Collected by Susan B. Barnes
The Tampa Bay area is a vibrant, diverse, wide-spread urban and rural part of Florida that offers a bit of everything – history, culture, outdoor activities, an emerging dining scene, hopping nightlife and more. There’s a lot to discover – get out there!
2529 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33713, USA
The Grand Central District in downtown St. Petersburg won’t leave you wanting for much, but may just pull on your purse strings a bit. Antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, a bookshop and a record store dot the tree-lined avenue. And when it’s...
1623 W Snow Cir, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
Tucked away between sprawling homes on tree-lined streets, the quiet residential neighborhood of Hyde Park Village is one of Tampa’s best retail spots. The sidewalk cafes, boutiques and specialty shops mingle with national store names to give the...
609 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
It may seem oxymoronic, but healthy fast food is the name of the game at Evos. There’s no more guilt when stopping for fries when they are organic, air-baked, and environmentally sound. The fact that it's a chain should not dissuade you from...
1202 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Nestled outside downtown Tampa sits Fly Bar & Restaurant—but don’t let the quiet neighborhood fool you. This urban bar is the ultimate in cool. With a rooftop deck that affords sunset views over the city, it's the perfect place to sip one of their...
197059.0000, Tampa, FL 33605, USA
Named for the 19th century Cuban freedom fighter, poet, and orator José Martí, this park has belonged to the Republic of Cuba since 1956. It may be small, but the tiny 0.14-acre park on the outskirts of Ybor City is significant in stature. The...
208 E Cass St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Get on your (rented) bike and ride through the streets of Tampa with City Bike. Guides wind riders through the downtown area, into historic Ybor City, and over to the tree-lined Hyde Park neighborhood, all the while regaling the group with...
400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
For the perfect day-trip from Tampa Bay, visit St. Pete Clearwater. Just 30 minutes from the more lively Tampa Bay lies 35 miles of soft, sugar-white sand. The Gulf of Mexico beaches offer activities for everyone—lying about, reading a book,...
101 1st Street Southeast, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday morning throughout the year, a wonderful market takes over a parking lot right in downtown St. Petersburg's pretty marina district. Locals and visitors descend in droves to listen to live bands while browsing...
Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL, USA
Running south from downtown Tampa, Bayshore Boulevard is the world’s longest continuous stretch of sidewalk, making it the perfect place for running, walking, biking, rollerblading, skipping—whatever your heart desires. Need a distraction from the...
803 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
Duckweed Urban Market, a little shop in downtown Tampa, is serving up fresh juices with unique flavors—and the combinations may just surprise you. The juice menu changes daily but sample features include Mint Dream (pear, apples, cucumber, lime...
901 W Platt St, Tampa, FL 33606, USA
Farm-to-table restaurants are quickly becoming the most sought-after dining experience and a local favorite in South Tampa is Boca. Working with local farmers, Boca’s menu features tried and true favorites, as well as rotating features depending...
7 Rockaway St, Clearwater, FL 33767, USA
It’s not easy to find beachfront dining in the Tampa area, but you can nearly put your feet in the sand at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill on Clearwater Beach. The most popular item on the menu is the grouper sandwich; made fresh from the Gulf of Mexico...
5910 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604, USA
The menu at The Refinery in Tampa’s historic Seminole Heights neighborhood changes weekly and always features the freshest available ingredients. Whether produce, fish, meat, or cheese, nothing served in-house is made out of house (unless it’s a...
110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602, USA
If you have a kids or are just a kid at heart, you’ll have fun at the Glazer Children’s Museum in downtown Tampa. More than 170 exhibits called “interactivities” are found throughout two levels of multiple-themed areas and encourage learning...
1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA
Fans of the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí need not travel to Spain's Costa Brava to explore an exceptional display of his work. St. Petersburg’s Dalí Museum houses the private collection of Reynolds and Eleanor Morse, the...
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