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What's New In Tampa Bay

2022 EDITION

Make 2022 the year you discover Florida’s Most diverse destination with fantastic food, superb shopping & amazing adventures for the entire family.

 

Tampa International Airport

Sit Back and Prepare for Takeoff

Your gateway to Tampa Bay is Tampa International Airport (TPA), which is regularly included among the best airports in the country. Travel + Leisure ranked TPA in the top 5 for its World’s Best Awards and J.D. Power named TPA the #2 airport in North America for passenger satisfaction.

The NEW Eurowings Discover brings leisure flights from Frankfurt to TPA started in December 2021. Starting in March 2022, flights begin to Tampa Bay from Zurich on Edelweiss Airlines. Air Canada starts flights from Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, and Ottawa in the months to come and British Airways returned to Tampa in November 2021.

JW Marriott

Thousands of New Rooms to Choose

With over 2,500 NEW rooms added in the last year, the Tampa Bay hotel market is booming. Opening in early 2022 is the destination’s first five-star hotel, The Tampa EDITION, with luxury amenities and fine dining. Phase one of the multibillion-dollar Water Street Tampa development is completed with the opening of the NEW JW Marriott Tampa Water Street. The iconic foodie-focused Epicurean Hotel  began an expansion in November 2021 that will add 43 guestrooms, 8 suites, private lobby, new meeting rooms and a 4th floor terrace space.

Dual-branded properties have made their debut with the NEW Hyatt Place/Hyatt House opening in the heart of downtown and the NEW Aloft/Element Midtown, which brings a distinct flair and an exciting rooftop experience. The recent $700 million expansion to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brings 500+ NEW guestrooms and suites.

Raymond James Stadium (Bucs)Photo By Carmen Mandato/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Welcome to the City of Champions

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took home the Lombardi Trophy in the historic Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay became known as “Champa Bay!” The Bucs are the first team to ever host, play, and win a Super Bowl.

The celebration continued when the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) won the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup. The Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) also won the 2020 American League Championship and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) captured back-to-back USL Eastern Conference Titles in 2020 and 2021.

Tampa Riverwalk

Like Gems on a String

The Tampa Riverwalk links together downtown Tampa’s top attractions along a 2.6-mile waterfront walkway bookended by two food halls. On one end, Sparkman Wharf, a new-age waterfront food hall with refurbished shipping containers as unique eateries, houses The Battery, a NEW bourbon-and-wine dining experience. Rent a Coast Bike Share bicycle and journey to the Tampa Riverwalk’s other end where Heights Public Market at Armature Works houses several delicious dining choices and some of the best skyline views.

Watch the sunset from Ulele or admire the 360-degree views at the reimagined Sail Plaza, just steps away from the waterfront Tampa Convention Center. Go for a local classic like the Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center or something fresh like the NEW Driftlight restaurant located inside the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street.

Columbia Restaurant - Credit Amy PezzicaraColumbia Restaurant - Credit Amy Pezzicara

Culinary Discoveries Await

In Tampa Bay, the cuisine is just as unique and rich as our culture. In historic Seminole Heights, taste the flavors of Korean fried chicken at the NEW Gangchu and get a peek into the past at the NEW Pickford’s Counter. Bay Street at International Plaza opens its latest installment, the NEW Alma.

Pay a visit to the oldest restaurant in Florida, The Columbia Restaurant, for traditional Spanish cuisine or an authentic Cuban Sandwich. Just steps away is the NEW Casa Santo Stefano, an ode to the Sicilian influence in Ybor City with an incredible rooftop bar, Santo’s Drinkeria, overlooking the historic Latin Quarter.

Located in the NEW Hotel Haya is their flagship restaurant, Flor Fina, where Latin influence meets coastal cuisine. Tampa’s latest development, Midtown Tampa, is home to the NEW Sal Y Mar rooftop restaurant, a NEW Bella Brava location and other NEW dining options opening in the months to come. 

Ybor History Museum Bakery

Old Meets New in Ybor City

Step into the past, sip on café con leche, and see how Ybor City put Tampa on the map by becoming the “Cigar Capital of the World.” Take a stroll down history lane at the NEW J.C. Newman Cigar Museum, America’s oldest family-owned cigar factory, and experience the historic art of cigar rolling. Take the Historic Ybor City Walking Tour to learn about the district’s incredible history. Check out the NEW Snap House and create Insta-worthy flicks to commemorate your trip.

The opening of the NEW boutique Hotel Haya sprouts new life in the Latin Quarter, bringing a retro and vibrant feel to this historic district. For a fun time in Ybor City, visit the NEW dueling piano bar, Showbar, or head over to the NEW Cerealhoic Café & Bar, where childhood memories come to life with over 30+ cereal-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Florida Aquarium

Family Adventures and Lasting Memories

In 2022, experience the NEW Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay – the tallest, steepest, and fastest hybrid rollercoaster in North America. Adventure Island Tampa Bay opens the world’s first dueling saucers in the NEW Rapids Racer and opens the refurbished Wahoo Remix with synchronized light and sound elements.

At The Florida Aquarium, see the animals native to Florida waters with a NEW modernized Florida Wetlands Trail exhibit, and hear how Atlantic coral has been reproduced for the first time ever in human care in an effort to save the world’s third largest coral reef.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park’s NEW Florida Wilds sanctuary for rescued wildlife is set to open in Spring 2022 along with the NEW Hamadryas Baboon Habitat and NEW Stingray Bay, an interactive exhibit in a state-of-the-art habitat.

Tampa Museum of Art

Arts, Culture, and Authentic History

From now through January 2022, the Tampa Museum of Art presents Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s, which draws from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation. Find a fragrance all your own when you visit The Candle Pour, in their newly expanded space located in South Tampa’s Hyde Park Village.

Learn about Tampa’s pirate past, its connection with baseball, and over 500 years of Cuban history at the Tampa Bay History Center, in the NEW Cuban Pathways exhibit opening in February 2022. Experience the NEW Tampa Baseball Museum in Al Lopez’s house in Ybor City and learn about Tampa Bay’s long-standing history in baseball.

 

 

Tampa Bay Pride Parade

Florida’s Most Diverse Destination

Take on the streets of GaYBOR with a host of LGTBTQ-friendly collective of businesses, and dive into the eclectic scene of Tampa Pride. Learn about the influence of African Americans in Tampa Bay from the NEW curator of Black History at the Tampa Bay History Center, Fred Hearns, or at the historic Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Go to Cuba without ever needing a passport and learn about the rich Tampa Cuban history at José Martí Park in Ybor City.

Hyde Park Village

Shop Till You Drop

Take in six city blocks of NEW high-end brands, like Nike, Madewell, and beautiful local boutiques at Hyde Park Village. A major expansion reimagines this popular outdoor shopping venue, located in a historic neighborhood and brimming with local vendors, street art, outdoor dining, and fresh markets.

Midtown Tampa now offers sophisticated shopping including Sephora and REI. At International Plaza, check out luxury shopping options, along with other popular stores like Apple, Nieman Marcus and 200+ other luxury brands.

Looking for a bargain? Tampa Premium Outlets are just north of downtown and offers luxury brands at affordable prices. And for the most Tampa Bay inspired products, the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in downtown offers a NEW selection of locally sourced items and souvenirs, including Visit Tampa Bay’s NEW coffee table book, Tampa Bay: A Photographic Journey Through Florida’s #1 Destination.

Gasparilla Pirate Ship at Sunset

It’s a Pirate’s Life in Tampa Bay!

The scurvy krewe loyal to legendary pirate José Gaspar will blow you away when they sail Florida’s only fully functional pirate ship into downtown with colors flying and cannons blazing. The Gasparilla Invasion kicks off a series of events and family fun known as Gasparilla Season.

Explore the Tampa Riverwalk from the water with the popular Pirate Water Taxi, and their fleet of yellow and black vessels, including the NEW 100 passenger Captain Jack II with indoor/outdoor seating. Plan your own pirate voyage when you climb aboard the NEW Lost Pearl pirate ship.

Fans of the arts will find a trove of unique works of art at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, and film buffs will flock to see up-and-coming filmmakers show off their projects at the Gasparilla Film Festival.

 

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