RELAX BOLDLY IN TAMPA BAY
With a dazzling waterfront, award-winning dining, celebrated attractions and year-round sunshine, Tampa Bay has a million ways to play, and you can enjoy it all with an easy, relaxed vibe that’s as bright and welcoming as the weather. This perfect combination of relaxation and exhilaration is something we like to call The Tampa Bay Effect.
Your experience begins with landing at J.D. Power’s top-ranked airport, Tampa International Airport (TPA), which offers world-class service from a variety of international carriers. No matter how you fly into TPA, you’ll be centrally located and just a short drive from dazzling, waterfront downtown Tampa Bay and celebrated attractions throughout the city.
THE TAMPA RIVERWALK
In downtown Tampa Bay, the Tampa Riverwalk connects celebrated attractions, award-winning restaurants, thriving nightspots and more — all along one scenic, waterfront pedestrian pathway. Walk, bike, or even paddle your way to meet exotic sea life at The Florida Aquarium. This sprawling facility features thousands of specimens from Florida and beyond. Pet stingrays and explore the facility’s efforts to preserve three key types of sea life — sea turtles, sharks and coral — as well as endangered animals, such as lemurs. You can also catch a touring Broadway show, stand-up comedy, or musical act at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Then, go for a hands-on learning adventure at the Glazer Children’s Museum, or catch a Tampa Bay Lightning game at Amalie Arena. Best of all, these are just a few of the many attractions that are only steps away on the Tampa Riverwalk.
RECORD-BREAKING THRILL RIDES
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is your chance to fly high on an array of coasters. The wood and steel marvel Iron Gwazi features a 91-degree drop among many thrilling moments. Cobra’s Curse gives little thrill-seekers big excitement as Florida’s first family spin coaster. And the Serengeti Flyer is a massive swinging ride that races up to 68 mph and soars up to 135 feet while creating several negative-g-force moments — and giving you a sprawling view of the park below.
The prestigious MICHELIN Guide to Florida recognized Tampa Bay restaurants with its coveted MICHELIN Star status. On the list are the elegant Italian favorite, Rocca, the Japanese cuisine innovator, Koya, and the Mediterranean master, Lilac, located in the city’s first five-star hotel, The Tampa EDITION. Another must-try spot on the restaurant roster is Rooster & the Till, with its ever-changing New American small-plate menu that’s designed for all to enjoy — no matter how sophisticated their palates. Plus, Tampa Bay offers two hip, Instagram-worthy food halls within strolling distance of each other. The first, Heights Public Market at Armature Works, offers everything from empanadas to fresh seafood and sushi with views of boats passing by. And Sparkman Wharf food hall is a waterfront, open-air dining, and entertainment destination.
STYLISH WAYS TO STAY
Tampa Bay’s roster of hotel choices is just as unique and colorful as the city itself. The JW Marriott Tampa Water Street boasts sprawling views of downtown Tampa Bay, a rooftop
Pool, and an acclaimed steakhouse. And the refined luxury of The Tampa EDITION, Tampa Bay’s first five-star hotel, is the ideal choice for stepping up your experience. The Tampa EDITION features 172 rooms and suites, a rooftop bar, food and beverage spots spearheaded by a MICHELIN Guide ranked chef, a spa, and more. For a unique boutique hotel, stay at Hotel Haya, which is just minutes from downtown on the free streetcar. With midcentury Cuban flair, Hotel Haya features wraparound balconies, stunning artwork, and innovative menus, all in historic Ybor City.