22 Attendees: 20 Trasat, 2 Visit Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay, Florida | Sunday, October 21, 2018
Kevin Wiatrowski: 813-395-4043
Sharon Smith: 416-999-9537
Marie-Eve Archambault: 514-755-9456
Treasure awaits in Tampa Bay! With first-class hotels, distinct heritage, authentic culture, thrilling attractions, delicious cuisine and premier shopping, there is no better place to discover Florida’s riches. The award-winning Tampa International Airport, located just seven miles from downtown, as well as a first-rate cruise port, makes it easy for you to conquer Tampa Bay with ease. Home to a vibrant waterfront district, culturally engaging venues and museums, and countless activities that offer unique experiences for you and your crew, Tampa Bay is just waiting for your takeover. Explore a fascinating region sizzling with adventure.
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** Itinerary Subject to Change **
Sunday, October 21st TRANSAT FAM
4:00pm Pick up at Busch Gardens & city touring
Busch Gardens Tampa has been a part of Tampa Bay’s landscape since the 1950s. Today it combines an African wildlife preserve and breeding program and a theme park filled with pulse-pounding roller coasters. Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest addition is Cobra’s Curse, a family spin coaster. Other rides include Falcon’s Fury, at 335 feet (102 meters) the tallest drop-tower in North America, and Cheetah Hunt, which sends riders bobbing and weaving like a savannah cat along nearly a mile of track (1.3 km).
City Touring to include:
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
1101 W. Sligh Avenue
ZooTampa at Lowry Park is the nation’s only non-profit hospital and rehabilitation center for injured West Indian manatees. Since 1991, the zoo has treated hundreds of manatees and released many of them back into the wild. The zoo has 2,000 animals housed in natural exhibits including an Australia-themed water park with rides for small children; an Asian-themed section with animals from Indochina and Indonesia; and an African-themed area where visitors can come face-to-face with hungry giraffes armed only with lettuce leaves. The new “Roaring Springs” water ride introduces visitors to Florida’s unique environment with a 30-foot soaking plunge!
Raymond James & Steinbrenner Field
4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607
The home field of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium hosts important events all year round, including major concerts, monster truck shows, college football’s Outback Bowl, and – in 2021 – SuperBowl LV!
Tampa International Airport
4100 George J. Bean Parkway
Tampa Bay’s primary airport for domestic and international flights routinely received rave reviews from travelers as one of the best in the U.S. and the world. TIA’s TSA staff ranks as the quickest and most efficient in the country with an average wait time of 11.4 minutes. The airport is undergoing at $1 billion expansion that will add 50,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, a new rental car facility and an automated people mover to connect it with the main terminal. Construction should be finished in 2017.
International Mall & Westshore Plaza
2223 N. Westshore Boulevard
Tampa Bay’s top shopping destination is packed with luxury and high-fashion brands, including Tiffany’s, Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton.
4:45pm Drop at Armature Works
1910 North Ola Avenue
Housed in a carefully restored former trolley barn, Heights Public Market brings together more than a dozen local restaurants in a carefully curated waterfront food hall. Get your favorite and take it to go for al fresco dining by the sparkling Hillsborough River. After, rent a paddleboard or hop the Pirate Water Taxi for a trip into downtown. Armature Works is a key component of the rebirth of Tampa Heights, the historic neighborhood that surrounds it.
5:10pm Take Pirate Water Taxi for water tour
333 South Franklin Street
Downtown’s bright yellow water taxis ferry visitors to destinations all along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel, providing a fun way to explore Tampa Bay from the water. A day pass lets visitors hop on and off as they wish.
6:10pm Pick up from History Center & depart for Ybor City
City Touring includes:
615 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
Tampa Bay’s newest entertainment complex combines waterfront fun with an exciting food hall-style dining experience supplied by the region’s top chefs. The best of Tampa Bay’s craft beer culture is on tap at Fermented Reality, the complex’s biergarten. Floating docks make Sparkman Wharf accessible by boat. Huge video screens make it the perfect gathering spot to watch Tampa Bay’s major league teams play their away games.
401 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
Amalie Arena, home to the Tampa Bay Lightning, consistently ranks among the very best venues in the United States. It boasts unique features like lightning-throwing Tesla coils and an 11,000 square-foot Bud Light Party Deck with incredible views of the city.
The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Swim with the sharks – if you dare. The Florida Aquarium helps visitors discover the intricate nature of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems. Visitors follow the water from inland springs and swamps downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, visitors encounter 20,000 aquatic plants and animals, including four sharks in its enormous coral reef exhibit. For an extra price, visitors can swim or dive with the fishes and see the aquatic world up close. The aquarium also offers dolphin-spotting expeditions into Tampa Bay aboard the Bay Spirit II several times a day.
Port Tampa Bay
1101 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
Florida’s largest port includes three cruise terminals and hosts four cruise lines – Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Holland America -- during its peak season. The TECO Historic Streetcar has two stops near the cruise terminals and offers an easy way to reach both downtown and historic Ybor City. The nearby Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa Bay History Center and The Florida Aquarium, are all located steps from the cruise terminals.
7th Ave of Ybor City
Seventh Avenue (La Sétima) at night
Even as it becomes a popular spot for office work and lunch, Ybor City remains the heart of Tampa Bay’s night life. After sunset, Seventh Avenue – running through the middle of the historic Latin Quarter – comes to life with restaurant-goers, sight-seers and party-hoppers. The street is an eclectic mix of restaurants, retail shops, dance clubs and cigar stores.
6:30pm Drop at Columbia Restaurant
2025 E. Seventh Avenue
Florida’s oldest restaurant fills an entire block in the heart by Ybor City, Tampa Bay’s historic Latin Quarter. Since 1905, the Gonzmart family has operated the restaurant, expanding it over the years from a bar and sandwich shop to more than 1,700 seats. Six nights a week, the restaurant features Flamenco dancing.