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Tampa Bay Blog

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    WHY WE'RE CIGAR CITY 9 CIGAR TERMS TO KNOW 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
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    Spot a Sea Cow WHEN TO SEE THE MANATEES OF TAMPA BAY Now's the perfect time to get in touch with Tampa Bay's cuddliest aquatic mammal, the West Indian Manatee. The hefty herbivores spend most of the spring and summer lounging about offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. But sure as the changing of the seasons, as soon as the days get shorter and the water temperatures begin to drop into the 70s -- (that's cold for Florida) -- the manatees make tracks upstream to springs and power plant...
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    GRAB A BITE NEW TAMPA BAY RESTAURANTS Tampa Bay is growing and evolving, and so is its culinary scene. While filled with longstanding favorites like Bern’s Steak House and the Columbia Restaurant, the area is also seeing an incredible number of new and reimagined restaurants emerge. From modern and contemporary to vibrant and eclectic, residents and visitors alike are flocking to some of Tampa Bay’s newest dining options. New Restaurants Video
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    Get your fix TAMPA BAY COFFEE Tampa Bay has gained a national reputation for its booming craft beer business. Lately, craft cocktails at places like Edison: Food+Drink Lab​ and Cru Cellars have begun to catch the public taste buds. But there's another drink that Tampa Bay takes pride in: coffee. Maybe it's our century-plus of Cuban history laced with cafe con leché, or it could be the all-nighters pulled by our growing tech start ups. Either way, locally roasted...
  • Florish pizza and salads
    Vegan and Plant-Based Options for Foodies PLANT-BASED TAMPA BAY Tampa Bay's rich and diverse culture is shown not only in those who visit but also lives within our unique cuisine. These hot spots feature an array of plant-based options to satisfy any and all tastebuds. 📍 SOUTH TAMPA Florish 2307 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. Made fresh-to-order, Florish features mouthwatering hand-crafted pizzas and bowls, all 100% plant-based. From herb-roasted veggies to scrumptious baked goods, Florish is...
  • Tampa Bay Ice Cream
    POPSICLES, MILKSHAKES, ICE CREAM TAMPA BAY ICE CREAM Tampa Bay's food scene continues to earn national headlines for its incredible food and craft beer. Now you can add excellent ice cream to our taste temptations. FIND YOUR NEXT SCOOP Cool off with a milkshake, sundae, fruity popsicle, or combine it with a baked treat. The best part: in Tampa Bay, it's always ice cream season. Here are some of our favorite spots. DOWNTOWN TAMPA PETERBROOKE CHOCOLATIER 777 N Ashley Dr Suite D-2...
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    Relax Boldly SUMMER THINGS TO DO Unlock a season of adventure in the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Dive into culture, explore the outdoors, or indulge deliciously. There’s something for all treasure-seekers this summer in Tampa Bay with so much to see and do. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Summer Nights Enjoy a thrilling summer at Busch Gardens' highly anticipated Summer Nights, where you can relish extended hours filled with heart-pumping fun, exhilarating coasters that will get...
  • Tampa Bay History Center exhibit map
    TAMPA BAY INSIDE THE HISTORY VAULT You don't need a passport to experience Tampa Bay's international influence that tells a unique story rich in culture and tradition. Tampa Bay has become a melting pot of cultures represented throughout the streets of historic Ybor City, paved along Perry Harvey Sr. Park, and sprinkled down the dazzling Hillsborough River. The Tampa Bay History Center 801 Water St, Tampa The Tampa Bay History Center is a fantastic way to discover and explore the...
  • Ybor Market
    INVEST IN LOCAL MARKETS MARKETS AROUND TAMPA Tampa Bay’s monthly markets showcase an array of local vendors, artisans, and entrepreneurs. Discover an abundance of fresh produce, handmade crafts, unique artwork, vintage wares, and delicious food offerings. Immerse yourself in the destination, support Tampa Bay's small businesses, and uncover one-of-a-kind treasures. Sunset Market ​ Join Midtown Tampa every first Thursday of each month for its Sunset Market! Explore over 40...
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    11 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT TAMPA BAY Tampa Bay has a long and colorful history (long for Florida, anyway), much of it is waiting for you to discover. Here are some things you probably never knew about Cigar City. 1. The cigar industry helped build Tampa Bay In the 1880s, Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations from Key West to a patch of scrub just east of downtown close to the port. Henry B. Plant’s newly arrived railroad carried Ybor’s cigars to market in New...