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Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Arts & Culture
  • 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...
  • Memory Makers 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 from? Tampa! What...
  • A Tabenero cigar roller cutting the wrap of a cigar.
    Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba goes back to the 1880s, when cigar magnate Don Vicente Martinez Ybor built his massive cigar factory east of downtown in what would become known as Ybor City. As the cigar industry took off over the next few years, Tampa Bay quickly became a magnet for Cuban immigrants seeking their fortunes as well-paid, highly respect rollers. In a few years, they turned Tampa Bay in the Cigar Capital of the World and Cuba became Tampa Bay's strongest trading...
  • The Visit Tampa Bay icon outside the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center. Credit: Keir Magoulas
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Paulina Pedroso Ybor Riverwalk
    In honor of Women's History Month, Visit Tampa Bay looks at some of the women who helped create our community. First up: Paulina Pedroso . Paulina Pedroso, Savior of Revolution In a quiet corner of Ybor City stands a park dedicated to José Martí -- poet, journalist, and political firebrand -- known to the Cuban people as the Apostle of Revolution. Martí spent years struggling to free his island from the control of Spain. He found strong support for his revolution among the...
  • Group of friends drinking beer in Tampa
    Beer goes with Tampa Bay like sunshine and hand-rolled cigars. Florida’s first commercial brewery opened here in 1897. The nation’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, gives free tours of Tampa Bay bottling plant – the only one outside Pennsylvania. Before it became world-famous for thrill rides, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay opened as a beer garden and botanical garden feature Anheuser Busch products. Today, Tampa Bay is the home of legendary Cigar City -- ranked among the best in...