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Weekend in Tampa in 2023: The Perfect 2-Day Itinerary

City Skyline at Night Cityscape. The river has lighting with blue.

If you have a free weekend in Tampa, you need to plan your time carefully. There’s so much to see and do in Tampa, you really don’t want to miss any of the good stuff. Thankfully, you’re in the right place; this 2-day itinerary will show you the highlights and whet your appetite for more.

Many people ask if 2 days in Tampa is enough, and while I think it is, you’re not going to see everything. I’ve visited Tampa countless times, and I still don’t believe I’ve exhausted all corners of the city. But, a weekend break in Tampa will show you some of the best bits, and will certainly put a smile on your face.

For a weekend away, you’d struggle to find a better place. You’ll need comfortable shoes, but you’ll have a camera roll and a heart full of memories by the end. You’ll also get to try some of the most delicious food around.

Weekend in Tampa (2-Day Itinerary)

To help you get the most out of your time, I’ve devised a 2-day itinerary for Tampa. This will show you some of my favorite parts of the city without wearing you out in the process. However, it’s important to remember that if you want to see more, you’ll simply have to return.

This city is huge, and distances between sights can be large. If you can hire a car, you’ll get to see more, but I’ve created a bespoke itinerary that will give you the perfect first glimpse into this wonderful destination. The only question is when you’ll return.

Day 1 in Tampa

A green field with some threes and buildings in the background.

Your weekend in Tampa is about to begin, so get those comfortable walking shoes on and prepare for a whirlwind day and night. Let’s start in Downtown – the heart and soul of the city.

Day 1: Morning

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so naturally, that’s where we’ll start. One of my favorite spots in Downtown is the aptly named Tampa Breakfast. The Portobello mushroom tower is a favorite of mine, but the menu is large and reasonably priced, with fantastic coffee, (you’ll need the caffeine for the day ahead!).

Once you’re fueled up, it’s time to wander down Riverwalk. This is a promenade that goes for 2.4 miles, packed with views, parks, eateries, and shops. It’s a great way to get your bearings and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of the city; in fact, you can’t do Tampa in two days without starting here.

Next, it’s time to explore history at the fascinating Tampa Bay History Center. Packed with interactive exhibits and…

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