. January to April is an expensive time to visit Tampa, as many travelers arrive for the warm weather, and hotels hike up their prices.

Where to stay near Tampa Convention Center

Downtown Tampa, where the Tampa Convention Center is located, is an obvious choice to stay. You'll find a wide selection of hotels and easy access to most of the city's sights. If you're looking for a vibrant area to stay in outside of Downtown head to Ybor City, which is about 3 miles northeast of the convention center. It has buzzing nightlife and a busy club scene, and is one of Tampa's most historic districts. If you want to catch some sun and relax, you could choose one of the waterfront areas about 6 miles west of the convention center, such as Cypress Point Park.

Things to see near Tampa Convention Center

One of America's most popular theme parks, Busch Gardens, is 10.5 miles north of the Tampa Convention Center. There's a large animal park to explore, as well as many hair-raising rides. If you're in Tampa from November to April, drop by the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, 16.3 miles south of the convention center. Here you can watch manatees swim through warm water discharged into the bay. Or discover Florida's history at the Henry B. Plant Museum, a lavish Moorish Revival building that takes visitors back to the early 20th century.

How to get to Tampa Convention Center

Tampa Convention Center's Downtown location makes it straightforward to get to. The city has an extensive bus network, as well as a vintage streetcar system that provides a charming way to get around. Both of these systems serve the convention center. If you're driving, the Selmon Expressway and I-275 run close by, and you can park in one of the many nearby garages. Tampa International Airport is 9 miles west of the Tampa Convention Center, and is connected to the center by a regular bus service.

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