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  • Aquarium Splash Pad
    May 23, 2018
    Summer is guaranteed to bring the heat. When it does, beat your retreat to any of our coolest experiences. Summer Nights | May 25-August 5 | Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Busch Gardens is ready for big thrills and bright nights this summer! Explore the park after dark with extended park hours on select days. Dance the night away at themed party areas, indulge in a delicious summer menu, and take on the top thrill rides in the dark! Make sure to check online for extended closing times. Roaring
  • Miracle Memory GIF
    May 18, 2018
    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
  • VTB App composite
    May 15, 2018
    Packing your smart phone for your trip to Tampa Bay? (Who are we kidding -- of course you are!) Keep Florida's most diverse destination at your fingertips through these apps that will make the most of your stay. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Discovery Guide | Tampa Bay's hometown theme park makes it easy to keep up with show times, a handy park map, and even reminds you where you parked your car! The QuickPay feature lets you use your phone to pay for purchases and users receive alerts...
  • Beer Returns to Busch Gardens
    May 1, 2018
    Starting today, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay puts beer back on its menu of adventure. Tampa Bay's hometown theme park is opening its Brew Club and, from today through August 5, restoring the decades-long tradition of two complimentary beer samples at the Garden Gate Cafe (formerly the Hospitality House). Every two weeks, the park will feature different brands of beer, starting with Corona to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Also on the rotation over the summer will be Bud Light, Founders All Day...
  • Riverwalk cyclists
    April 20, 2018
    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...
  • Ybor History Tour
    April 20, 2018
    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. In the 1880s Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations from Key West to a patch of scrub just east of downtown close to the port. Henry B. Plant’s newly arrived railroad carried Ybor’s cigars to market in New York and beyond. Soon Tampa Bay had grown...
  • AC by Marriott Westshore Rendering
    April 19, 2018
    Tampa Bay visitors will find a hotel renaissance underway over the next year or so as the destination adds hip new brands, reinvigorates our best-known properties, and makes plans for new builds and new flags. A treasure trove of creature comfort awaits. Here are some of the highlights: New The stylish 175-room AC by Marriott adds a bit of European flair to the upscale West Shore District, putting visitors within easy reach of luxury shopping at International Plaza and Westshore Plaza, iconic
  • Magic Carpet Glide Riverwalk
    April 10, 2018
    Tampa Bay's unique blend of culture, cuisine, craft brewing, natural beauty and outdoor opportunities puts adventure at our fingertips. Why go it alone when you can hire a guide to give you an insightful angle on this dynamic, diverse destination? We have plenty of tours to choose from. Where do you want to go? Into the Wild Canoe Escape | Minutes from downtown's modern glass towers, ancient cypress forests and blackwater rivers take visitors to another world -- one where alligators...
  • Memory Maker: Roger Barganier
    March 26, 2018
    Roger Barganier | President & Creative Director Creative Arts Unlimited The Tampa Bay History Center 's new "Treasure Seekers" permanent exhibit puts visitors right in the middle of the Age of Exploration, when pirates and Spanish conquistadors
  • Paulina Pedroso Ybor Riverwalk
    March 6, 2018
    In honor of Women's History Month, Visit Tampa Bay looks at some of the women who helped create our community. First up: Paulina Pedroso . Paulina Pedroso, Savior of Revolution In a quiet corner of Ybor City stands a park dedicated to José Martí -- poet, journalist, and political firebrand -- known to the Cuban people as the Apostle of Revolution. Martí spent years struggling to free his island from the control of Spain. He found strong support for his revolution among the...