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  • Aquarium_Penguins2
    November 1, 2017
    Leave your desk behind and spent your lunch break or happy hour enjoying uniquely Tampa Bay experiences. Join Visit Tampa Bay and the new Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center for two weeks of activities highlighting some of the area's greatest attractions. And along the way, discover the treasures that wait among the Visitors Center's carefully curated selection of Tampa Bay-made and Tampa Bay-themed items. November 3 Do The Local Motion Walking Tours 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Discover the...
  • Couples Weekend
    October 3, 2017
    The kids are back in school, the summer crowds are gone: Now’s the perfect time for a couple's get-away in Tampa Bay. Florida’s most diverse destination has just the right combination of food, sun, and fun for Fall. Unlock Craftober Here in Florida’s hub for craft brewing, skilled artisans create unique drafts accented with local flavors like citrus, Cuban coffee, and blueberries. Get your passport to the local craft beer action and discover the creativity that has put...
  • USF Contemporary Art Museum
    August 24, 2017
    Museum lovers will find plenty to please them at downtown's most notable cultural institutions, Tampa Museum of Art and the Henry B. Plant Museum. For a deeper dive into Tampa Bay's history and culture, try some of the region's more unique repositories of history, art, and education. You'll find something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Tampa Firefighter Museum 720 Zack Street This museum will put a gleam in the eye of any f an of first responders . The museum is housed...
  • Ybor History Tour
    August 14, 2017
    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. For its first 50 years, Tampa Bay was a sandy little garrison town barely connected to the rest of the U.S. That changed in the 1880s when Cuban cigar magnate Vicente Martinez Ybor moved his operations from Key West to a patch of scrub just east of downtown. The port guaranteed easy
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    July 13, 2017
    Have you booked your ticket yet on Southwest Airlines flight from Tampa International Airport to Havana? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba aboard the Empress of the Seas, which will leave from Tampa Bay starting in June? OR a future Carnival cruise that to Cuba? While South Florida usually gets all the attention when the subject of Cuba comes up, Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba goes back to the 1880s. Tampa Bay had ties to Cuba before Miami even had people! Tampa Bay's
  • Henry B. Plant Museum
    June 14, 2017
    Tampa Bay is Florida's most diverse destination -- and that goes for its buildings as well. As one of Florida's oldest cities, Tampa Bay has assembled a collection of striking architecture that is sure to intrigue any fan of urban design. So put these on your must-see list: ...
  • Nicahabana Cigar Roller
    April 13, 2017
    Few things are as deeply rooted in Tampa Bay as the humble cigar. Since Cuban cigar baron Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his first factory here in 1886, hand-rolled cigars have been a staple of Tampa history and culture . A Tampa cigar may have even carried the secret message to start the Cuban revolution against Spain in the 1890s. It's safe to say Tampa was literally built by cigars. Until Ybor arrived, Tampa was a tiny outpost of a few hundred people best accessed by ship. Cigars...
  • Gasparilla Ship Anchored
    February 13, 2017
    Soon the cannons will roar in downtown as Gasparilla sails into Tampa Bay again. The scurvy krewe of mythical pirate Jose Gaspar, aboard their pirate ship Jose Gasparilla, will make their annual assault on our fair city on January 28, bringing hundreds of thousands to Bayshore Boulevard to witness the third-largest parade in the United States: the Gapsarilla Parade of Pirates. The day-long party kicks off Tampa Bay's annual Gasparilla Season -- two months of parties, parades, sporting...
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    January 19, 2017
    Have you booked your ticket yet on Southwest Airlines upcoming flights from Tampa International Airport to Havana? How about your Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba aboard the Empress of the Seas, which will leave from Tampa Bay starting in June? While South Florida usually gets all the attention when the subject of Cuba comes up, Tampa Bay's relationship with Cuba goes back to the 1880s. Tampa Bay had ties to Cuban before Miami even had people! Tampa Bay's 130-plus-year relationship with...
  • Cage the Elephant GMF
    November 17, 2016
    Ain't no rest when Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant headline the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival in March. The time is now, music lovers. Tickets for the 2017 Gasparilla Music Festival are officially on sale . Tampa Bay's signature music festival will celebrate its 6th year March 11-12 with another blow-out in downtown's centerpiece festival space, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. GMF will be part of a 10-day Gasparilla extravaganza that includes the Gasparilla International Film...