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Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • 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 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....
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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...