Planning the Perfect Day in Tampa Florida

perfect day in Tampa FLWhile we all dream of leaving town on an exotic vacation, it can often be just as fun (not to mention cheaper) to plan an exciting “staycation”.  The Tampa area is filled with fun and interesting things to do, all you have to do is look around.  Here is an idea for a fun filled day that requires just a little driving.

Exotic Animals

While Busch Gardens in Tampa is world-renowned for it’s fun rides and spectacular animal exhibits, a lesser known park also hosts some exotic animals.  Start your day at the Big Cat Rescue is located in the Citrus Park area north of Tampa.  Here you’ll find a wide variety of ferocious felines that have been rescued from less than ideal circumstances.

This non-profit organization has been rescuing big cats since 1992 and now the park is home to over 80 cats and includes lions, tigers, bobcats, and mountain lions.  While their stories are often sad, the sanctuary is a great place to get up close and personal with these beautiful animals.

The sanctuary offers a variety of tours that include daytime tours, kids tours, and even feeding tours.  Unlike a typical zoo your tour will be led by a guide that educates you on the animals and their particular circumstances.  All visits should be scheduled in advance.  You can schedule a visit here.

Exotic Food

Tampa Bay is known for it’s wide variety of ethnic foods.  And some of the most flavorful dishes come from the island of Cuba.  Though our relations with this tiny Caribbean island are just now starting to warm up again, their food has been heating up Tampa for many decades.

One of the best and most well-known spots is The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.  This landmark restaurant has been serving authentic Spanish and Caribbean dishes for over 100 years.  In fact it is the oldest restaurant in the entire state.

Here you’ll find everything from authentic Cuban sandwiches to beautiful and hearty paellas.  In addition to the amazing food, visitors will be amazed at the beautiful setting.  The original restaurant underwent a $6.5 million dollar renovation in 2006 and now has the ambiance to match it’s amazing food.

Exotic Outdoor Movie Night

What better way to finish your day then by heading home for a movie night under the beautiful Florida sky?  Innovative Sight & Sound of Clearwater specializes in designing and installing over-the-top custom home theaters.  In an area with weather as amazing as Tampa, it only makes sense that you would incorporate the outdoors into your movie watching experience.

In addition to high performance surround sound systems they also design and install smart home automation systems.  This makes controlling your audio video system as easy as the press of a button.

It’s the perfect way to end your exotic stay-at-home vacation.  You’ll finish the day full and relaxed.

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