The Four Tampa Attractions Off the Beaten Path

There are many different Tampa attractions to visit, but some are a little less known than others. This makes it entirely possible that you will miss out on an attraction that you would really like to experience. If you are looking to add to your itinerary but you aren't sure about the best place to start, BBOnline offers these lesser-known things to do that are more than likely just a hop, skip and a jump from your Tampa Inn.

Alderman's Ford Park
100 Aldermans Ford Park Dr.
Lithia, FL 33567
(813) 757-3801
www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks

Alderman's is a must-see if you are a history buff, a nature freak or just someone who likes to get outdoors once in awhile. This park was actually home for a number of years to popular political campaigns in the county. Alafia River runs right through the park, which is one of the most popular rivers for kayaking in the entire state. There are hiking trails, picnic spots and plenty of bird watching opportunities to be found.

Bok Tower Gardens
1151 Tower Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33853
(863) 676-1408
www.boktowergardens.org

Amazing views and breathtaking vistas are just a couple of things you can expect when you visit this park. This is one of the Tampa attractions that gets overlooked by many travelers until it's too late. Palms, oaks, butterflies and colorful flowers abound in the gardens, while the 205-foot tower offers an entirely different perspective. Daily concerts happen at the tower each afternoon, which might be worth planning your trip to the park around.

Ybor City Museum and Walking Tours

1818 E. 9th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 247-6323
www.ybormuseum.org

When it comes to Tampa attractions, this is considered one of the most impressive by many visitors. The museum is located at one of the only National Historical Landmarks in Florida. Walking tours that offer a look at how Ybor city played a role in the development of Tampa are available on a daily basis and special events are held throughout the year, so there is always something new and different to experience when visiting Ybor city.

Big Cat Rescue
128012 Easy St.
Tampa, FL 33625
(813) 920-4130
www.bigcatrescue.org

If you have a chance to visit just one place before checking out of your Tampa Bed and Breakfast, this should be it. There are incredible big cats to visit here, from bobcats to tigers and other exotic animals that you might only dream of seeing up close and personal. Learn about the unfortunate circumstances these big cats go through, and how important sanctuaries like Big Cat Rescue are so important. The park offers day tours, kids' tours, feeding tours, night tours and even weddings. Contests, games and other special events are always going on, so chances are that you will find something unique to your specific visit on the day you attend.