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  • Busch Gardens Tampa
    January 26, 2016
    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay now offers multi-park ticket packages with its sister attraction SeaWorld Orlando to better accommodate visitors who are looking to go to multiple amusement parks. The new Choose Your Adventure ticket option simplifies planning your next vacation. You can get either a 2-visit ticket for $99 or a 3-visit ticket for $109. The Choose your Adventure multi-park ticket is valid at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. But
  • Tampa International Airport
    January 22, 2016
    Positive reviews pour in for Tampa International Airport, ranking it a 4.5 out of 5 star on the Yelp user-generated review site . It’s a nice compliment to their No. 2 ranking by travelers for having the best customer service and No. 5 in the world. TIA has more than 900 online comments posted about TIA from local, national and international travelers. Many reviewers post photos along with their comments, sharing why they love Tampa’s airport so much. Free Wi-Fi, private...
  • Childrens Parade Gasparilla
    January 22, 2016
    Winter Storm Jonas extending your stay in Tampa Bay? Join us for one of these great weekend events while you wait for things to return to normal in the snowy North. Children's Gasparilla Extravagana (11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.) For nearly 70 years, the pirates of Tampa Bay's legendary Gasparilla festival have thrown an early version of their famous parade just for the littlest scalawags. Bring your tiny pirate out to Bayshore Boulevard Saturday afternoon to cheer on the pirates and to collect a...
  • Winter Storm Jonas
    January 21, 2016
    Mother Nature, Winter Storm Jonas, is making a mess of the airlines' schedules again from Tampa Bay to Back Bay. If you're waiting at Tampa International Airport for a flight that's not leaving for a while, Tampa Bay's hotel owners are ready for you. Check your flight's status here . Here's a list of hotels in the Tampa Bay area offering special rates for flyers forced to wait out the snow up north: Bay Harbor Hotel Tampa Special rate: $129 7700 Courtney Campbell...
  • Monster Jam 2016
    January 13, 2016
    Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (Saturday-Sunday) Tampa Bay celebrates African-American history every year on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Join the celebration in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park for music and food, then wander over to check out the re-construction of Perry Harvey Sr. Park, undergoing a major renovation that will highlight Tampa Bay’s role in popular music -- Ray Charles got his start here when Tampa Bay was part of the “Chittlin’...
  • Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey
    January 8, 2016
    The circus! The circus! THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (Saturday & Sunday) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, probably the most famous show of its kind in history, wraps up its run at Amalie Arena this weekend with tigers and tight-rope walkers and clowns. The Tampa Bay region has long been the winter home for circus performers (we are also the home of the Showman's Rest cemetery where generations of circus folk make their final curtain call). These days, the circus starts its...
  • Jose Gasparilla ship
    January 7, 2016
    TAMPA – Avast, me hearties! Prepare yourself for Gasparilla, Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party ! As they have every year since 1905, legendary pirate José Gaspar and his band of ruffians will sail the nation’s only fully functional pirate ship, the José Gasparilla , once more into the heart of our city on Jan. 30. Then, beads a-flyin’, he’ll lead the Gasparilla Parade of Pirates -- the U.S.’s third-largest parade -- down scenic Bayshore...
  • Gasparilla Pirates
    December 30, 2015
    1. Outback Bowl (January) The New Year’s Day college football game celebrates 30 years on Jan. 1 when the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Northwestern Wildcats at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium. Even if you miss out on tickets, the final week of 2015 is loaded with bowl-related fun. 2. Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival (January) Tampa Bay celebrates African-American history every year on the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Join the celebration in Curtis Hixon...
  • Busch Gardens Christmas Town
    December 23, 2015
    Merry Christmas from Visit Tampa Bay! After the presents are opened and the roast beast is finished, there's still plenty to do this holiday weekend in Tampa Bay. Busch Gardens Christmas Town (daily through Dec. 31) Tampa Bay’s premier theme park transforms itself for the holidays, with loads of snow and millions of twinkle lights. Take the chill off with a mug of hot chocolate. Christmas Town is included in park admission. The festival runs on weekend through Dec. 19, then daily...
  • It's a Wonderful Life
    December 18, 2015
    If you haven't started yet, this is the weekend to get the Christmas shopping done. It’s a Wonderful Life (7:30 p.m. daily, Dec. 18-23, 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday) Jimmy Stewart’s everyman George Bailey takes on curmudgeonly Mr. Potter and his own sense of worthlessness with the help of an angel in training and learns no man is a failure who has friends. With eight different show times, you have no reason to miss it. Shopping, shopping, shopping (no time like the present)...