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Unlock Tampa Bay, the heart of Florida’s Gulf coast. Discover sun, fun and culture in Florida’s most diverse travel destination. Treasure awaits.

Tampa is part of a larger metropolitan area referred to by locals as the “Tampa Bay Area.” Get to know Tampa Bay through their Destination Guide.

The Many Layers of Tampa Bay

Among Florida’s oldest communities, Tampa Bay has always been home to a unique blend of people and cultures. The native Tocobaga people who settled on the shores of the bay 12,000 years ago were followed over the centuries by Spanish explorers, the Seminole people, freed African-American slaves, Spanish businessmen, and Cuban cigar rollers. In recent decades, Tampa Bay has welcomed generations of new residents from Asia and the Middle East. Learn more about Tampa Bay’s kaleidoscope of cultures through their Multicultural Guide.

What to Do

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Tampa Bay is divided into nine entertainment Districts. CEIA’s conference hotel is located in the Downtown District.

The Tampa Bay area has something for everyone, such as including guided tours, state parks, beaches, museums, theme parks, live music, sports, nightlife, shopping, etc.

Preview some of their most popular attractions and experiences through streamed, virtual tours.

Getting Around

Once you’re in town, getting around Tampa Bay is a breeze. CEIA’s conference hotel is conveniently located near these popular options:

TECO Line Streetcar System

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Directly across the street from the TECO Line Streetcar System’s Dick Greco Plaza Station #10

  • -A 2.7-mile electric heritage streetcar line connecting Downtown Tampa, Channel District, and Ybor City.
  • -Service is FREE seven days a week to 11 covered wheelchair-accessible stations every 15 minutes. 

The Pirate Water Taxi

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A short walk to The Pirate Water Taxi’s Stop #7

  • -A fleet of pirate themed water taxis in downtown Tampa.
  • -Over 15 stops conveniently located along Tampa’s Riverwalk, Channel District, downtown and Davis Island.


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Within the service area of Downtowner, a free, on-demand eco-friendly ride share.

  • -Request a ride at the tap of a button after downloading their free mobile app. Just search Downtowner in your app store.
  • -From the Tampa Riverwalk to the Florida Aquarium, we’ve got you covered. Vehicles operate seven days a week within Downtown Tampa’s business district, Channel District, River Arts District and the University of Tampa area.

Tampa Riverwalk

  • Situated along the Tampa Riverwalk route, a walkable path connecting culture and entertainment.

Where to Eat

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Insider Information

Wish you had a friend that lived in Tampa to give you insider information?

Try on Tampa through their “like a local” blog.

Local Arrangements Committee

  • Tracey Lord, Florida State University, Committee Chair
    Cathy Barrios, Florida State University
    Chinyen Chuo, University of Central Florida
    Efigenia Gonzalez, Florida International University
    Michele Groves, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
    Lisette Guillen-Dolby, Seminole State College of Florida
    Kasey Kobs, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
    Scott Maynard, Florida State University
    Diane Mellon, University of South Florida – Tampa
    Li Pon, Florida State University
    Elery Rojas, Florida International University
    Lesa Shouse, University of South Florida – St. Petersburg
    Marie Smallwood, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University