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Tampa SightseeingTampa Bay CityPASS tickets save you 50 percent on admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and four additional area attractions The Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a choice between Clearwater Marine Aquarium or the Chihuly Collection, and a choice between the MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) or The Tropics Boat Tours.

The Tampa Bay CityPASS may be purchased on citypass.com as a tech-friendly mobile ticket or purchased on-site at any of the participating attractions. Each Tampa Bay CityPASS ticket is valid for 9 consecutive days, starting with the first day of use. Credit cards accepted vary with the vendor attractions. Phone (888) 330-5008.

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With its scenic views of Hillsborough Bay, 4.5-mile-long Bayshore Boulevard is not only a popular walking and exercise area for residents but also a preferred driving destination. Among the beautiful residential neighborhoods to explore are Davis Islands, built on three man-made islands in the 1920s, and historic Hyde Park.

Tampa Walking ToursTake in the sights, explore the local restaurants and delve into the city on foot. The Ybor Chamber Visitor Information Center, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., offers information about guided walking tours of historic Ybor City.

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Travel Information

City Population

352,957

Elevation

27 ft.

Sales Tax

Sales tax is 8.5 percent in Hillsborough and 7 percent in Pasco County. An accommodations tax is 6 percent in Hillsborough County and 4 percent in Pasco County.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(813) 231-6130; Sheriff (813) 247-8200

Fire (non-emergency)

(813) 274-7011

Hospitals

AdventHealth Carrollwood, (813) 932-2222; AdventHealth Tampa, (813) 971-6000; Memorial Hospital of Tampa, (813) 873-6400; Tampa General, (813) 844-7000.

Visitor Information

201 N. Franklin St., Suite 102 Tampa, FL 33602. Phone:(813)226-2752 or (800)448-2672

Air Travel

Commercial domestic and international flights entering Tampa land at Tampa International Airport (TPA). Several commercial airlines and private planes use St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Private and corporate planes have access to Albert Whitted Airport (SPG) in St. Petersburg and Peter O. Knight Airport (TPF) in Tampa.

Rental Cars

Hertz, which offers discounts to AAA members, is at the car rental center at Tampa International Airport, (813) 874-3232; St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, (727) 532-4801; and at St. Pete Beach, (727) 360-1631; or phone (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

Tampa's Amtrak station is at 601 N. Nebraska Ave. in downtown Tampa, behind historic Union Station. Daily service is offered; phone (813) 221-7600 or (800) 872-7245. Bus service to Union Station is available via HART routes 9, 12 and 400; phone (813) 254-4278.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. is at 610 E. Polk St. in Tampa; phone (813) 229-2174.

Taxis

Major companies include United Cab Co., (813) 777-7777, and Yellow Cab Co., (813) 253-0121.

Public Transportation

HART serves Tampa and its immediate suburbs, including shopping malls and area attractions. Service also includes the TECO Line Streetcar System, which makes 11 stops along a 2.7-mile track between downtown Tampa and Ybor City. For HART bus and streetcar fares and schedules, phone (813) 254-4278.

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