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2018 EDITION

Make 2018 the year you discover Florida’s Most diverse destination with fantastic food, superb shopping & amazing adventures for the entire family.

    Sparkman Wharf Aerial renderCredit: Tampa Bay Times

    Sparkman Wharf opening in October

    Sparkman Wharf opens in October as the newest space for outdoor recreation, dining and entertainment on the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay. A large lawn, outdoor stage, and a huge LED screen will make the area entertainment center all day long. Ten restaurants, led by the new Gallito taqueria, will give visitors their choice of the region’s most popular chefs and dining options. Fermented Reality, an open-air biergarten, builds on Tampa Bay's reputation as Florida's hub for craft brewing. Thirty taps will flow with local crafts as well as wine, iced tea and natural sodas. Sparkman Wharf will also give provide easy access to the water for boaters and kayakers.

    Yayoi Kusama at Tampa Museum of Art

    Yayoi Kusama at Tampa Museum of Art

    World-renowned contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama invites her audience to stroll through her imagination as part of her projects known as infinity rooms. Kusama’s unique vision will be on display for the first time in Florida when her “Love is Calling” infinity room goes on exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art starting September 28 as part of the museum’s “Season of Love” series. Kusama’s work will be on display for five months.

    Amarture Works

    Treat your taste buds to Tampa Bay flavors

    New in 2018, food halls bring a dynamic vibe to historic Tampa Heights. Sample mouth-watering fare at Hall on Franklin or Armature Works, both iconic buildings reborn as stylish, modern eateries. Tampa Bay’s has earned a reputation as a foodie favorite. In Seminole Heights, local landmark, The Refinery, has a new home and expanded menu. 

    Downtown’s waterfront dining growing with new in 2018 seafood-focused Blue Harbour. Our favorite eateries imbue their menus with local flavor are UleleOxford Exchange, and the Columbia, Florida’s oldest restaurant.

    Rez Grill

    The Rez Grill

    The Rez Grill is an exciting new culinary destination at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. With a chef-driven menu and down-to-earth vibe, this upscale but accessible American grill epitomizes fine dining done casually. A thoughtful curated menu offers diners a wide variety of elevated comfort food favorites ranging from a selection of items straight from the kitchen's Jade wood burning grill to hand-made pastas. Equal dedication is shown to the beverage program founded on craft cocktails and a 100-bottle wine list as well as four micro-breweries on tap, three of which are local to Tampa.

    Ciros? Cocktail

    Florida’s top spot for a craft beer, whiskey or specialty cocktail

    In Florida’s hub for craft brewing, great drinks are part of life like sunshine and hand-rolled cigars. Find your favorite at nationally known Cigar City Brewing Co., Coppertail, or Angry Chair. Or let Brew Bus do the driving on a beer-tasting tour across the region.  New in 2018, Rock Brothers Brewing blends beer and music in Ybor City.

    Discover Tampa Bay’s cocktail culture by sampling iconic spots like Hotel BarFranklin Manor, and Ciro’s Speakeasy (be sure to call ahead for the password). New in 2018, a joint project by Hyde Park’s Irish 31 and Florida Cane Distillery have produced Florida’s first craft whiskey derived from Florida-grown sugar cane. Mingle with the locals in the intimate confines of Ybor City’s Cigar City Cider & Mead where the menu of small-batch specialties changes regularly.

    Tampa Bay History Center Treasure Seekers

    It’s a pirate’s life for us!

    Discover Tampa Bay’s link to piracy and the high seas at the Tampa Bay History Center’s new in 2018 permanent exhibit highlighting the lives and times of privateers, conquistadors, and treasure seekers in Florida. Explore a replica pirate ship and learn about life below decks in the 18th Century. The museum’s new in 2018 cartographic center will be the first of its kind in the Southeast U.S. 

    Dress the part of a scurvy scalawag each January, when legendary pirate José Gaspar sails into Tampa Bay with cannons blazing. Join Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla for the country’s third-largest parade down scenic Bayshore Boulevard. The invasion kicks off Gasparilla Season: 8 weeks of parades, festivals, and sports events.  

    Tampa International Airport

    International air links growing

    New in 2018, Norwegian Air joins Icelandair as Tampa Bay’s newest non-stop links to cities across Europe. Norwegian begins flying October 31 from London Gatwick. Icelandair flies via its hub at Keflavik International (KEF). Additional international non-stops include: British Airways (daily) from London Gatwick, Lufthansa (5 times a week) from Frankfurt, and Edelweiss (twice a week) from Zurich put Tampa Bay within easy reach of Europe. Air Canada, WestJet, and new in 2018 Swoop, make regular non-stop flights to Tampa Bay. Panama-based Copa Airlines has expanded its service to Tampa Bay to seven days a week. Award-winning Tampa International Airport (TPA)’s $2 billion expansion opens new options for shopping and dining. An outdoor dining terrace, new U.S. Customs technology and a new rental car hub and tram system make it easy to start your visit. TPA ranks among the most affordable airports in the country.

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