Quality Inn Busch Gardens
4139 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33617
Phone: (813) 386-1000
Fax: (813) 386-1011
For a day of family fun, Terrace Sports is the place to go. The center offers a full spectrum of games including exciting laser tag complete with strobes, sirens, and fog and bowling on solid wood lanes. A full arcade of challenging and interactive games will keep you busy or relax and take in a flick at the HD movie lounge. For food, there is plenty to choose from including Florida gator tail, buffalo and ostrich burgers, pizzas, and wings along with cool smoothies and select wines. Throughout the month, Terrace Sports has scheduled package deals and theme nights. - Vickie Ferguson
The Pegasus Lounge, located near Busch Gardens, is the premier location for late night entertainment that consists of original live music. The lounge has a diversified menu of tunes from hard rock, goth-industrial and hardcore rap to acoustic folk music. Whatever your favorite genre, you will hear it at the Pegasus. There is plenty of talent available with 60 bands making their way on stage each month. The full service bar ensures plenty of choices when it comes to beers on tap, bottles, and imports. For patrons in the mood for providing entertainment, the lounge features karaoke and open mic night. -Vickie Ferguson
The University of South Florida Music Recital Hall, is located in the city of Tampa. This facility isn't too large and can hold around 300 people during events. The lighting and ambience at the hall aren't too fancy, but decent enough for one to enjoy the show. Various world famous musicians have performed at this venue and it is popular among the locals, because the prices are quite affordable.
Theatre 1 at the University Of South Florida in Tampa, is an extremely popular place, when it comes to watching a play. The theater has excellent facilities, the atmosphere is friendly and the seating is spacious and comfortable. Various kinds of plays with classics by writers such as Shakespeare, Brecht, Shaw are shown here. The ticket prices depend on the event, but is mostly pretty affordable.
The USF Theatre 2 in Tampa, Florida, is the 2nd of the two theaters in the University and is extremely popular among the students and the locals of the city. The theater has been host to several famous stars such as Bill Hollman with Jazz Surge, Turtle Island String Quartet, Jim Mcneely with Jazz Surge. The ambience at the theater is comfortable and the seating is spacious. Do remember cameras, phones, beepers, snacks are not allowed in the premises and you would want to check if your kids are allowed for the show before getting them along.
The Marshall Student Center Ballroom is an enigmatic room, filled with poetry and grace. The ballroom is generally used for wedding receptions and other classy events. The room has a capacity to hold two hundred guests, thus, making it a place for big events and giving you the chance to use the rooms and space comfortably. There is also a catering available at the center, thus, making your event a complete class act. For further details, do visit their website.
University Area Community Center Complex, is more into social service and health-care services. Although, it does conduct workshops and seminars that cover varies issues. Special workshops for kids and women are organized too. This center is also rented out for gatherings and other social events. Apart from the regular classes in cheer-leading, karate sessions are conducted for kids and adults as well.
The Seminole Hard Casino is a sprawling 178,000 square feet casino with over 3,600 of the hottest gaming machines. Whether you want to play a classic slot machine or a themed machine, you can try your luck and hope for a jackpot. There are also great table games, such as Blackjack, Poker and Baccarat.
Under the White Big at Tampa is one of the most vivacious places to visit for a day-out. With popular events like the Cavalia taking place here, people from all over the city and surrounding areas flock in here for partaking in various big scale events. It has become a center-point for numerous event and concert spaces. Call ahead for more details.
This venue is very popular, as it hosts some of the biggest and most successful concerts in town. The theater was first opened in 2004 and can hold a crowd of 20,000. Events here include music festivals, gigs, performing arts events, and more. Some of the popular stars that have performed here are Akon, Gwen Stefani, Radiohead, and Bruce Springsteen.
Every February, the state celebrates its "bests" from needlework to hogs at the fair, on this 325-acre site not far from Busch Gardens. Other events are scheduled over the year but February's the highlight for agriculture and crafts fans. Named one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Business Association, the Florida State Fair features plenty of rides and the grounds are landscaped and dotted with lakes. Activities vary through seasons - both big and small - from sporting event to exhibitions, trade shows, banquets, conferences and weddings.
Voted as one of Tampa's number one nightclubs, Valentines offers a nightly array of performances, drink specials, innovative contests, and special events. Every night has a special theme and every day is two-for-one drinks. Start the week off with a visit to Valentines for one of two premier drag shows. During the rest of the week, each night provides something different for customers to enjoy and participate in, from amateur strip contests and sizzling boys' and girls' go-go dancers putting on a show, to hot salsa dancing and Latin music spun by the nightclub's in-house DJ. Karaoke night is available for the truly brave of heart. Open until the wee hours, Valentines is the place to be for late night entertainment. -Vickie Ferguson