If you're looking for a mellow city vibe in a warm climate, come to the Tampa area. Supremely affordable, the cost of living in Tampa is almost 10 percent lower than the U.S. average. Besides the beachy lifestyle, Tampa offers lots to do.
The best place to see a movie, the Tampa Theatre is a brilliant example of movie palace architecture. Built in 1926, the theater is a beloved community landmark and a must-go if you love indie films.
Lettuce Lake Park
Offering over 240 acres of jogging trails, bike paths and picnic areas, this local regional park is a perfect spot for nature lovers, kayakers and anyone who gets a kick from spotting an alligator.
A total classic, this amusement park has something for everyone. Animals are the thing here, with rides, shows and animal attractions focusing on African wildlife. Most definitely a roaring good time for the young and old.
Ever wonder which city boasts the longest continuous sidewalk in the world? At 4.5 miles long and 10 feet wide, Bayshore Boulevard is the place for runners and walkers—and you might see a dolphin, too.
The Straz Center
Culture vultures come to the Straz Center for music, comedy, film and theater. The theater also has three in-house restaurants so you can grab a pre-show bite.
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