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Tampa Bay Blog

Author: Visit Tampa Bay
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fresh Kitchen
    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...
  • Downtown Tampa Partnership guide, 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
  • Headshot of Tabenero cigar roller 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 on the brick facade of a building 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....
  • The Roots' guitarist performing on stage at the Gasparilla Music Festival
    When it comes to live music, Tampa Bay knows how to put on a show. From massive stadium-sized spectacles to thumping dance clubs to intimate acoustic sets, it’s easy to get caught up in the rhythm. Amalie Arena Grab a bite at nearby Sparkman Wharf on your way to a show at downtown’s star indoor concert venue. When the hometown Tampa Bay Lightning are away from the ice, the 22,000-seat arena hosts dozens of concerts each year along with spectacular performances by Disney on Ice or...