Explore Top Things to Do near Busch Gardens
Twist your way down the Calypso Coaster at Adventure Island or rock out to a big-name concert at Amelie Arena, both an easy drive from the Country Inn & Suites, Tampa/Brandon, FL. The hotel also puts you near Tampa’s other outstanding tourist attractions, such as the Museum of Science and Industry, Ybor City Museum State Park and Westfield Brandon Mall. Before you cruise out of the Port of Tampa, be sure to spend at least one day at Busch Gardens Tampa, located 25 minutes from the hotel.
Complete your itinerary with these top things to do in Tampa:
- Adventure Island (8.4 miles)
Splash your way through Adventure Island, the Busch Gardens Water Park where you can plunge down rides like the Caribbean Corkscrew or take a calm tube trip through a rain forest.
Phone: +1 (813) 987-5600
- Amelie Arena (9.3 miles)
Tampa’s top arena for star-studded concerts and events, Amelie is also home to the Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey team.
Phone: +1 (813) 301-6500
- Busch Gardens Tampa (14.5 miles)
Experience all the thrills of a day at Busch Gardens, the internationally recognized theme park full of exotic animals and stomach-flipping roller coasters like Cobra’s Curse.
Phone: +1 (888) 800-5447
- Florida Aquarium (9.2 miles)
This acclaimed aquarium houses intriguing sea-dwelling creatures like eels, sharks and stingrays. You can buy a backstage pass to see the penguins or take a journey to Madagascar while you’re there.
Phone: +1 (813) 273-4042
- Florida State Fairgrounds (3 miles)
Take in arts, crafts, equestrian events and more at the Florida State Fair, happening in February, or enjoy other popular events held year-round at this 330-acre venue.
Phone: +1 (813) 621-7821
- MacDill Air Force Base (21 miles)
This active United States Air Force Base is an easy drive from our hotel .
Phone: +1 (813) 828-1110
- Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) (13.2 miles)
Explore space and learn about 3-D printing at this hands-on science museum, which features exhibits about extreme weather, physics and nature in an interactive setting.
Phone: +1 (813) 987-6000
- Port of Tampa (8.5 miles)
Florida’s largest port features a cargo tonnage port as well as a cruise departure port for a variety of lines, including Carnival, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Phone: +1 (813) 905-7678
- Regency Square 20 AMC Theatres (0.8 miles)
For an afternoon of fresh, hot snacks, cold beverages and powerful, entertaining movies, head over to this nearby cinema.
Phone: +1 (813) 653-3747
- Seminole Hard Rock Casino (4.5 miles)
Come out for a night of sumptuous dining, top-shelf cocktails and games of poker, craps, slots and more at this fine casino.
Phone: +1 (813) 627-7625
- Shopping in Tampa and Brandon
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14.8 miles)
Looking for an NFL game? You can take to the stands and cheer on the Buccaneers right here in Tampa.
Phone: +1 (813) 870-2700
- Tampa Bay CVB (8 miles)
Stop by the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau for recommendations that help you tailor your Tampa trip just for you.
Phone: +1 (813) 223-1111
- Tampa Convention Center (9 miles)
TCC hosts events and trade shows in 600,000 square feet of space that is divided into four levels and situated beside the Hillsborough River.
Phone: +1 (813) 274-8511
- Top Golf (0.9 miles)
Pack up the clubs and head out for a game of golf. This club’s KidZone, equipped with a giant Jenga, interactive video games and pool tables, lets the whole family have fun.
Phone: +1 (813) 298-1811
- Ybor City Museum State Park (8.4 miles)
Explore the history of the cigar industry and the Latin community from the 1880s to the 1930s through ornamental gardens, walking tours and a cigar worker's home.
Phone: +1 (813) 247-6323
Directions from Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Exit airport and follow signs to SR Highway 60 East and to I-275 North. Exit right onto ramp to I-275 North. Continue until it merges into I-4. Exit right onto the ramp for I-4 East. Stay on I-4 East to I-75. Exit right onto I-75 South. Follow I-75 South to Exit 257 on the right. At the first light after the exit, turn left onto Falkenburg Road. Cross Palm River Road, and the hotel will be on the right side at the corner of Falkenburg Road and Palm River Road.