Florida may be a tropical paradise, but the travel bug still bites us every now and again. If you're looking for things to do in Tampa to satisfy your wanderlust, taking a tour of this hidden Hindu temple might be your ticket abroad without ever leaving the Sunshine State.
The Hindu Temple of Florida sits nestled amongst the trees on Lynn Rd. in Tampa. Its stark white stone architecture makes for a striking standout amongst the other residential homes dotted along the roadside. You'll almost feel like you've been whisked away to India.
On the temple tour, you'll ascend steps up onto a platform & explore the chamber, admiring ornate etchings of spiritual Hinduism imagery as you look out over the Florida landscape. Viewing the temple at sunset offers a pretty dreamy experience too.
You'll also find goddess statues & sculptures with shimmering pops of gold reaching up to the blue skies above Tampa.
Touring the temple is completely free, but any donation that you provide will keep the temple beautiful & continue to fund its operation.
To schedule a tour with a group of 5 or less, you simply sign up through their website here, where you'll then be notified by email of your scheduled visit; small group temple tours are organized for Saturdays at 1:30 p.m.
If you wanted to go with all of your friends to see the magic of this temple on a weekday or weekend, their 5+ person tours must be organized by the Discourse Committee through their contact form here.
Those who tour the temple are asked to dress modestly with shoulders covered, respecting your body & these sacred grounds.
Whether you're looking to satisfy your wanderlust, love experiencing new cultures, or are interested in Hinduism, this is one breathtaking location worth the free visit.
An overview of the Hindu Temple of Florida can be found below. If you're looking to satisfy your wanderlust, check out these incredible places in Florida that will make you feel like you're in another country; you can also find Buddhist Temples hidden in Tampa, Orlando, & Miami that will make you feel like you're in Asia.
The Hindu Temple of Florida
Price: FREE — optional donations are accepted to help keep the temple beautiful & fund operation costs. Small tours can be scheduled here, or a larger tour of 5+ people can be requested through their contact form here.
Address: 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: A beautiful temple ornate with spiritual imagery in a striking white color. Learn more about Hinduism, experience culture, and satisfy your wanderlust.
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