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Tampa is one of the top cities for a staycation in America

a waterfront area with a riverwalk running alongside the city. A tall cylindrical building is visible in the background
The Riverwalk proceeds through MacDill Park all the way to Curtis Hixon and beyond.

Tampa is the fifth best city to enjoy a staycation in America, according to a new ranking released by Wallethub.

Our food scene continues to earn accolades, and several of our restaurants received MICHELIN stars. Plus, a couple area hotels received coveted MICHELIN Keys. Major new residential developments, marquee events, a thriving sports scene, and more things to do than we can count along the Tampa Riverwalk help Tampa stand out in the US. Plus our airport was just named the best large airport in the country. 

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Residents can enjoy major attractions such as the fabulous and award-winning Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, and the soon to expand ZooTampa. We also want to shout out our amazing local venues such as Hooch and HiveSkipper’s SmokehouseThe OrpheumThe Ritz, and Crow Bar, among others, for putting on amazing cocnerts every single week. 

a big fireworks display over a roller coaster
Photo via Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (FB)

Tampa residents enjoy easy access to the top attractions in the country

If you need to escape the heat, catch a movie at the near 100-year-old Tampa Theatre, or learn to make your own cheese in Historic Ybor City.

It also helps that Tampa is a quick drive to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

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To determine the best places for a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 42 key metrics. Their data set ranges from parks and museums per capita to restaurant costs.

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