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PARTY-GOERS AT THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART'S "PRIDE & PASSION" GALA. PHOTO: KIMBERLY DEFALCO
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The many facets of Florida’s most diverse destination.
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The top districts for eats, shops and fun — for everyone.
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Attractions abound along the Hillsborough River.
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THE BEAUTY OF A WORLD LIES IN THE DIVERSITY OF ITS PEOPLE.
rom its earliest days, Tampa has thrived on the diversity of its people. Cuban cigar rollers and African-American musicians helped lay the foundation for a modern metropolis that remains a magnet for fortune-seekers from across the country and around the world. Every newcomer adds their own unique flavor to the mix of local life. Visitors may even get to read about the city in their native tongue thanks to La Gaceta, the country’s only trilingual newspaper. Simply put, its multicultural charm is Tampa’s greatest treasure.
An essential ingredient in this melting pot? The city’s diverse LGBTQ community. Their energy and style helped foster the creative ferment of Ybor City, where fabulous celebrations like Guavaween and legendary night spots like Tracks brought together a cross-section of the city, from artists to politicians to entrepreneurs. In 2007, gay and gay-friendly businesses in the area formed the GaYbor District Coalition, which helped revive annual pride celebrations. The Tampa Pride Diversity Parade and Street Festival, as well as events like Pride on the
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River, have become major draws for tens of as inspiration when Ella Fitzgerald wrote thousands of LGBTQ attendees. her breakout single “A Tisket, A Tasket,” Ray And did you hear? The mayor of Charles penned his first song Tampa, former police chief Jane and the Twist took the country COME Castor, was elected in a landslide in by storm. Feel this energy in AS YOU ARE 2019 to become the first openly gay everything from nightlife and mayor of a major Southeastern city. AND YOU WILL local music to live theater and You’ll surely see her at Tampa Pride culinary masterpieces. NO DOUBT BE in May and the Tampa International Come as you are and you will Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in Ocno doubt be welcomed with WELCOMED tober, which has been showcasing open arms. Tampa’s blend of WITH OPEN LGBTQ-focused stories for more people and cultures is the founthan 30 years. dation of its success. “You will ARMS. The city’s diverse population gives feel special,” says Grace Yang Tampa an energy that is unlike any of the Asian Pacific American other in the world. The beat that reverberates Bar Association. “You will feel that attention from the streets and the water no doubt served and love.”
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Mayor Castor concurs. “One comment that I hear more than anything is how friendly this city is, and how accepting we are of everyone. I don’t know if you could boil a city’s reputation down to one sentence that would be better than that.” Tampa has a unique sense of community and, as Rev. Glenn Dames, Ph.D of the Allen Temple AME Church said, “Everyone seeks to make you family.” The city is big enough to have everything you could want, but small enough to make you feel important. “You get that feeling that ‘I’m at home.’”
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Discover 6 Tampa districts that capture the pulse of the city
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Tampa Museum of Art
ampa Bay’s urban core is vibrant, thriving and growing. Among the big-city buzz of rich cultural attractions and restaurants serving scrumptious fare is the natural beauty along the Tampa Riverwalk. Whether you’re grabbing an evening bite or looking for something fun to do with the kids, downtown Tampa has something to offer. And there’s no better way to catch a Florida sunset than with the city’s picturesque skyline as a backdrop.
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mature Works and Water Works Park, along the Hillsborough River, through the heart of downtown to the cruise port and Channel District. If a leisurely walk isn’t on your itinerary, catch a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi to stops along the Riverwalk. Culturally minded visitors can take in the amazing collection at the Tampa Museum of Art or catch a Broadway show or other live performances at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and Tampa Theatre.
WHAT’S NEW ? Head over to the izakaya-style Haiku Tampa for expertly handmade sushi, then grab some gooey, freshly made cookies for dessert at Bake’n Babes, and finish up the night sipping a cocktail at Six at the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street. Stay the night in David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
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the stylishly chic Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Tampa Downtown that’s just as vibrant as the city itself.
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The scenic Tampa Riverwalk continues to expand its features. It winds from Ar-
he Channel District skyline constantly changes as highrises fill with residents, shops and restaurants. This pedestrian-friendly microcosm of Tampa Bay has everything you need, from chic waterfront eateries—many with handy public boat docks—to popular family attractions and recreation areas. Water Street Tampa, a $3-billion development, will keep the Channel District buzzing for years to come.
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impressive bar and a food menu from two-time James Beard Awardwinning chef Art Smith. The Florida Aquarium offers family fun among the flora and fauna of Florida and beyond, including interactive-touch exhibits and other encounters. Take a look at 12,000 years of achievement at the Tampa Bay History Center, and enjoy the fare of the landmark Columbia Restaurant at the adjoining Columbia Café.
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Sparkman Wharf offers an eclectic mix of amazing outdoor dining and drink options—including the award-winning JOTORO and Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters housed in a hip shipping container.
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he SoHo/Hyde Park district is a colorful neighborhood full of charm and some of the poshest nightlife in town. SoHo’s walkability makes it ideal for strolling up and down South Howard Avenue, from which the district takes its name. Hyde Park boasts the same ease of foot traffic, plus proximity to exquisite Bayshore Boulevard. Many of its gorgeous bungalows were restored by LGBTQ owners.
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CA N ’T MI S S ! Bulla Gastrobar is the place for foodies looking to satisfy their cravings with ever-changing tapas, beers and wines. Veteran Tampa Bay restaurateur Richard Gonzmart resurrected the iconic Goody Goody™, much to the delight of everyone pining for its retro burgers. Bern’s Steak House helped put Tampa Bay on the culinary map with its wine cellars, dry-aged steaks and internationally renowned Harry Waugh Dessert Room.
and family. After dinner, craft up a DIY candle with thousands of scent combinations at The Candle Pour to create the perfect souvenir.
W H A T ’S NEW? Head to Hyde Park Village to grab a table at Forbici. This new modern Italian restaurant offers up a mix of classic dishes that will encourage you to share with your friends
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bor City, pronounced “EE-bore” and sometimes known as GaYbor, is the site of Tampa’s historical and cultural roots — and also home to the annual Tampa Pride parade and festival, and to a number of popular LGBTQ clubs and bars. Many of the buildings echo the charming brick exteriors of converted cigar factories, owing to the area’s celebrated history as the Cigar Capital of the World. The brick streets and iron balconies welcome revelers day and night.
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Hop on the TECO Line Streetcar and enjoy the free ride into historic Ybor City. Cigar City Cider & Mead lets you savor a different side of Tampa Bay’s burgeoning craft-brewing scene. But if grain and hops are what you crave, Coppertail Brewing has become a local favorite. The world-famous Columbia Restaurant is a must, both for its cultural significance and for its incredible food. Take your time browsing the local cigar shops like Tabanero Cigars, Sweetheart Cigars and J.C. Newman Cigar Co.—including the new on-site museum—to find the perfect accompaniment to your evening stroll through these treasured streets. Tantalize your tastebuds with new flavors all around Ybor City—get a taste of Italy at the new Casa Santo Stefano Sicilian restaurant and coffee in a Cubaninspired bistro at Café Quiquiriqui. Finish it off with speciality drinks and a show at the high-energy dueling piano bar Showbar.
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he Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights neighborhoods are in the middle of a tremendous rebirth as crucibles of culinary delight. These beautiful neighborhoods have attracted the interest of Tampa Bay’s most creative chefs and brewers, and the eclectic bungalows and shops have won the hearts of many LGBTQ home-buyers.
Rooster & The Till serves award-winning dishes with its ever-changing tasting menu. For soulful Japanese cuisine in an authentic ramen-ya, head to Ichicoro Ramen. Make room for native Floridian fare at the can’t-miss dining spot, Ulele. If you follow #UnlockTampaBay, you have seen the fabulously odd Mandarin Heights pumping out new twists on drinks. Angry Chair Brewing is known for its inventive stouts, but it has also won awards for its IPAs. Heralded as the pioneer of Tampa Bay’s craft beer movement, Independent Bar & Cafe features 14 taps that rotate daily, ensuring you always get the newest pours.
W HAT’S NEW ? Armature Works is the talk of the town! Here you’ll find a food hall with awesome offerings to please any palate—including the Southern-inspired Steelbach—plus artisan gifts to fit any style. For something totally new and off the wall, check out The Peninsularium. Disguised as a typical roadside shop—the Crab Devil Bait Shop—this immersive familyfriendly arts attraction boasts a cabinet of curiosities rife with Florida’s eccentric culture and history. Independent Bar & Cafe
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he Westshore District is full of places for serious shopping and fancy feasting. Find two shopping malls to satisfy your needs for haute couture, dining and nightlife. The accessible Westshore area also has the allure of mirrored high-rises and polished five-star restaurants. Tampa International Airport and Raymond James Stadium anchor this bustling borough.
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CAN’T M ISS! Enjoy upscale shopping and delectable dining options at International Plaza & Bay Street, featuring high-end stores and fun, innovative restaurants. Take in the views of Old Tampa Bay from Oystercatchers while enjoying irresistible seafood. Ocean Prime serves up the very best in fresh and locally sourced seafood, only the best USDA prime steaks, as well as extensive wine and cocktail offerings. Cigar City Brewing, located just a short trip from Tampa International Airport, is one of the pillars of Florida’s craft beer scene.
W HAT’S NEW ? Midtown Tampa
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isiting Tampa Gay, er Bay, you will probably be surprised at the seemingly limitless options for nightlife
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and entertainment. While not definitive, this list shines a light on a few of the best places fo r LG B TQ v i s i t o r s t o ki ki g u a va - s t y l e .
Bradley’s on 7th Journey through what locals refer to as the “gay rainforest — a casual, no-cover hangout with affordable drinks, affable bartenders and a lazy river running through the bar. Meet old and new friends in the conversation-friendly front room and party with drag queens and go-go boys on the adjoining dancefloor. 1510 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, bradleyson7th.com Southern Nights Tampa A capital “G-A-Y” club with all the trimmings — modern décor, thumping dancefloor, local & as-seen-on-TV queens, and plenty of eye candy. Music lovers will appreciate local artist Cam Parker’s mural showcasing gay icons such as Madonna, Grace Jones, Lady Gaga and more. 1401 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, facebook.com/SouthernNightsTampa The Castle While not exclusively gay, The Castle is Tampa’s queerest alternative venue. Get your goth on, rave to a rotating roster of new wave DJs, and bask in making your Buffy the Vampire Slayer cosplay dreams come true. If you’re lucky, you might just run into regular fixtures such as The Senator and the neighborhood’s very own Peter Pan. 2004 N. 16th St., Tampa, castleybor.com
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Showbar Ybor City’s newest place to party is a good time on a sugar high. An onslaught of dueling pianos, drag queens, boylesque and more — paired with excitable smoke cannons and buckets of confetti — will have you swinging from one of their many iconic chandeliers. 1613 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, showbarybor.com Cristoph’s Top dog on the naughty list — in a good way — is Cristoph’s. It might be slightly off the beaten path, but if a leather bar with weekly Undie Nights, Daddy Issue Fridays and Bear Parties sounds like your kind of scene, you will not be disappointed. 2606 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, cristophstampa.com
City Side Lounge Nestled in yuppie South Tampa, City Side Lounge is famous locally for its popular karaoke nights and frequent drag showcases. The easygoing vibe extends outdoors onto a breezy tropical-themed patio. 3703 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, citysideloungetampa.com Cocktail St Pete If you happen to cross the bridge to visit Downtown St. Pete, a visit to Cocktail must be on the agenda. The elegantly designed bar is the perfect place to sip examples of their expertly crafted namesake alongside boundary-pushing, high-quality performances. The double entendre in the name even extends to a chandelier with a dirty little secret. 2355 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, cocktailstpete.com
You may be surpr ised at the s eemingly limitless options for L GBTQ nigh life t and entertainm ent.
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Luv Child Feel the LGBTQ LUV the last Saturday of every month at this popular SoHo joint. After all, who can resist golden disco balls, glittering cocktails and the allure of local queen Adriana Sparkle? Be sure to make a reservation, as tables fill up faster than a tongue pop. 516 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, luvchildsoho.com
Psomi Go Greek and cure your hangover with tastebud-awakening dishes like Bougatsa French Toast (Greek custard stuffed brioche, fresh fruit, bourbon maple syrup) or the Med Morning Yogurt Bowl with Greek thyme honey. 701 N. Howard Ave., Tampa, eatpsomi.com
COME OUT & STAN D OUT A bowl full of fun at CerealHolic.
Counter Culture Unabashedly out Chef Jeannie Pierola is a culinary genius. The airy, open space of Counter Culture and its view of the Bay are alluring enough, but wait till you try her Poached Eggs Bourguignon or her housemade corned beef hash (which the husband of a certain Visit Tampa Gay editor swears is the best he’s ever had). 2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Suite 100, Tampa, cc-tampa.com
CerealHolic Cafe & Bar Is there a better way to satisfy the morning munchies than with a big bowl of cereal? Or how about Bottle Service, a selection of milks infused with the flavors of your childhood, from Apple Jacks to Fruity Pebbles? CerealHolic exists at “the corner of whimsy and nostalgia,” and its cereal-centric menu is just the thing for a sweet morning after. 1 9 0 9 N . 1 5 t h S t . , Ta m p a , cerealholic.com
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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and friends and other scenes from Pride on the River; Pride & Passion at the Tampa Museum of Art (second row, L & R). Photos by Kimberly DeFalco.
Party Out Tampa’s LGBTQ community celebrates all year round.
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here are many misconceptions about Tampa, but the one thing most people get right is this: Tampanians sure know how to throw a party.
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Tampa Pride Taking over Ybor City’s historic 7th Avenue, Tampa Pride forgoes June for the more Florida-friendly month of March. tampapride.org | Every March Pride on the River Boat parades are quickly becoming Tampa’s go-to model for celebration, and in 2021 Tampa Pride’s Pride on the River became the nation’s first pride boat parade. prideontheriver.org | Every Fall
Pride & Passion The Met Gala has nothing on the looks served by guests attending this annual fundraiser supporting the Tampa Museum of Art’s LGBTQ programming & outreach. tampamuseum.org/event/pride-and-passion | March
Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) Filmmakers and storytellers from around the globe descend upon the Tampa Bay area. While streaming has made queerthemed films more accessible, this intelligently curated 10-day festival showcases movies you might have missed, while providing the unique opportunity to see yourself reflected on the big screen (or at home) while surrounded by queer peers. tiglff.com | Every Sept/Oct., with auxiliary programming throughout the year
All Hallow’s Masquerade Ball An invite-only immersive Halloween bash – don’t worry, it’s really easy to get on the list – that is equal parts scary and sexy. allhallowsball.org | October Out @ The Straz Tampa’s home for the performing arts, the Straz Center presents a series of pre-show pride parties on their outdoor Riverwalk Stage celebrating local queer artists. strazcenter.org | Select dates
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New Drag The diversity is diverting. by Zachary Hines
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ot a city to brag, Tampa carries itself with a quiet confidence that is exemplified in the area’s queer arts scene. Just like Gaspar and his hidden treasure, visitors would strike gold to stumble upon a concert from Jeremy Gloff, Tampa’s selfproclaimed “Queen of Pop,” or discover the “loud, gay harp music” by His Hem at venues like Crowbar, Hooch & Hive, or New World
other city. Tampa loves their drag queens and, in fact, it is hard not to stumble upon a drag night or brunch, even outside of the gayborhoods. In just one night you can meet the local legends who have seen Tampa evolve over the decades, Florida pageant girls, Drag Race-ready lewk queens, bearded queens, alternative queens, and pretty much any
Tampa’s queer art scene as “very diverse — consisting of musicians, visual artists, performance and circus artists.” It’s the reason she’s made Tampa home for the past 13 years. Many of the murals decorating the walls of the city are creations from the minds of local LGBTQ visual artists, most notably Cam Parker’s tribute to Lady Gaga on
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Brewery. Cabaret artists like Matthew McGee’s Scott & Patti, Daphne Ferraro or – shameless plug alert – my very own diva duo Coco & Homo can be found hoofing it on local stages. Speaking of queens, the drag scene has depth and diversity I have yet to see in any
type of drag imaginable. It is a community where all art forms and perspectives are welcomed, supported, and encouraged – that is how the magic here happens. Local host and performer Adriana Sparkle, a “fun, outgoing, land-dwelling mermaid who happens to have a beard,” describes
Franklin Street and Chizzy’s pop art in Hyde Park Village. Whether you prefer backflips and death drops or sipping a craft beer alongside a gay harpist, I guarantee that these experiences will leave you with a surprising new perspective on the Big Guava.
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With brand-name stores and funky boutiques, there's plenty of reasons to shop 'til you drop by Julie Garisto Ybor City
ampa Bay’s cultural landmarks go best with a hearty dose of retail therapy. The city boasts a staggering variety of independent, upscale and affordable shopping experiences that reflect the Floridian metro’s persistently eclectic identity.
Worldly just like its name, International Plaza attracts Tampa Bay elite and foreign travelers to its upscale boutiques and
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expansive, two-story mall while offering tantalizing dining options along its Euro-style Bay Street outdoor section. Nestled in a charming brick-laden historic district, Hyde Park Village conveys its own special yesteryear ambiance with MainStreet-style sidewalk shopping, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn and a bevy of outdoor cafés and bistros. An inviting community vibe permeates Hyde Park’s annual outdoor festivals, seasonal markets and other events that take place in the Village throughout the year. For a truly historic Tampa Bay shopping experience, head to the brick roads of Ybor
City. The revived historic district gets its name from industrial magnate Vicente Martínez Ybor. Immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Italy flocked to Ybor City during the 20th century to roll cigars. Today, Ybor shoppers can watch cigarrollers continue the handmade tradition in authentic shops and browse vintage threads at the longstanding LaFrance, in addition to visiting gift shops and restaurants up and down La Septima. For major labels at a less-than-premium price, Tampa Premium Outlets appeals to bargain hunters with discerning taste. Brands include Adidas, Ann Taylor, Williams & Sonoma, Coach and Burberry. The Shops at Wiregrass outdoor mall complex enchants with a combo of sidewalk shopping and mall amenities, located in the up-and-coming Wesley Chapel area.
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ONLY BUY IT HERE Don’t forget about the shops that are truly unique to Tampa. The Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center is crucial for scoping out distinctive souvenir gifts. Located in the heart of downtown, the shop displays a curated selection of Tampa Bay-themed memorabilia and apparel.
TOFFEE TO GO: AMY PEZZICARA
Re-up with fast-casual or fusion fare while perusing retail giants like Barnes & Noble and American Eagle Outfitters. Holiday events, markets and more also take place in the contemporary gathering spot. Shoppers can flock to the mouth of the bay at WestShore Plaza, a lifelong staple of Tampanians. The sprawling complex continues to flourish with major restaurants and an impressive array of independent and corporate retail. Get ready to take to the field at Dick's Sporting Goods before taking the kids for a sweet treat at Shelby's Sugar Shop.
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Speaking of hot wax, The Candle Pour provides a DIY candlemaking experience with 100-plus scent options and thousands of combinations to help newbie candlemakers come up with their own unique creations. Right in the center of Ybor City, grab some handmade cigars for friends back home at Tabanero Cigars. With the cigars made on-site and live demonstrations in the stylishly old-timey shop, it's hard to find any souvenir more authentic. Named among Oprah’s Favorite Things, Toffee To Go sells elegantly wrapped decadence and torments us further with an award-winning dessert shop for maximum indulgence. Also in Ybor City, Seventh Avenue Apothecary entices weary shoppers with three sizes of artisan candles made from 100% soy wax. The shop’s signature scents recall the historical, cultural and culinary legacy of Tampa Bay.
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If you’re a sports fan—or, maybe, just a fan of winning—Tampa Bay is the place to be by Kevin Tall
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: COURTESY OF TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS; SUPER BOWL DOWNTOWN AND FIREWORKS: KEIR MAGOULAS
t’s a great time to be a Tampa Bay sports fan, and that’s putting it lightly. 2020–21 saw all four of Tampa Bay’s top-level men’s pro teams in their league’s finals—with, of course, two of those taking home the trophy. With the recent wins of the V i n c e L o m b a r d i Tr o p h y, Stanley Cup, American League pennant and USL Eastern Conference Championship, it’s safe to say Tampa Bay is the City of Champions.
A Tampa Bay Buccaneers B Downtown decorated for the Super Bowl C Super Bowl fireworks
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Sunday means football and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the area’s gridiron gang. Believe you me, this pirate krewe doesn’t need swords to win. Playing under head coach Bruce Arians, famous for his aggressive “no risk-it, no biscuit” coaching style, our boys are bringing home plenty of bread. Thanks to their 31-9 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, the Bucs became the first team in NFL history to play—and win!—a Super Bowl hosted at their home stadium. Considered the best quarterback of all time, Tom Brady moved down to Tampa Bay in 2020 and led the team to secure their second Super Bowl win. Combine the QB’s scoring power with a consistently suffocating defense and you’re in for a treat when you watch what this champion team can do on the field at Raymond James Stadium.
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GOT THE CUP? YUP On the rink at Amalie Arena, the Tampa Bay Lightning took home the Stanley Cup in 2020 and 2021. Awarded annually to National Hockey League’s playoff champions, the Cup can only be hoisted by the best team in hockey. And the Bolts won it twice in a row. But that’s not the only hardware our boys have brought home. Trophies our all-star Bolts hold proud include the Art Ross Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Rocket Richard Trophy, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, the best goaltender in the game, has the Vezina Trophy to prove it.
The Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series in 2020 and won their second straight American League East title in 2021 with a record 100
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GETTING ROWDY IN HERE
A Rowdies players B Lightning fans C Tropicana Field D Amalie Arena E Rowdies fans
Eager to continue their second decade bringing soccer to the region, the Tampa Bay Rowdies are continuing their success in the United Soccer League Championship tier. Taking to the pitch in Al Lang Stadium across the Bay, the Rowdies made it to the 2020 USL Championship game and, in winning the Atlantic Division and leading the Eastern Conference in 2021, they were well on their way back to the top.
ROWDIES PLAYERS; LIGHTNING FANS, TROPICANA FIELD, AMALIE ARENA & ROWDIES FANS: KEIR MAGOULAS
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wins. Playing at Tropicana Field, the Rays franchise is equipped with an ace pitching staff, an impressive lineup of fielders who can hit at will, and a coaching staff and front office that are always focused on the W.
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Get your heart beating out of your chest with an exhilarating change of pace by Sam Kent Some people like to relax and just lie around on vacation, and others want adventure and excitement. I'm in the latter group, and these are my top spots in Tampa Bay to get my heart beating a million miles an hour.
There’s nothing like getting back to nature, but add two motorized wheels and it’s even better. At Adventure Family Motorsports, they offer private dirt bike sessions at their ranch. Yes, a dirt bike ranch is a thing and it’s awesome. The ranch has a lot of different terrain to cover, from woods and open fields to sand, and my favorite, mud. Just try not to be behind me when I’m going through a muddy puddle. It’s also a great place for beginners, ages seven and up, as the ranch offers safety training with every package. They’ve got everything from safety equipment to snacks, so you can head over and get riding in no time. Zipping through Florida scrub pines and palm trees is an amazing sensation, and Empower Adventures is a great location to do it. Located in the beautiful Mobby
Bayou Wilderness Preserve, Empower has several features that will dial up the adrenaline on your vacation. Start with the 2½-hour zipline adventure to get your blood going. They also have a 200-foot suspension bridge unlike anything I’ve ever seen—but try not to look down. Try one of their moonlight zip tours and it’ll be just you and the wind howling in your ears as you dart through the darkness. Life feels a little different as you’re sliding down a steel cable. You might be a little tired after zipping through the sky, but there’s no time for lounging around. How about a different kind of rush—like coming face-to-face with ferocious felines, or getting close with some of the more than 1,000 animals from around the world at the award-winning ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Witness wild manatees getting life-saving care, meet a rescued Florida panther, or go behind the scenes to learn more about the incredible conservation work happening each day for the many endangered
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Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
species that call ZooTampa home. giggling, yes giggling, after this one. Nothing gets my heart going like a good But the new king of Busch Gardens ® ® Tampa Bay, Iron Gwazi, is already breaking roller coaster, and at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the home of the most amazing, thrillrecords as the world’s fastest and steepest ing coasters in Florida, you’re guaranteed to hybrid coaster. This wooden monstrosity, have no voice left after all the screaming that with its iconic purple steel track, is mascomes with a day on the rides. Screams, sive—standing 206 feet tall at laughs, sheer exhilaration blasted its peak. The coaster boasts across my face. Oh, this is the a 91-degree drop with top DO vacation I need. One of my speeds of 76 miles per E ER H new favorite coasters is hour. Where do your W R Tigris, which happens screams go at that YOU MS A E to be the tallest launch speed? We’ll all find out SCR THAT coaster in Florida. This soon enough. AT ? orange beast doesn’t look It’s time to break out GO D E SPE too bad from the ground, of the normal vacation but then you’re strapped in and do something you’ll and launched straight up, only have stories to tell about afto twist around like a corkscrew terwards. No one will want to hear as you hurl through the air. Well, it’s about you lounging by a pool, but everysomething. If that weren't enough, to pick one will want to know about the biking, zipup more speed the coaster goes backwards ping, adventuring and coasting vacation you and leaves just enough air time to leave me experienced in Tampa Bay. It’s time to feel questioning my life choices. I couldn’t stop alive and get the adrenaline going.
Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park
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Explore Tampa Bay's natural wonders and find your next adventure
Mountain biking in Florida? You bet. At this state park, there are steep grades and trails so challenging that the International Mountain Bicycling Association has given it an EPICS designation. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there’s a trail for you. Just rent a bike at the fullservice shop and hit the trails for a day full of adventure. For a break, consider fishing at one of the park’s many small lakes, where bass, bluegill and catfish abound; explore the more than 20 miles of hiking trails; or go paddling on the winding Alafia River.
by Jessica Vander Velde
BOYD HILL NATURE PRESERVE Just minutes from sunny Gulf Coast beaches, you’ll discover a quiet park with a variety of landscapes circling tranquil Lake Maggiore. Walk past marshy wetlands or peaceful hammocks featuring Florida’s unique mix of tropical palms, saw palmetto and Spanish-moss-draped oaks. Picnic along the sparkling water of the lake or press farther on the three miles of trails, keeping an eye out for the many species of birds that can be found at this park.
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HILLSB OROU GH RIVER STATE PARK For a taste of Real Florida, a visit to the Hillsborough River State Park is a must. Here, alligators sun themselves along the riverbanks and water flows and breaks along the curves of the always-changing river. Hiking trails pass Class II rapids and even include a suspension bridge built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression.
ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK, HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK & TAMPA RIVERWALK: KEIR MAGOULAS; BOK TOWER GARDENS: MATTHEW PAULSON
ALAFIA RIVER STATE PARK
USF BOTANI CAL G ARDEN S Just minutes from Tampa’s theme parks and nightlife lies 16 acres of exotic plants, including orchids, begonias, palms and carnivorous plants. The botanical gardens are part of the University of South Florida’s School of Geosciences, and they feature more than 3,000 plants, animals and natural habitats. Check the calendar before your visit, as the gardens are host to all sorts of special workshops, yoga classes, plant sales and more.
B OK TOW ER GARD ENS It’s hard not to feel like you’re in a dream as you listen to the carillon’s melody ring out over the lush landscape, swans paddling past. It’s no surprise as this garden was designed by a master: Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York’s Central Park. With separate milieus all over the grounds— hillside resting spots, tropical enclaves, a reflecting pool, wetland boardwalk and butterfly-attracting flowers—it’s easy to find some space and tranquility at Bok Tower Gardens.
The odds are high that you’ll spot a dolphin or manatee while walking along the 2.6 miles of sidewalk through downtown Tampa. Start at the natural springs at Water Works Park and end at Sparkman Wharf, where there’s a plethora of dining and drink options. Grab an extra moment of Zen by lounging on the vast lawns at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park or by walking the labyrinth at the nearby Tampa Convention Center.
AL LOPEZ PARK Even though this large central Tampa park is just a stone’s throw from Raymond James Stadium, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you’ll feel like you’re a world away. The tucked-away boardwalk path circles a lake that’s home to turtles, gators, herons and ducks. Take a rest under towering slash pines or just sit on the dock looking out on the lake as the sun sets.
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DISCOVER TAMPA BAY'S CULTURAL HERITAGE AND BIGGEST SIGHTS ALONG THE HILLSOBOROUGH RIVER
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xplore the major cities of the world and you’ll discover most were built on rivers: Paris (Seine), London (Thames), Rome (Po), New York (Hudson), St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans (Mississippi). Setting Tampa Bay apart is that, having been built on the Hillsborough River, it built upon its heritage by combining an entertainment district, recreational trail, pedestrian walk, shopping district, bicycle path, historic district and several urban greenspaces into an all-encompassing
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cultural corridor. Along the Tampa Riverwalk, visitors can switch between indoor shops and outdoor sunshine just as easily as they can choose to walk the promenade or paddle the waterway. And at 2.6 picturesque miles, the Tampa Riverwalk stretches far enough to provide a sense of physical accomplishment, yet offers enough diversity to sample in bite-sized sections. Whether you see it by land or sea, all you have to do is go with the flow…
I N T H E BEG I NNI NG Although the Hillsborough River flows from north to south, the Tampa Riverwalk distance markers roll from south to north. The TECO Line Streetcar offers complimentary transportation across much of downtown and stops by the South Plaza where the Riverwalk’s artistic collage of more than 500 waterfront images provides a sneak preview of what lies ahead. From nearby Port Tampa Bay cruise ships set sail into the Gulf of Mexico, but for a peek at what’s hidden beneath Gulf waters, just step into The Florida Aquarium. Afterward, get lost amid Sparkman Wharf, a creative complex of shops ranging from retail to restaurants. Cotanchobee/Fort Brooke Park could be considered the rapids of the Tampa Riverwalk. It was at Cotanchobee, the Seminole word meaning “where the big water meets the land” — that a military installation was established in 1824. This chapter and more of the region’s history, including 12,000 years of its pre-Columbian past, is explored in the richly detailed Tampa Bay History Center.
Tampa Bay History Center
RIVERWALK MAP: FEZLAB; RIVERWALK, TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER & SPARKMAN WHARF: KEIR MAGOULAS
ROLLING D OW N THE RIVER TheTampaRiverwalkcontinuestorevealitselfinasteadyprocessionof landmarks, from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to the Glazer Children’s Museum to the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Performing Arts. The path continues to snake along the waterfront, and culminates at Armature Works.. An historic streetcar warehouse creatively reimagined as a marketplace, retail center and dining establishment with sweeping views of the Hillsborough River, it has become a prime gathering place for locals. And you. Sparkman Wharf
MAP KEY B Port Tampa Bay C The Florida Aquarium D Sparkman Wharf E Yacht StarShip F Cotanchobee/ Fort Brooke Park
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T R AV E L I N F O R M AT I O N GETTING HERE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT With direct flights from hundreds of major destinations across the country, in addition to nonstop international flights, getting to Tampa Bay is a breeze. Tampa International Airport (TPA) consistently wins praise for its efficiency and convenient design. The structure itself won the prestigious American Architecture Award. In addition to its design, Airports Council International named TPA one of the most hygienic airports in the world. Not one to sit on its laurels, TPA is undergoing a two-billion-dollar expansion and upgrade, ensuring it continues to be a stellar first impression for visitors. ST. PETE–CLEARWATER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT St. Petersburg–Clearwater International Airport (PIE) offers nonstop service to 50 destinations throughout the Northeast, Midwest, South and Canada. INTERSTATES I-275, I-4 and I-75 connect Tampa Bay to the rest of the state and the country, with easy access to Orlando, Sarasota, Ft. Myers and the entire east coast of Florida. RAIL Take Amtrak into downtown Tampa’s Union Station, which offers nationwide connections. Trains route passengers daily between Tampa Bay and cities in the Northeast and continue through to Miami.
Getting around Tampa Bay is easy. Go to VisitTampaBay.com/ Transportation.
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VISITORS CENTERS Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center
Tampa City Center 201 Franklin St., Ste. 102 (813) 223-2752 (800) 44-TAMPA Mon.–Fri. 11am–4pm, Sat.–Sun. 12–5pm
Ybor City Visitor Information Center
1600 E. 8th Ave., B104 (813) 241-8838 Mon.–Sat. 11am–4pm, Sun. 12–4pm
Plant City Union Station Depot 102 N. Palmer St., (813) 719-6989 Tue.–Fri. 12–4pm, Sat. 10am–4pm
Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce
106 N. Evers St., (813) 754-3707 Mon.–Fri. 9am–4pm
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In Tampa Bay, the port of departure is a destination in itself. With its three terminals right in the heart of downtown, Port Tampa Bay is just steps from all the fantastic family attractions and hip and trendy restaurants along the water. It's no wonder Tampa has become a favorite port for a growing number of cruise passengers who want to enhance the experience of their Caribbean itineraries. Visit porttb.com/cruise for up-todate information about cruise lines and destinations.
ARRIVE EARLY Within walking distance of the cruise terminals is one of the top aquariums in the country. The Florida Aquarium is home to stingrays, barracudas, sea turtles and sharks. Go for a bike ride or walk along the Tampa Riverwalk to take in the sunshine and beautiful views of the water. Along the way you can visit Glazer Children’s Museum for more fun for the whole family. Located adjacent to the Children’s Museum is Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. While there, visit Riverwalk Café for a quick snack and the Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center for lunch before heading back to the cruise terminal.
ADD A DAY Tampa Bay’s big attractions should never be rushed. Add a day to your itinerary for Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, and put a spin on family thrills with awesome roller coasters, or join in on the fun at ZooTampa at Lowry Park where you can experience behind-the-scenes views of elephants, monkeys and more.
Convener. Catalyst. Connector. We are the Convener that brings our membership and community leaders together in a setting where they are able to unite to reach a common goal. Who serves as the Catalyst by being the driving force that facilitates new businesses in the community, which ultimately benefits the growth of each business within our membership. To Connect our members by introducing members to one another through various networking and workforce development events.
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The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber's mission is to advance common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBT and allied businesses, corporations and professional members by providing educational, networking, and community engagement. LGBT Chamber has been a premier voice of the Greater Tampa Bay LGBT & allied business community, representing over 600+ businesses, community groups and individuals in seven counties throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk and Hernando.
We know that when small businesses thrive, communities are more vibrant and economically stable. So, whether you need to access business advice, a mentor, contracting opportunities, or workplace management, Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber is here for you. These workshops are designed to empower small and micro-businesses The LGBT Chamber offers over 80 events and programs
to succeed and thrive in a competitive environment.
to help members expand their business network and help them grow their business. Networking opportunities include B2B Networking Mixer, Coffee Connections, Annual Luncheons & Expo, formal networking sessions, sporting events, and more.
At the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber we work to develop workforce talent, advocate for innovative education opportunities and create meaningful academic and business partnerships. Our workforce development team advocates for legislative priorities that support an inclusive workforce and development opportunities.
As a chamber of commerce by and for the LGBT business community and its allies. We believe in equality for all. To that end, the LGBT Chamber will take political positions on issues relating to commerce, equal rights, and tourism.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER? Interested in joining the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber?
TBLGBTC remains a leader in the LGBT business community
Visit our website for more information about membership
providing an important and unique voice and perspective.
opportunities, events, and much more!
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Tampa Bay’s Certified LGBTBE Businesses LGBT-Owned businesses who are 51% owned & operated who are certified through NGLCC.
Mad Product Innovations, LLC.
3DUS is a design and 3d visualization studio. We produce high-end 3d renderings, 3d animations, virtual reality applications, illustration, and apps. Our services are contracted by building developers, marketing agencies, architectural firms, interior designers, furniture manufacturers, hotel developers, luxury residential developers, capital developers, product manufacturers.
Mad Product Innovations is the parent company to the Bazzle Baby Brand. Bazzle Baby is a designer baby accessory and lifestyle brand that focuses on style and convenience for the modern family. Bazzle Baby provides a complete line of baby products that continue to make parent’s lives easier. Bazzle Baby products are available at massretailers, specialty stores and online across the US and Canada.
Advantage Product Pipeline, LLC.
Meritas Advisory Group, LLC
The manufacturing and distribution of environmentally friendly multisurface cleaning, protection and appearance items for automotive and other industries internationally.
We are a business and talent strategy company. We specialize in helping companies build winning teams that deliver on their goals. Rather than the traditional techniques, we use. Science to gather people data. We identify, approach, attract, and deliver qualified & diverse candidates that directly and immediately impact our client’s bottom line in the shortest amount of time possible.
Architecture and Design | 3dus.us | 813-616-3433
Manufacturing | DuProtect.com | 813-249-2077
Alignment Financial Firm
Finance | alignmentfinancialfirm.com | 813-534-3892
Alignment Financial Firm is a full service accounting firm that helps small businesses organize and strategize their business financials and supports larger corporations with additional accounting functions and projects.
Marketing | bkncreative.com | 813-644-7443
BKN Creative is a full-service creative and marketing agency that helps brands large and small create their visual story. Using tactics from a complete range of creative capabilities, we design and produce authentic brand experiences that inspire, engage, and entice your target audience.
Marketing |democraticswag.com | 813-856-5518
Democratic Swag was established to help promote democratic ideals through custom designed apparel and other promotional products like mugs, magnetic signs, buttons and pins. Our designs are inspired by current social issues and getting out the vote.
Diversity Health Center of Tampa Bay
Heath Care | diversityhealthcenter.com | 813-518-0881
We are committed to providing excellent, evidence-based patient care and to developing long-lasting relationships within our community. Our office believes in promoting compassion as well as a positive and safe environment for you and those important to you.
Empowering Differences, Inc.
Education | empoweringdifferences.com | 813-731-1302
We work with organizations and individuals to develop leaders, empower individuals, understand terminology, and improve internal and external communication. With our strategy options, we work directly with organizations to create a more specific plan for marketing needs and perform assessments to evaluate your effectiveness.
Fetch Data, LLC.
Technology | runhoundrun.com | 786-778-3796
Fetch Data is a women owned company rooted in data and operations management consulting. With every client, our goal is to become a partner in success by streamlining data and process to improve employee engagement and production.
Florida Pure Sea Salt
Manufacturing | floridapureseasalt.com | 727-350-1827
Florida Pure Sea Salt is made of local natural ingredients & made with care and love through every step. We are proud to create clean, delicious finishing salts of the highest quality. And they taste freaking awesome.
Gulf Management Systems, Inc.
Manufacturing | bazzlebaby.com | 813-361-1062
Professional Services | meritasadvisorygroup.solutions | 727-260-2085
Media | outcoast.com | 484-447-0089
OUTCOAST™ amplifies the voices Of Florida’s Gulf Coast LGBTQ+ community through an online editorial marketing and media platform, photojournalism, and ERG, marketing, and nonprofit consultation services.
Savy Mortgage Lending
Mortgage | savvymortgage.com | 727-877-5684
Whether you’re buying your first home, or your third, applying for a mortgage can feel overwhelming. You don’t have to go it alone. We are here to help you make your dream home a reality. Savvy Mortgage Lending now serves Florida, Georgia and South Carolina!
Digital Marketing | sociallink.com | 615-873-0707
Social Link is committed to working with your needs to create and enhance your connections online through digital marketing. Our full-service agency specializes in website design, social media, SEO, & PPC.
Marketing | sparxoo.com | 813-777-0663
Sparxoo, with offices in Tampa and Miami, FL, is an integrated digital agency. Sparxoo creates competitive advantage at the intersection of technology and storytelling. We integrate video, design, web and mobile development, demand generation, social marketing and digital PR to bring brands to life.
Commercial Services | spauldingdecon.com | 866-993-3266
Spaulding Decon is a Nationwide environmental cleanup company specializing in biohazards, and methamphetamine. We provide trained technicians to clean up after accidents, homicides, suicides, and natural deaths.
Spheres Bubble Show
Entertainment | SpheresBubbleShow.com | 813-944-0075
Spheres Bubble Show is the creation of the artist Blaise Ryndes as seen on America’s Got Talent! Blaise has amazed audiences across the country with this unique act. Spheres is described to be a mysterious and comedic fusion of art, science, and magic with a fun bubble twist.
StratX Solutions, LLC.
IT | stratxsolutions.com | 941-928-0606
StratX LLC is a leader in innovation with private custom made IOT products, in addition to Project Services, Program Services we also provide Network Security, Engineering Virtual and Physical Space and Managed Services Division.
Commercial Services | rhino.lgbt | 727-669-7644
Tailored Twig is a luxury floral design and event production company. We specialize in weddings and private event floral production. We also offer floral classes & education, flower shop capabilities, and botanical subscriptions.possible.
Payment processor & merchant services, also have software products for membership management.
Insurance | insurancehappiness.com | 818-639-1219
Imagine if a company could help their employees actually get healthier while providing them $0 copays for doctor visits, urgent care, prescriptions, wellness, and tele- health. Plus, what if they could lower their health care spend for the company and the employees while doing all of this? Without having to overhaul their current program or broker? It is possible and it is what we do!
Professional Services | L5us.com | 866-910-4004
The manufacturing and L5 is a full-service shipping provider, offering a range of freight, parcel, and mail services. We simplify your business by focusing on Ground Fleet Selection, Routing, & Optimization.
Events | tailoredtwig.com | 813-304-2080
TomCo Solutions, Inc.
Construction | tomcosolutions.com | 813-505-6439
With over 3,000 construction projects under our belt we know how to manage every aspect of home construction and renovation. Our team will ensure you get the best solution for your unique project.
Trace Kingham, Inc.
Consulting | eventdesign.expert | 813-340-4088
We are event design strategists. Strategic Solutions with Fiscal Sensibility and Creative Vision. Our Philosophy: We are strong collaborative partners with a passion for creating unique experiences in visionary and inspiring environments, working with you and for you! Dedicated. Fun. Experienced.
What makes Leader Advising different? Individualized service for every client. Whether you seek leadership coaching, a full organizational effectiveness evaluation, or something in between, we work with you to identify projects that will have a positive and lasting impact.
Individually wrapped top quality cookies! We use Compostable bags and labels. We also donate 10% of all sales to a different charity each month. We have corporate clients and we have participated in various markets and sell at a retail location. Our hometown goodness with big city attitude doesn’t disappoint!
Consulting | leaderadvising.com | 941-315-3455
Food & Beverage | FindTheYeti.com | 518-488-7913
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