Tampa is a top summer travel destination for 2023, according to Wallethub

Skyline view of downtown Tampa on the waterfront. A dock for a large ferry is visible in front of a large convention center
Photo by Andrew Harlan

Tampa continues to earn praise from outlets across the country. It’s now home to 3 MICHELIN-starred restaurants, in addition to several Bib Gourmand Award winning institutions. Tampa International Airport was named the best airport of its size in the country, and the facility also has the best bathroom in America. Money also named it one of the best places to travel in 2023. So it comes as no surprise to see that Wallethub’s recent data pull for the best places to travel this summer had Tampa in the top 10. The listing also includes neighboring St. Petersburg and Clearwater.

Wallethub’s list focused on several categories including affordability, access, ease of travel, amenities, and even broke down the average price to get a meal for two people. They analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas in the nation, and the Tampa area ranked seventh overall.


Tampa is one of the premier travel destinations in America

You can thank major attractions such as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, ZooTampa and The Florida Aquarium as marquee attractions that put Tampa above other spots. Ease of access and frequency of travel to and from Tampa International Airport also aided in elevating our city above others. While fine dining is on the rise in Tampa, we have a pretty robust culinary scene that allows diners to enjoy great food on a budget.

Summer in Florida can be brutal, but fortunately there are tons of great indoor activities here in Tampa. The historic Tampa Theatre is one of the best movie palaces in the nation, and they host way more than just film screenings. Elev8 Fun is a brand new mini golf, go kart, arcade fun center that’s debuted in Tampa. You can enjoy a Pirate Water Taxi Ride, take out a paddle board or kayak with Urban Kai, ride the streetcar all over downtown into the hart of Ybor City, and more. There’s even a Virtual Reality Arcade perfect for kids and adults.


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