With our 2013 digital travel planner, viewers are exposed to a brief introduction to Tampa, how to get around, where to stay, things to do, dining and nightlife, and even area services.
Additionally, an interactive regional map helps visitors navigate the Tampa Bay area.
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Arts and Culture are a vital component of Tampa's vibrant community. Theater groups, orchestras, world-class performance halls, museums, galleries and much more provide enriching performances, inspirational youth education programs, and exhibits that showcase the world's most talented artists, actors and musicians. Tampa cherishes arts and history and keeps it a unique and powerful tool to showcase the area's heritage and diverse culture.
It's no wonder that Tampa, FL, was recently awarded the distinction "Top Arts Destination” by American Style Magazine. With independent and foreign film, critically acclaimed opera and orchestra, a stellar Broadway series and an eclectic collage of museums featuring everything the surreal masterworks of Salvador Dali to traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian - the Tampa area is fast becoming the cultural core of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
In Tampa, art is everywhere. Even when visitors arrive at the Tampa International Airport they will immediately recognize the city’s ardor for the arts. Travelers will enjoy flights of imagination while moving through the airport thanks to a multitude of sculptures, tapestries, acrylic and oil paintings created by local and international artists that are on display in high-traffic areas.Many of Tampa’s cultural centers are clustered downtown along the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa.
Amidst high-rise office buildings and fine hotels, the David A Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Bay History Center and many displays of public art can be found to peak one’s cultural curiosity.
The cigar industry, originally brought to Tampa in the late 1800s by Don Vicente Martinez Ybor, created a 12,000-strong immigrant workforce that churned out 700 million cigars a year.
It also created a vivacious Latin community, a "cultural collage," where Spaniards, Italians, Cubans, Germans and Romanian Jews worked and lived side by side. Today, Tampa is as much a multi-cultural city as ever with a thriving and powerful Hispanic population that represents all different Latin American countries.
In all, approximately 10% of Tampa's population are Latino and one recent study reported that one out of every three people in Tampa bears a Hispanic surname.
Tampa is such a multi-cultural hotbed that the city was has made Hispanic Magazine's list of "Top Cities for Hispanics" three years running, topping the list in 2000. Most recently, the Tampa area was named one of the top five most diverse, integrated urban areas in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau. View our multicultural guide for a sample list of things to do.
Discover the rich arts and culture of Tampa and the many wonders that await you!