Tampa Bay Travel Guide

Things to do in Tampa and St. Petersburg

Tampa Florida skyline at nightThe area around Tampa Bay Florida offers a great vacation for the sports fan, foodie, craft beer enthusiast as well as for the cocktail and wine lover alike. Many restaurants near the beaches feature fresh local seafood while restaurants in downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa have eclectic food menus paired with extensive beer, wine, and cocktail lists. Tampa Bay also has over 35 breweries and countless local beer bars featuring Florida brews.

Tampa has Buccaneers Football in the fall, Lightning Hockey in the winter, Rays Baseball in the summer as well as spring training baseball with six MLB teams within an hour drive of Tampa including the Phillies, Tigers, Pirates, Blue Jays, Orioles and the New York Yankees who play right in Tampa.
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Tampa Bay Tickets

Mark the Ticket Guy in front of Raymond James Stadium home of the Tampa Bay BuccaneersTampa Bay is home to 4 major sporting events including MLB Rays baseball, NHL Lightning hockey, MLS Rowdies Soccer, NFL Buccaneers football as well as six major spring training baseball facilities.

There is a variety of venues  for attending your favorite concert or theater event including Amalie Arena, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, and USF Sun Dome in Tampa along with the State, Mahaffey, & Palladium theaters in downtown St. Pete.

Tampa Bay Tickets
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Tampa Bay Hotels

Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown TampaDepending on what sporting event or concert you plan on attending, there are three areas to consider when choosing a Tampa Bay hotel: downtown Tampa, near Tampa Airport (TPA) or downtown St. Pete.

For a Tampa Bay Lightning or Buccaneers game, get a hotel room near downtown Tampa or Tampa Airport respectively. For Tampa Bay Rays baseball, staying in downtown St. Petersburg is the only way to go and I recommend an extra night or two to check out this culturally flourishing area.

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Tampa Bay Transportation

TECO Station at Dick Greco Plaza in Tampa

Greater Tampa is served by 2 public transit systems HART in Tampa and  PSTA in St. Petersburg. The TECO Line Streetcar System and Taxis are the best transportation options in downtown Tampa. The Central Avenue Trolley (CAT) and Uber are the best options in downtown St. Petersburg. The best ways to get to and from the airports are SuperShuttle and ExecuCar.

Tampa Transportation

St Pete Transportation

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Tampa Photo Gallery

St Pete Photo Gallery

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Tampa Bay Dining & Drinking

Tampa Bay Travel Guide featuring fried chicken and a beer at Urban Comfort Brewery in St. PetersburgTampa Bay offers fresh local seafood along the Gulf coast and pre-game sports bars and pubs in downtown Tampa. Take the trolley up to Ybor City for a renaissance of cigar bars, beer bars and breweries along with a wine bar or two.

Finally, downtown St. Petersburg tops my list with an array of craft cocktail bars, craft beer bars and breweries. According to a couple bartenders I spoke with in “the burg,” the 33701 zip code offers the highest concentration of food & drink than any other in Florida.

Tampa Bars & Restaurants

St. Pete Bars & Restaurants

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Tampa Bay Museums

The facade of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg FloridaAs a student of Art History, I was surprised to discover that the museums of Tampa Bay have as much if not more to offer than many other major U.S. cities.

Downtown St. Petersburg features world renowned collections of works by Salvador Dali and Dale Chihuly as well as a comprehensive survey of Art History at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). When in downtown Tampa, check out the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMOPA), the Florida Aquarium,  or the outdoor light installation, “Sky” at Tampa Museum of Art.

Tampa Museums

St Pete Museums

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Tampa Bay Blog

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