Tampa Bay Blog

  • Caffeine Coffee Inside
    August 16, 2017
    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 is taking its place among...
  • 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...
  • Group of friends drinking beer in Tampa
    August 1, 2017
    Another Tampa Bay summer is winding down. Before the kids go back to school and the work-a-day grind calls you back, raise a glass to the Summer That Was 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 awards for its...
  • 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...
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    July 13, 2017
    Have you booked your ticket yet on Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa International Airport to Havana? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba aboard the Empress of the Seas, which will leave from Tampa Bay starting in June? OR a future Carnival cruise that to Cuba? While South Florida usually gets all the attention when the subject of Cuba comes up, Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba goes back to the 1880s. Tampa Bay had ties to Cuba before Miami even had people! Tampa Bay's
  • VTB App composite
    July 13, 2017
    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 wait times, show times, 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 about...
  • Memory Makers Captain Larry
    July 12, 2017
    Larry Salkin Captain Tampa Water Taxi With all the urban excitement downtown Tampa offers, it's easy to forget a world of wildlife lies just a few feet from the Tampa Riverwalk. As founder, owner and operator of Tampa Water Taxi Co. LLC, Captain Larry Salkin (that's him on the left with CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg ) knows that world intimately. He travels the waters of Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River taking visitors on tours of the sparking waterfront and on the hunt for the...
  • TLPZ Dinos Alive
    June 21, 2017
    Plan your quest to conquer Florida's Most exciting place for summer -- Tampa Bay. Here's how to do it. Get up close with dinos and rhinos Got one of those kids who can't read yet but schools you every day on the difference between a Dilophosaurus and a Diplodocus? Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has the perfect experience for you. "Dinos Alive" sprawls across the zoo, creating a garden of terrible lizards of all shapes and sizes. They're animatronic and scientifically...