Travel Guide to Tampa for the Super Bowl

Don't worry if your hotel is in St. Pete's or Clearwater. While Tampa serves as the area's business, industrial and shipping center, these two towns are long-time tourist destinations for offering more picturesque areas for a little rest and relaxation. So if sun worshipping is more your speed, a hotel stay or short drive to St. Petersburg and Clearwater will put you in touch with some of the nation's most pristine stretches of sand.

One beach event unique to the Super Bowl is the world's biggest football sand sculpture. The sculpture at Sand Key Park in Clearwater Beach will cover an area the size of — appropriately enough — a football field, with 29 8-foot high NFL helmets and two 30-foot high helmets for the Giants and Ravens. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to authenticate the world record at its unveiling.

To see Tampa's skyline from the water, a short cruise probably offers the best view. Several cruise lines run up and down the shore of St. Petersburg, Clearwater Beach and Tampa, such as the Sea Life Safari operated by Clearwater Marine Aquarium (727) 462-2628, Hubbard's Sea Adventures (727) 398-6577, and the Caribbean Queen (727) 895-BOAT.

Tampa is vying to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. The city, therefore, will attempt to put its best foot forward while the nation and world tunes in for the Super Bowl, making it a good time to check out this ever-expanding city.

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