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Editor Pick : Nearby Hotel
Nearby Hotel near Florida State Fairgrounds
Located just across Highway 201 and a 2-minute walk away from the venue, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is among the most convenient of the Florida State Fairgrounds hotels. Tuck into the complimentary breakfast here to steady your stomach before indulging in the fried fair food. Relax into the pillow top mattress, and enjoy easy access to the nearby highways throughout your stay.
0.2 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
t5 mins walking
REVIEW SCORE4.12 - Very Good
l Cecil "Good customer service; comfortable beds; quiet rooms."
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Editor Pick : Top Rated Hotel
Top Rated Hotel near Florida State Fairgrounds
Embassy Suites Tampa - Brandon
10220 Palm River Rd, Tampa
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You'll feel well taken of at the Embassy Suites Tampa - Brandon, where you'll find a microwave and a mini-fridge in your room, and an outdoor pool outside of it. Sit back in the on-site restaurant, and enjoy easy access to the shop at Westfield Brandon, as well as the Memorial Gardens, both less than 2-miles away. This hotel is within 15 minutes' drive of the venue.
6.2 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
v11 mins driving Uber from $6-8
REVIEW SCORE4.5 - Wonderful
l Please tell us about your stay at Embassy Suites Tampa - Brandon
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Editor Pick : Alternative Hotel
Alternative Hotel near Florida State Fairgrounds
Sheraton Tampa East Hotel
10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa
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With the Florida State Fairgrounds just 3-miles to the west and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino nearby, too, you'll be in the heart of the action when you stay at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel. Relax in the outdoor heated pool, kick back in your well-appointed room, or let off steam in the fitness room. You'll find all of the amenities you need at this excellent hotel.
2.6 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
v6 mins driving Uber from $5-6
REVIEW SCORE4.17 - Very Good
l Randy "from what we saw, it is a very nice hotel with friendly people. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area."
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Wonderful, 4.55 Based on 111 Reviews
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Hotels near Florida State Fairgrounds - Comfort Suites At Fairgrounds - Casino Tampa

Comfort Suites At Fairgrounds - Casino Tampa

4506 Oak Fair Boulevard, Tampa (Map)
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lWonderful
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
v 0.3 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
t 7 mins walking
Uber from $4-6
l Paul R "Everything from check-in to check-out was easy and enjoyable. The hotel is new and everything is..."
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Good, 3.62 Based on 182 Reviews
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Florida State Fairgrounds Hotels - La Quinta Inn And Suites Tampa East Fairgrounds

La Quinta Inn And Suites Tampa East Fairgrounds

4811 U.S. 301 North, Tampa (Map)
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lGood
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
v 0.1 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
t 3 mins walking
Uber from $4-6
l Bobby "We enjoyed our stay at the hotel, this weekend; everything was great - room, food, friendly staff,..."
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Very Good, 4.12 Based on 38 Reviews
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tampa-Fairgrounds-Casino

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tampa-Fairgrounds-Casino

8610 Elm Fair Boulevard, Tampa (Map)
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lVery Good
v 0.2 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
t 5 mins walking
l Cecil "Good customer service; comfortable beds; quiet rooms."
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Pleasant, 3.24 Based on 81 Reviews
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Red Roof Inn Tampa Fairgrounds

Red Roof Inn Tampa Fairgrounds

5001 North Us 301, Tampa (Map)
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lPleasant
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
v 0.1 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds
t 2 mins walking
l Grace A "Rooms were clean and worth the price. We partied till 4:30 in the morning and not a single complaint. Will definitely stay here from now on!"
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Very Good, 4.17 Based on 66 Reviews
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Sheraton Tampa East Hotel

Sheraton Tampa East Hotel

10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa (Map)
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lVery Good
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v 2.6 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds ( 6 mins )
Uber from $5-6
l Randy "from what we saw, it is a very nice hotel with friendly people. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area."
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Very Good, 4.06 Based on 169 Reviews
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Clarion Inn Tampa - Brandon

Clarion Inn Tampa - Brandon

9331 East Adamo Drive, Tampa (Map)
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lVery Good
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v 4.9 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds ( 8 mins )
Uber from $4-6
l Tom "Super clean; new furnishings; parking good; friendly staff; breakfast was very nice and price was reasonable."
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Good, 3.7 Based on 525 Reviews
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La Quinta Inn Tampa-Near Busch Gardens

La Quinta Inn Tampa-Near Busch Gardens

9202 North 30th Street, Tampa (Map)
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lGood
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
v 7.1 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds ( 14 mins )
Uber from $8-11
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Good, 3.95 Based on 224 Reviews
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Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North

Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North

11714 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa (Map)
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lGood
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v 4.8 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds ( 8 mins )
Uber from $6-8
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Wonderful, 4.51 Based on 104 Reviews
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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa East, Fl

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa East, Fl

11551 Discovery Lane, Seffner (Map)
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lWonderful
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
v 4.5 miles from Florida State Fairgrounds ( 6 mins )
Uber from $5-7
l Natalie "Free cookies, friendly staff and breakfast."
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What's the surrounding area like?

The area surrounding the Florida State Fairgrounds is mostly fast food joints and residential neighbourhoods. However, the grounds themselves hold multiple attractions, from the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre to Cracker Country, a living history museum - all in addition to the event that's brought you there.

How can I spend the day in Tampa before heading to a concert?

Busch Gardens

Around 20 minutes from the venue by car, Busch Gardens is one of the biggest attractions in Tampa, drawing visitors from around the world. The roller coasters here will satisfy the thrill seekers in the family, while the many different types of animals on display are intriguing for all to observe. Live shows are put on throughout the day, so check the schedule to find your favourites.

Lettuce Lake Regional Park

The Lettuce Lake Regional Park provides ample opportunity to lap up a true taste of the Florida landscape. You can do everything from bird watch to kayak here, as well as picnicking, fishing, playing on the playground, or simply taking it all in as you walk the nature trails. Also 20 minutes' drive from the venue.

Manatee Viewing Center

Ever since Unit 4 of the Big Bend Power Station has been in operation, manatees have flocked to the unit's cool discharge waters, naturally turning the area into a sanctuary. You can watch the gentle giants swim before heading inside to piece together old manatee bones, step into the centre's hurricane simulator, and visit the beautiful butterfly gardens. 20-30 minutes from the venue by car.

Wat Mongkolrata Temple

Sure, you've tried Thai food, but have you tried it while strolling a market housed in a temple? That's what you'll get to do when you visit the Wat Mongkolrata Temple on a Sunday. Thai food vendors will compete for your business while you browse dishes you didn't even know existed, but will be glad to discover. 10-15 minutes from the venue by car.

Where are the best places to eat and drink near Florida State Fairgrounds?

Council Oaks at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The Council Oaks restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is Zagat-rated for a reason. On the menu is juicy steak and fresh seafood, all prepared in a beautiful exhibition kitchen, where you can see your food go from grill to plate. If this doesn't strike your fancy, choose from many more Hard Rock eateries, including the Hard Rock Café itself, the sushi bar, Rock N' Raw, the buffet at Fresh Harvest, Rise Bakery & Kitchen, or the Noodle Bar at Jabao Place. Less than 5 minutes' drive from the venue.

Nana's & Papa's Pit Stop Subs

If you're in a rush and are just looking for a quick fix before heading into the fair, Nana's & Papa's Pit Stop Subs, located just across the street from the fairgrounds, is the way to go. And it's not just subs on the menu - wraps and salads can also make for the perfect lunch.

Danny's All-American Diner

Danny's All-American Diner may be easy to miss from the outside, but you want to make sure you don't. With out-of-this-world shakes, fries, onion rings, and you guessed it, mouthwatering burgers on the menu, you'll be glad you made the 5-minute drive from the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Edison

Billed as a "food drink lab," Edison offers creative and compelling food and drink experiments to patrons who like taste bud adventures. From potato-crusted oysters to drinks with names like, "Ol' Donkey," and "Smashed Rickey," you'll want to sample it all. Unlike our other picks, Edison is located closer to downtown Tampa, about a 10 to 15-minute drive from the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Any other important information users should know?

It's hot and humid here, so make sure to pack your sunscreen and plenty of water.

More general info is on the visitor website.

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What's the best way to get to Florida State Fairgrounds?

While there are some public transport options, they each require a fair amount of bus time, transfers, and walking. It's probably best to drive, but you can check out your possible route at the Hillsborough Area Rapid Transit website.

Is there any parking?

There is parking available for each event, but just which lots will be open varies from event to event, so you'll want to check with your ticket issuer for precise details. Spots can be located and booked ahead of time through the Fairgrounds' ParkMe app, available for iPhone and Android.

What kind of food and drink can visitors expect?

You'll find all of the typical "fair fare" here, from funnel cake to hot dogs and deep fried everything. The only exceptions to this are cultural events, which will provide their own diverse range of food and drink.

What time do doors normally open?

There are many events throughout the year, and the gates open at different times for all of them. Check the event website for precise opening and closing times.

#4 Rated

Florida State Fairgrounds Reviews

This venue is ranked #4 of 14 rated venues in Tampa

OVERALL AVERAGE SCORE: 
EXCELLENT (4.3 out of 5)

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4

Very Good - 4 out of 5

Tue, 17 September 2013

Liked: Bathrooms; clean; parking - not bad for a sold out show.
Disliked: Ticket line needed more help.

4

Very Good - 4 out of 5

, Orlando Mon, 1 July 2013

Attended Keisha and Pitbull concert. Had a blast. Pitbull was awesome as usual!

Liked: Had a great time.

5

Exceptional - 5 out of 5

, Orange, CA Sun, 24 April 2011

The concert was fabulous! The parking was free! The parking lot was clean and well controlled! The staff and all of the people were very nice and friendly! I would go to a concert there again....if I lived closer! :)

Liked: Excellent venue!
Disliked: None

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