Tampa Bay History Center ProjectOk, so if you live in Tampa, then I’m sure you’ve heard the hype about the Tampa Bay History Center, which is being built just steps from the St. Pete Times Forum.  And if you aren’t from Tampa, then let me tell you…on top of highlighting the some of the most spectacular moments in Tampa Bay history, this place is going to ROCK!  (Or at least be on the top of the list of Things To Do In Tampa Bay.) 

It’s going to be 4 stories and more than 60,000 square feet of head-turning, eye widening “ah-hah” moments for anyone who walked through the doors.  The new center is scheduled to be completed in December of this year, but a few of us at Tampa Bay & Company had the opportunity to take a hard-hat tour through the new location.  Once we got used to the banging, drilling, sawing and overall construction noises that you wouldn’t expect to hear on a calm, sunny August afternoon, we were in awe at how far they have come in less than a year of construction. 

Not only will the new center have meeting space for small to medium-sized groups, but it will have interactive activities for kids (and even adults if you so choose to participate), a small theater, and tons of rich, Tampa history that will amaze anyone!  And we can’t forget the Columbia Restaurant…that’s right, I said the Columbia!  They are going to open a small version of the Ybor City wonder that we all love, right inside the Center. 

After taking the tour, which I thoroughly recommend you to, I can tell you that this place encompasses everything any visitor could want or need.  From a meetings and convention venue or as an attraction, to hosting small events or just taking tours of Tampa Bay without walking outside, this place has everything. 

Come December of this year, you’ll want to make your plans to stop by this one-of-a-kind History Center, and make sure you bring your appetite, because the Columbia is going to be GREAT!  I could talk all day, but take a look at their website, www.TampaBayHistoryCenter.org, to get the full scoop, or you can even find more info at www.VisitTampaBay.com

Take a look and let me know what you think.  Or, if you have another place you’d like to hear about, drop a line and let me know.