Cooley’s Great Campus Locations: Tampa Bay

Cooley has campuses in the great Michigan locations of Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.  Today’s post by Sharon Matchette highlights just some of what the equally great Tampa Bay, Florida area has to offer to students attending Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus, which opened in 2012.


The Tampa Bay, Florida, area, located on the west coast of the “Sunshine State” near the Gulf of Mexico, is home to Cooley Law School’s campus in Riverview. Forbes named Tampa as the Fifth Best Outdoor City in America, The Pew Research Center called Tampa the fifth most popular place to live, and the Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for “20 somethings.” The area is home to several sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL football team, the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team, and the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL hockey team.


Between the beaches, the historic sites, and the sports, cuisine and nightlife choices, the Tampa Bay area is a vibrant location, steady in its growth and attractiveness to tourists and residents alike. Students also find a welcoming home here. In addition to Cooley, the area is also home to the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa.

There is much to do and see in the Tampa area, including such attractions as Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and the Lowry Park Zoo — many of which are geared up to offer special attractions for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.


Busch Gardens, at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, is a unique blend of thrilling rides, live shows, restaurants, shops, games, and one of the country’s premier zoos. From July 3-Aug. 10, Busch Gardens in Tampa hosts “Star Spangled Nights,” with extended fireworks July 3-5.


The Florida Aquarium, at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, is one of the top aquariums in the country, with over 20,000 sea creatures. Visitors can experience sharks, alligators, otters, penguins, and more! For the upcoming holiday, the aquarium will also host fireworks.

Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa, was named the #1 Zoo by both Parents Magazine and Child Magazine. The zoo boasts about 1,000 animals, including manatees, koalas, elephants, tigers, penguins, giraffes, orangutans, and more, along with water play areas, rides and educational shows. From July 4-6, military personnel with ID and up to three dependents may visit for free.


For many of these locations, visitors can get a break on admission prices with the Tampa Bay CityPASS. This is a booklet of admission tickets to five must-see tourist attractions in Tampa Bay, including Busch Gardens Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and a choice of either the Chihuly Collection of art works, or the Museum of Science and Industry.

There is so much to do in the Tampa Bay area, it’s easy to run out of time. The TripAdvisor group has tried to help by ranking some of the attractions. Coming in at #1 is The Tampa Theater, 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa. Beer fests, wine tastings, classic movies combine to make this a destination for many visitors.

Coming in at #2 of 88 attractions is Big Cat Rescue at 12802 Easy St., Tampa, where visitors get an up-close look at the wildflife. The rescue is a Certificate of Excellence winner in 2014..


And one of the area’s most impressive sights is the towering Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which ranks #3 on the list of must-see locations. Spanning Tampa Bay, the bridge is more than just an easier way to get around the area, it’s a destination site for visitors and photographers. alike

Come and visit Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus.  We know you will love what you see!

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