University of Tampa has a gorgeous campus with a rich history that is perfect for exploring. It used to be the Tampa Bay Hotel owned by Henry B. Plant in the 1890s. There is a museum there still honoring the original opulence of it's heyday.
Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Hotel ~ porch The Tampa Bay Hotel was constructed in 1891 by Henry Plant. It was designed by John Wood. The hotel closed in 1930. It reopened in 1933 as the Tampa Bay Junior College which is now the University of Tampa.