As a city built on trade, Tampa has a rich history. You can go on guided walking tours to learn about everything from Ybor City's cigar baron roots to the Gilded Age mansions along Bayshore Boulevard. At Fort Brooke Park, you can see the remains of the fort where soldiers protected settlers from Seminole Indian attacks.
Tampa was once known for its sponge industry, but today it's known for another popular swimming accessory: kayaks and paddleboards. With a day pass to Skyway Fishing Pier, you can fish and take your boat out in one of Florida's most scenic bays. Or you can visit Fort De Soto Park, the most visited park in the Florida Park System after Disney's Magic Kingdom. You can also rent kayaks at Fort Desoto and paddle to Sand Key where you'll find Clearwater Beach just a few miles away.