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  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    June 27, 2018
    Have you booked your ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa International Airport? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba leaving from Port Tampa Bay? Or Carnival's 4-day cruise with an overnight stay in Havana? Despite recent changes to rules governing travel to Cuba, Tampa Bay's connection to the island remains strong. And while South Florida usually gets all the attention when the subject of Cuba comes up, Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba goes back to...
  • VTB Monument Shadows
    June 21, 2018
    There's no shortage of great photo-op spots in Tampa Bay. For one thing, you can see downtown from 360 degrees. For another, we have a combination of unique architecture and waterfront locations -- a match made in Selfie Land. So grab your smartphone and head for these spots to let your friends know you were here. Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center | Start your selfie safari off right in the heart of downtown where a bright yellow monument captures the pirate spirit of this destination. The
  • Aquarium Splash Pad
    June 21, 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
  • Group of friends drinking beer in Tampa
    June 21, 2018
    Another Tampa Bay summer is at hand. The kids are out of school, and the heat is on. What better time to take a break and raise a glass here in the hip, urban heart of the Gulf coast of Florida? Whether you like 'em light and bright or dark as night, Tampa Bay as the craft brew (and more) for you. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay | Beer is back at Busch Gardens! Founded in 1959 as a botanical garden and brewery showcase, Tampa Bay's premier theme park became famous for offering free...
  • Waterfront Paddle Boarding
    June 20, 2018
    Summer is here, and the heat is on. Luckily, Tampa Bay is a waterfront community that knows how to keep its cool. We have plenty of ways to enjoy the water, whether you want to be in it or on it. Adventure Island | Are you brave enough to take on Vanish Point, Adventure Island’s newest drop slide ? You’ll be swept off your feet as the floor under you is pulled out, leaving you to plunge down a 70-foot freefall then through 425 feet of spiraling tubes. You’ll also get the...
  • AC by Marriott Westshore Rendering
    June 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
  • Ice Cream Cones
    June 11, 2018
    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...
  • Running Tampa Bay
    June 5, 2018
    Here in the hip, urban heart of Florida's Gulf coast, you can take a break without breaking your active, healthy routines. Outdoor activities and good-for-you food abound. So there's no reason to fall behind on your miles or your diet while you're here. Here's how: Go running | No sense letting a good run go to waste, especially if you can rack up the miles and learn something new at the same time. Go! Running Tours are 7 km and 10 km and take in some of Tampa Bay's most...
  • Tampa Murals: Seminole Heights
    May 31, 2018
    It's official: With an abundance of craft breweries, cool restaurants, lots of coffee spots, and funky fun, Tampa Bay easily ranks among the hippest communities in the U.S.! Here's where to experience the truly hip, urban heart of Florida's Gulf coast. Seminole Heights A few miles north of downtown, this neighborhood stretches out along Florida Avenue and straddles Interstate 275 to stake a claim to Nebraska Avenue as well. It's Tampa Bay's hipster headquarters -- filled...
  • 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