Tampa Bay Blog

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Riverwalk cyclists
    January 19, 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...
  • 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...
  • Caffeine Coffee Inside
    January 11, 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...
  • Gasparilla Ship Anchored
    January 9, 2017
    We have just 19 days until the cannons 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,...
  • 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....
  • Bucs Stadium
    December 30, 2016
    As Florida's most diverse destination, Tampa Bay has plenty to be proud of. Here are a few of the places here we got to shine. Dining & Drinks Tampa Bay remains a great place to tickle your taste buds. Bern’s Steak House, “ Outstanding Wine Program ,”James Beard Foundation No. 4 (best), Best & Worst Foodie Cities – wallethub.com 50 Pizza Capitals of America – msn.com Craft Beer 20 Florida Craft Breweries You Need to Visit – whio.com The...
  • Tampa Bay Top Ten Moments of 2016
    December 28, 2016
    2016 was a wild ride -- wilder for some than for others. Here in Tampa Bay, it was a year of big changes and fulfilled promises. We're already looking forward to 2017, which should be even bigger and better. Cross Bay Ferry For the first time in their history, Tampa Bay's two downtowns are connected by a water route. The Cross Bay Ferry began operating in November on a seasonal basis connecting downtown Tamp and St. Petersburg with a 40-minute cruise across the bay. The ferry service...
  • Gasparilla Pirates
    December 26, 2016
    TAMPA – Avast, me hearties! Talk Like A Pirate Day is still nine months away, but this month you can heave to and prepare yourself for Gasparilla, Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party ! As they have every year since 1905, legendary pirate José Gaspar and his band of ruffians will sail the nation’s only fully functional pirate ship, the José Gasparilla , once more into the heart of our city on Jan. 28. Then, beads a-flyin’, he’ll lead the Gasparilla Parade...