How to Seize the Stay in Tampa Bay

Feed your soul with memorable experiences and make the most of your trip here.

Seize The Stay is about feeding your soul with memorable and bespoke experiences. Here are our top 10 ways on how to make the most of your time in the Bay Area. 

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Bayshore Boulevard

Billed as the world's longest uninterrupted sidewalk, Bayshore Boulevard is a nearly five-mile trail that follows the curves of Tampa Bay. Along the way you’ll pass some of Tampa’s stateliest homes, many of which are on the National Historic Register.

Bayshore Boulevard

Cuban Food

The Cuban sandwich is said to have been invented in Tampa, with each layer of meat, cheese and mustard representing a different aspect of the city’s history (bet you didn't know that!). The most iconic place to try one is the Columbia, the oldest restaurant in the state and one of the largest Spanish restaurants in the world.

Cuban sandwich, Columbia Restaurant

Art Spotting

Become a mural hunter in St. Pete where dozens of murals dot downtown’s streets and alleys. They’re literally everywhere. Strike a pose in front of a giant shark, a two-story rainbow landscape or add your dreams to the “Before I Die” interactive installation. The mural is on view at the Tampa Riverwalk until it is relocated to its permanent home at Armature Works in the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood later in 2017. A version of the wall is also part of the Shine on St. Pete Mural Tour at 1049 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL. 

'Before I die' mural

Tampa Riverwalk

Slinking along the Hillsborough River, this two-and-a-half-mile trail connects some of downtown’s most popular museums, parks and restaurants. Keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees as you stroll. Boats and bikes are available for rent too. Or take a cruise aboard a pirate-themed water taxi. 

Tampa Riverwalk

The Salvador Dalí Museum

See the largest collection of Salvador Dalí artwork outside of Europe at St. Petersburg’s Dalí Museum. The building, with its helical staircase and bulbous glass framework, is almost as surreal as the art inside. Created with mathematical precision, the energetic helical staircase resembles a strand of DNA. Visit the gift shop to load up on prints, melting clock earrings and Dalí-inspired décor. 

The Dali Museum

Buddhist Brunch

Every Sunday morning, the Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Thai temple opens its doors to the public for a nondenominational brunch along the banks of the Palm River. Feast on steaming bowls of noodle soup and refreshing papaya salad while taking in the ornate interior and peaceful river views.

Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai temple

Tarpon Springs

In the early 1900s, hundreds of divers from Greece came to the Bay Area to make their fortunes, harvesting the sponges that lived just off the coast. Today, their legacy lives on in Tarpon Springs, a seaside community overflowing with loofahs and lamb gyros.

Tarpon Springs sponges

Sip Craft Beers

Tampa’s beer scene is world-renowned. Taste the beers that put Tampa on the map at Cigar City Brewing. Then, check out some of the newer places making waves, including Hidden Springs Ale Works and Coppertail Brewing Co.

Cigar City Brewing

Clearwater Beach

With its powder-white sand, calm waters and lively restaurant scene, Clearwater Beach consistently ranks at the top of the list of the country’s best beaches. Spend a day on the sand then grab a grouper sandwich at Frenchy’s Café, a Clearwater Beach institution since 1981.

Pier 60, Clearwater Beach

José Martí Park 

Going to Cuba has never been difficult for Tampa locals. Since 1956, Ybor City’s José Martí Park (1303 E. Eight Ave., Ybor City, FL) has been owned by the Cuban government, technically making it Cuban soil. 

Jose Marti Park, Tampa