There are so many things to do on the gulf coast. We love the water sports, food spots and cultural/sporting events. We return at least annually and have a different experience every time.
i had a good time there i recommend going to clearwater beach at least once if you're in tampa
We drove an hour South to Sarasota to visit the Ringling Museum. Highly recommend it. Fascinating exhibit on logistics and Americana. Tickets are like $20 but if you have a student idea they can be scored for $5.
The beaches around Tampa are beautiful and a wonderful vacation spot for families however the city isn’t really that interesting in my opinion. I hoped the historic cigar manufacturing neighborhood of Ybor City woub be interesting but it was disappointingly dead.