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  • Craftober Kit
    October 3, 2016
    Beer lovers, get hopping: Craftober is here! All this month, Tampa Bay taps into its growing reputation as a top craft beer community in the U.S. by marking Craftober , a celebration of the local craft beer scene. The party started Oct. 1 and includes some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals. Book your trip now to qualify for Craftober awesomeness. Visitors will find plenty of special offers, limited-edition T-shirts and loads of events at local breweries. And alongside Craftober ,...
  • Ferry
    September 26, 2016
    Just a few miles of water separate Tampa Bay's major urban center, Tampa and St. Petersburg. But until now, the only way to get from one city to the other was to drive. Not any more. In November, Tampa Bay's first regular ferry service begins between the two cities, providing commuters with a traffic-free ride to work and visitors with a fun and scenic way to visit the sights on both sides of the bay. Tampa Bay provides all sorts of great sights -- from the huge freighters bound for...
  • Florida Aquarium
    August 29, 2016
    The Sunshine State can't always live up to that name . Lucky for us, Tampa Bay has plenty of ways to get stay out of the rain while having fun. So put the umbrella away and step inside these spots: MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry : While away an afternoon in the IMAX Dome movie theater and the planetarium, then roam the exhibits for Kids in Charge or build a robot You might want to skip the hurricane simulator just this once. Glazer Children's Museum : Downtown's...
  • Craftober
    August 29, 2016
    Beer lovers, get hopping: Craftober is right around the corner. For a whole month this fall, Tampa Bay taps into its growing reputation as a top craft beer community in the U.S. by marking Craftober , a celebration of the local craft beer scene. The party starts Oct. 1 and includes some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals. Book your trip starting Sept. 1 to qualify for Craftober awesomeness. Visitors will find plenty of special offers, limited-edition T-shirts and loads of events at...
  • Mosquito
    August 22, 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...
  • Tampa International Airport
    August 22, 2016
    Our favorite airport ( and yours , apparently) continues to set the standard for travel, this time by powering up its supply of charging stations for all those portable electronic devices we carry around. So killing time before your flight no longer means killing your battery as well. Just plug in at one of the 7,000 charging stations planned as part of the airport's ongoing $1 billion expansion and renovation. The new charging stations are another way Tampa Bay's gateway to the world...
  • Julian B. Lane boathouse
    August 9, 2016
    Tampa Bay is earning worldwide praise for its latest major civic undertaking: the reinvention of downtown's Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. Work began July 18 on the $35 million project to redevelop the massive park on the west bank of the Hillsborough River. The park was originally developed in the 1970s but has grown outdated. The new plans for the 23-acre park include a small harbor and public boathouse that will be a launching point for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and crew-style
  • GMF Masthead
    August 5, 2016
    Two of the biggest events of Tampa Bay's annual Gasparilla Season are joining forces in 2017 to create a combined 10-day-long cultural festival of film and music. The Gasparilla International Film Festival and Gasparilla Music Festival are tent-pole events of the 10-week Gasparilla Season every year. In the past, each has claimed its spot on the calendar with the film festival typically wrapping up the entire season with a 100-film cinematic feast. This year, the film festival starts early...
  • Ferry
    August 4, 2016
    Visitors and locals will soon have a fun new way to get around the Tampa Bay region -- and do it with a water view to boot. As of this week, the final votes are in on a plan to run a high-speed ferry between downtown Tampa and downtown St. Petersburg 20 miles across the bay. The 98-foot vessel will carry up to 149 passengers. It will dock at the Tampa Convention Center on the Tampa side of the bay and in the Vinoy Basin on the St. Petersburg waterfront. Plans call for operating the foot ferry
  • Pumpkin King Ybor
    August 2, 2016
    Nobody does Halloween quite like Tampa Bay. Whether you like your scares hair-raising or just a little ghoulish, Tampa Bay can get you just the right fright. Sept. 23- Oct. 30 Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens transforms into a sprawling haunted house during its annual Howl-O-Scream , which promises to “unleash a new type of terror with horrifying haunted houses and sinister surprises around every corner.” The park’s 225 acres will be overgrown with dark, sinister,...