Tampa for Nature Lovers: Eureka Springs National Park
Immerse yourself in nature and hangout at Eureka Springs National Park. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Tampa and is the perfect place for some fresh air, animal watching, camping and kayaking. This park allows for an afternoon of solace and serenity. It includes manicured gardens and a greenhouse with orchids and rare tropical plants. Boardwalks are provided for those who want to look at nature but not particularly embrace it. So if you’re in the mood for an afternoon stroll through the gardens, or a paddle down the river, Eureka Springs is the place to visit.
6400 Eureka Springs Rd.
Tampa, FL 33610
Fee: $2 per vehicle (for up to 8 people in a vehicle)
Combine your present with Tampa’s past at the Tampa Theatre
Located right around the corner from some of Tampa’s best restaurants the Tampa Theatre is a perfect place for an after dinner show or an afternoon tour. When you step into the theatre it feels like you’ve entered a time warp to the 1920s. With amazing details on the walls and ceilings, it will feel like the show has started before you have even taken your seat in the red velvet chairs. Make sure to arrive early so you have a chance to explore the unique features that make this theatre a must-see in Tampa. Impress your next date or change up your usual routine with your friends and explore an irreplaceable piece of Tampa Bay.
711 N Franklin Streetd
Tampa, FL 33602
Explore Culture and Art through the Tempus Projects
The Tempus Projects is the perfect place for new and established art lovers to explore various exhibitions and events. It provides an outlet for local, national and international artists to bring their visions to Tampa Bay. Its goal is to engage the community through the visual arts. Opening this Saturday is Suns. Moons. Stars. Dreams. and is free to the public. The work is done by artist Kalup Linzy and includes a collection of collages, videos and photography. His work has been shown at various locations in New York, but this event will include new works that he created while at the Tempus Projects Artist Residency Program. Come explore an artist’s atmosphere without having to leave Tampa.
Opening reception: May 21, 2016, 7 to 10pm
Free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.
4636 N. Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
Good brews and Good music: Coppertail Brewing Co.
Venture over to Ybor for a home-brewed beer from the Coppertail Brewing Co. All of their beer is brewed and bottled in Tampa, so you know you’re getting an authentic experience. They produce four core beers year round and specialty beers throughout the year. Brewery tours are available at certain times for only $7 and include a beer to enjoy during the tour and a pint glass to take home. The brewing and tasting room are located in the Ybor neighborhood and right around the corner from some of the best restaurants in Ybor. So stop by and grab a beer on your way into the city for a genuine Tampa Bay brew.
2601 East 2nd Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33605
Go wall-to-wall around Tampa
Visit these picturesque murals all around Tampa painted by local artists. These can provide a perfect back drop for your next picture and expose you to businesses around Tampa. Go out and explore!
Along North Florida Avenue artists SubAp! have created a design to incorporate Seminole Height’s iconic signs and logos to create a beautiful mural on the north facing wall of Fodder & Shine. Go in and enjoy a drink and cuisine based on old school Florida Culture, and while you wait wander outside and check out the mural.
Location: 5910 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL, 33602
Adamo Drive Mural Project
Designed and produced by Michael Parker along with local community college volunteers, this mural has three different themes and is focused on the legacy of Ybor City and Tampa as a whole. The mural is right along the Selmon Expressway and a great greeting into the city.
Location: E Adamo Drive and N 17th Street, Tampa, FL
Bern’s Steak House
Facing Howard Avenue there is a massive mural on Bern’s Steak House. Los Angeles artist Tristan Eaton covered the wall with a painting of Bern’s history, founder and some employees. True to Bern’s, he included the iron work in the restaurant and wine bottles. Now you can enjoy Bern’s without even having to go in.
Location: 1208 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
Artist Chico Garcia has created a mural along E Seventh Ave. that includes the minarets that are staples to the University of Tampa campus, Vicente Martinez Ybor, a street car, among many more items that are special to Tampa Bay. Right down the road is The Blind Tiger Café, so grab a cup of coffee and wander outside to explore the mural for yourself.
Location: 1909 E SEVENTH AVE.
If you wanted to send a postcard to your friends and family while visiting Tampa, but you just didn’t get around to buying one then stop by the mural on N Florida Avenue for a life size postcard. Inside the letters of Tampa are paintings of items unique to the city. It is a great photo opportunity for your visit and is right across from Fly Bar, an urban bar and restaurant. Mark off two items on your to-do list by seeing an amazing mural and visiting a vibrant local restaurant.
Location: 1102 N FLORIDA AVE.
William F. Poe Parking Garage
Muralists Tes One and Bask have transformed the William F. Poe Parking garage. Centered around some of Tampa’s most notable buildings such as Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Riverwalk, John F. Germany Library, Tampa Riverwalk and Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the garage is a great starting point for a walk around Tampa.
Location: 800 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Ballast Point Park
If you’re looking for the perfect spot to see spectacular views of the Tampa skyline, then this is the place to go. The park includes activities for everyone including a boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic shelters, gazebo, a playground and water park. There is even a restaurant, Taste of Boston, that features New England style waterfront seafood dining. The views alone are worth the trip to the park. The pier was recently restored and renovations included a new playground, splash pad and walkways. It’s the perfect place to end a long day of touring and watch the sunset over the skyline.
5314 Interbay Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33611
Enjoy an exclusive night at Ciro’s Speakeasy and Supper Club
Visitors 21 and up can enjoy this one-of-a-kind spot in Tampa and be sure to remember it for years to come. Serving some of the finest cocktails in Tampa true to the prohibition era, this speakeasy club is not your typical bar. With a specific list of house rules that enhance your experience and other patrons, you’ll feel like you have traveled back in time for the night. You must call to find out the password for the day, making the experience seem like you are entering a true speakeasy. Once inside, low lights and candles with lead you to sit at the bar or to a private booth to enjoy their unique drinks and cuisine. Slip away from the present for a night and enjoy a true hidden gem in Tampa Bay.
2109 Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606