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  • Mustaches of Ybor City Movember
    November 9, 2018
    In honor of Movember , we remember the mustaches 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 and steamship line made Tampa Bay the bustling hub of...
  • Elevage Chef Chad Tampa's Table
    November 6, 2018
    Tampa's Table has been set just for you. Within the pages of Visit Tampa Bay's incredible new culinary journa l, 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
    November 6, 2018
    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...
  • Memory Makers Dylan Breese
    October 9, 2018
    Some places have pigeons -- in Tampa Bay's historic Ybor City neighborhood, they have chickens. Step off the TECO Historic Streetcar near Centennial Plaza in the midst of the urban jungle, and the next sound you'll hear will be the enthusiastic
  • Bicyclist on a sunny day on the Riverwalk Credit: Keir Magoulas
    September 5, 2018
    Fall is calling you to Tampa Bay. As the days grow darker and grayer elsewhere, the Sunshine State celebrates with sunny days and long afternoons by the water. Keep the gray away with an autumn adventure in Tampa Bay. A Season for the Arts A touch of the infinite comes to Tampa Bay when Tampa Museum of Art hosts “Love Is Calling,” an infinity room installation by famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama opening September 28. The stage is set for an autumn of the arts at the Straz Center...
  • The Florida Aquarium Pointing
    August 29, 2018
    Pardon us while we blow our own horn for a moment: Tampa Bay is riding high as one of the top destinations in the world for everything from Pride celebrations to airport dining. Unlock Tampa Bay and find your own favorite thing about the hip, urban heart of Florida's Gulf coast. MSN: Cities That Are Amazing Getaways "More often than not, most tourists disregard Florida cities and head right to the sunny coastlines—but this culture haven and palm tree paradise should not be...
  • Insta-Tampa Nice Day Mural
    August 2, 2018
    As photogenic as it is fun, the hip, urban heart of Florida's Gulf coast fills your feed with gorgeous scenery. We've narrowed the list to the most Insta-famous sites. Make your friends back home wish they were here. A post shared by alexandra louise (@sunkissedindecember) on Mar 30, 2018 at 10:56am PDT Bayshore Boulevard | Walk, run, Rollerblade or bike along this iconic 4.5-mile path. With the bay on one side and mansions on the other, each step on the world’s longest...
  • Memory Makers Singleton
    July 31, 2018
    Kitt Singleton Hostess Straz Center for the Performing Arts Like an iceberg, the mass of a great theatrical show happens out of sight. At Tampa Bay's landmark performing arts center (the largest in the Southeast), you'll find Tampa Bay native Kitt Singleton behind the scenes and in the wings making sure the Straz's events run smoothly. What do you do at the Straz? Banquet Captain / Hostess / Busser / Food Runner / Decorator How long have you been there? 10 years Where are you...
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    June 27, 2018
    Cigar roller in Ybor City Have you booked your ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa International Airport? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba leaving from Port Tampa Bay? Or Carnival's 4-day cruise with an overnight stay in Havana? Despite recent changes to rules governing travel to Cuba, Tampa Bay's connection to the island remains strong. And while South Florida usually gets all the attention when the subject of Cuba comes up, Tampa Bay's...
  • Visitors Center
    June 21, 2018
    There's no shortage of great photo-op spots in Tampa Bay. For one thing, you can see downtown from 360 degrees. For another, we have a combination of unique architecture and waterfront locations -- a match made in Selfie Land. So grab your smartphone and head for these spots to let your friends know you were here. Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center Start your selfie safari off right in the heart of downtown where a bright yellow monument captures the pirate spirit of this destination. The