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  • The Florida Aquarium Pointing
    July 17, 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. Travel Pulse: Most Affordable for Summer Anyone traveling on a budget will find that Tampa Bay takes it easy on them . WIth Tampa Bay CityPASS, visitors can save big on admission to the region's most popular...
  • Jose Marti Park Ybor City Cuba
    June 27, 2018
    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 relationship with Cuba goes back to...
  • VTB Monument Shadows
    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
  • 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...
  • Tampa Postcard
    March 1, 2018
    How much can a single place cram into one month? We are about to find out. March has 31 days, and every one of them is packed with excitement in Tampa Bay. Choose your own adventure. Treasure awaits. Spring Training, through March 24 | Sure as the turning of the seasons (as in Hockey Season, Football Season and Baseball Season), Spring Training brings the Boys of Summer to Tampa Bay every year. Whether you're rooting for the hometown Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees or another...
  • 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...