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  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Manatee swimming underwater at ZooTampa
    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
  • Headshot of Tabenero cigar roller 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