Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Tampa Bay Gems
  • Memory Makers George Guito
    April 10, 2017
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you. George Guito General Manager Columbia Restaurant As George Guito tells it, the Columbia Restaurant "saved my...
  • Manatee Lowry Park
    January 19, 2017
    Now's the perfect time to get in touch with Tampa Bay's cuddliest aquatic mammal, the West Indian Manatee. The hefty herbivores spend most of the spring and summer lounging about offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. But sure as the changing of the seasons, as soon as the days get shorter and the water temperatures begin to drop into the 70s -- (that's cold for Florida) -- the manatees make tracks upstream to springs and power plant outfalls where they'll stay toasty for the...
  • Tampa Bay Top Ten Moments of 2016
    December 28, 2016
    2016 was a wild ride -- wilder for some than for others. Here in Tampa Bay, it was a year of big changes and fulfilled promises. We're already looking forward to 2017, which should be even bigger and better. Cross Bay Ferry For the first time in their history, Tampa Bay's two downtowns are connected by a water route. The Cross Bay Ferry began operating in November on a seasonal basis connecting downtown Tamp and St. Petersburg with a 40-minute cruise across the bay. The ferry service...
  • ZipCar logo
    April 27, 2016
    With the snip of a ribbon, ZipCar recently joined the mix of Tampa Bay's fun and funky transportation options. At the same event, Tampa's Downtown Partnership unveiled its new free electric shuttle service that will be an on-call way to move point-to-point throughout downtown. Each six-seat shuttle comes with a driver. The rides will be available starting in July. ZipCar Tampa joins Coast Bike Share as a convenient, pay-and-you go option for moving around downtown's fast-paced...
  • Tampa International Airport
    April 20, 2016
    Our friends at Tampa International Airport reported last week that they served 1.97 million flyers in March alone, a new record that breaks the old one set back in 2008. It has been a busy time for TIA. Last Friday marked the 45th anniversary of the current terminal, which included the world's first automated airport people mover (which is still going strong). That people-mover will get a new addition next year when the airport's $1 billion expansion wraps up and SkyConnect , begins...
  • Tampa International Airport
    December 16, 2015
    Add another feather to the cap of Tampa International Airport. Travelers tell surveyor J.D. Power and Associates that TIA's combination of easy navigation, quick security and awesome dining choices put it among the best airports in the country. TIA ranked close behind PDX -- Portland International in Oregon -- which claimed the top spot on the list. That result is consistent with reviews this year by Travel + Leisure and the Airports Council International's Airport Service Quality...
  • Ciro's Speakeasy
    August 24, 2015
    It begins with a knock. A small, rectangular window slides open and a pair of eyes study you. A voice whispers: “What’s the password?” The correct reply elicits entrance into a dark room without a window in sight. The eyes adjust, and a vision of the roaring 20’s appears -- the intimacy of being in a private club; the mixologist in a bow tie pouring an Old Fashioned; the sounds of smoky jazz emanating throughout the restaurant. You are now one of a select few allowed...
  • Riverwalk
    August 14, 2015
    Larry Elliston and our friends at VISIT FLORIDA give downtown's Tampa Riverwalk the star treatment . Have you spent time on the Riverwalk? What are you waiting for? Rent a bike from Coast Bike Share or bring your own , or pedal your way up the Hillsborough River on a Tampa Bay Water Bike . It's a great place for a morning jog, a post-lunch walk or a sunset stroll. Take a break at the Sail Pavilion , where you can pump up your tires, have a quick snack or just watch the people go by....