48 hours in Tampa

Gulf Guide: 48 Hours In Tampa

Welcome to Tampa, the third-largest state known historically for its cigar-making. This Gulf of Mexico-based city has plenty to offer, so you can accomplish so much while you’re here with 48 hours in Tampa, Florida.

Take a few of these suggestions on how to spend a long weekend on Florida’s west coast.

48 Hours in Tampa, Florida

Friday Afternoon

Check in to your luxury Le Méridien Tampa hotel. This building was originally a federal courthouse that was erected in 1905. There are details left of the hotel’s former life still available to see within its walls including the judge’s bench and the witness stand.

For a relaxing dinner that combines history with French elegance, stay at your hotel and enjoy the Bizou Brasserie. Try the chicken meatballs and steak and cheese flatbread. After, enjoy a libation in your cozy suite.

48 hours in Tampa


Rise to Tampa’s glorious sunrises on the water by visiting the Hillsborough River State Park. Go for a morning walk on the Wetlands Trail and spot the various flora and fauna such as hawks and bobcats. After, head to brunch at Datz and be sure to get the Biscuits and Crazy and the eggs barbacoa. 

Make your way over to Big Cat Rescue after brunch and learn how to lounge after a big meal properly by watching the leopards and tigers. After, head inside for some cool entertainment at the Florida Aquarium. Explore the coral reef exhibit or go swimming with their scuba opportunities. 

Before dinner, visit the Henry B. Plant Museum to learn and understand about the American era of the Gilded Age and the beginning of Florida’s tourism industry. For dinner, embrace Florida’s Native American history by visiting Ulele for Native-inspired foods. Choose the native chili and the stuffed shrimp. Enjoy a night out on the town by visiting bars like CW’s Gin Joint.

48 hours in Tampa

Sunday Morning

After you check out, enjoy some light shopping at The Bookstore at the Oxford Exchange before brunching at The Restaurant. Try their French toast and the brunch flatbread for a sweet and savory way to end your long weekend vacation in Tampa.

48 hours in Tampa

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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