Tampa’s steady growth since the territory became part of the United States in 1845 started with an array of hotels built by Henry B. Plant along his railroad route. The hotels were intended to attract visitors and they certainly did! Tampa’s mining and shipping industries, along with the discovery of phosphates in the area contributed to exponential commerce growth, with the shrimp trade continuing to drive growth in recent years. With a thriving port and an international airport, Tampa Bay is a highly accessible and popular destination for vacationers and families alike.
Various historical locations such as the Floridian Hotel and the Historic Tampa Theatre offer plenty to see. The Historic Tampa Theatre is an ornate Mediterranean-style theatre that was once ranked #3 in the world, with a stunning Wurlitzer theatre organ lending drama and excitement to each performance. The unique Floridian Palace Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is definitely worth a visit.
Tampa’s rich history and modern landscape and buildings mesh into an incredibly welcoming environment.
Events and activities
From dying the channel green on St. Patrick’s Day, annual festive dragon boat races, Rock the Park music series to the Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Festival of the Arts–there’s always something going on in Tampa Bay! The arts, children’s festivals including Santa Fest, and opportunities for music and interaction with friends and neighbors abound. Along with the city-wide events, Busch Gardens, Dinosaur World, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tampa’s resident football team), a variety of sports radio shows, and various local museums are open for adventures year-round.
Looking for animal adventures? Look no further than the gorgeous Florida Aquarium, the Giraffe Ranch, the Safari Wildnerness Ranch and the Lowry Park Zoo. And don’t forget the amazing miles of white, sandy beaches that are no further away than St. Petersburg or Clearwater!
Life in Tampa
When most people think about Tampa Bay, the word that comes to mind is “paradise”. With an average of 360 sunny days per year and a relatively moderate climate with a temperature that never climbs over 100 degrees and a year-round average temperature between 50-70 degrees, the weather couldn’t get much better. With the pleasant weather comes a healthy, outdoorsy living style which includes over 150 parks in the immediate Tampa area which boast hiking, dog parks, jogging trails, sprayparks, boat ramps and canoe launches, playgrounds and lots of picnic areas.
Tampa Bay is also a surprisingly strong buyer’s market when it comes to housing. The addition of several major colleges and universities make Tampa an ideal location to enjoy life in or out of the fast lane.