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  • Tampa Bay Margarita Festival
    For nearly a century, Tampa Bay has played a key role in U.S. military history and preparedness. U.S. Central Command is here, as is Special Operations Command. We' re a community that understands and honors the sacrifices men and women endure in the service of our country. This Memorial Day weekend, veterans and their families will discover all the ways we can say "thank you." Free or Reduced Admission Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay : Free Admission for military veterans, plus 3...
  • 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...
  • Aquarium Splash Pad
    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...
  • Outdoors Canoe Escape
    Tampa Bay has some of Florida's best urban adventures, but it's also home to amazing outdoor experiences just minutes from downtown's glittering towers. Paddling, bird-watching, animal interactions -- they're all waiting for you to discover when you unlock Tampa Bay. A River Runs Through Paddle Into The Past Slip silently through ancient cypress forests on a Canoe Escape along the wild upper reaches of the Hillsborough River. The same river that carries pleasure boats through...
  • Refinery Seminole Heights External
    Ranked among the top foodie destinations in the U.S., Tampa Bay is home to fantastic steaks and seafood, but vegetarians can find plenty to tempt their taste buds as well. That's why Wallethub has ranked the region among its top vegetarian destinations in the U.S. Tampa Bay has risen three spots since 2017. So if you're looking for a meat-free meal, try these options popular with vegetarian visitors. Heights Public Market at Armature Works Tampa Heights' popular gathering place...
  • Kalyn Sexton
    As a Tampa Bay native, Kalyn Sexton knows a thing or two about the beat of life here in the urban heart of Florida's west coast. She serves as a guide for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, helping visitors find their way around downtown, choose a
  • NCAA Women's Final Four
    April blossoms with fun and adventure in Tampa Bay! Between the blue skies and the sparkling waters, you'll find a trove of activities waiting to be discovered. Pick a bouquet of your favorites! March 30 Tampa Pride Pardon us while we get a jump on April with a little carry-over from March. Conquer Tampa Bay with PRIDE when the nation's first LGBT pride festival of the year kicks off in historic Ybor City. The family-friendly parade begins at 9 a.m. and travels down Seventh Avenue,...
  • Enrique Leferte
    Desde el año 1885 – cuando Don Vicente Martinez Ybor abrió su fábrica enorme de Tampa Bay – la fabricación de cigarros (tabacos) ha formado un gran parte de la vida de Ybor City, el distrito que lleva su nombre. Durante más de un siglo, la
  • Enrique Leferte
    Since 1885 - when Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his huge Tampa Bay factory - the manufacture of cigars has been a big part of life in Ybor City, the district that bears his name. For more than a century, the industry invited generations of
  • The Tampa Postcard Mural in Downtown Tampa. Credit: Keir Magoulas
    How much can a single place cram into one month? We are about to find out. March has 31 days, and every one of them is packed with excitement in Tampa Bay. Choose your own adventure. Treasure awaits. Thru March 25 ​Bay Area Renaissance Festival 'Zounds! Step back in time when the rogues and royalty from the 16th Century claim their own corner of Tampa Bay with an amazing mix of experiences and crafts. Watch death-defying feats by acrobats. Cheer your favorite knight during the joust....