Tampa Bay Blog

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Empress
    December 9, 2016
    Great news for those who cruise: Royal Caribbean International will begin offering trips to Cuba from Port Tampa Bay on April 30, 2017. The recently revitalized Empress of the Seas will home-port in Tampa Bay for the 2017 summer season – the cruise line’s first ever summer program from Tampa Bay. The Empress will run a series of four- and five-night sailings including port calls to destinations in Cuba. Details of the summer itineraries are TBA at the moment. Here's what RCI...
  • iFly Tampa Woman
    December 6, 2016
    Gator Nation and Hawkeye fans will flock to Tampa Bay for the Outback Bowl on January 2. As much as we love football here in Tampa Bay, there's plenty to do outside the confines of Raymond James Stadium. So be sure to hit the town before you hit the tailgate. Here's how: Sample a cigar in historic Ybor City. For 130 years, Cuban craftsmen have created hand-rolled cigars along Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. Mighty cigar factories have scaled down to boutique shops that create your choice...
  • Ava Hyde Park Menu
    December 6, 2016
    The rebirth of Tampa Heights' waterfront Armature Works building just north of downtown now includes a star of South Tampa's restaurant scene. Ava, Hyde Park's critically acclaimed Italian restaurant, will join the collection of eateries now assembling at the soon-to-open The Heights Public Market. The Heights will be Ava's second location. Ava's executive chef Joshua Hernandez is creating a menu of pizzas, salads and paninis exclusive to the market. They'll be...
  • Outback Bowl
    December 5, 2016
    The Florida Gators and Iowa Hawkeyes will square-off in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2 at Tampa Bay's Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay's annual bowl game, now in its 31st year, pits the SEC against the Big 10 each year. This is only the fourth time Florida and Iowa have met on the gridiron. Iowa last played in the Outback Bowl in 2014 against LSU. Both teams are 8-4 with the SEC East Division Champion Gators ranked No. 17 in the College Football Playoff ranking and No. 20 in the AP Poll....
  • Ybor City 7th Ave
    December 2, 2016
    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
  • Manatee Lowry Park
    December 2, 2016
    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...
  • Caffeine Coffee Inside
    December 2, 2016
    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...
  • Snow on Seventh Ybor
    November 28, 2016
    The holidays are a great time to be in Tampa Bay. Dream all you want about a White Christmas, we'll take one sunny and warm. Christmas Town 2016 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Nov. 26, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017 Select Days from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with heartwarming shows, delicious holiday dining and festive shopping opportunities. Experience Christmas traditions from around the world and keep warm with a mug of Busch Gardens' signature hot...
  • Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K
    November 28, 2016
    Race season is upon us here in Tampa Bay! From now until May, we'll have enough 5k's, 8k's, and half-marathons to exhaust even the most dedicated runner. Take your pick from these or find more here: December 3 Run Tampa Tinsel Run 5k/1mi Fun Runs, Gadsden Park Register Santa’s Twilight 5k, Ybor City Register December 10 Hillsborough River Marathon, Half, Quarter Register Soaring Eagle 5k/1mi, Gadsden Park, Tampa Register December 17 Jingle Bell Run 5k, Tampa Tampa BrainDeer...
  • Cage the Elephant GMF
    November 17, 2016
    Ain't no rest when Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant headline the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival in March. The time is now, music lovers. Tickets for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival are officially on sale . Tampa Bay's signature music festival will celebrate its 6th year March 11-12 with another blow-out in downtown's centerpiece festival space, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. GMF will be part of a 10-day Gasparilla extravaganza that includes the Gasparilla International Film...