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  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....