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Tampa Bay Blog

  • Gasparilla Pirate Credit: Keir Magoulas
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day officially arrives on September 19. But by Jose Gaspar's mustache, every day is Talk Like A Pirate Day in Tampa Bay! Nowhere knows pirates like the home of legendary buccaneer José Gaspar and Gasparilla, the annual festival held in his honor. If you’re having trouble telling your “avast” from a whole round of other scurvy words, there’s no risk of walking the plank. The Tampa Bay History Centers’ “Treasure...
  • Two mermaid-themed runners crossing the finish line at the Gasparilla Distance Classic
    Lace up and loosen up: running season is afoot in Tampa Bay. From here until next spring runners of all abilities will find plenty of ways to challenge themselves while helping a variety of good causes, including charities sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning. One 5K at a time, build your way to the big daddy of Tampa Bay races -- the immensely popular Gasparilla Distance Classic -- and strut your stuff between the bay and the mansions along Bayshore Boulevard.
  • Memory Maker - Anthea Onufrak
    Among the last of its kind, the American Victory spent most of its life as a merchant ship ferrying goods and personnel to far-flung war zones across the globe. It was christened near the end of World War II and served honorably during military
  • Couples Weekend
    The kids are back in school, the summer crowds are gone: Now’s the perfect time to treat yourself to a grown-up's get-away in Tampa Bay. Whether you're in the mood for a romantic weekend with your significant other, a girls' getaway or a guys' trip, the hip, urban heart of Florida’s west coast is here for you with just the right combination of fantastic food, exciting experiences, and grown-up fun for Fall. Couple's Weekend Sleep In a Little No one needs...
  • Tampa Museum of Art
    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