Attention Chicago Blackhawks fans! Tampa Bay is ready for you -- and we don't mean just the Lightning. We've got plenty to keep you busy in between games of this year's Stanley Cup finas at Amalie Arena. Here's a sampling:
Get yourself a CityPASS
Tampa Bay is the only destination in Florida where you can get visit five of our most popular attractions for the price of a single ticket. For $99 per adult, $84 per child 3 to 9, CityPASS lets like a falcon at Busch Gardens Tampa, dive with the sharks at The Florida Aquarium and come face to face with a manatee at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, named the best zoo in the United States by Parents magazine. You can also ride the Zipline at our Museum of Science and Industry or visit Clearwater Marine Aquarium -- home of Winter the dolphin -- or the Chihuly Collection of blown-glass art in St. Petersburg. CityPASS is good for nine days and saves you 49% on the cost of all those tickets combined.
Between the sky and the sea
Get out and about on the newly finished Tampa Riverwalk, which hugs the waterfront for 2.5 miles (4 km) and links downtown’s most popular destinations like gems on a string. On the Riverwalk, visitors rent paddleboards, kayaks and water bikes to view Tampa Bay’s skyline from the sparkling bay. Rent a two-wheeled transit from Coast Bike Share to make to explore Bayshore Boulevard, which runs for 4.5 miles (7.25 km) along the water, giving you a front-row seat to watch pelicans dive for dinner and dolphin fins break the water’s surface. Bayshore will also take you to Hyde Park's restaurants and SoHo's nightlife. If Ybor City's more your taste, you can ride the new Selmon Greenway from downtown to Tampa Bay's historic Latin Quarter.
Tampa Bay: Florida’s hub of craft brewing
Florida’s first commercial brewery opened in Tampa Bay more than a century ago. Today, Tampa Bay is a hub for craft brewing. More than a dozen small brewers – companies with names like Angry Chair and Coppertail – produce award-winning, drafts that draw on local tastes and history. Cigar City Brewing Co., named one of the best craft brewers in the world by RateBeer.com, infuses beer with Cuban espresso, among other ingredients, giving it an authentic Florida flavor. Cigar City Brewing, which was rated by USAToday as the region’s best brewery has now taken craft brewing in a new direction by making cider and mead at its Ybor City brewery. Tampa Bay is also home to a branch of Yuengling Beer Co., the country's oldest brewer. Catch a free tour of their bottling plant near Busch Gardens Tampa.
Tee one up at TopGolf Tampa
Come out swinging at Tampa Bay’s newest golf destination. Just east of downtown, in suburban Brandon, TopGolf Tampa's three decks of driving range bays provide more than 100 bays to drive for the distance. Each bay can hold up to six players. Each ball has an embedded ID chip to help you track your drive. Once you’re done in the tee box, step inside for drinks, meals and even a friendly round of pool. Or go up to the rooftop terrace for drinks, games or time around the fire pit after the sun has gone down.
More than a century of Cuban culture
Get a taste of authentic Tampa Bay when you ride the historic TECO Streetcar to Ybor City, Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter. Ybor City made Tampa Bay the Cigar Capital of the World for more than 50 years. Descendants of Cuban, Spanish, Italian, and German immigrants still make cigars by hand and smoke them while drinking café con leche before heading to a concert or dance club. The 110-year-old Columbia Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in Florida and an Ybor City icon, serving traditional Cuban and Spanish food, including paella while Flamenco dancers perform. Hop the streetcar for $5 a day for your trip from downtown to Ybor City.