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Money names Tampa one of the top places to travel to in 2023

Skyline view of downtown Tampa on the waterfront. A dock for a large ferry is visible in front of a large convention center
Approaching the improved Tampa Convention Center along the Tampa waterfront

It’s happening again. TIME recently named Tampa one of the greatest places in the world to visit in 2023. Our own Hyde Park was just named one of the best places to live by Niche. Money has just released its list of the 50 best places to travel to in 2023, and Tampa is on the list. Our city’s profile is blowing up. 

“Each destination below gives visitors an incredible bang for their buck, and to take out all the guesswork, we’ve provided everything from estimated expenses to restaurant recommendations,” write the Money editors when explaining their methodology for the list. The listed contributing writers include  Kristen Bahler, Adam Hardy, Andrea Agostini Ferrer, Erica Sweeney, Jhoni Jackson, Jill Cornfield, Julia Glum, Kaitlin Mulhere, Leslie Cook, Mallika Mitra, Mary Ellen (M.E.) Cagnassola, and Pete Grieve.

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People gather in the streets to enjoy an outdoor market.Tall green trees line either side of the road. Vendors are set up under white tents.
A huge outdoor market occurs monthly in Water Street Tampa | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Tampa earns high marks for its variety of museums and theme parks

Writer Adam Hardy selected Tampa. “Whether you’re a craft beer lover, a cigar aficionado, a foodie or a beach bum, Tampa’s got you covered,” writes Hardy. “And if you’re looking to save money (and beat the heat), it’s best to visit the Gulf Coast gem in the fall, when you’ll dodge the crowds and inflated summer prices.” 

Hardy lists the burgeoning craft beer scene, and award-winning Busch Gardens as other top reasons to visit Tampa. Our 2.6-mile-long Riverwalk, booming nightlife in Historic Ybor City, and strong variety of Museums in the downtown core also helped land Tampa on this list. The Tampa Museum of Art, Ichicoro, The Columbia Restaurant. Glazer Children’s Museum, Oxford Exchange, and Armature Works all received shout outs in the listing. Our strong local market culture also sets Tampa apart from other cities in the US. 

On any given weekend you’re bound to catch live music on the Tampa Riverwalk, experience a market with 50+ local creatives selling art, baked goods and more, on any given night you can select from seeing a touring broadway sensation or catching the surging Tampa Bay Lightning live at Amalie arena. It’s hard to be bored in this city. 

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You can see the full listing on Money’s website

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