Tampa Bay Blog

  • Pirate Water Taxi
    February 12, 2016
    Just a week after Gasparilla, Yacht Starship Dining Cruises has announced its launch of pirate-themed water taxis in downtown Tampa. The three 50-foot water taxis will operate 7 days a week with over 14 stops conveniently located along the Riverwalk, Channel District, Harbor and Davis Island. Each taxi holds between 40 to 50 passengers and offers restrooms, concessions and a whimsical historical narration. There will be a grand opening celebration on Friday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tampa
  • Knight Parade
    February 11, 2016
    There's lots to do this Valentine's weekend in Tampa Bay. But here are just a few of the fun events going on around town. Sant' Yago Knight Parade (Feb. 13) Ybor City will be lighting up with more than 100 luminous floats, krewes and marching bands this Saturday at 7 p.m. Get your pirate booty over to 7th Avenue where you can see all the action from either bleacher seats-- purchase tickets at KnightParade.com -- or anywhere along the sidewalk for free. The parade will start with...
  • Mosquito
    February 8, 2016
    Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an emergency declaration regarding the Zika virus that covered several counties, including the Tampa Bay area. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Zika illness is generally mild with a rash, fever and joint pain. CDC researchers are examining a possible link between the virus and harm to unborn babies exposed during pregnancy. Here's what you need to know if you're planning to visit Tampa Bay, according to the...
  • Straz The Lion King
    February 3, 2016
    Love is in the air this February in Tampa Bay! The city's love for food, music, the arts and more all come alive this month as the weather (finally) cools down. From amazing shows at the Straz Center to a Latin Night of dancing at Maestro's Restaurant, there is plenty to do this season in Tampa Bay. Barry Manilow (Feb. 4) OK, Tampa Bay Fanilows, this may be your final chance to see He Who Writes the Songs perform live. Barry Manilow recently announced that he is going to “hit...
  • Tampa International Airport Flies High in Rankings
    January 28, 2016
    Tampa International Airport (TIA) is paving way for a bigger and better experience. Traffic patterns at TIA continue to shift as its $1 billion expansion project , expected to finish 2017, continues to develop. Crews have closed one lane of the Blue departure entrance and one lane of the inbound parkway to put support columns in for the new automated people mover. With these lane closures and change in future traffic patterns, TIA asks that drivers are mindful of the 25 mph speed limit around
  • 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’...