Discover Downtown Tampa!
The Downtown Tampa area is comprised of several distinctive districts with different personalities. Steeped in history and with a business backbone, Downtown Tampa offers visitors and residents a variety of experiences, dining and shopping.
Radiating from the core is Downtown Tampa, the principal business center of the Tampa Bay area and Florida's West Coast. Downtown Tampa includes other charming areas with a flavor all their own. Historic Ybor City, known as the "Cigar Capital of the World," offers intriguing Latin influences and nightlife that is legendary. On the waterfront, the Channel District is an area of redevelopment, anchored by Sparkman Wharf and new condo and apartment residences. Hyde Park and South Howard offer a myriad of eateries and posh shops. All together, this is the area known as Downtown Tampa.
For an evening out, a fun-filled weekend, or a summer vacation, your plans start here. Enjoy urban Florida, spiced with a unique and mysterious history. Discover the attraction Downtown Tampa has with its full offerings of world-class art and culture, major league sports, great shopping and superb dining.
You can find everything easily through our comprehensive Business Directory and how to get there with our Interactive Maps. Whether you seek information about Museums & Galleries and the many Attractions & Points of Interest in the area, or are looking for Shopping, Restaurants or Hotels, you'll discover it all in the Downtown Tampa Guide & Map.
Tampa is an exciting, vibrant city with many attractions to discover. Spring is the perfect season for visitors and residents to enjoy all that our great city has to offer.
You will find a growing and active downtown, along with the Channelside and Ybor entertainment districts where there is plenty to see and do. Relax at outdoor cafes including Sparkman Wharf, walk along the Riverwalk, or bike down Bayshore Boulevard and you will experience a safe and pleasurable environment for all. Explore the newly renovated Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Water Works Park for amazing views along the Hillsborough River and opportunities to recreate in our beautiful weather. Along the Riverwalk you will find engaging activities and arts for all ages at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children's Museum, and the Tampa Bay History Center. You won't want to miss nearby Perry Harvey, Sr. Park recognizing Tampa's rich African American culture and history.
Springtime features some exciting and unique Tampa events including the Gasparilla Music Festival, Gasparilla International Film Festival, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Mayor's River O'Green Fest, St. Patrick's Parade, Festa Italiana, Taste of South Tampa, National Cuban Sandwich Festival, Tampa Pride Parade & Festival, and Tampa Bay Int'l Dragon Boat Festival. This is also the time of year that everyone cheers on the Tampa Bay Lightning as they once again chase the Stanley Cup championship. Tampa is proud to host the NCAA Women's Final Four for the third time, with this year's games featuring many activities for fans to participate in.
As the nation's 53rd largest city, Tampa offers a unique, exciting experience for all. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, this guide will offer a comprehensive listing of things to do and see throughout the area. I hope you take advantage of all our great city has to offer.