Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • Halloween in Tampa
    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
  • Tampa Murals: Seminole Heights
    May 31, 2018
    It's official: With an abundance of craft breweries, cool restaurants, lots of coffee spots, and funky fun, Tampa Bay easily ranks among the hippest communities in the U.S.! Here's where to experience the truly hip, urban heart of Florida's Gulf coast. SEMINOLE HEIGHTS A few miles north of downtown, this neighborhood stretches out along Florida Avenue and straddles Interstate 275 to stake a claim to Nebraska Avenue as well. It's Tampa Bay's hipster headquarters -- filled...
  • Chicken
    April 20, 2018
    Tampa Bay has a long and colorful history (long for Florida, anyway), much of it is waiting for you to discover. Here are some things you probably never knew about Cigar City: 1. The cigar industry built Tampa Bay. In the 1880s Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations from Key West to a patch of scrub just east of downtown close to the port. Henry B. Plant’s newly arrived railroad carried Ybor’s cigars to market in New York and beyond. Soon Tampa Bay had grown...
  • Magic Carpet Glide Riverwalk
    April 10, 2018
    Tampa Bay's unique blend of culture, cuisine, craft brewing, natural beauty and outdoor opportunities puts adventure at our fingertips. Why go it alone when you can hire a guide to give you an insightful angle on this dynamic, diverse destination? We have plenty of tours to choose from. Where do you want to go? Into the Wild Canoe Escape Minutes from downtown's modern glass towers, ancient cypress forests and blackwater rivers take visitors to another world -- one where alligators...
  • Memory Maker: Roger Barganier
    March 26, 2018
    Roger Barganier | President & Creative Director Creative Arts Unlimited The Tampa Bay History Center 's new "Treasure Seekers" permanent exhibit puts visitors right in the middle of the Age of Exploration, when pirates and Spanish conquistadors