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  • 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...
  • VTB App composite
    Packing your smart phone for your trip to Tampa Bay? (Who are we kidding -- of course you are!) Keep Florida's most diverse destination at your fingertips through these apps that will make the most of your stay. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Discovery Guide Tampa Bay's hometown theme park makes it easy to keep up with show times, a handy park map, and even reminds you where you parked your car! The QuickPay feature lets you use your phone to pay for purchases and users receive alerts...
  • Rivers Family
    The Rivers Family Gasparilla Season arrives in Tampa Bay every year with cannons blazing as Florida's only fully functioning pirate ship, the José Gasparilla, sails into downtown loaded with hundreds of colorfully dressed pirates. The annual
  • Downtown
    The American Planning Association’s Greatest Place in the U.S. The Best Place for Women Entrepreneurs. Food & Wine’s 32 Places to Eat in 2019. Tampa Bay made quite an impression on the world in 2018 as a destination to visit and do business. Here are a few of our favorite accolades from the year. December Food & Wine expects big things from Tampa Bay, which they got to know quite well this year. 32 Places To Go (And Eat) in 2019 You Should See What's Happening in...
  • Pirate Water Taxi
    One hour: Unlock one hour in downtown Tampa starting on the 2.4 mile Tampa Riverwalk which links restaurants, parks, and cultural centers like gems on a string. Begin at Ulele for a quick beer or cocktail that may be ordered to go and served in a special cup; this allows guests to drink legally along Riverwalk. Need a ride? Hop on a Pirate Water Taxi which has a total of 15 stops along the Hillsborough River. Or instead, rent your own E-boat for an hour and discover the river yourself. The
  • Felicia LaCalle
    Felicia LaCalle: Chef/Owner, Hemingway's After years of working in other people's kitchens, Felicia LaCalle struck out on her own in early 2018, opening Hemingway's Cuban restaurant in the Heights Public Market at Armature Works with a menu
  • Lightning Flag
    Before the puck drops at Amalie Arena tonight , hockey fans will discover away ways to have a cool time away from the ice in Tampa Bay. Try these ideas on for size: Grab a Beer You're in Florida's hub for craft brewing -- fantastic beer flows from practically every tap here. Pay a visit to the granddaddy of local craft brewing, world-famous Cigar City Brewing and take a tour to find out how they make their magic. Near Ybor City, Coppertail Brewing 's tasting room comes with...
  • Sparkman Wharf Credit: Keir Magoulas
    Water plays a key role in every visit to Tampa Bay. At the south end of the Tampa Riverwalk , the area’s top chefs and best craft brewers come together in a waterfront entertainment space with great views and greater food. Sparkman Wharf is a complete re-working of the space formerly occupied by Channelside Bay Plaza. Part of the redevelopment includes an expansive lawn overlooking the water of Garrison Channel. An outdoor stage feature local bands and a huge LED screen will show Tampa...
  • AC by Marriott Westshore Rendering
    Tampa Bay visitors will find a hotel renaissance underway over the next year or so as the destination adds hip new brands, reinvigorates our best-known properties, and makes plans for new builds and new flags. A treasure trove of creature comfort awaits. Here are some of the highlights: New The stylish 175-room AC by Marriott adds a bit of European flair to the upscale West Shore District, putting visitors within easy reach of luxury shopping at International Plaza and Westshore Plaza, iconic
  • Shopping
    Black Friday is over, but the holiday shopping goes on! Make every dollar count and find that perfect gift for just the right person at Tampa Bay's coolest shopping venues. Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center Step out of the office and into this stylish shop in the heart of downtown. You'll find keepsakes for the Tampa Bay fan on your holiday gift list. Hats, locally made food -- even jewelry made from Ybor City bricks! You'll find a smaller version among the pop-up shops at this...