Things to Do

Things to Do While in Tampa

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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.  

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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.

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What To Do

Once you’re in town, getting around Tampa Bay is a breeze.

Tampa Bay is divided into nine entertainment districts. CEIA’s conference hotel is located in the Downtown District along the vibrant Tampa Riverwalk route, a walkable path connecting culture and entertainment.

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

Discover something that peaks your interest through their Tampa Bay Events Calendar.

Wish you had a friend that lived in Tampa to give you insider information?  Try on Tampa through their Take Over Tampa Bay “like a local” blog.

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:

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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

Where To Eat

Tampa Bay’s cuisine is just as unique and rich as their culture, including their designation as the birthplace of the Cuban sandwich and home to the oldest restaurant in Florida! From fine-dining (we’re talking Michelin recipients) to food trucks or our food hall, there’s something for every palate!

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