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Tampa Bay Blog

  • Basquiat Painting
    The kids are heading back to school and summer is winding down – what better time to make a quick couple’s escape to Tampa Bay? Decompress with a stroll through exciting new exhibits at our art museums, let yourself be transported by the experience of live theater and orchestra, or enjoy the ornate environs of Tampa Bay’s oldest movie palace. Indulge in an autumn of amazing art in Tampa Bay! Tampa Museum of Art Robert Rauschenberg: America Mix-16 August 9 through January 5,...
  • Pokemon Go in Tampa Bay
    We see you, walking around Tampa, waving around your phone all over the place – you’re playing Pokemon Go. Yes, you, we know you are, you can’t help yourself. It’s fun, addicting and a great excuse to get out of the house and explore your surroundings. We’ve put together a handy list of some of our favorite spots that now double as Pokemon Go gyms. Datz Undo your time at the real gym and chow down on a Cheesy Todd while your Pokemon battle it out at this South...
  • Bojan Ilić smiling at the Hard Rock Casino
    Bojan Ilić (Bo-hahn Eeleech) has built a life and found a wife thanks to tourism. Born and raised in Serbia, he traveled the world before eventually settling in Tampa Bay, where he works as a concierge at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
  • Lauren Smith ZooTampa Memory Maker
    As the lead veterinarian for ZooTampa's David A Straz Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, Dr. Lauren Smith's day-to-day routine includes working with wild animals as big as refrigerators (or bigger). Manatees are gentle creatures, but they're still a
  • ZooTampa Manatee feeding on some lettuce
    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 outfalls where they'll stay toasty for the...
  • Ulele Food
    With the beauty of Florida's biggest bay on our downtown doorstep, Tampa Bay is home to a trove of tremendous options for local seafood. Crack open a crab leg, have at a half-shell! From grouper and pompano to stone crabs and Gulf oysters, be ready with your cocktail sauce -- your taste buds will thank you. Harpoon Harry's View this post on Instagram A post shared by Aileen (@iam_e.a.t.s._) on Jun 30, 2019 at 7:08pm PDT Recently added to
  • Memory Makers: "Coach" Cheramye White
    A few years ago, Cheramye White went from guiding basketball players at schools in north Florida to guiding visitors between downtown and Ybor City as a motorman -- or is it motorperson? -- on the TECO Historic Streetcar. With her aviator
  • Dog at Sparkman Wharf shaking hands with a friend on the pier.
    It's a dog's life in Tampa Bay -- and how. Here in Florida's Most dog-friendly destination, four-legged fur persons and their humans will find a pooch's paradise, with plenty of establishments -- from hotels to restaurants, shops, and parks -- catering to canine companions. We're even home to the U.S.'s No. 1 dog-friendly restaurant! So bring your best friend along with your unlock Tampa Bay! Dog housing It's easy to find a spot to bed down for the night when...
  • Jose Marti Park
    Visitors to Tampa Bay can make a side trip to Cuba without needing their passports. Tampa Bay’s historic Latin Quarter, Ybor City, is home to a genuine piece of Cuban territory – José Martí Park, dedicated to the memory of the poet, journalist, and firebrand who led the island’s revolution against Spanish rule in the 1880s and 1890s. The park at the corner of 8th Avenue and 13th Street is owned by the people of Cuba. For nearly six decades, it was the only piece of...
  • The Florida Aquarium
    When the sun’s out, fun’s about keeping your cool! And Tampa Bay knows the way. Hit the water in the hip, urban heart of Florida’s west coast for a Sunshine State experience (mostly) without the sand. Ride the Rapids Here’s a Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay PRO TIP: Start your visit at the farthest point in the park. While everyone else is lining up for the first ride they see, you’ll stroll on past to Congo River Rapids for a short line and a wet ride that will...