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There’s much to discover in Tampa. With plenty of sun and fun, this area proves you don’t have to be right on the water to stay entertained. 

For guests of any age, Tampa has a ton of things to do and see. You have the option of planning the perfect fun-filled, action-packed agenda or going more slowly. Whatever you decide to do with your time, Tampa, Florida, is about to become one of your favorite travel destinations!

Busch Gardens

In this well-known theme park, exciting rides coexist with an intriguing animal zoo. Busch Gardens is the ideal place to amuse people of all ages because it offers activities for the whole family as well as plenty of adult-only attractions. Take a ride on the Tigris or Kumba, two exhilarating roller coasters. Iron Gwazi is laying claim to being the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. If, however, it proves to be too thrilling, the animals and other, more sedate attractions, such as bumper cars and water slides, will undoubtedly keep you entertained.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa

Yes, you can use it as your lodging when you visit Tampa. However, there is enough to do at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino even if you are not a guest. With card tables and slot machines, gambling is an obvious choice if you are of legal age. Or, to let the good times roll, stop in for live music and comedy performances. While this might not be the best pit stop with kids unless you've reserved a room to make use of all the amenities, it's quite entertaining for adults! There are bars, restaurants, and lounges to check out as well.

Bet The Ponies at Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs first opened its doors in 1926 as the West Coast Jockey Club's racetrack, under the name Tampa Downs, and has since amassed a long and colorful history. The $1,000,000. Festival Day is the track's annual showcase.  So when you're in the Tampa Bay area, make time to visit the only track on the west coast of Florida!

Catch Some Football at Raymond James Stadium

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) and the University of South Florida (USF) Bulls college football team both call Tampa, Florida's Raymond James Stadium home. The multi-use stadium debuted in 1998.

The stadium has hosted three Super Bowls: XXXV in 2001, XLIII in 2009, and LV in 2021. The Buccaneers became the first club in NFL history to play and win a Super Bowl on their home field when they did so in 2021. The annual Tampa Bay Bowl (since 1999) and Gasparilla Bowl (since 2018) are held at Raymond James Stadium, along with the ACC Championship Game in 2008 and 2009. In 2017 the College Football Playoff National Championship was held there as well. Numerous non-football events, including soccer games, equestrian contests, monster truck exhibits, and sizable concerts, have also taken place in the stadium.

When you're ready to book a charter bus from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach to Tampa, get in touch with East Coast Limousine.

Charter Bus Rentals to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game

We provide Tampa Bay Buccaneers bus charter from locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the NFL in 1976, when they joined the Seattle Seahawks as the 27th and 28th franchises in the NFL, respectively. Tampa Bay became the second Florida team in the NFL after the Miami Dolphins. The NFL’s popularity increased in the 1960s, and continued to rise throughout the 1970s, leading the football league to expand. 

In 1974, a list of potential expansion cities included Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Honolulu, Phoenix, Memphis, Tampa, and Seattle. Interestingly, several of the cities would later acquire NFL teams through expansion or relocation. Meanwhile, the USFL and XFL would find a home in Memphis. 

Tampa was selected as the 27th NFL city before an owner was found. Hugh Culverhouse would take the reins of the franchise, as $16 million was paid as the expansion fee, a record at the time. 

Culverhouse was a well-known tax lawyer and broker in Florida. He was initially lauded for helping to bring an NFL team to the Florida city. However, throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s, Culverhouse became a lightning rod for fan criticism due to the team’s poor performances from season to season.

The NFL’s Worst Team

Tampa Bay’s first-ever head coach was John McKay. The coach was successful at the University of Southern California, where he won four NCAA National Championships in 16 years. It was hoped that McKay could transition into the professional ranks. 

Interestingly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are an NFC team today, but in their debut campaign, the team played in the AFC West. The Seattle Seahawks played in the NFC West that season. The teams switched places at the end of the 1976 campaign, with the Bucs remaining in the conference to this day. 

Season one did not go as planned for the expansion team, as Tampa went 0-14. While the team was poor throughout the season, McKay was in rare form. The head coach became known for his incredible quotes, with one zinger after another. One of his most entertaining quotes came during a press conference after another defeat: "Well, we didn't block, but we made up for it by not tackling.” 

The Bucs lost their opening 26 games in the NFL, but season two saw the Bucs finally win a game. Tampa won 33-14 against the New Orleans Saints and followed it up with a 17-7 win over the St Louis Cardinals. The second season in Tampa ended 2-12. Life was about to change for the Bucs.

Success Comes to Tampa 

The wins continued for McKay and company, as the team improved over the next two seasons. In 1979, the Bucs experienced their first winning season, going 10-6 in the new 16-game schedule. Tampa made the playoffs for the first time after winning the NFC Central. 

The team won its first NFC playoff game, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-17 in the Divisional Round before dropping to defeat against The LA Rams 9-0 in the NFC Championship Game. 

The 1980s were more bust than boom for the Bucs. After making the playoffs in 1981 and 1982, the franchise did not have a winning record for the rest of the decade.

The 1990s didn’t start well either, with Tampa failing to post a .500 or better record from 1990 to 1996. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Bucs were an afterthought in the NFL. The franchise made no impact on fans outside the Tampa area, and many fans in the city had stopped paying attention.

A Change in Fortunes 

In 1995, the Glazer family bought the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise. Culverhouse had died in 1994 from cancer, and the team’s future in Florida was in danger. Peter Angelos wanted to buy the Bucs and relocate the team to Baltimore. However, the city feared losing the Bucs and worked to keep them in town.

One of the changes the Bucs saw following the Glazer’s purchase was a change of uniforms. The team had worn light orange and white while sporting a winking pirate (Bucco Bruce) logo on their helmets since day No 1. The team made a drastic change, altering their colors to white, red, black, and pewter. The team also changed its helmet logos to a more menacing, classic pirate style. 

The team wanted to move away from the miserable seasons of the 1980s and 1990s, and the change in colors, uniforms, and logo gave the franchise a new start. Before changing uniforms, Tampa Bay had a record of 64-159 with double-digit loss seasons in 13 of the 14 campaigns. Twelve consecutive seasons from 1983 to 1994 finished with double-digit defeats. 

The change worked, and the Bucs made the playoffs in 1997 after finishing the regular season 10-6. Tampa made the playoffs in five of their first six seasons wearing the new colors. In 2002, the Bucs reached the Super Bowl for the first time, winning the big game 48-21 against the Oakland Raiders. 

Recent Ups and Downs

After winning Super Bowl XXXVII, the Bucs went into a period of poor performance. Between 2003 and 2019, Tampa made the playoffs just two times. 

In 2014, the Bucs altered their uniforms and logo once more, but it was more subtle than the previous change. Despite the change, it wasn’t until Tom Brady arrived in 2020 that the team’s fortunes changed once more. 

Brady led Tampa Bay to an 11-5 record and their first playoff appearance in 13 seasons. Tampa Bay went on to win Super Bowl LV, thrashing the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9. In the two subsequent seasons following Brady’s arrival, the Bucs made the NFC playoffs, showing the franchise is back amongst the elite teams in the NFL.

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