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An Introduction to Tampa, FL
Known for its beauty and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa boasts a vibrant downtown area with excellent museums, concerts, dining, events and much more. Living in Tampa can mean lazy weekends on the beach, great shopping, or outdoor adventure. Culture, sunshine, fun and the urban environment make apartment living in Tampa an ideal choice, and many rentals place you close to the best the city has to offer.

 

Attractions in Tampa

Diverse attractions and local sports teams, such as the Buccaneers, make Tampa a fun place to live. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island are perfect for days of fun, especially for families with kids. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts offers exciting performances, and the Tampa Museum of Art is the ideal place to spend an afternoon. The Florida Aquarium gives visitors an up-close look at Gulf Coast sea life and promises educational fun. For golfers, Tampa is a putter's paradise, home to many challenging courses at various price points.

 

Tampa Apartments and Neighborhoods

From apartments near the beach in Bayside West to stylish digs in Uptown Tampa, the city offers a wide range of housing options to fit most budgets. In addition to a variety of apartment styles, the Tampa area features an array of neighborhoods ranging from historic communities to innovative, modern developments. As you search for the best places to live in Tampa, consider these popular areas:

  • Fish Hawk: Ranked by Niche.com as one of the top 50 best places to live in Florida, this suburban community features quiet neighborhoods and excellent schools, making the city a great choice for families.
  • Riverview and Brandon: Just east of downtown Tampa, this suburban area brings together young families and empty nesters with new construction apartments that offer low maintenance living near I-75 and shopping.
  • Channel District: This up-and-coming community puts residents close to some of the city's top green spaces and entertainment venues, including Amelie Arena and the Tampa Riverwalk.
  • Southwest Tampa: Close to some of Tampa's more affluent neighborhoods, including Hyde Park, the area southwest of downtown is a good choice for young professionals who want to be near trendy shops while enjoying easy access to work and play.

 

Looking for something specific? Thanks to Apartment Guide's convenient online search tool, choosing the best Tampa apartment has never been easier. Select from apartments that range from studios to three bedrooms, many with pools and additional amenities.

 

Free Things to Do in Tampa

Looking for some budget-friendly activities around the city? You can stop by the manatee-viewing center at Apollo Beach, tour the Yuengling brewery, or pay tribute to city's brave public servants at the Tampa Firefighters Museum, all free of charge.

 

Spectator Sports in Tampa

Home of the Buccaneers for NFL football, the Rays for Major League Baseball and the Lightning for NHL hockey, Tampa Bay keeps fans hooked on professional sports all year long. If you prefer spectator sports at the collegiate level, the University of Tampa Spartans and the USF Bulls also play their home games in Tampa.

 

Tampa for Families with Kids

From the interactive fun of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and the Glazer Children's Museum to the wildlife wonders of the Big Cat Rescue and Croc Encounters, Tampa offers a world of entertaining activities for families to enjoy.

 

Families with school-age children also enjoy a wealth of educational options, with Roosevelt Elementary School, Coleman Middle School and Plant High School among the top schools in Hillsborough County.

 

Pet-friendly Activities in Tampa

Tampa has gone to the dogs--in a good way! In addition to Logan Gate Dog Park and 14 other dog-friendly spaces, the city features more than 200 restaurants that welcome dogs to join their owners for outdoor dining.

 

Outdoor Living and Natural Beauty in the Tampa Area

Swaying palm trees, vistas of Tampa Bay or Hillsborough Bay, scenic rivers, mangroves and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico make living in Tampa truly special. With abundant wildlife, such as herons and egrets, Hillsborough County also provides plenty of subject matter for nature lovers to photograph.

 

The city's agreeable climate allows residents to revel in year-round recreation at more than 170 city parks. Practice your putting at spectacular golf courses like TPC Tampa Bay, or swing for the fairway at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort. For those who find their fun on the water, Tampa offers exciting sport-fishing charters, relaxing kayak tours and Gulf Coast cruises.


Best Beaches near Tampa
When you live in Tampa, you're only a short distance from more than a dozen beautiful beaches, including the popular shores of Clearwater Beach and the quiet beachfront preserve at Fort De Soto Park. If you're searching for weekend-trip destinations, hop on I-4 for the 70-mile drive to Orlando theme parks, or head to getaway spots like Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, both about 3.5 hours away.