Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Sports & Outdoor Recreation
  • waterbikes_w1024
    March 2, 2015
    The final major segment of the Tampa Riverwalk will open to traffic at the end of this month. It will be the newest piece of Tampa Bay's embrace of the Hillsborough River, which flows through the middle of town and and meets the sea beneath the city's downtown skyscrapers. For nearly two centuries, the river was a working river -- with docks and industry right on the water's edge. Standing a few blocks inland, it was easy to forget the river was even there. But all that has...
  • waterbike
    February 24, 2015
    Plenty of people paddle their way around Tampa Bay's sparkling waterfront. Now they can do it by pedal. Tampa Water Bike Co. , the newest addition to Tampa Bay's growing waterfront, is featured today in 83 Degrees , our local online magazine. Owners Dan and Amanda Fleischbein rent water bikes -- pontoon-mounted bikes with a pedal-powered propeller -- and biyaks -- kayaks riders pedal rather than paddle. The company works from the public docks outside the Tampa Convention Center and...
  • 8k_start_2014
    February 18, 2015
    If you're one of those folks who were planning to register late for this weekend's Gasparilla Distance Classic , time is running out. About 1,000 spaces remain for Saturday's 5K run, walk and stroller roll that starts at the corner of Franklin and Brorein streets near the Tampa Convention Center. Go here to register while there's still time . Be warned: you'll be joined by 14,000 of your closest friends, so wear your steel-toes running shoes. Tampa Bay's premier...
  • meerkat_01
    February 9, 2015
    It's #MeerkatMonday at Busch Gardens Tampa . The Tampa Bay theme park and zoo has added the Meerkat Cam to AnimalVision , the collection of cameras Busch Gardens and its sister park, SeaWorld, have trained on the animals in their care. The video feeds are available online 24 hours a day. Together, the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks care for one of the largest zoological collections of animals in North America: more than 86,000 animals. Viewers can watch penguins swim at show-off speeds,...
  • tma1
    February 6, 2015
    Happy Birthday, TMA! (11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday) The Tampa Museum of Art turns 5 on Friday, and we're all invited to the party! Come tour the museum overlooking Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Hillsborough River. While you're checking out the museum's own collection, make a mental note to come back in March for the Normal Rockwell traveling show. The party starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. There'll be kids' art activities, live music and tours of the collection. You can also...
  • busch_gardens_tampa_baby_gorilla_2014_01_w1024
    January 21, 2015
    Busch Gardens Tampa is asking fans of its Facebook page to help name its newest addition -- a male gorilla baby born Dec. 16. You can pick from several options: Birungi ("bringer of good things"), Bem ("peace") and Enzi ("power"). So far, Enzi has been picking up the most votes. Get to the Busch Gardens Tampa 's Facebook page by Jan. 26 to make your vote count. The baby lowland gorillas was born to Pele, a resident of the park's Myombe Reserve habitat....
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    January 12, 2015
    It's a boy! Busch Gardens Tampa has welcomed a new baby gorilla into its fold. The healthy baby lowland gorilla was born Dec. 16. He's the first child for Pele, who lives in Busch Gardens Tampa's Myombe Reserve habitat . Park officials believe his father is Bolingo. This is Busch Gardens Tampa's second successful gorilla birth and the first since 2005. It brings the number of gorillas living in the 3-acre rainforest environment to six. Mama Pele came to Busch Gardens Tampa in...
  • streamsong_clubhouse_ah_49_w1024
    January 12, 2015
    Tampa Bay is home to some of Florida's best golf courses. Just ask Golf Digest. The golf magazine put six Tampa Bay area courses at or near the top of its new ranking of Florida's 75 best public courses . Topping the list are two courses at the two-year-old Streamsong Resort about an hour east of Tampa. Streamsong's Red Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, comes in No. 1 on the Golf Digest ranking. Coore describes the setting of Streamsong Red as "some of the most...
  • bikeshare1_w1024
    January 9, 2015
    Tampa Bay's bike-share program, Coast Bike Share , got off to a strong start in its first six weeks of operations. Coast's program director, Eric Trull, said today his group signed up more than 1,100 members between mid-November and this week. The company's sky-blue bikes have traveled, collectively, 6,278 miles -- the distance from Tampa to San Francisco and back. The bulk of that pedaling has been around downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Davis Islands, Hyde Park and Bayshore Boulevard....
  • gwazi__w1024
    January 9, 2015
    Wooden roller coaster fans: Listen up! Busch Gardens Tampa 's Gwazi dueling coaster will make its final roar Feb. 1. Catch a ride before Gwazi roars no more with the help of Tampa Bay CityPASS . Park officials announced this month they'll retire their wooden coaster, which has rattled riders since Custome Coasters International built it in the late 1990s. It's not clear at the moment what will take its place. “No decisions have been made about what lies ahead for Gwazi or...