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  • Riverwalk cyclists
    April 20, 2018
    Now's the time to take Tampa Bay on two wheels. Tampa Bay recently joined nine other cities around the country winning praise from bicycle advocates (we're #10 on the list) for its work creating an urban environment that's friendly and safe for cycling. People For Bikes specifically lauded the new Cass Street bike corridor, which runs through the north side of downtown toward Ybor City. The corridor is a sheltered two-lane course that keeps bikes separated from car traffic while...
  • AC by Marriott Westshore Rendering
    April 19, 2018
    Tampa Bay visitors will find a hotel renaissance underway over the next year or so as the destination adds hip new brands, reinvigorates our best-known properties, and makes plans for new builds and new flags. A treasure trove of creature comfort awaits. Here are some of the highlights: New The stylish 175-room AC by Marriott adds a bit of European flair to the upscale West Shore District, putting visitors within easy reach of luxury shopping at International Plaza and Westshore Plaza, iconic
  • 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
  • Paulina Pedroso Ybor Riverwalk
    March 6, 2018
    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
    February 28, 2018
    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...
  • Concert Grid 2018
    February 2, 2018
    Put away those headphones and fire up your cellphone's flashlight app! Your favorite recording artists are playing Tampa Bay in 2018! The year promises will be filled with major shows -- including a few farewell tours. From the Amp to Amalie to RayJay, see your favorite showstopper take the stage. February Billy Joel 9 @ 8 p.m. Amalie Arena Andrea Bocelli 14 @ 8:00 pm Amalie Arena Mary J Blige 21 @ 7:30 pm Amalie Arena March Reba McEntire 4 @ 7:30 pm Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant
  • VTB App composite
    January 24, 2018
    Packing your smart phone for your trip to Tampa Bay? (Who are we kidding -- of course you are!) Keep Florida's most diverse destination at your fingertips through these apps that will make the most of your stay. Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Discovery Guide | Tampa Bay's hometown theme park makes it easy to keep up with show times, a handy park map, and even reminds you where you parked your car! The QuickPay feature lets you use your phone to pay for purchases and users receive alerts...
  • Ulele
    January 22, 2018
    Valentine's Day falls in the middle of the week this year -- giving you two chances to plan a romantic getaway in Tampa Bay. Go beyond roses and chocolates with these only-in-Tampa Bay indulgences. Dinner and dessert at Bern's Steak House | Tampa Bay's epitome of fine dining (right) regularly ranks among the top steak houses in the U.S. Home to the world's largest private wine collection, Bern's has earned the James Beard Foundation's honor for Outstanding Wine...
  • Memory Makers Sheila Haynes
    January 18, 2018
    SHEILA HAYNES: Housekeeper, Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk With apologies to poet William Carlos Williams, so much depends on fresh towels and clean sheets tucked just so under a pillow. Your mom doesn't live at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk . Lucky for