Monday - Thursday:
Friday and Saturday:
Tampa Bay Lightning Games:
Service is extended 30 minutes Monday - Thursday (when Lightning are in town) to accommodate the end of Tampa Bay Lightning games. One last trip will operate immediately following the end of the game.
Commuters and day-trippers can cruise between the downtowns of Tampa and St. Petersburg on a 55-foot, 147-passenger catamaran in under an hour. The ferry will run from the Tampa Convention Center in downtown Tampa to the yacht basin along Bay Shore Drive NE in St. Petersburg. Fare will be $10 for a one-way trip. Passengers will be able to book their tickets online well in advance, or purchase any available seats as walk-ups at either dock.
Check out more about the ferry on crossbayferry.com
The heart of the Tampa Riverwalk, Waterfront Park is the perfect starting point for a day-venture in downtown Tampa. The park begins with the Tampa Museum of Art, the Glazer Children's Museum, and a ton of the finest restaurants Tampa has to offer. Walk north to the dog park, Straz Center for Performing Arts, or Ulele. Head in the opposite direction and you'll get to the Tampa Convention Center and the TECO Streetcar. The streetcar will bring you to Channelside Plaza featuring The Florida Aquarium and Amalie Arena or stay on a little longer to get to the historic Ybor City. With all the amazing places along this route (and we didn't even get to all of them), you'll have no problem staying busy for the whole day.
Tampa's Downtown is happy to announce the transformation of Curtis Hixon Park into a Winter Village this holiday season.
Experience the sights and sounds of the holidays at this festival with seven pop-up shops, an ice rink and a cafe.
Ice Rink Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 4:00pm-9:00pm
School Holidays: 10:00am-10:00pm
Group skating packages are available at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Ice Rink. Contact Shaun Drinkard at email@example.com or call: (813) 221-3686
The Winter Village Shops feature seven boutiques from local makers and purveyors offering a gift idea for everyone on your list. This “pop-up” holiday shopping experience features decorative goods, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, dog accessories, and more! Thanks to the generous support of PODS, each Winter Village Shop is held in a PODS container in a market-style layout. These PODS allow visitors to shop at various boutiques during their visit, all while enjoying a beautiful view of the Hillsborough River.
November 18th, 2016 – December 24th, 2016
Every first Thursday of the month, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park hosts a free concert for all ages. The concert series starts at 6:30 p.m. and they encourage you to bring your dogs. The event is always a good time, so grab your picnic kit (or grab some food from downtown) and hop on over to listen to some local Tampa talent.
The Manatee Viewing Center is located at 6990 Dickman Road in Apollo Beach. The Manatee Viewing Center is open to the public from November 1 through April 15 each year. During that time, the center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wildlife observation tower and habitat trails close at 4 p.m. daily. (Note: the center is closed Thanksgiving, at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Easter.) There is no charge for admission and parking is free.
Chef Inspired Popcorn Company is a gourmet popcorn shop located in the heart of South Tampa. They offer over 50+ delicious flavors, blends and unique mixes of popcorn. Chef Inspired is a fun, family friendly popcorn shop. They are a proud to be Gluten Free and Peanut Free and some fun Vegan flavors as well.
So, as it turns out, our Convention Center area offers much more than just a massive meeting space. We've got a waterfront and dog-friendly bar called the Sail Pavilion. There's a very active dock featuring water bikes (you sit and pedal on the water!), paddle boarding, kayaking, a Pirate Water Taxi, and various other water-worthy adventures. Did we mention this is all connected to our amazing Riverwalk? That means that you are within walking distance of some of Tampa's best attractions and eateries.