When in the Tampa area, be sure to check out the Tampa Bay Visitor Information Center, 3601 E. Busch Blvd. (tel. 813/465-4136), opposite Busch Gardens, which operates guided bus tours of Tampa, Ybor City, and environs. Tampa native Jim Boggs will guide you through the city on 4-hour tours, which are given from 10am to 3pm daily, with a stop for lunch at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. The tour costs $45 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under. The full-day tours (10am-5pm) of Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg give a good overview of the cities and the beaches; this tour costs $75 for adults and $65 for children. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance; passengers are picked up at major Tampa hotels.

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