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Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • Gasparilla Pirate Ship
    TAMPA – Avast, me hearties! Talk Like A Pirate Day is still nine months away, but this month you can heave to and prepare yourself for Gasparilla, Tampa Bay’s annual pirate party! As they have every year since 1905, legendary pirate José Gaspar and his band of rapscallions will sail the nation’s only fully functional pirate ship, the José Gasparilla, once more into the heart of our city on Jan. 26. Then, beads a-flyin’, they’ll lead the Gasparilla...
  • DTN - ROS - Tampa ZooQuarium Tickets - Aquarium
    In case you missed it, Tampa Bay made a name for itself in 2019 as one of the country's top places to live, work, and vacation! From the South's best breakfast spots to the most dog-friendly communities, the hip, urban heart of Florida's west coast is bursting the possibilities! We're excited that everyone else is getting to know what we locals realized a long time ago -- that treasure awaits in Tampa Bay! JANUARY Livability: The Best Places to Live in Florida Southern...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Ulele Tampa Beer
    How much can a single place squeeze into 31 days? Tampa Bay is about to find out. We’re leaping into action on February 29 then packing every day in March with excitement. Groove to nationally known musicians on four stages at the two-day Gasparilla Music Festival. Spend a week indulging your love of craft beer in Florida’s hub for craft brewing. Build your bracket as the NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball tournament kicks off with Rounds 1 & 2 at Amalie Arena. And show...
  • 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
  • Mustaches of Ybor City Movember
    For everyone participating in Movember, we offer as inspiration the impressive stash of 'staches that helped make Tampa Bay the amazing place it is today. Henry B. Plant The arrival of Henry Plant's railroad in the mid-1880s opened a major land connection between Tampa Bay and the rest of the world. Until then, traveling to and from Tampa Bay had been either by ship (we are still the largest port in Florida) or by stagecoach along rough wilderness roads. Together Plant's railroad...
  • Elevage Chef Chad Tampa's Table
    Tampa's Table has been set just for you. Within the pages of Visit Tampa Bay's incredible new culinary journal, you'll unlock dozens of recipes created by the destination's best and brightest chefs. But that's not all, beyond the amazing creations in the book, you'll find online this our web-exclusive recipe by Chef Chad Johnson of Elevage in Hyde Park. Tampa's Table: A Culinary Journey Through Tampa Bay is available for sale online, at the Unlock Tampa Bay...
  • Robert Indiana TMA Love
    Now is the time to unlock Tampa Bay's amazing art and culture! Discover stunning sculpture by world-famous artists, inspiring performances on stage and screen, and thought-provoking works of photography. Tampa Museum of Art The Season of Love is in full swing at Tampa Museum of Art with the opening in October of a retrospective on the life of Pop artist Robert Indiana, whose striking, monumental "LOVE" sculptures can be found all around the museum. Like Indiana, Japanese artist...