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  • Memory Makers Dwinell Oulette
    May 23, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Dwinell Oullette Driver The Brew Bus Tampa Bay has earned its reputation as Florida's hub for craft brewing...
  • TLPZ Dinos Alive
    May 22, 2017
    Summer is just around the corner. And that means it's time 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...
  • Ybor History Tour
    May 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
  • Jason Carroll Memory Maker
    May 3, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Jason Carroll Executive Director Friends of The Tampa Riverwalk Over the past two years, The Tampa Riverwalk has
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    May 1, 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? 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
  • Memory Makers Wally Reyes
    April 17, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Wally Reyes Historian, Ybor City expert Cigar Industry History Tours Take a walking tour of historic Ybor City...
  • Nicahabana Cigar Roller
    April 13, 2017
    Few things are as deeply rooted in Tampa Bay as the humble cigar. Since Cuban cigar baron Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his first factory here in 1886, hand-rolled cigars have been a staple of Tampa history and culture . A Tampa cigar may have even carried the secret message to start the Cuban revolution against Spain in the 1890s. It's safe to say Tampa was literally built by cigars. Until Ybor arrived, Tampa was a tiny outpost of a few hundred people best accessed by ship. Cigars...
  • Memory Makers George Guito
    April 10, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. George Guito General Manager Columbia Restaurant As George Guito tells it, the Columbia Restaurant "saved my...
  • Memory Makers Justin Toomey
    March 31, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Justin Toomey Lead Bartender Fodder & Shine Justin Toomey found his way to Tampa Bay via Flint, Michigan, and
  • Memory Makers Dianne Montes
    March 20, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Dianne Montes Patron Services Representative Tampa Theatre Dianne Joy Montes is a relative newcomer to Tampa Bay,