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  • Ice Cream Cones
    August 1, 2017
    Tampa Bay has earned national headlines for its great food and craft beer. Now you can add awesome ice cream to our taste temptations. In Tampa Bay, ice cream comes rolled, layered, fruity, spiced, vegan or served in doughnut cones. Thanks to the folks at Armature Works and Astro Ice Cream, we’ll even have liquid-nitrogen frozen ice cream this fall. And the best part: in Tampa Bay, we enjoy our ice cream year-round. Here are some of our favorite spots: South Tampa/Downtown The Hyppo 702...
  • Dinosaur World
    July 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay's urban core is a hip, happening place with lots to recommend. But the beauty of this destination is that the slow lane is just down the road. Go east, yon traveler, and discover some of the treasures that await away from the bright lights of the big city. Dive, hunt, and swing Ease your way into the unknown with a stop in Brandon, Tampa Bay's biggest suburb. Take Adamo Drive (U.S. 60) east to Falkenburg Road, then south a bit to Palm River Road. There, you'll find a...
  • Memory Makers Captain Larry
    July 12, 2017
    Larry Salkin Captain Tampa Water Taxi With all the urban excitement downtown Tampa offers, it's easy to forget a world of wildlife lies just a few feet from the Tampa Riverwalk. As founder, owner and operator of Tampa Water Taxi Co. LLC, Captain Larry Salkin (that's him on the left with CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg ) knows that world intimately. He travels the waters of Tampa Bay and the Hillsborough River taking visitors on tours of the sparking waterfront and on the hunt for the...
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
    June 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay is Florida's most diverse destination -- and that goes for its buildings as well. As one of Florida's oldest cities, Tampa Bay has assembled a collection of striking architecture that is sure to intrigue any fan of urban design. So put these on your must-see list: ...
  • Memory Makers Dwinell Oulette
    May 23, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Dwinell Oullette Driver The Brew Bus Tampa Bay has earned its reputation as Florida's hub for craft brewing...
  • Jason Carroll Memory Maker
    May 3, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Jason Carroll Executive Director Friends of The Tampa Riverwalk Over the past two years, The Tampa Riverwalk has
  • Memory Makers Wally Reyes
    April 17, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Wally Reyes Historian, Ybor City expert Cigar Industry History Tours Take a walking tour of historic Ybor City...
  • Nicahabana Cigar Roller
    April 13, 2017
    Few things are as deeply rooted in Tampa Bay as the humble cigar. Since Cuban cigar baron Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his first factory here in 1886, hand-rolled cigars have been a staple of Tampa history and culture . A Tampa cigar may have even carried the secret message to start the Cuban revolution against Spain in the 1890s. It's safe to say Tampa was literally built by cigars. Until Ybor arrived, Tampa was a tiny outpost of a few hundred people best accessed by ship. Cigars...
  • Memory Makers George Guito
    April 10, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. George Guito General Manager Columbia Restaurant As George Guito tells it, the Columbia Restaurant "saved my...
  • Memory Makers Justin Toomey
    March 31, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. Justin Toomey Lead Bartender The Refinery Justin Toomey found his way to Tampa Bay via Flint, Michigan, and...