Unlock Tampa Bay
Treasure awaits in Tampa Bay! Once the world’s Cigar Capital, Tampa Bay is a vibrant region that takes pride in its rich, cultural heritage. Visitors can experience delicious culinary cuisine, serene river excursions, thrilling attractions and exceptional shopping. Explore by land, air or sea – share your treasures, discover new ones and together we will unlock something new.
Local Pints of Interest
With a focus on local culture and fresh ingredients, Cigar City Brewing handcrafts a number of inspired brews, ales and lagers. With creations such as the Jai Alai IPA – which is also sold in growlers – and Humidor Geiger’s Hoppy Amber, Cigar City offers a nod to the rich history of Tampa Bay while appealing to modern beer aficionados appreciative of a bold beverage.
In March, Tampa Bay becomes the arts destination of the country, in celebration of Gasparilla Arts Month. It all begins the first weekend of the month in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, with a fine arts festival that attracts 250,000 annual visitors. Gasparilla extends throughout the month with an epic music festival drawing national acts and an internationally recognized film festival.
Enthusiastic Tampa Bay Lightning (hockey) and Storm (arena football) fans and hip concertgoers dig in to inspired fare at the Amalie Arena. With a revolving menu that draws inspiration from the main event inside the forum – after all, Beliebers will certainly have a different palate than hockey buffs – The Firestick Grill completely changes the perception of “arena food.” Whatever the score of the game, Holy Hog BBQ wins every time with Texas-style smoked brisket and pulled pork sandwich combos loaded with jalapeno macaroni and cheese and corn fritters drizzled with maple syrup and powdered sugar y’all.
Perhaps the best way to take in everything that Tampa Bay has to offer is from the water itself. eBoats Tampa [link to: eBoats Tampa partner page] – an environmentally friendly and fun-filled way to tool around the bay – offers amazing views of the city and the bridges stretching across the water. Rent eBoats by the hour with up to nine of your friends and family, or charter a boat with a captain – no boating license required. Boats are wheelchair accessible and launch from the Tampa Convention Center docks.
Light It Up
Handcrafted cigars are as much as a part of the charming seaside culture of Tampa as the bay. Walk through Tampa’s Historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City, and view master cigar rollers utilizing generations – old techniques, or stop by Tampa Bay’s two cigar factories, J.C. Newman and Tampa Sweethearts. Cigar purveyor King Corona offers a wide selection of choice local smokes.
Cuban sandwich – ham, salami, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and a slew of condiments packed in between two slices of freshly baked Cuban bread – is a culinary experience unto itself. Indeed, no stay in Tampa Bay is complete until you’ve had one (or several). Numerous area cafés and eateries offer their own unique take on Tampa Bay’s signature sandwich. Tampa Bay staple – from Carmine’s, a casual café in Ybor City. Insider tip: Enjoy your devil crab with plenty of hot sauce!
Ride the Rails
Continue to embrace Tampa’s rich history by taking a ride on the TECO Line Streetcar. Tampa’s first electric streetcar lines were built in 1892 and were instrumental in the growth of the city. Today, modern electric streetcars continue to fuel commerce in downtown, the Channel District and Ybor City, and are a fun, convenient way for locals and visitors to get around town.