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06-12-2009, 01:51 PM
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What to do in Tampa?

Hi guys,

Some friends and I (6 in total) are coming down from Montreal to spend a week in Tampa (St. Pete Beach, to be exact). Beside just relaxing on the beach, what else could we do?

We are renting a car at some point during the vacation since some want to go Orlando and check out the amusement parks, so we won't be only stuck within walking/bus distance. Which brings up a question too - is the week-bus pass worth it? I think it's ~20$ right? We're also definently hitting up some outlets. Any good restos to go to? I'm seriously excited to go eat at some fast food places we in Canada only see in commercials

Anyways, anything you guys could give us a heads up for would be appreciated, thanks!

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Ellenton Outlet Mall, Ybor City, Rays games, Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs...

Plenty of stuff to do.

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Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Sea World

Bus pass is okay, busses aren't as good as Montreal. Frankly, ours kind of suck.

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PSTA buses are ****ing disgusting. Don't bother. The buses are just full of homeless people anyways.

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Clearwater beach is nice but somewhat touristy, Fort Desoto is a really nice beach if that's the type of thing you come to Florida for. Ichetucknee springs are really nice, you can get a tube and float down a river and enjoy the outdoors. If dancing is your thing The Castle in Ybor city is a fun place.

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Buses in Tampa [or anywhere in Florida for that matter] are gross. Try to find other transportation [like a cab or something] if possible.

There are plenty of theme parks...
Busch Gardens - tons of roller coasters and a few water rides
Adventure Island - a water park located right next to Busch Gardens... its a lot cheaper and just as fun IMO. I prefer water slides to roller coasters though.
Sea World - a few roller coasters and water rides, has tons of shows and you get to see and pet dolphins, sting rays, etc.

Shopping...
Tyrone Square Mall
Ellenton Outlet Mall

Night Life...
Ybor [def the place to go]

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If you go to Ybor though, make sure identify the gay bars first to avoid awkward walk-ins.

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channelside?

is that what its called?
was just down there drinking all week with friends at USF

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channelside?

is that what its called?
was just down there drinking all week with friends at USF
Yep, right by the forum. Channelside isn't bad. Can be a lot of fun.

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Just to let you know early. There's nothing in Orlando. The theme parks are fine, but not actually "Orlando".

And yeah, skip the buses. The difference between a city like Montreal and ones like Tampa and Orlando comes from that Montreal became a large city a much longer time ago and everything was built with travel time (by foot) as a factor.

Florida didn't really get a boom until they built the interstate highway system, meaning cars were also available for the general populace at that time.

The cities became built out from the highways (freeways as they're called elsewhere). The standard of travel time being measured by car. The result being if you don't have one, you can't get anywhere.

There's also no subway systems. The ground is too close to sea level to dig without creating a puddle.

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Thanks a lot for tips guys

Those theme parks seem pretty good, and we'll visit Ybor most definently We had already found out about Tyrone Mall, so knowing about some other places was good to know aswell

We'll try to pass by Fort Desoto too, hopefully there'll be a good number of girls at both locations - it's the beach so i'm sure there's going to be plenty

oh, we'll sray clear of the busses

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Thanks a lot for tips guys

Those theme parks seem pretty good, and we'll visit Ybor most definently We had already found out about Tyrone Mall, so knowing about some other places was good to know aswell

We'll try to pass by Fort Desoto too, hopefully there'll be a good number of girls at both locations - it's the beach so i'm sure there's going to be plenty

oh, we'll sray clear of the busses
Fort Desoto isn't bad but Clearwater has the girls. Tyrone Mall is like 5 minutes from me. Have fun man.

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Clearwater beach is nice but somewhat touristy, Fort Desoto is a really nice beach if that's the type of thing you come to Florida for. Ichetucknee springs are really nice, you can get a tube and float down a river and enjoy the outdoors. If dancing is your thing The Castle in Ybor city is a fun place.
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Just to let you know early. There's nothing in Orlando. The theme parks are fine, but not actually "Orlando".

And yeah, skip the buses. The difference between a city like Montreal and ones like Tampa and Orlando comes from that Montreal became a large city a much longer time ago and everything was built with travel time (by foot) as a factor.

Florida didn't really get a boom until they built the interstate highway system, meaning cars were also available for the general populace at that time.

The cities became built out from the highways (freeways as they're called elsewhere). The standard of travel time being measured by car. The result being if you don't have one, you can't get anywhere.

There's also no subway systems. The ground is too close to sea level to dig without creating a puddle.

Ichetucknee is awesome, the water is crystal clear, and you can see some pretty neat stuff sometimes.

yeah, don't bother looking for other things to do in Orlando besides the theme parks...there's crappy bars and crappy clubs, everything closes around 1:30 or 2. Go to Ybor if that's what you're looking for...

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Ichetucknee springs are really nice, you can get a tube and float down a river and enjoy the outdoors.
this. see both sides of florida (inland and beaches...they are very different but equally nice). and if youre in orlando for a night or 2, downtown isnt half bad for a weekend.

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thx for all the help boys We're leaving this Sunday, so if you hear a group of guys talking about Montreal this week, it might be us

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thx for all the help boys We're leaving this Sunday, so if you hear a group of guys talking about Montreal this week, it might be us
I'll yell habs suck and look for you guys.

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Clearwater is the best beach for girls, good looking ones atleast. If your all into the fat chick-old people type thing, St. Pete Beach is your place.

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