My wife and I are visiting Tampa from London for two weeks from 24 November. We already have tickets for Buccaneers vs Falcons on the following day and Idina Menzel at the Straz Center on 1 December. The main reason for the trip is for the NFL game as I became a Bucs fan after seeing them play in London as the home team and it appeared as though they needed the support!
Would anyone recommend things to do for these two weeks, or would we be better off staying in the area from 24 November until 2 December and then spend the last six nights elsewhere. Other places that come to mind that I could fly direct to from Tampa are Puerto Rico (although I hear it is very unsafe), Key West and the Bahamas. We could then return to London from there. Alternatively, we could spend the first eight days in Tampa and then move up to Orlando and fly back from London from there.
We would like to do a tour of Raymond James Stadium and visit Busch Gardens and also go up to Universal Studios and Seaworld. Apart from that, are the gulf beaches worth visiting at this time of year? Is it too cold? Is it worth visiting the downtown areas of St Petersburg and Clearwater? Where elese could we visit in the vicinity?
Apologies for all of the questions and thank you in advance for any replies!