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Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Things to Do
  • Gasparilla Pirate Credit: Keir Magoulas
    International Talk Like a Pirate Day officially arrives on September 19. But by Jose Gaspar's mustache, every day is Talk Like A Pirate Day in Tampa Bay! Nowhere knows pirates like the home of legendary buccaneer José Gaspar and Gasparilla, the annual festival held in his honor. If you’re having trouble telling your “avast” from a whole round of other scurvy words, there’s no risk of walking the plank. The Tampa Bay History Centers’ “Treasure...
  • Two mermaid-themed runners crossing the finish line at the Gasparilla Distance Classic
    Lace up and loosen up: running season is afoot in Tampa Bay. From here until next spring runners of all abilities will find plenty of ways to challenge themselves while helping a variety of good causes, including charities sponsored by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Lightning. One 5K at a time, build your way to the big daddy of Tampa Bay races -- the immensely popular Gasparilla Distance Classic -- and strut your stuff between the bay and the mansions along Bayshore Boulevard.
  • 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,...
  • Ulele Food
    With the beauty of Florida's biggest bay on our downtown doorstep, Tampa Bay is home to a trove of tremendous options for local seafood. Crack open a crab leg, have at a half-shell! From grouper and pompano to stone crabs and Gulf oysters, be ready with your cocktail sauce -- your taste buds will thank you. Harpoon Harry's View this post on Instagram A post shared by Aileen (@iam_e.a.t.s._) on Jun 30, 2019 at 7:08pm PDT Recently added to
  • Dog at Sparkman Wharf shaking hands with a friend on the pier.
    It's a dog's life in Tampa Bay -- and how. Here in Florida's Most dog-friendly destination, four-legged fur persons and their humans will find a pooch's paradise, with plenty of establishments -- from hotels to restaurants, shops, and parks -- catering to canine companions. We're even home to the U.S.'s No. 1 dog-friendly restaurant! So bring your best friend along with your unlock Tampa Bay! Dog housing It's easy to find a spot to bed down for the night when...
  • 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...
  • The Florida Aquarium
    When the sun’s out, fun’s about keeping your cool! And Tampa Bay knows the way. Hit the water in the hip, urban heart of Florida’s west coast for a Sunshine State experience (mostly) without the sand. Ride the Rapids Here’s a Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay PRO TIP: Start your visit at the farthest point in the park. While everyone else is lining up for the first ride they see, you’ll stroll on past to Congo River Rapids for a short line and a wet ride that will...
  • Manatee swimming underwater at ZooTampa
    Tampa Bay has some of Florida's best urban adventures, but it's also home to amazing outdoor experiences just minutes from downtown's glittering towers. Paddling, bird-watching, animal interactions -- they're all waiting for you to discover when you unlock Tampa Bay. A River Runs Through Paddle Into The Past Slip silently through ancient cypress forests on a Canoe Escape along the wild upper reaches of the Hillsborough River. The same river that carries pleasure boats through...
  • Fresh Kitchen
    Ranked among the top foodie destinations in the U.S., Tampa Bay is home to fantastic steaks and seafood, but vegetarians can find plenty to tempt their taste buds as well. That's why Wallethub has ranked the region among its top vegetarian destinations in the U.S. Tampa Bay has risen three spots since 2017. So if you're looking for a meat-free meal, try these options popular with vegetarian visitors. Heights Public Market at Armature Works Tampa Heights' popular gathering place...