10 Places to Photograph in Tampa This Weekend

Our RMSP Weekend program is traveling to Tampa, Florida this Saturday and Sunday.  TimTony and Eileen will be in the midst of white sand beaches, exotic birds and warm weather. Here are some places I would seek out and photograph if I were in traveling to Tampa this weekend. To scout Tampa from Missoula, I used Google Maps and Panoramio to see what other people had photographed at each location.

  • Florida Aquarium – Interesting architecture and a good way to photograph sharks without getting wet or endangering your life.
  • Tampa Museum of Art – My Google image search for this museum resulted in pages of amazing photographs of modern architecture surrounded by standing pools of water and great lights at night.
  • The University of Tampa -Formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel, historic Plant Hall is now the main academic building and home to the University’s administrative offices. This ornate building has endless photographic possibilities inside and out.
  • Ybor City – Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter has street cars, red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets. A glimpse into old-world Florida.
  • Tampa Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) –  The IMAX dome at the MOSI is structurally stunning and at night the building is lit up in an amazing way. This is not to be missed when photographing Tampa at night.
  • Clearwater Beach – Gorgeous white sand beach.
  • Lowry Park Zoo– Zoos always provide great opportunities to photograph wildlife that you may not encounter unless you go to Africa or Asia. Tampa’s Zoo has a special creature for the next few weekends. How often do you get to photograph dinosaurs? Visit Lowry Park at night and see the Dinoquest exhibit lit up for DinoNites.
  • The Sunken Gardens – If you like macro photography, butterflies and/or birds, this looks like an interesting place to photograph.
  • Florida State Fair – The State fair is happening this weekend. A great place to photograph Ferris wheels, rides, cotton candy and all the moving lights at night.
  • Phillipie Park – This park looks out on Safety Harbor in Tampa Bay. Great views, boats, people recreating and sandbars provide  lots of opportunities for great subject matter.

Do you know of great places to photograph in Tampa that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Tampa this weekend show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Tampa”.

2 thoughts on “10 Places to Photograph in Tampa This Weekend

Sarah S

hi there everyone, I’m new on here and glad to be a part of the threaded.

Bob Herring

St. Petersburg is just across the New Tampa Bay (around I275) and is home to the NEW S. Doli Museum. The building and grounds are most interesting, and the bayfront is so close behind that you can spend hours there!

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