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What's New In Tampa Bay

2020 EDITION

Make 2020 the year you discover Florida’s Most diverse destination with fantastic food, superb shopping & amazing adventures for the entire family.

 

Wrestlemania

Are You Ready to RUMBLE?

The massive international sports spectacle comes to Tampa Bay when the stars of WWE enter the ring at Raymond James Stadium. Make a week of it with loads of fan activities along the Tampa Riverwalk and Amalie Arena in the run-up to the April 5 event. Tickets go on sale November 15.

Learn about Tampa Bay’s decades-long connection to professional wrestling with a NEW exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.

Tampa International Airport flight taking off

Growing Links to Europe, Latin America

Award-winning Tampa International Airport has daily non-stops from Canada, Europe, and Latin America.

Delta adds NEW non-stop seasonal flights from Amsterdam. Other European options: upgraded flights by British Airways (daily), Lufthansa from Frankfurt (6x/week), Norwegian Air from London Gatwick (3x/week), and Edelweiss from Zurich (1x/week). Copa flies daily via Panamá City.

With 22.1 million passengers a year, Tampa International Airport also boasts 252 daily flights with growing service from major West Coast cities, including NEW daily flights from Seattle on Alaska Airlines and Delta.

Spirit begins NEW flights from Nashville and Indianapolis. Southwest Airlines is adding NEW flights from Richmond, VA, and Cincinnati. Frontier opens NEW flights from San Juan, PR.

Canadian low-cost carrier Swoop begins flights from Winnipeg.

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay Tigris

Family Adventures to Make Memories

Following 2019’s Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch coaster, test your mettle in 2020 against the NEW Iron Gwazi, at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay -- the tallest, steepest, and fastest hybrid rollercoaster in North America. Hit the waves at Adventure Island water park’s NEW Solar Vortex ride. 

Get in touch with nature at The Florida Aquarium’s NEW Moon Bay experience featuring moon jellyfish.  Tiny tykes will love the NEW “Paw Patrol” exhibit at the Glazer Children’s Museum. At ZooTampa at Lowry Park, a NEW multi-million-dollar habitat has expanded the ability to treat injured or sick Florida manatees.

Save big with Tampa Bay CityPASS and ZooQuarium tickets.

Downtown Tampa Skyline

2,000 New Rooms and Counting

Tampa Bay’s hotel market is booming. The NEW Current Marriott Autograph Collection boutique is open on the West Shore District waterfront. The NEW Hotel Alba is Tampa Bay’s first Hilton Tapestry Collection property. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino features a NEW luxurious 500-room tower. Cruise-goers can bed down before they sail at the NEW Hampton Inn/Home2 Suites near Port Tampa Bay. Chicago’s Aparium group opens a NEW boutique in the heart of Ybor City in March. An amazing NEW JW Marriott Hotel & Resort opens in 2020 steps from Tampa Riverwalk & Amalie Arena.

On the Horizon: In 2021, look for a NEW 5-star Tampa EDITION as part of the booming Water Street project. A NEW dual-flagged Hyatt Place/Hyatt House in the downtown core. A NEW Aloft and Element as part of the $500 million Midtown Project. A NEW Home2 Suites and Cambria hotel near Tampa International Airport.

Hyde Park Village Yoga

The (Retail) Therapist Will See You Now

Find an extensive NEW collection of high-end brands and beautiful local boutiques at Hyde Park Village shopping plaza, including popular Bonobos boutique. A major makeover has brought new life to this popular shopping venue close to downtown.

Beautiful International Plaza offers NEW shopping options among its 200+ luxury brands, including Apple.

Visitors will also find NEW brands and bargains at WestShore Plaza and Tampa Premium Outlets.

The Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center brings exciting NEW Tampa Bay-themed keepsakes to downtown.

Raymond James Stadium

There’s Always A Game in Tampa Bay

April’s WrestleMania extravaganza is just part of the story in this sports-loving part of Florida! NEW in March, Tampa Bay hosts the first and second preliminary regional rounds of the NCAA Men’s Final Four college basketball tournament at Amalie Arena.

The NEW Tampa Bay Vipers XFL team, part of WWE founder Vince McMahon’s American Football League, launch their first season in 2020.

The New York Yankees begin the Spring Training in mid-February.

On the horizon: The biggest football game of all – Super Bowl LV – comes to Tampa Bay in February 2021!

 

Sparkman Wharf

So Many Mouth-watering Masterpieces

Tampa Bay offers an endless variety of dining options. At Armature Works, you can enjoy oysters at NEW waterfront Stone’s Throw, savor a century of history with a traditional Cuban sandwich, or sample vegetarian and vegan dishes with a Southern twist.

NEW Sparkman Wharf features a relaxed, food-truck feel along with Semolina, a NEW Italian eatery. NEW Forbici brings Italian flair to open-air shopping at fashionable Hyde Park Village.

Love your meal? Make it with the help of Tampa’s Table culinary journal.

115 years: Florida’s oldest restaurant, Ybor City’s famous Columbia Restaurant, marks a major milestone as a pillar of local dining with classic Spanish and Cuban dishes.

Tampa With A Twist Cocktail Book

Up on the Rooftop for Cocktails

Enjoy your drink with a view. NEW M.Bird at Armature Works offers carefully crafted cocktails with sweeping scenes of downtown’s glittering towers. NEW reimagined Edge Rooftop Bar at the stylish Epicurean Hotel and NEW Rox at the Current Hotel raise style to new heights. Tampa Bay’s highest rooftop bar will offer a view from 26 floors up at the NEW JW Marriott Hotel & Resort in late 2020.

Step into the 80s at NEW GenX Tavern, where the décor is as retro as the drinks (sloe gin fizz, anyone?). At Sparkman Wharf, NEW Fermented Reality biergarten offers an bold blend of beers perfect for Florida’s hub for craft brewing. 

NEW Tampa With a Twist cocktail guide brings together luscious libations crafted by local mixologists.

Tampa Riverwalk SIP

Like Jewels on a String

In its “Best Cities” survey, Resonance Consultancy praises the Tampa Riverwalk saying its “natural and built environment are both in synch.”

NEW Sparkman Wharf offers open-air dining and sweeping water views. A NEW expanded Pirate Water Taxi fleet adds fun ways to travel on the water. Anchor & Brine has NEW waterfront dining at redesigned Marriott Water Street. Try NEW Big Ray’s Fish Camp, Harpoon Harry’s and Sail Pavilion for delicious seafood.

Walk, bike or boat to the NEW Urban Kai Standup Paddleboarding spot to find your sea legs on the water. Afterward, grab a bite at Stone’s Throw, the NEW oyster bar at Armature Works, and sip a sundowner at Ulele as the lights of downtown twinkle to life.

A cruise ship parked at the terminal at Sparkman Wharf and Port Tampa Bay

Cruises Are Booming

Port Tampa Bay is booming with cruise options. NEW in 2020, ships with Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, and MSC will join Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Lines as they home-port in the hip, urban heart of Florida’s west coast for journeys to Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys.

Port Tampa Bay’s convenient location in downtown put Tampa Bay’s most popular hotels, restaurants, and activities in easy reach for a pre- or post-cruise excursion. NEW free service on TECO Historic Streetcar carries passengers to historic Ybor City or to their downtown hotel. The Pirate Water Taxi and Tampa Riverwalk make it easy to explore the waterfront.

Gasparilla Pirate Ship Invasion

It’s a Pirate’s Life in Tampa Bay!

The scurvy hordes loyal to legendary pirate José Gaspar will blow you down when they sail Florida’s only fully functional pirate ship into downtown with colors flying and cannons blazing at the end of January. The invasion kicks off nearly four months of festivals, parades, sporting events and family fun known as Gasparilla Season. Take your own pirate voyage when you visit the NEW Treasure Seekers exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center, home to the Southeast’s only center for the study of maps.

Join the crew to cheer for the NEW acts joining Gasparilla Music Festival and for NEW brews on tap during Tampa Bay Beer Week, both running jointly in March.

50 years: Art lovers will find the perfect work and celebrate history when they visit the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

Tampa Convention Center

Convention Center

An extensive $30 million reimagining of the waterfront Tampa Convention Center will create 18 NEW break-out rooms with views of the sparkling bay and easy access from the Tampa Riverwalk. Upgraded creature comforts include NEW remodeled bathrooms and NEW food offering, including local favorite Datz. Outside, the popular waterfront Sail Pavilion has undergone a major overhaul with NEW seating, covered dining areas and the addition of local Big Ray’s Fish Camp seafood shack – all built along the Tampa Riverwalk. NEW in 2020, JW Marriott Hotel & Resort adds 125,000 square feet of new meeting space to downtown’s convention mix.