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Tampa is a top summer travel destination, according to WalletHub

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Approaching the Tampa Convention Center on the Cross-Bay Ferry

Spoiler alert: The summer in Florida is HOT. Fortunately, the area has plenty of attractions (i.e. Adventure Island, Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa), to spend the day while keeping relatively cool. A new list from WalletHub identifying the top Summer Travel Destinations for 2024 listed the Tampa area as the 5th best in the nation. Tampa ranked high for its local attractions and ease of access courtesy of Tampa International Airport.

To find out which places offer the most bang for your buck, WalletHub developed a ranking of the cheapest U.S. destinations that are also easy to reach. In total, they analyzed 100 of the largest metro areas across 41 key indicators. Our data set ranges from the cost of the cheapest flight to the number of attractions to the average price of a two-person meal.

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Photo via Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Compared with other rankings that focus on each destination’s scenic quality, this report focuses primarily on the cost and convenience of traveling to each location as well as its affordability. However, it does take into account the number of attractions and variety of activities in each destination to ensure visitors will stay busy and entertained throughout the trip.

Some fun ways to experience summer in Tampa include:

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