Flights to Tampa
Tampa (TPA), Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ), and St. Petersburg-Clearwater (PIE) are the international airports servicing low fare flights to Tampa. Lakeland Linder (LAL) maintains a schedule of discount domestic Tampa flights. At Tampa, the terminal is described as "landside," and the concourses "airsides." Future plans include a new runway, North Terminal and gates, and an intermodal center with public transport connections. The cell phone waiting lot welcomes drivers meeting family and friends on budget flights to Tampa. There they'll find free Wi-Fi, real-time flight status boards, and rest rooms. It's a safe, comfortable place to wait in your car for passenger calls before curbside pickup. Arrivals on Tampa flights with a little time can enter the Airport Galleria for a glass of wine, snag deals on cell phones, and shop sales on Swarovski. Take the kids to Mindworks for Legoland Florida passes.
Spring and winter are great times to book Tampa flights. The weather is just right, with the occasional cool front. Wear jeans, but keep a sweatshirt handy. Summer sojourners typically see tropically humid days with an afternoon shower or two, followed by clear evenings. Take a rain hoodie, but avoid umbrellas in the "Lightning Capital of the World". For cheap summer flights to Tampa, pack a beach tote with a sunscreen-insect repellent combo spritz, and plenty of bottled water. Wear swimsuits with a sarong or shorts and sandals. Plan to dress up for dinner. The rain really pours in September.
Getting Around Tampa
Have a little fun with your transport after your flights to Tampa. Take a nostalgic TECO streetcar with air conditioning and wheelchair accessibility. If you find yourself in Ybor City or the Tampa business district, try out a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). Charter a water taxi for a soothing cruise along the Hillsborough River. As for public mass transportation, Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit Authority (HART) operates bus and streetcar services, with discounts for students and multi-day pass holders. Taxis can be expensive. For a day excursion, take the Gandy Bridge to St. Petersburg for beach fun. Go fishing at O'Neill's Marina by the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Or cross the Intracoastal Waterway to Clearwater and photograph the "Spirit of the American Doughboy," a tribute to World War I military personnel.
Tampa flights let you tap into history with beer and cigars, treat your better half to dinner and a premiere show, and introduce the kids to thrilling rides and exotic animals.
- Busch Gardens, theme park with gardens, zoo displays, and safari tours, plays and musicals, and tasting clinics in a beer garden
- Ybor City, a national historic district known for its Cuban, Italian, and Spanish heritage, brick pavements, and cigar-rolling demonstrations
- Downtown Tampa, a treasure trove of architecture, dining temptations, and a brand-new Riverwalk, linking a 2.2 mile course of parks, art centers, and the Aquarium
- Bayshore, a long sidewalk with fitness stations and great views, across from mansions and historic homes
- Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), an IMAX theater shaped like a gigantic golf ball and a new structure chock-full of exhibits
Tampa When to Go
Florida is hot, and Tampa is no exception. The peak season falls over the winter months from January to April, when the weather is warm and the humidity relatively low. As is common in Florida, the weather dictates the activity. You can try to avoid the crowds and opt for a visit during the summer months, but this is one locale that has tourist season for a reason.
Summers in Florida can be painfully hot and muggy, with frequent afternoon thundershowers and lightning storms. If you can stand the scorching temps and near-unbearable humidity, you’ll be welcomed with lower hotel rates and shorter lines at attractions. June, July, and August are when the mercury tops out, but that just give you an excuse to spend your day cooling off at the beachside tiki hut with any kind of drink that has an umbrella in it.
After Labor Day is when deal hunters find the best discounts. The shoulder season months (May, October, and November) are typically a good time to visit, as there are significantly fewer visitors then. This is when Ybor City holds its annual Guavaween, a Halloween-inspired street party with Latin flare.
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