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  • 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...
  • Gasparilla Music Festival
    October 4, 2016
    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 Festival March 2-10 and Gasparilla Festival of the Arts March 4-5. A partial line-up for GMF will be released in...
  • Craftober
    August 29, 2016
    Beer lovers, get hopping: Craftober is right around the corner. For a whole month this fall, Tampa Bay taps into its growing reputation as a top craft beer community in the U.S. by marking Craftober , a celebration of the local craft beer scene. The party starts Oct. 1 and includes some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals. Book your trip starting Sept. 1 to qualify for Craftober awesomeness. Visitors will find plenty of special offers, limited-edition T-shirts and loads of events at...
  • Tampa Comic Con Captain
    July 27, 2016
    Fans of The Walking Dead, Star Wars and Doctor Who, rejoice! Tampa Bay Comic Con is coming to town. The Tampa Convention Center will become the heart of the Nerdiverse Aug. 5-7 with big-name stars from TV and movies joining their fans to celebrate all we love about fantasy and science fiction. Get your tickets here . This year's chief headliner is Norman Reedus, the crossbow-slinging star of "The Walking Dead" on AMC. Reedus will join "Star Wars" franchise favorites Ian...
  • Infiltrator_Cranston as Mazur
    July 13, 2016
    The new film, " The Infiltrator ," tells the gripping story of Bob Mazur , a Tampa Bay-based federal agent who infiltrated Pablo Escobar's Medillin drug cartel and brought down one of the world's biggest banks for laundering millions in cocaine cash. Much of the story -- and much of the movie -- happened here in Tampa Bay. Now you can take your own tour of locations that played important roles in Mazur's take-down of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International. Some of...
  • SUMMER NIGHTS
    June 2, 2016
    Summer is here, and that means it's time to conquer Florida's Most exciting place for summer -- Tampa Bay. Here's how to do it. Scream on Cobra’s Curse Put your courage to the test with a ride on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest ride. Located in the park’s Egypt section, near Montu, Cobra’s Curse opens June 17. It lifts each eight-person car nearly 80 feet in the air before sending your group zipping along nearly a half-mile of track. The first third of...