Sleep Inn near Busch Gdns/USF
12282 Morris Bridge Rd
Tampa, FL 33637
Phone: (813) 988-4048
Fax: (813) 989-1659
A hub for outdoor activities, this Tampa park offers visitors the opportunity to hike, fish, kayak, and more. The little ones can let loose on the playground structure and the picnic tables and barbecue's are perfect for a summer gathering. A nature center informs visitors on the local flora and fauna along with the extensive hiking trail information.
This Arthur Hills track is quite pretty and, at 7004 yards, very challenging from the gold tees. However, the par-72 layout is interesting from whichever tees you choose to play (blue tees run a more reasonable 6418 yards). You will encounter water on 10 holes, along with some annoying and well-placed sand traps. As well, the greens contain plenty of rolls and bulges to keep you thinking. Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club is a private golf course. Soft spikes only.
More than 450 activities await you at this non-profit facility dedicated to promoting a better understanding of science and technology. The Saunders Planetarium shows you the stars. Step inside the Gulf Coast Hurricane exhibit for a blast of tropical nightmare. At the IMAX Dome Theatre, the world is bigger than life, filled with odd sights and sounds on a huge screen. Souvenirs ranging from totes and T-shirts to puzzles and posters are available at the Science Store. For refreshment, the MOSI Café offers pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
Featuring long, tight fairways lined with oaks, cypress and pines, this attractive course is home to a variety of wildlife, including the occasional alligator. The Claw is home to the university's golf teams and is a par-71 layout with driving range, golf clinics, individual lessons by PGA professionals and a golf shop. You can take golf lessons at this golf club and partake in one of the many sporting and golfing events that take place here from time to time. Check website for more details.
If you choose to play the back tees at this par-71 course (6809 yards), you are in for a battle. The course, designed by William F Mitchell, winds through a former swamp basin, making it visually interesting as well as a stern test. The difficulty eases substantially as one moves forward on the tee box to the gold (6201 yards). Tees and greens are elevated, and a number of traps join the swamp to gobble errant shots. There are two long par-4s, but the rest of the holes are average in length. University of South Florida Golf Course is a public golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged.
Sundome is a multi-purpose sports facility at the University of South Florida and has a seating capacity of up to 11,324 sports fans. It was constructed in 1981 and music concerts of the likes of Carlos Santana, U2, the all time favorite Madonna, the ever melodious Elton John, soul full Sting, The Beatles Ringo Starr and Jay-Z all took place in the Sports facility. The stadium boasts of holding approximately 300 events annually.
The University of South Florida Recreation Center is a popular place among students of the university and other fitness freaks. The center has a gym, equipped with excellent machines and fitness equipment, including around 30 cardiovascular machines. There are facilities for indoor rock climbing, basketball, karate, racquetball, volleyball, aerobics and dance at versatile centre. It is a good place for students looking for a quick workout or indulging in a sport. The hours and schedules for all the facilities are variable.
The Soccer Stadium at the University of South Florida, is a decent place to watch college teams slug it out on the field. With a modest capacity of only around 1000, this stadium is complete with basic facilities of locker rooms with training facilities, practice fields, flood-lights for night matches and even a natural grass soccer strip. The University college teams use the stadium for their soccer games and have a wide fan-base in the region who vociferously support their teams.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere await slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions.
Designed for kids, both young and old, Congo River is a cool place where you play miniature golf in view of a waterfall, feed the gators and play a variety of games in the arcade. Located near Busch Gardens, this is a great place to while away an afternoon or spent a couple of hours enjoying a few laughs at the mini-golf course. After sinking that last hole-in-one, stop by Mel's Hot Dogs, just a short drive down Busch, for what may be the greatest hot dog in town.
At Busch Gardens, animals roam free and you are the outsider. You can see the park by monorail, cable car or train. Roller coasters, wild animals, entertaining shows, rides, food, shopping, sightseeing, bird shows, exotic flowers, train rides, Serengeti adventures, river rapids...the list goes merrily on. Wear comfy walking shoes and spend the day at this 300-acre park. You can even taste the Anheuser Busch brew that started it all. Busch Gardens is open year-round with varying schedules. Call or see website for details.
If you're looking to get away from the standard vacation spots of Florida, be sure to check out Canoe Escape. Once there you can experience an exciting outdoor adventure or explore the quiet scenery of the Hillsborough River, all from the safety of your kayak or canoe. As you drift downstream you might glimpse a wandering deer, a wild hog, or even a sunbathing aligator. Leisurely independent tours can be booked, as well as guided tours, where an experienced staff member will show you the ins and outs of the swamp reserve. So whether you're going it alone or having a family outing you'll be sure to have an experience you'll never forget. Various trips are offered so check out the website for details.