Florida has always been known for its sunny days with temperate climate and Tampa embodies that Florida image. Our temperatures range in average from the low 60?s to the high 80?s and can reach into the low 90?s in mid to late summer. Our winter temperatures will at times reach into the low 50?s in January with an occasional dip into the 40?s. Tampa Bay?s summers are gorgeous and our palm trees along with our beautiful beaches showcase this image.
Tampa?s thriving economy is attributable in part to its many businesses and diverse population. It has matured into a thriving metropolis with extensive ties in the fields of healthcare, education, banking, finance, technology, transportation, tourism and communications. The Port of Tampa, one of the largest ports in the United States, is also home to several established cruise lines.
Channelside, which is contained within the port district, is one of our newest shopping and entertainment hot spots. Tampa International Airport, an internationally acclaimed facility, is also centrally located to all major shopping, cultural and residential areas.
The Tampa Bay area contains a variety of cultural, educational and recreational activities including The Florida Aquarium, Henry B. Plant Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry located at the University of South Florida, Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and Ybor City. Tampa has 5 major shopping malls, including International Plaza with stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, Citrus Park Town Center, Old Hyde Park Village, WestShore Plaza including stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Ann Taylor, and Brandon Town Center.
Lake Magdalene and Avila?s students attend schools within the School District of Hillsborough County, which provides public education in over 193 public schools and approximately 88 private schools. Overall this district is home to more than 175,000 students, with a large percentage of students continuing on in their crusade to obtain a degree in post-secondary education. Tampa is home to the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and a number of technical and vocational schools.
Any discussion of this growing city must include a sampling of some of our incredible sports venues around town. Tampa is host to many professional sports organizations, including: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winners of the 2003 Super Bowl XXXVII Championship; the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, our bay area baseball team; the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2004 Stanley Cup Champions; and the Tampa Bay Storm, our very own arena football team.
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