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Tampa's warm climate allows students to enjoy the outdoors year-round. A popular tourist destination, Tampa boasts attractions including Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and Lowry Park Zoo.
Sports fans enjoy following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rays, or Lightning. The area is also known for its nightlife. Popular spots for nightlife include Channelside, Bay Street at International Plaza, and Ybor City, the center of the city's music scene.
One of the city's most renowned museums is the Salvador Dali Museum, home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist. Tampa's many theaters, symphony and dance performances, museums, and a diverse range of art galleries showcase some of the world's most talented artists, actors, and musicians. Students enjoy visiting the Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Florida International Museum, and Great Explorations: The Hands-On Museum.
When students are looking for a break, many choose to visit the region's beautiful and inviting natural beaches, lakes, and rivers.
Major regional employers include BayCare Health System, Verizon, Citi, Busch Gardens, Home Shopping Network, TECO Energy, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.