“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
Alongside Downtown Tampa is Channelside, home to Tampa Convention Center, St. Pete Times Forum (where the Tampa Lightning hockey team plays) and the Florida Aquarium, plus ample parking. The area has its own outdoor bar and mall scene along the Tampa River, where the cruise ships dock. Shoppers prowl Channelside's quaint shops, while daredevils swim with the tiger sharks at nearby Florida Aquarium. Adults will appreciate the Aquarium's Tiki Bar, while kids prefer its outdoor splash park.