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  • Memory Makers Tom Miracle Zamboni
    October 4, 2017
    Tom Miracle Ice Operations Manager Amalie Arena Where are you from? Fort Wayne, IN How long have you lived in Tampa Bay? I moved down here October of 94. I opened the building September 6, 1996. I've been in the building working 21 years. I've been here since the beginning. I moved from Indiana to get away from the snow, the cold and the ice. How do you learn to drive a zamboni? Actually I started out as a rink rat. I worked for the hockey team in Fort Wayne at 14 years old. I was a...
  • Riverwalk cyclists
    October 4, 2017
    Now's the time to take Tampa Bay on two wheels. Tampa Bay recently joined nine other cities around the country winning praise from bicycle advocates (we're #10 on the list) for its work creating an urban environment that's friendly and safe for cycling. People For Bikes specifically lauded the new Cass Street bike corridor, which runs through the north side of downtown toward Ybor City. The corridor is a sheltered two-lane course that keeps bikes separated from car traffic while...
  • Couples Weekend
    October 3, 2017
    The kids are back in school, the summer crowds are gone: Now’s the perfect time for a couple's get-away in Tampa Bay. Florida’s most diverse destination has just the right combination of food, sun, and fun for Fall. Unlock Craftober Here in Florida’s hub for craft brewing, skilled artisans create unique drafts accented with local flavors like citrus, Cuban coffee, and blueberries. Get your passport to the local craft beer action and discover the creativity that has put...
  • Caffeine Coffee Inside
    September 29, 2017
    Happy National Coffee Day! Tampa Bay has gained a national reputation for its booming craft beer business. Lately, craft cocktails at places like Franklin Manor and Florida Cane Distillery have begun to catch the public taste buds. But there's another drink that Tampa Bay takes pride in: coffee. Maybe it's our century-plus of Cuban history laced with cafe con leche, or it could be the all-nighters pulled by our growing tech start ups. Either way, locally roasted hand-crafted coffee has...
  • Group of friends drinking beer in Tampa
    September 22, 2017
    Another Tampa Bay autumn is at hand. The kids are back to school, and the work-a-day grind is calling. Now's the time to make an escape and raise a glass to Fall here in the hip, urban heart of the Gulf coast of Florida. Cigar City Brewing Co. | Tampa Bay has older craft breweries, but none as famous as this one . The name harkens back to Tampa Bay’s history as the Cigar Capital of the World. The flavors on tap include Cuban espresso beans among the offerings. Cigar City has won...
  • USF Contemporary Art Museum
    August 24, 2017
    Museum lovers will find plenty to please them at downtown's most notable cultural institutions, Tampa Museum of Art and the Henry B. Plant Museum. For a deeper dive into Tampa Bay's history and culture, try some of the region's more unique repositories of history, art, and education. You'll find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Tampa Firefighter Museum 720 Zack Street This museum will put a gleam in the eye of any f an of first responders . The museum is housed...
  • Memory Makers Chelsea Albrecht
    August 15, 2017
    Chelsea Albrecht On-site manager Tampa Bay Water Bike Co. For people who love working outside, few places around Tampa Bay are better for that than the waterfront by the Tampa Convention Center. That's where you're find Chelsea Albrecht handling the comings and goings at Tampa Bay Water Bike Co . The California native is a Jack (or better yet, a Jill) of all trades and even works out of a floating office! Where are you from? San Diego, California. How long have you lived in Tampa Bay?...
  • Ybor History Tour
    August 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay has a long and colorful history (long for Florida, anyway), much of it is waiting for you to discover. Here are some things you probably never knew about Cigar City: 1. The cigar industry built Tampa Bay. For its first 50 years, Tampa Bay was a sandy little garrison town barely connected to the rest of the U.S. That changed in the 1880s when Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations from Key West to a patch of scrub just east of downtown. The port guaranteed easy
  • Ice Cream Cones
    August 1, 2017
    Tampa Bay has earned national headlines for its great food and craft beer. Now you can add awesome ice cream to our taste temptations. In Tampa Bay, ice cream comes rolled, layered, fruity, spiced, vegan or served in doughnut cones. Thanks to the folks at Armature Works and Astro Ice Cream, we’ll even have liquid-nitrogen frozen ice cream this fall. And the best part: in Tampa Bay, we enjoy our ice cream year-round. Here are some of our favorite spots: South Tampa/Downtown The Hyppo 702...
  • Dinosaur World
    July 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay's urban core is a hip, happening place with lots to recommend. But the beauty of this destination is that the slow lane is just down the road. Go east, yon traveler, and discover some of the treasures that await away from the bright lights of the big city. Dive, hunt, and swing Ease your way into the unknown with a stop in Brandon, Tampa Bay's biggest suburb. Take Adamo Drive (U.S. 60) east to Falkenburg Road, then south a bit to Palm River Road. There, you'll find a...