Tampa Bay Blog

  • Caffeine Coffee Inside
    February 24, 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...
  • New York Yankees Spring Training
    February 22, 2017
    The Bronx Bombers are back in town for their 21st Spring Training session in Tampa Bay. Beyond the confines of Steinbrenner Field, Tampa Bay has plenty to do after the find out. Here's a few suggestions: Tampa Bay CityPASS Tampa Bay is the only Florida destination with CityPASS, which gets your more than 50 percent discount on admission to the area's most popular attractions: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay , The Florida Aquarium , Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and the Museum of Science and...
  • Gasparilla Ship Anchored
    February 13, 2017
    Soon the cannons will roar in downtown as Gasparilla sails into Tampa Bay again. The scurvy krewe of mythical pirate Jose Gaspar, aboard their pirate ship Jose Gasparilla, will make their annual assault on our fair city on January 28, bringing hundreds of thousands to Bayshore Boulevard to witness the third-largest parade in the United States: the Gapsarilla Parade of Pirates. The day-long party kicks off Tampa Bay's annual Gasparilla Season -- two months of parties, parades, sporting...
  • Riverwalk cyclists
    February 1, 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...
  • Ybor History Tour
    January 30, 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 the first 50 years of its life, Tampa Bay was a sandy little garrison town barely connection 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
  • Busch Gardens' Falcon Fury
    January 20, 2017
    Spring Break is right around the corner, and Tampa Bay has plenty of fun for those seeking to soak up some Florida sun. Take your pick: Gasparilla Season The first two weeks of March are the best time to visit Tampa Bay: the weather is beautiful, the humidity is low and Gasparilla Season is in full swing. This year, the season's three marquee events -- Gasparilla International Film Festival, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and Gasparilla Music Festival -- all overlap between March 2 and...
  • Kayak Canoe
    January 19, 2017
    Tampa Bay may be the hip, urban heart of Florida's Gulf coast, but it's also Florida's most diverse destination -- and that means, it's got plenty to do outside as well. Within a few minutes' drive of downtown's skyscrapers, you'll find a nearly prehistoric world with alligators dozing in the sun, migrating birds taking a break, and plenty of nature to recharge your batteries. This is the perfect time to get out and explore. Lake Lettuce Park 6920 East Fletcher...
  • Manatee Lowry Park
    January 19, 2017
    Now's the perfect time to get in touch with Tampa Bay's cuddliest aquatic mammal, the West Indian Manatee. The hefty herbivores spend most of the spring and summer lounging about offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. But sure as the changing of the seasons, as soon as the days get shorter and the water temperatures begin to drop into the 70s -- (that's cold for Florida) -- the manatees make tracks upstream to springs and power plant outfalls where they'll stay toasty for the...
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    January 19, 2017
    Have you booked your ticket yet on Southwest Airlines upcoming flights 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? 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 Cuban before Miami even had people! Tampa Bay's 130-plus-year relationship with...
  • Rock Brothers Brewing
    January 4, 2017
    Rock Brothers Brewing , Tampa Bay's newest craft beer venue, will open Jan. 14 in Ybor City -- complete with its own brand of brews, craft cocktails and a concert upstairs. Rock Brothers is opening after finishing an extensive renovation of a historic building at the corner of 15th Street North and Eight Avenue in Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter. The corner has become a center for craft drinks, with Florida Cane Distillery and Cigar City Cider and Mead just across the street from Rock Bros....