You don’t need a reason to come to Tampa Bay. We have beautiful beaches, aquariums, theme parks, and miles of outdoors to explore. But, as 100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die will show you, there’s plenty more to do in Tampa than the obvious. How about stepping into the dark night of Ybor City, discovering the streets and spaces where stories of early immigrants unfold on a walking ghost tour? Get a drink and an ocean view at a hotel that looks like a giant pink birthday cake at the Lowes Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach. Watch the 1940s sponge diving video while taking in Greek culture and some kooky kitsch at Spongeorama in Tarpon Springs. Or travel to the top of the silver onion-shaped minarets at the hotel a railroad baron built at the Plant Museum. One hundred ideas for digging into Tampa Bay await, with insider tips and themed itineraries for those who are ready to do it all.
When freelance journalist Kristen Hare learned her family was moving to Tampa Bay, the midwestern girl decided they’d live like resident tourists. This means busy weekends for her husband, 6-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, but so far, no one has complained.