Tampa Bay Blog

  • Memory Makers: Captain Larry
    June 27, 2017
    What is your name? Capt. Larry Salkin Where are you from? New York City How long have you been in Tampa? 14 years Who's your hero and why? Capt. Skully, because of his skills he used to save his passengers in the Hudson River Crash . What do you do for fun or hobby? Study Tampa history and scuba dive. Where do you work? I started and run the Tampa Water Taxi Company, LLC. and Tampa Dolphin Tours.com What do you do there? I am the "Dolphin Whisperer of Tampa" and one of our five...
  • 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...
  • Ybor History Tour
    June 15, 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 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
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
    June 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay is Florida's most diverse destination -- and that goes for its buildings as well. As one of Florida's oldest cities, Tampa Bay has assembled a collection of striking architecture that is sure to intrigue any fan of urban design. So put these on your must-see list: ...
  • Dinosaur World
    June 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...
  • VTB App composite
    June 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...
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    June 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 your Carnival cruise that to Cuba that also begins in September? 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
  • Memory Makers Sheila Haynes
    June 12, 2017
    Sheila Haynes Housekeeper Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk With apologies to poet William Carlos Williams, so much depends on fresh towels and clean sheets tucked just so under a pillow. Your mom doesn't live at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk . Lucky for you, you've got Sheila Haynes to take care of you. She is a mom (of four grown children), so she has had this keeping-things-neat-and-orderly bit nailed for a long time. She's dedicated to making her guests feel at home and have a great...
  • Riverwalk cyclists
    June 8, 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...
  • Caffeine Coffee Inside
    May 26, 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...