Besides Busch Gardens, are there any other family oriented and educational
activities to do in Tampa?

The Museum of Science and Industry by the University of South Florida is a real fun
thing for kids and adults alike.  It includes a lot of hands-on exhibits including a
simulated hurricane.  And then of course there's the ever popular Aquarium by
Channelside near downtown.
I will be visiting the Tampa Bay area in a month and I'd like to check out the
surrounding cities of Clearwater and St Petersburg.  Is one nicer than the other?
Where do you suggest staying that's centrally located to all 3 communities?

Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater are all beautiful areas with lots of stuff to do
(check out the other pages of this site for tips).  Personally I like the beaches of St
Petersburg and Clearwater the best (no beach in Tampa as it is on the bay.  As for
where to stay that's centrally located, you can try hotels on Ulmerton Rd. (there's a
couple of nice Marriott hotels) which is just east of Tampa, just west of Clearwater,
and just north of St Petersburg.

What transportation methods are available from Tampa International Airport to
downtown Tampa or the Port of Tampa?

You have baically 3 choices - Taxi/Limousine service, airport rental car services, or
shared ride services.  Bay Shuttle and Super Shuttle are two such companies that
provide this service.
What is Tampa's main venue for the Performing arts - I'd like to catch a
show/concert while I'm in the area?

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is one of the largest performing arts facilty
in the country located in downtown Tampa on the East bank of the Hillsborough
river.  You can call them direct for upcoming shows or pick up a free copy of the
Weekly Planet which lists all shows, concerts, and cultural activites coming to the
Tampa area.
What is Tampa's nicest beach and how do I get there?

Actually, Tampa is on the Bay so there are no beaches in Tampa itself.  However,
Clearwater and St Petersburg  both have lovely  beaches with very white sand.  
You can take Ulmerton Rd. west to Gulf Blvd - North is to Clearwater, South is to
St. Petersburg.
Which area is the best for nightlife, clubs, etc.?

Ybor City is real popular with the younger people. It's streets are lined with bars
and music clubs in an atmosphere similar to that of New Orleans.  Can get pretty
loud and wild on a Friday or Saturday night.
Where do the Tampa Bay Devil Rays play their home games?

The Devil Rays play their games in St Petersburg at Tropicana field.  Just take 275
into St Petersburg and look for the big white dome.

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