With its new development projects downtown and opportunities for “waterfront fun,” Tampa has caught the attention of travelers — and Time Magazine.
The magazine on Thursday named the bay area’s largest city to its 2023 list of the World’s Greatest Places.
The big draw is Water Street Tampa and the high-end hotels and restaurants it offers, according to Time. The $3.5 billion development has seen a long lineup of new eateries open in the area, the most recent being The Pearl, a nautical-themed gastropub.
Waterfront attractions like Sparkman Wharf, Armature Works and the Riverwalk have also helped Tampa make a name for itself as a travel destination, the list says.
Tampa is one of six locations in the continental U.S. that made Time’s list. Others include: Yosemite National Park, California; Willamette Valley, Oregon; Bozeman, Montana; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.
What else makes Tampa worth a visit? Beaches just a short drive away and nonstop flights in and out of the city, Time writes.
Here’s what local leaders and others are saying on social media about Tampa’s shout-out in Time.