By James Branaman

From above, Tampa offers a unique combination of natural beauty and vibrant cityscape. Rise high above the waters of Hillsborough Bay and Bayshore Boulevard for a birds eye view of the city on this tour piloted by Old City Helicopters. You'll head north along the Hillsborough River and over roller coasters at Busch Gardens before returning downtown for a spectacular view of Tampa's skyscrapers and famous landmarks including the Port of Tampa and the University of Tampa.

Old City Helicopters offers a variety of tours around Tampa Bay, but if helicopter travel isn't your thing, try the slower pace of a hot air balloon with Big Red Balloon Sightseeing Adventures or Celebration Aviation Inc. to get a view of Tampa from above.

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