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2022 Edition

NEW IN TAMPA BAY

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

 

Phase one of the multibillion-dollar Water Street Tampa development concluded in 2021 with the opening of the JW Marriott
Phase one of the multibillion-dollar Water Street Tampa development concluded in 2021 with the opening of the JW Marriott
JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

RELAX BOLDLY

With over 2,500 rooms added in the last year and thousands more on the horizon, the Tampa Bay hotel market is experiencing an incredible boom. Opening in 2022, will be the destination’s first five-star hotel. Ian Schrager’s Tampa EDITION will feature luxury amenities and multiple dining concepts under the guidance of award-winning chef, John Fraser. Phase one of the multibillion-dollar Water Street Tampa development concluded in 2021 with the opening of the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, which brought a higher level of luxury to the Convention District.

In Hyde Park, the iconic foodie-focused Epicurean Hotel began an expansion in 2021 that will add even more guestrooms, 8 suites, and a 4th-floor terrace space to the boutique South Tampa property. And in East Tampa, a recent $700 million expansion to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brought 500+ guestrooms and suites to the country’s 4th largest casino.

Dual-branded properties have made their mark in Tampa Bay with the Hyatt Place/Hyatt House opening in the heart of downtown and the Aloft/Element Midtown, which brings a distinct flair and an exciting rooftop experience. In the Channel District, a dual-branded Hampton Inn/Home 2 Suites opened just steps from Port Tampa Bay, making it an ideal option for pre- or post-cruise stays.

Rooster and the Till
Rooster and the Till
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Noble Rice
Noble Rice
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DINE EFFORTLESSLY

In Tampa Bay, the cuisine is just as unique and rich as our culture. In the historic Seminole Heights neighborhood, indulge in Korean fried chicken at Gangchu or turn back the clocks at Pickford’s Counter. Joining the lineup of restaurants on Bay Street at International Plaza, Alma is where Latin and Spanish cuisines collide.

Located in South Tampa, visit the most celebrated steak house in the entire country, Bern’s Steakhouse. Take a trip to historic Ybor City to dine at the oldest restaurant in Florida, The Columbia Restaurant, serving traditional Spanish cuisine and authentic Cuban sandwiches. Step off historic 7th Avenue and step into Flor Fina, the flagship restaurant of the Hotel Haya, where Latin influence meets coastal cuisine. Explore more of Tampa Bay’s Latin Quarter and discover a diverse array of dining options like the Ybor Barterhouse.

Over in one of Tampa Bay’s latest developments, Midtown Tampa, you can find Sal Y Mar rooftop restaurant, Bella Brava’s second location, and a health-driven True Food Kitchen to go with several other dining options opening in the months to come.

Tampa Bay has earned inclusion in the first-ever Michelin Guide to Florida, only the fifth U.S. destination to welcome the world’s oldest restaurant rating system and its prestigious stars.  Come and enjoy some of Tampa Bay’s favorite restaurants like Oak & Ola, Rocca, Rooster and the Till, Èlevage, Cena, Ichicoro Ramen, Koya and many more!

Walking the Riverwalk

ADVENTURE UNFORGETTABLY

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 where refurbished shipping containers house over a dozen of unique eateries and full-service restaurants like The Battery, a bourbon-and-charcuterie focused dining experience. Rent a Coast Bike Share bicycle and journey to the Tampa Riverwalk’s north end where the Heights Public Market at Armature Works houses several delicious dining choices inside of a historic trolly barn.

Visit 8 unique attractions with 1 easy mobile ticket, including the Tampa Museum of Art and S.S. American Victory Ship with the Riverwalk Attraction Pass.

Watch the sunset at Ulele or go for the 360-degree views at the reimagined Sail Plaza, located just steps from the waterfront Tampa Convention Center. Find local flavors at the Columbia Café inside of the Tampa Bay History Center or discover something fresh like Noble Rice, a celebrated Japanese restaurant now open in the modern Water Street neighborhood.

Experience Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Opened in March 2022, the highly anticipated Iron Gwazi is the tallest, steepest, and fastest hybrid rollercoaster in all of North America!
Experience Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Opened in March 2022, the highly anticipated Iron Gwazi is the tallest, steepest, and fastest hybrid rollercoaster in all of North America!
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At ZooTampa, meet the stars of the National Geographic show, Secrets of the Zoo, now streaming on Disney + and National Geographic
At ZooTampa, meet the stars of the National Geographic show, Secrets of the Zoo, now streaming on Disney + and National Geographic
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EXPLORE WILDLY

Experience Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Opened in March 2022, the highly anticipated Iron Gwazi is the tallest, steepest, and fastest hybrid rollercoaster in all of North America! Cool off at Adventure Island Tampa Bay while riding Rapids Racer, the world’s first dueling saucers, or check out the newly refurbished Wahoo Remix with synchronized light and sound elements.

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

At ZooTampa, meet the stars of the National Geographic show, Secrets of the Zoo, now streaming on Disney + and National Geographic! Guests can also see the Florida Wilds sanctuary for rescued animals firsthand while visiting. Now open, don’t forget to check out the Hamadryas Baboon Habitat and the Stingray Bay interactive exhibit located in a state-of-the-art habitat.

 

Cigar roller

CULTURAL GETAWAYS

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.” Visit the newly opened J.C. Newman Cigar Factory and Museum, America’s oldest family-owned cigar factory, and experience the historic art of cigar rolling. Take the Official Ybor City Walking Tour to learn about the neighborhood’s incredible history. Check out the Snap House, with dozens of unique backdrops, it’s the perfect place to create Insta-worthy photos to commemorate your trip.

The Casa Santo Stefano restaurant, an ode to the Sicilian influence in Ybor City, brought more new life to the historic district along with an incredible rooftop drinkeria.

For a fun time in Ybor City, visit the popular bars and nightclubs that line the historic 7th Avenue, check out the dueling piano bar, Showbar, or head over to Zydeco Brew Werks for a NOLA-inspired experience in the heart of Ybor City.

The Treasure Seekers exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center

EXPLORE HISTORICALLY

From classic to contemporary, the Tampa Museum of Art puts you face-to-face with some of the most unique art exhibits in the Southeastern United States. In 2020, The museum celebrated its 100th anniversary, and in 2021, it was announced the museum would undergo a massive $68 million expansion. At the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, visitors can experience the Suzanne Camp Crosby: The Art of Life exhibition, on display now through September 2022.

Art in Tampa Bay

Take in a Broadway experience at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory.

Dive into Tampa Bay’s pirate past, cigar history, and over 500 years of Cuban culture with the Cuban Pathways exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.

 

Tampa International Airport

FLY HAPPILY

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

With weekly non-stop service from 88 different destinations, it’s never been easier to visit the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Take a trip to Tampa Bay from anywhere in the U.S. with direct domestic flights on all major airlines, including 40+ non-stop flights on Southwest Airlines. And the low-cost carrier, Breeze Airways, brings another 10 direct routes to Tampa Bay from destinations across the country.

Direct international flights are back with Eurowings Discover offering service from Frankfurt, Edelweiss Airlines from Zurich, and a daily non-stop route from London with service from British Airways that connects Tampa Bay and Europe. And with direct flights from Toronto and Montreal, Air Canada connects Canada’s two largest cities to Tampa Bay.

Local Neighborhood Markets Return

STROLL BRILLIANTLY

Take in six city blocks of high-end brands, like Nike, and Lululemon, along with beautiful local boutiques at Hyde Park Village. A major expansion reimagined this popular outdoor shopping area. Located in a historic neighborhood, Hyde Park Village features local vendors, public art, outdoor dining, and a weekly fresh market. Don’t forget to walk over to the Candle Pour, the area’s first custom candle-making experience.

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, Saint Laurent, Nieman Marcus, and 200+ other luxury brands.

Looking for a bargain? The Tampa Premium Outlets are just north of downtown and offer luxury brands at an affordable price. And for the most Tampa Bay-inspired products, the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center located downtown offers a selection of locally sourced and Tampa Bay-inspired items, including Visit Tampa Bay’s hardback book, Tampa Bay: A Photographic Journey Through Florida’s #1 Destination.

Tampa Bay Lightning

CHAMPA BAY

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

The championships continued in 2020 and 2021 with The Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) winning the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons. The Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL) also captured back-to-back USL Eastern Conference Titles in 2020 and 2021. The Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) won the 2020 American League Championship followed by a franchise-record 100 wins in 2021. Learn about Tampa Bay’s long-standing connection with baseball with a visit to the Tampa Baseball Museum, located inside Al Lopez’s childhood home in Ybor City.

 

Jose Gasparilla Pirate Ship out on the bay

INVASIONS WELCOME

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 takes place every January and kicks off a series of events and family fun known as Gasparilla Season.

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. Tampa Bay’s largest celebration of live music takes place annually with the Gasparilla Music Festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

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

Tampa Pride Parade along 7th Ave in Ybor City
Tampa Pride Parade along 7th Ave in Ybor City
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Tampa Caribbean Carnival parade takes place in Perry Harvey Sr. Park
Tampa Caribbean Carnival parade takes place in Perry Harvey Sr. Park
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RELAX PROUDLY

Take on the streets of GaYBOR and explore LGTBTQ-friendly businesses, and dive into the eclectic scene of Tampa Pride, one of the fastest-growing Pride celebrations in the nation. Learn about historic Central Avenue and the influence of African Americans in Tampa Bay from the curator of Black History at the Tampa Bay History Center, Fred Hearns, or at the historic Perry Harvey Sr. Park. Visit Cuba without ever needing a passport and learn about Tampa Bay’s deep connection with the Cuban people at José Martí Park in Ybor City. And for travelers who may require special needs, some of the destination’s top attractions, not just the parks and museums, offer accessible, sensory-friendly, and completely step-free options.

 

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