Tampa Bay Blog

  • John Cena in Ybor
    July 6, 2016
    Professional wrestler and Tampa Bay resident John Cena walks down a street, speaking about patriotism -- that love of country means loving our neighbors who make up that country, no matter who they are or how they look. It's a July 4th public service announcement -- #WeAreAmerica -- for the Ad Council, filmed in Tampa Bay in late June. As Cena walks and talks, the street unwinding behind him begins to look familiar -- it's Tampa Bay's iconic Seventh Avenue (La Septima to those in...
  • Blacklight Run
    June 21, 2016
    You may associate 5Ks with getting up way too early and digging out that activewear you use, well, not as often as you should. No more. The growing popularity of themed runs such as The Flavor Run, The Blacklight Run, Color Blast, Singles Run, and Insane Inflatables are coming to Tampa and are changing the face of fun runs. Each of these races puts fun first and running second by offering plenty of distractions and attractions throughout the race course. The atmosphere at these events is
    June 2, 2016
    Summer is here, and that means it's time to conquer Florida's Most exciting place for summer -- Tampa Bay. Here's how to do it. Scream on Cobra’s Curse Put your courage to the test with a ride on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest ride. Located in the park’s Egypt section, near Montu, Cobra’s Curse opens June 17. It lifts each eight-person car nearly 80 feet in the air before sending your group zipping along nearly a half-mile of track. The first third of...
  • Mosquito
    June 1, 2016
    In light of ongoing concerns about the Zika virus, Visit Tampa Bay continues to monitor the situation very closely. The health and safety of our visitors are of paramount importance, so let's take a moment to review the current information regarding the Tampa Bay area, according to the Florida Department of Health: 1. There has been no local transmission of Zika virus in Tampa Bay. As of August 19, 14 confirmed cases of Zika infection have been reported in Hillsborough County (population of...
  • Bern's Wine
    May 4, 2016
    Bern's Steak House, a Tampa Bay institution for 60 years, has earned an honor from the James Beard Foundation for its tremendous wine selection. James Beard announced Bern's honor for "Outstanding Wine Program," recognizing the Hyde Park icon, which offers 6,800 varieties and has more than a million bottles between its in-house cellar and nearby warehouse -- the largest private wine collection in the world. Bern's hosts a week-long wine festival every April. The Laxer...
  • Balloon Glow RiverFest 2016
    April 27, 2016
    Let's cut to the chase: Every time I think I know about all the awesome things we have going on this Saturday in Tampa Bay, something else crops up. From RiverFest to Dragon Boats to an day-long music festival to a remembrance of Prince, there's enough happening to fill two weekends. Here's how I recommend you spend Saturday in downtown: 8 a.m.: Breakfast at Oxford Exchange : Downtown's ubercool eatery is the best place for an omelet big enough to power you through this day....
  • ZipCar logo
    April 27, 2016
    With the snip of a ribbon, ZipCar recently joined the mix of Tampa Bay's fun and funky transportation options. At the same event, Tampa's Downtown Partnership unveiled its new free electric shuttle service that will be an on-call way to move point-to-point throughout downtown. Each six-seat shuttle comes with a driver. The rides will be available starting in July. ZipCar Tampa joins Coast Bike Share as a convenient, pay-and-you go option for moving around downtown's fast-paced...
  • Dragon Boats
    April 25, 2016
    If you can't find something great to do this weekend, you are just not trying. Riverfest (Saturday & Sunday) With the completion of the last segment of the Tampa Riverwalk , downtown's 2.4-mile waterfront thoroughfare becomes an ideal way to explore the best downtown has to offer. Between Uele in the north and the Florida Aquarium in the south, the Riverwalk links restaurants, museums, parks and water activities like gems on a string. AsiaFest (Saturday) Celebrate Tampa Bay's...
  • Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
    April 22, 2016
    Fourth Friday Downtown's newest reason to have a party , Tampa Bay's Fourth Friday celebration throws open the doors of the city's cultural institutions for an evening of fun starting at 4 p.m. Check out the Jaume Plensa sculptures a the Tampa Museum of Art or the deeply moving images by Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts . Dive into 12,000 years of local history at the Tampa Bay History Center. Swing by Waterworks Park at the...
  • BGButterfly Topiary
    April 21, 2016
    With awesome roller coasters like Cheetah Hunt, Falcon's Fury, and this summer's new Cobra's Curse, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay gets loads of attention for its thrills. With great concerts and excellent nosh, Busch Gardens is also getting lots of praise for its annual Food & Wine Festival , which wraps up April 30. But the folks at Behind the Thrills have found yet another aspect of our hometown theme park that deserves a gold star: its landscape art. The landscape crew starts...