Henry B. Plant Museum#11 in Best Things To Do in Tampa
Travelers like the setting of this museum and National Historic Landmark just as much as its contents. Housed in the Moorish Revival Tampa Bay Hotel on the University of Tampa campus, the Henry B. Plant Museum preserves a Gilded Age feel and affords visitors a glimpse into turn-of-the-century living and lodging. It also offers insight into the life and work of its creator, railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant.
Those who've visited say the museum is a great experience if you love antiques, architecture and history – specifically Florida history, though they note parking can be an issue. The museum boasts several permanent exhibits, which feature the hotel's original rooms reconstructed with furniture and other artifacts to reflect the property's Victorian origins. The museum also features temporary exhibits, most notably the annual "Victorian Christmas Stroll," which takes place every December. During the holiday season, the museum is dressed in traditional holiday garb, including a 15-foot tree and 14 exhibit rooms are decorated with trimmed trees designed in 19th-century themes and antique holiday accessories. Visitors can enjoy live music every evening from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Plant museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors and $5 for kids ages 4 to 12 from January through November. Prices and admission times change in December for its Victorian Christmas event. Visit the official website for further details.
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#1 Tampa Riverwalk
The Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long trail which runs along the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Visitors can walk, bike, rollerblade, enjoy public art and access any number of restaurants, stores, parks and playgrounds, bike rental shops and attractions, such as the Florida Aquarium and the Glazer Children's Museum, along the route.
Recent visitors were impressed by how well-maintained and clean the park is and noted that it's an ideal place to catch the sunset. You can access the Riverwalk from any number of places along the river. Visit the Friends of the Riverwalk website for more information and maps.
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