Tampa is a city in and the county seat of Hillsborough County, Florida. Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico.
The word "Tampa" may mean "sticks of fire" in the Calusa language. Calusa is a Native American tribe that once lived south of today's Tampa Bay. This might be a reference to the many lightning strikes that the area receives during the summer months.
The city of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches covering 9.25 km2. Tampa is also home to a number of attractions and theme parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, and Florida Aquarium.