We welcome you to Tampa! Tampa has a military history as Fort Brooke was established there in the 19th century. Tampa is also one of the top three populous cities in Florida.
Columbia – Known as a Tampa institution, Columbia is one of Tampa’s oldest restaurants since it’s establishment in 1905. The menu is full of authentic Spanish/Cuban food native to the region. This flagship restaurant hosts Flamenco shows in their main dining room every night save for Sundays. Enjoy the full Tampa experience by enjoying a meal here.
Oak & Ola -This European bistro inspired spot overlooks the Hillsborough River while having a lovely selection of dishes, including a selection of seasonal dishes. They boast a cocktail menu where each drink is inspired and named after a famous woman in the world! If you’re looking for an impressive restaurant experience, reserve a table at Oak & Ola.
Cena – Need some comfort food? Cena is a beloved Italian spot in Tampa, known for it’s risottos and cozy environment. Take a load off and head to the Channelside district of Tampa to enjoy classic and modern dishes in this tucked away restaurant.
Hillsborough River State Park – Need to get a breath of fresh air? A jaunt away from Tampa proper is a lovely state park for all your outdoor needs. Come to Hillsborough River State Park and enjoy their hiking trails and versatile amenities from 8am to sundown.
Lettuce Lake Regional Park – If you like to birdwatch, the observation platform at Lettuce Lake Regional Park is the best place in Tampa. For a boardwalk through the lake grounds and hiking trails, head over to this park.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park – Right alongside the Tampa Riverwalk, you can find this park in downtown Tampa. This park is located near a variety of local museums and has sculptures in the greenspace itself! Enjoy the 2.4 mile long walkway at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to get your nature fix without leaving the city itself.
Things to Do
The Florida Aquarium – Head to the Florida Aquarium to check out the local underwater life. This aquarium has hosted the first Ocean Decade Exhibition which is an art showcases that focuses on raising awareness on the importance of ocean conservation.
Tampa Scavenger Hunt: Ybor City – If you want to immerse yourself in all Tampa has to offer, this two hour adventure will take you all over Ybor City. With 7 stops and 1.08 miles, this modern day scavenger hunt will keep you and your group on your toes!
Armature Works Heights Public Market – For foodies and architecture fans alike, this 1910 building has so much to offer. The market has a variety of retail shops, eateries, and workshops. Enjoy a little bit of everything here at Armature Works!
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – If you love photography, stopping FMoPA is a must! This museum is located in historic Kress Building in Ybor City and is a local artistic hub. Get inspired by beautiful photographs and stop by on your visit to Tampa.
Tampa Museum of Art – Enjoy classic and modern art at Tampa’s Museum of Art. Enjoy exhibitions like Jennifer Steinkemp: Madam Curie which is a multi channel video installation or Skyway 2024: A Contemporary Collaboration a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts – Need to be entertained? The Straz Center always has something new being preformed at their theater. Make sure to book your tickets in advance and be transported into fiction!