If you would like more information about visiting Tampa Bay, the representatives at the Visit Tampa Bay Visitors Information Center would be glad to help. Located in Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa, the Visitors Information Center provides brochures, directions, reservation assistance, and information about the Tampa Bay area to visitors.


Q: Is it Tampa or Tampa Bay?

A: The city is Tampa. The region is known as Tampa Bay.

Q: What is the population of Tampa? What is the population of Tampa Bay?

A: There are approximately 346,037 residents in the city of Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay region is composed of roughly 2.9 million residents, making it the second largest metropolitan area, statistically, in the state of Florida.

Q: How far is downtown Tampa from Tampa International Airport?

A: Tampa International Airport (TIA) is less than 10 miles and approximately a 20 minute drive from downtown Tampa. Visit our Getting Around section to arrange for travel to and from the airport.

Q: Where is the Visit Tampa Bay Visitors Center located?

A: The Visitors Center is located in Channelside Bay Plaza next to The Florida Aquarium and Tampa Port Authority's Cruise Terminal 2. The address is:

615 Channelside Drive | Suite 101 A
Tampa, FL 33602

Q: What festivals and events are in Tampa?

A: Tampa is host to a wide variety of arts, music and cultural festivals, as well as major sporting events such as NFL Super Bowls. For the latest event information, please view our events calendar.

Q: What is there to do with children in Tampa?

A: Tampa Bay is a very family friendly destination offering many options for families to play in the Bay, including the Glazer Children's Museum, The Florida Aquarium and more! View our Family Fun options.

Q: What are some of the best beaches?

The Tampa Bay area is home to some of the nation's top beaches. Fort DeSoto Park was named No. 1 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2005 and America's Top Beach by TripAdvisor in 2008.


Q: How many hotel rooms are in Tampa?

A: Tampa has over 22,000 hotel rooms offering guests a variety of brands, price points and locations.

Q: How many square feet is the Tampa Convention Center?

A: 600,000 square feet.

Q: Why should I work with Visit Tampa Bay?

A: Visit Tampa Bay is the area's convention and visitors bureau and official destination marketing organization. We assist meeting professionals with planning and implementing conventions, meetings and events - at no cost to your organization. Visit Tampa Bay team members are destination experts and can provide you with knowledgeable information on the area.