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Tampa Travel Guide

Hi friends! Andrew and I just got back from an amazing adults only vacation to Florida. It was our first trip away from Liam (where both of us were gone) and it was tough but we did enjoy the lack of responsibility! I want to share my Tampa travel guide because there is SO MUCH to do and see there!

Tampa Travel Guide

Where To Stay: We stayed at the Aloft Hotel Downtown. This hotel is actually perfect for a couples trip! The rooms are a great size with insanely comfortable beds. The view of the Riverwalk we had was to die for! There is a great pool with comfy lounge chairs and swings. There is a great bar that has live music on weekends. There is also a pretty fantastic gym for those early morning workout sessions. It’s walkable to a TON of stuff we did (more on that below).

Where To Eat: We ate A TON of great food while in Tampa. The first day we were there we went to Armature Works which is a really cool dining hall. We had a glass of wine and chatted, and it was a great way to kick off the trip. Then we went to dinner at Zydeco Brew Works. This place was in a cool neighborhood called Ybor. The food is cajun inspired and delicious! We enjoyed some flat breads and shrimp mac and cheese! Of course we sampled some of their delicious beers a well! Day two we had brunch at Oxford Exchange which is a MUST when visiting Tampa. From the avocado toast, to the smoothies, and of course lattes. There is also cute shopping there. They have a Warby Parker, a bookstore, and a cute little area of other items such as kids gifts and stationary! We lunched at Ulele that afternoon! This was one of my favorite places we ate. It had a really neat atmosphere and is right on the water. I had a big salad and french fries #balance. That night we were exhausted so we ordered in Thai food. Friday started with brunch at Pinky’s, a must while in Tampa. For lunch we went to Datz, but take your appetite because portions are INSANE! For dinner Friday we went to Bella’s which you must eat at. The Italian food is some of the best I have had and they make all the pasta and sauces in house. Saturday we ate at Daily Eats which was one of the best breakfasts I have EVER had! For lunch we ordered pizza after we took a LONG much needed nap! Then for dinner we went on a dinner cruise with Yacht Starship! The food was great but the experience was even better! I really wanted a smoothie on Friday and we went to Sweet Soul which was hands down the best smoothie I have EVER had!












What To Do: Clearly we ate A LOT. But we did other stuff too! Some of our favorite things we did were go to the Florida Aquarium which you can do on an adults only trip or with kids! We also shopped in Hyde Park Village. Tons of great stores like Blue Mercury, Lululemon, Anthropologie, and Vineyard Vines. We took a Water Taxi tour down the Riverwalk which gives you a ton of historical facts, while seeing all the sites, and the guy who does it is also really funny. You can rent a bike from City Bikes and travel around downtown. We also drove to St. Pete one day and spent the day at Tradewinds resorts. For $45 you can get cabana beach access, access to all their pools, bars, restaurants, even their gym and spa! Totally worth it!



How To Get Around: We partnered with Mazda and drove a Mazda CX-5 for the time we were there! If you rent a car this is a great one. Tons of great features such as a heads up display that allows you to see your speed as well as the speed limit right on the windshield. Not to mention the roomy trunk, perfect for luggage, strollers (if needed) and more. Also the navigation, backup camera, and XM radio surely don’t hurt! You can also walk a ton of places downtown, or like I said use the Water Taxi or City Bikes! Tampa is a very easy place to get around.




I hope this Tampa travel guide is helpful if you plan on visiting! We certainly can’t wait to go back!

Thank you to Visit Tampa Bay, Aloft Tampa Downtown, and Mazda for making our experience that much better!

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  1. Tampa looks amazing, I’d love to visit it one day! I’m glad you had a great break there, Neely, you deserve it! 🙂

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  2. Logan wrote:

    Oh my goodness, it looks like you had so much fun! The food and wall art is incredible. Definitely need to plan a visit 💕

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  3. Danielle wrote:

    I’ve been to so many spots in FL, but never Tampa! Looks like a great trip. Oxford Exchange sounds amazing!

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  4. Jeanne wrote:

    This sounds like a great trip. I am definitely putting Tampa on my list of places to go.

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  5. Meg wrote:

    I love Tampa. My husband goes there for work about once a year, and we took the whole fam two years ago. St. Pete’s beach was our FAVORITE! Our other fave activity was the dolphin cruise aboard the Little Toot. Fabulous! Glad you had a good trip. 🙂

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  6. Linda Kay wrote:

    Great place to visit. We were there many times when my parents retired to Florida.

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  7. Brandy wrote:

    Looks like such a fun time in Tampa. I’d love to get away and enjoy some sunshine in Tampa for sure. Thankful you shared your guide.

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  8. Whitney wrote:

    This looks so fun! What awesome photos!

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  9. Sara wrote:

    Love, love, love that picture of you and Andrew! That black dress looks AMAZING on you!

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  10. Colleen wrote:

    Ugh everything looks gorgeous. It sounds like the highlights were the food! How was the bookstore you found? Those are my favorites.

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  11. Leslie wrote:

    There is so much to do in Tampa! They have an awesome Renaissance Festival in February and March.

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  12. I have grandparents in Venice, Florida but it’s been forever since I’ve gone. I really need to make that happen. lol I’m glad you had a lovely time !!

    -lauren

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  13. Scott wrote:

    I’ve only been to Tampa once, and that was a long time ago to visit spring training. Really need to head back there for a real vacation!

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  14. Marie Altenor wrote:

    I like Tampa, there’s many things to do there. I for one live visiting places for the food that breakfast plate looks really good.

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  15. Annemarie LeBlanc wrote:

    My nephew will be moving there next month because of a work opportunity. I guess he won’t be lonely. There are so many nice spots to visit in Tampa! I am sending him the link to this post. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Annemarie LeBlanc wrote:

    Beautiful place to visit! The food photos are fantastic! Made me crave for that big breakfast plate! Wish I could go here sometime soon!

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  17. kaitertott wrote:

    Looks awesome! I really want to visit some day!

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  18. I have family down there, this really makes me wanna go visit and check out the city

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  19. Cassie wrote:

    This is great! I’ve never been to tampa – I appreciate your honest review and a list of not all super touristy places to visit!

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  20. Patricia wrote:

    How fun! My husband and I just took a baby moon to Florida but we’ve never been to Tampa!!

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  21. Leila wrote:

    Looks like great place to visit!

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  22. Tami wrote:

    I’m a little envious of you right now. I have been planning a trip to Tampa but finances have extended the date.

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  23. alia wrote:

    Looks like such a fun city. I love all your photos!

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  24. Chantel wrote:

    I love Tampa! Luckily for me my father in law lives on the other side of the bay in Safety Harbor, so we always stay with them when we go visit. It’s such a beautiful place and there are so many places to get good food. If you ever go back, I highly recommend eating at Centro Cantina in Ybor City and my ultimate favorite place is Whiskey Joe’s in Tampa, right off the Courtney Campbell causeway. Whiskey Joe’s is so perfect! The restaurant itself comes out right over the water and there is an open deck for dining. I’m definitely saving this on my Pinterest so I can check out some of the restaurants you mentioned. We’re going there to visit family for a little bit this year and I would love to check out some of those places!

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  25. I’ve just been to Tampa once, and that was quite a while back to visit spring preparing. Truly need to head back there for a genuine get-away!

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  26. Bethany wrote:

    Tampa looks so fun! I’ve only driven through it to Clearwater l, never got to stop. Now I want to!

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  27. Katie wrote:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this travel guide! It’s perfect! <3 Evertyhing looks so fun, would love to visit Tampa!
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  28. I absolutely love Tampa! My family and I used to live in Gainesville a couple hours north (?) from Tampa and we’d drive there often. I almost went to college there! Such a beautiful area. This is a great guide!!

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  29. Matt wrote:

    Reading travel guide like this is one of my favorite. Thank you Neely for sharing your awesome experience with Tampa and creating the time to convert this experience to a wonderful blog post.

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  30. Tom wrote:

    Tampa food is amazing and aLoft is a great location. with the Riverwalk right there you can get around downtown and be close to everything. Parks, Armature Works SoHo, NoHo you name it. Looks like you two really enjoyed your stay. It can be tough to leave the little one but the time alone is needed.

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  31. The Oxford exchange is one of our favorite places to work with! We did a balloon installation on the outside of their building recently after the bucs made it to the superbowl. They are so easy to work with and the venue is gorgeous!

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  32. Great Post!!! I truly believe that there is much more to explore new places. The world has incredible beauty which makes us visit new places for sure.

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