The hip, urban heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast beats in Tampa Bay. With rollercoasters, animal encounters, amazing food, and Cuban culture, Tampa Bay puts the full Florida experience into a single package. Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa Bay boasts a young, multicultural, and creative population that makes it Florida’s Most dynamic destination where life is lived in the sunshine. The 2.6-mile Tampa Riverwalk links hotels, restaurants, parks and cultural venues like gems on a string. A full roster of professional sports means there’s always a game. Exciting young chefs, great spaces and craft brewers have turned Tampa Bay in a foodie’s dream and Florida’s hub for craft beer.
In 2021, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, visitors will test their mettle against steel thrillers like the new Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest, fastest, and steepest hybrid coaster. Families make a splash aboard Roaring Springs, a water ride at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, or slip into the deep blue of a Caribbean reef at The Florida Aquarium.
The historic heart of Tampa Bay lies among the brick streets and iron balconies of Ybor City, built in the 1880s by Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants drawn to the booming cigar industry. Cuban masters still roll cigars by hand in boutique shops along Seventh Avenue as they have since 1885. Classic Cuban and Spanish specialties are on the menu at the Columbia, Florida’s oldest restaurant.
A wide range of new hotel developments include a new J.W. Marriott Tampa Water Street and historic Hotel Haya in Ybor City. Major events in early 2021 include Super Bowl LV but there is always something happening in Tampa Bay. Treasure awaits. www.visittampabay.com