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About Tampa

Tampa is not your typical big city. From the unique and dramatic design of minarets found at the historic Tampa Bay Hotel to the brilliant sunsets that illuminate the night sky, Tampa is a jewel of Florida's west coast.

Beautiful waterways wrap around the city's miles of coastal beaches, providing lookouts and passageways for dolphins, manatees and other aquatic animals.

Tampa has all of the cultural allure, sporting events and things to do that make Florida one of the world's top destinations. Major theme parks and attractions? From tame to wild, we've got them here. The country's top beaches? Three of the 10 best are just minutes away. Premier professional sports teams and top notch facilities? Olympic athletes, professional baseball players, and tennis pros can attest to the quality of our courts, fields, playing surfaces and pools.

In the mood for the arts or cultural enlightenment? Dramatic productions from opera to orchestras bring patrons to their feet in applause at our Straz Center for the Performing Arts and other cultural venues. Creative culinary artists? From flamba to flan, Tampa's multi-national kitchen magicians work wonders with fresh seafood and locally grown produce. Want to hit the town? Our nightlife is full of hot spots to mix and mingle as you club hop.

Tee time anyone? City's all over Florida are full of GREAT golf courses and Tampa.

You won't want to miss our extraordinary sunsets. Every night, the sun puts on a majestic show of colors as it dips slowly into the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. On some nights, you can even catch a rare green flash over the setting sun. What a truly magnificent way to end each and every day of your vacation in paradise!

Tampa has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summer days, frequent thunderstorms in the summer (rain is less frequent in the fall and winter), and a threat of a light winter freeze from November 15 through March 5 caused by occasional cold fronts from the north, and even then not every year in southern Tampa and near the bay. Light freezes every year are more likely in northern Tampa and the Tampa Palms area.

Since Tampa has some characteristics of a tropical climate, hard freezes (defined by the National Weather Service as below 28 °F) happen rarely (every 5 to 20 years depending on location). Because of Tampa Bay, Tampa is split between two USDA climate zones. According to the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, Tampa is listed as USDA zone 9b north of Kennedy Boulevard away from the bay and 10a south of Kennedy Boulevard and along the bay, Zone 10a is about the northern limit of where coconut palms and royal palms can be grown, although some specimens do grow in northern Tampa. Southern Tampa has much more tropical foliage than the northern parts of the city. Average highs range from 70 to 90 °F year round, and lows 52 to 76 °F . Tampa's official recorded high has never hit 100 °F – the all-time record high temperature is 99 °F , recorded on June 5, 1985.



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