Getaway: Explore Tampa Bay

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Our sister city, Tampa Bay, is an easy two-hour drive away and is packed full with delightful diversions perfect for fun weekend together.

Earlier this year, the city launched a brand-new program designed to give out-of-towners the key to the city… sort of. The Tampa Bay CityPASS includes tickets to all of the area’s best attractions, including:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • The Florida Aquarium
  • Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Choice between St. Petersburg’s Chihuly Collection or Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Ticket booklets are $119 for adults, $99 for children, age 3-9. Passes, which can be purchased online at CityPASS.com or at any of the CityPASS partner attractions listed above, are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

Visitors who use all of the booklet’s tickets will save more than $70 on combined admission to the included attractions… that’s 38% off combined admission to the attractions listed above.

grand hyatt tampa
The heated outdoor pool at Grand Hyatt Tampa is warm all year round.

Where to Stay
In order to take full advantage of all the tickets, you’ll want to spend a night, maybe two, in Tampa. Here are some suggestions:

Grand Hyatt Tampa
Three fantastic onsite restaurants, an outdoor pool and a gorgeous contemporary veneer make this bay front hotel with lovely water views an ideal spot for a weekend escape.

Epicurean Hotel
Located in Tampa’s trendy South Howard (SoHo) district, this foodie-focused boutique hotel features a culinary décor, rooftop bar, French patisserie, luxurious spa, and state-of-the-art culinary classroom where cooking classes, wine tastings and mixology seminars are held continuously throughout the month.

Aloft Downtown Tampa
This trendy downtown hotel is located steps from museums, parks, restaurants and nightlife.

Where to Eat

The awesome 1905 Salad is prepared table side at Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Ybor City.
The awesome 1905 Salad is prepared table side at Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Ybor City.

Columbia
The oldest restaurant in Florida, this legendary Spanish/Cuban restaurant is known for its tapas, dinner shows and tableside sangria.

Bern’s Steakhouse
Expect a haughty aesthetic and a whopping bill at this world famous steakhouse, where fine cuts of meat, a novel-esque dessert list and one of the world’s largest private wine collections keeps people coming back again and again.

The Refinery
This multiple James Beard nominated restaurant is known for its locally sourced, southern/internationally influenced menu and huge selection of craft beers.

Other Things to Do
See a Tampa Bay Lightening, Buccaneers or Rays game

Visit the Tasting Room at Cigar City Brewing

Travel along the TECO Line Streetcar system from downtown to Ybor City

Go on a bike tour with City Bike Tampa

For more ideas and suggestions, go to Visit Tampa Bay.

aquarium rays
Feed the rays at The Florida Aquarium, located in downtown Tampa
aquarium touch tank
Touch tanks at The Florida Aquarium
lowry park zoo giraffe
Lowry Park Zoo, named the best zoo in the country, is an awesome place to spend a sunny day.
Busch Gardens Tampa is a 335-acre 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florid
Ride roller coasters, feed kangaroos, and take behind-the-scenes tours at Busch Gardens Tampa, a 335-acre African-themed park in Tampa.

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