Sure as the turning of the seasons (as in Hockey Season, Football Season and Baseball Season), Spring Training starts February 23. Whether you're rooting for the hometown Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees or another Grapefruit League team, get your scorecards ready for another six more weeks in the sun and find special Spring Training hotel packages for your stay.
Between games, get out and discover the great things Tampa Bay has in store for you.
Have a Cigar
The humble stogie turned Tampa Bay from a tiny town into a thriving, diverse community. On Seventh Avenue in historic Ybor City, skilled rollers still make Cuban-style cigars by hand for your enjoyment. Savor one with a classic café on leche at a sidewalk table and indulge in some people-watching along La Sétima. Closer to the park, Davidoff of Geneva offers cigar lovers an luxury experience at its West Shore store -- the company's largest worldwide.
Crack a Craft Brew
As Florida's undisputed hub for craft brewing, Tampa Bay has dozens of breweries and hundreds of beers to explore. Whether you like your beers light and bright or dark as night, you'll find the right one to tickle your taste buds. Some breweries include on-site restaurants. You can even take a curated tour of Tampa Bay's best breweries and hottest foodie spots. Go behind the scenes at Cigar City Brewing or Yuengling Brewery (the oldest in the U.S.) to see how things come together.
Roam the Riverwalk
Running through the heart of downtown, the Tampa Riverwalk links the most popular hotels, restaurants, parks, and attractions like gems on a string. Walk, jog, bike or stroll the waterfront promenade from Ulele and Water Works Park in the north to The Florida Aquarium in the south. Along the way, keep an eye out for manatees, dolphins and other wildlife that call the bay's sparkling waters home.
Wander on the Water
In the heart of downtown, you'll find plenty of ways to get out on the water and see Tampa Bay from a new angle. Hop aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for trips along the Hillsborough River. Set sail with your crew aboard a Tampa Bay e-boat, water bikes or paddleboards. Go scouting for dolphins on board The Florida Aquarium's Bay Spirit II or with Captain Larry Sulkin aboard his Tampa Water Taxi.
Make it Steak - or Seafood
Leave the popcorn at the ballpark -- Tampa Bay has amazing restaurants. Visit local landmark Bern's Steak House, and pair a dry-aged steak with a sample of the world's largest private wine collection. Settle in for authentic Spanish paella and Flamenco dancing at Ybor City's Columbia, Florida's oldest restaurant. Sample simple Southern fare, go contemporary American or dive into luscious seafood.