Plan Your Winter Getaway to the AMTA 2015 Schools Summit


The AMTA 2015 Schools Summit is February 12-13 in beautiful Tampa, Florida. Plan a winter getaway that coincides with this premier schools and educator event using our handy travel guide!


Best Wallet-Friendly Sights in Tampa

Though Florida may bring to mind luxurious yachts and beachside restaurants, exploring all Tampa has to offer doesn’t have to be pricey. Here are some of the best wallet-friendly experiences for your downtime at the 2015 Schools Summit.

Lettuce Lake Park

This 240-acre park offers just about everything you could want: beautiful views, hiking, fishing, canoe and kayak rentals, and picnic areas. Lettuce Lake Park even offers free, guided nature tours on weekend mornings along the Hillsborough River.

Manatee Viewing Center

A favorite of locals and visitors alike, this federally designated manatee sanctuary allows visitors to get up-close with these unique Florida Natives. Admission is free and includes entrance to the MVC environmental education building, hurricane simulator and award-winning butterfly gardens.

City Bike Tampa

Only a 20-minute walk from the Westin Tampa Harbour Island, City Bike Tampa offers daily bicycle rentals for only $32—a great deal for 24 hours of both transportation and entertainment. Ride to the beautiful scenic beaches of Tampa and bring a picnic.


Walk to Tampa’s Best from the Schools Summit

According to Forbes magazine, Tampa is the fifth best U.S. city for the outdoors. Make the most of the weather and walk to these top attractions that are only minutes from Schools Summit at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island.

Florida Aquarium, 18 minutes

The only way to see why the Florida Aquarium—home to over 20,000 marine animals from all over the world—was ranked in the top ten U.S. aquariums is to visit. In addition to the usual favorites, you can sign up to dive with sharks or explore a simulated coral reef.

Tampa Museum of Art, 23 minutes

In addition to its eye-catching, fiber-optic architecture, the museum has two permanent exhibits in addition to its traveling collections: modern and contemporary art as well as Greek and Roman antiquities.

Tampa Bay Sailing Tours, 5 minutes

Departing just five minutes away from the Westin Tampa Harbour Island, Tampa Bay Sailing Tours offers three types of private boat tours. Enjoy refreshments, spot dolphins, and explore Tampa Bay the quintessential way: from the water.


Top-Rated Tampa Attractions for Visitors

With a thriving tourism industry and unbeatable weather, Tampa welcomes tens of millions of visitors per year. While you’re attending the AMTA 2015 Schools Summit, make time to check out some top-rated Tampa attractions.

Big Cat Rescue

Tampa’s Big Cat Rescue is the largest of its kind in the world, featuring 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, and nine other species. The second highest-ranked attraction on Trip Advisor, the Big Cat Rescue allows visitors to get close to these exotic cats.

Busch Gardens

A Tampa staple, Busch Gardens offers 297 acres of rides, animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games.

Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has been both ranked as one of the best in the country and recognized as the center of Florida’s wildlife conservation. The zoo has an extensive range of Floridian species—panthers, flamingos, alligators, manatees—along with animals native to Asia and Africa.

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