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Downtown Tampa

  • Events

  • Kid-friendly

  • Restaurants

  • Bars

  • Movie theaters

Events:

  • Patios, Pools, & the Invention of the American Back Yard

    Running through Aug. 30, the Smithsonian's traveling Exhibition Service brings this look at the suburban back yard as an American original invention. From the rise of the suburbs and tract houses, to the beauty of postwar garden design and the birth of the environmental movement, it is filled with vintage photographs, historic drawings and fun period advertisements.

    Price: $12.95, $10.95 seniors/students with ID, $7.95 ages 4-12, 3 and younger free.

    Tampa Bay History Center: 801 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

  • In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

    Editor's pick

    From the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation, the exhibition features some of Warhol's most iconic screenprints, including Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong. Also featured are works from other artists who use color as a tool to shape how we respond to images, including Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Keith Haring and Frank Stella.

    Price:$15; $7.50 seniors, groups; $5 students; children ages 6 and younger free. Under the Blue Star Program, admission for active military and five family members is free through Labor Day.

    Tampa Museum of Art: 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

  • The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

    Editor's pick

    The selection highlights American art between 1830 and the end of WWI, including artists Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, John Sloan and others. The presentation narrates an important chapter in American history that witnessed the Civil War, the expansion of national boundaries and the emergence of new technologies. Remains on display through September 6.

    Price:$15; $7.50 seniors, groups; $5 students; children ages 6 and younger free. Under the Blue Star Program, admission for active military and five family members is free through Labor Day. From June 13 to June 19, regular admission is $7.50.

    Tampa Museum of Art: 120 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

  • Free Tuesday at Glazer Museum

    Editor's pick

    The hands-on museum and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County join together for this event offering free admission from 2 to 7 p.m.

    Price:Free.

    Glazer Children's Museum: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

  • Grumpy Cat Buzzfeed Video Premiere

    Editor's pick

    The first 150 fans get free admission to a meet and greet with Grumpy Cat and her five feline mascot friends - DJ Kitty (Tampa Bay Rays), Sir Purr (Carolina Panthers), Stanley C. Panther (Florida Panthers), Kingston the Lion (Orlando City Soccer Club) and Aubie the Tiger (Auburn University). Can can also join Grumpy and her friends for a screening of Happiness Finds Grumpy Cat. In the film, an excitable dog named Happiness spots Grumpy in PetSmart. He tries his best to meet her, while she tries her best to ignore him. The purpose of the film is to push the fact that PetSmart is a cat friendly shopping space.

    Price:Free.

    Tampa Theatre: 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

Restaurants:

  • Fly Bar & Restaurant


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Dog-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The brainchild of Tampa native Leslie Shirah, this bastion of hip has gained a devoted following among Tampa foodies and revelers. Shirah honed the concept during a 15-year stint in San…

  • Rivers Edge at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Children's menu, Outdoor seating

    Downtown Tampa: 200 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Part of the Sheraton Riverwalk, this downtown Tampa restaurant offers views of the Hillsborough River and the minarets of the University of Tampa. Diners enjoy contemporary American food…

  • Hattricks Tavern


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub, Sandwiches
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 107 S Franklin St, Tampa, 33602

    It's not the closest hockey bar to the Amalie Arena, but it's the best. The staff knows everything about the game, and TV analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor has been known to stop…

  • Avanzare


    Cuisine: Italian, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Date night

    Downtown Tampa: 2 Tampa City Ctr, Tampa, 33602

    Located in the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, Avanzare offers a bistro type setting for breakfast and lunch, plus fine dining for dinner. It's located on the lobby level of a five-story…

  • Bamboozle Cafe


    Cuisine: Vegetarian, Vietnamese
    Features: Catering, Takeout

    Downtown Tampa: 516 N Tampa St., Tampa, 33602

    It's Vietnamese quick-service downtown in all its vibrant, punchy glory, but served up in a way that's accessible and not intimidating. Step in line and order from the board. Fresh rolls are…

Bars:

  • Fly Bar & Restaurant


    Cuisine: American upscale
    Features: Date night, Dog-friendly, Ladies night, Late-night dining, Live music, Outdoor seating, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 1202 N Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The brainchild of Tampa native Leslie Shirah, this bastion of hip has gained a devoted following among Tampa foodies and revelers. Shirah honed the concept during a 15-year stint in San…

  • Hattricks Tavern


    Cuisine: American casual, Pub, Sandwiches
    Features: Big-screen TVs, Gaming stations/trivia, Happy hour, Sports, tbt* Top Bar

    Downtown Tampa: 107 S Franklin St, Tampa, 33602

    It's not the closest hockey bar to the Amalie Arena, but it's the best. The staff knows everything about the game, and TV analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor has been known to stop…

  • Avanzare


    Cuisine: Italian, Spanish/Cuban
    Features: Date night

    Downtown Tampa: 2 Tampa City Ctr, Tampa, 33602

    Located in the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa, Avanzare offers a bistro type setting for breakfast and lunch, plus fine dining for dinner. It's located on the lobby level of a five-story…

  • The Point


    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
    Features: Date night, Outdoor seating, Upscale

    Downtown Tampa: 777 N Ashley Dr # 77, Tampa, 33602

    The restaurant is stylish and trendy, a long bar running along the back and clubby outdoor seating right on Ashley Drive. It's clearly going to be a nightspot of note, especially once Tampa…

  • Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar


    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban, Tapas/small plates
    Features: Date night, Latin/Hispanic, Live music, Upscale

    Downtown Tampa: 513 N Tampa St, Tampa, 33602

    In a downtown that has tumbleweeds and buzzards (we're kidding about the first item but the second is oddly true) it's encouraging to know that there's a hot spot for swank mingling, great…

Attractions:

  • Curtis Hixon Park


    Features: City parks, Dog park, Kid-friendly, Playground, Sprayground

    Downtown Tampa: 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    The new, eight-acre Curtis Hixon park sits on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Amenities include the Great Lawn with flexible perimeter seating to accommodate a wide…

  • Straz Center for the Performing Arts


    Features: Catering, Guided tours

    Downtown Tampa: 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    Downtown Tampa's dazzling performing arts venue sits on nine acres on the east bank of Hillsborough River. The 330,000-square-foot complex contains five theaters offering one of the nation's…

  • Tampa Bay History Center


    Features: Beach/Waterfront

    Downtown Tampa: 801 Old Water St., Tampa, 33602

    The history of the Tampa Bay region comes alive within these walls. Located on the waterfront in Tampa's bustling Channelside District, the 60,000-square-foot Tampa Bay History Center's…

  • Downtown Tampa: 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

  • Lykes Gaslight Square Park


    Features: City parks

    Downtown Tampa: 410 Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    This grassy spot on the corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Franklin Street provides a respite from downtown Tampa's bustle. Lykes Gaslight Square Park hosts some of the Florida Orchestra's Pops…