i had a good time there i recommend going to clearwater beach at least once if you're in tampa
We drove an hour South to Sarasota to visit the Ringling Museum. Highly recommend it. Fascinating exhibit on logistics and Americana. Tickets are like $20 but if you have a student idea they can be scored for $5.
The beaches around Tampa are beautiful and a wonderful vacation spot for families however the city isn’t really that interesting in my opinion. I hoped the historic cigar manufacturing neighborhood of Ybor City woub be interesting but it was disappointingly dead.
Traffic can be bad around the highways but there are a lot of diverse options for food! It's a pretty clean city but summers are super hot here. They have Busch Gardens, a zoo, Dinosaur World and a lot of other attractions! It is a great city to visit as a family for kids.