Find new ways to see Tampa this weekend! Share, explore and discover new things in our area. Try a Ybor City Tour and check out the rich cigar history of Tampa or go to a Bucs game and see if they can defeat the reigning champs!
Share - The Weekend with your New Furry Friend!
If you’re looking for a new way to see Tampa or someone new to share Tampa with, head to PetSmart on Dale Mabry from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. on Saturday and adopt yourself a new best friend. I can tell you from personal experiences that having a dog in Tampa is awesome. There are an array of dog parks, clubs, and activities that will make Tampa feel like a whole new city! Head to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay's website and check out all of your options. I’m sure there’s one you could fall in love with in this cute bunch! And then later on Sunday, you can bring your pet to Tropicana Field to watch a game of baseball with you!
Explore - Cigar Shops/Factories in Ybor City
Start the weekend this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. by learning all about the history of Ybor City and how the cigar industry started in our own backyard. Take a tour at Ybor City Tours and visit over 12 historic landmarks around 7th Ave in Ybor City. The walking tour lasts around 90 minutes with full descriptions of each landmark. If you want to buy a cigar, or just sit and enjoy one after the tour, check out Ybor Cigars Plus, Tabanero Cigars or King Corona Cigars all along 7th Ave.
Ybor Cigars Plus
At Ybor Cigars Plus they pride themselves on hand-rolled cigars and live music that pays a tribute to their ancestors that created the industry they work in today. They bring Cuban heritage to each hand-rolled cigar because of its excellent quality. Their skilled craftsmen achieve special blends and flavors through their hard work and determination. It helps them stand out in the crowd of Cigar Shops in Ybor City! They call themselves the bridge between Havana and Tampa!
In the heart of Ybor City, right across the street from Centro Ybor, lies another historic Cigar Factory, Tabanero Cigars. Their factory demonstrates their love of great and high-quality cigars as they hand roll each cigar in-house to ensure their customers will have the best smoke possible. Tabanero Cigars gets its tobacco from Oliva Tobacco Company which is based in Tampa. They get their tobacco leaves from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia. Stop by Tabanero Cigars if you consider yourself a connoisseur of cigars and they will put your knowledge to the test!
King Corona has been a staple in Ybor City for more than a decade now! They have the largest selection of cigars in Ybor City so no matter what you like, they’ll have the right cigar for you. But if you asked them, it’s only a sampling of everything cigar city (Ybor City) has to offer. King Corona is known for their cigars but they offer a multi-experience venue with fine wine and an expansive selection of imported beers and delicious food made fresh to order.
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Discover - A new favorite flower at one of the Botanical Gardens in Tampa Bay!
The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors of all ages by showcasing the flora, fauna, and natural resources of Florida. They showcase all of that beauty in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques. It’s fun for the whole family! Spend the day admiring the nature that is Flo-grown! The Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo are open 7 days a week and admission is free.
Escape the urban landscape of Downtown St. Pete and head to the famous Sunken Gardens. As St. Pete’s oldest living museum, it is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. In the 100 years the museum has been open they have transformed into a venue that has garden tours, horticultural programs, special events, field trips, weddings, private and corporate rentals. Relax and stay a while as you stroll through meandering paths with lush exotic plants and animals from all over the world. They even have waterfalls and flamingos too!
The USF Botanical Gardens are 16 acres of gardens that are home to over 3,000 kinds of plants, animals and natural habitats in North Tampa. It was built as a part of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences but over 35,000 guests enjoy this park annually. This unique space encourages plant festivals and other attractions from around the state to come to the area. The on-going research done by students provides vast opportunities for hands-on learners of the environmental path on campus.
Top Ten Things to Do in Tampa Bay this Weekend
On September 14th at 6 p.m. people will gather at The Orlo in Hyde Park to drink beer and have a good time at Beer and Bow Ties while raising money for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit Suicide Prevention & Awareness. So get a ticket today and join in on the fun! This event is equal parts philanthropy and fun… We pinky promise!
Stop by de Bine Brewing Company for some of Florida’s best beer while you shop until you drop! Local handcrafted artisans and makers will be selling an array of indie designs and goods for you to check out as you sip your beer. Add some tunes, food and some tarot cards to the mix and you've got yourself one of Agora's lively pop-up markets in Palm Harbor.
15th Anniversary Freestyle Explosion
This is a lineup you don’t want to miss! The biggest names in freestyle music, including multi-platinum recording artist Taylor Dayne, Female Pop Sensation Expose, The King of Freestyle Stevie B., The Queen of Freestyle Lisa Lisa and Freestyle Legends TKA K7 will be playing Amalie Arena this Saturday night starting at 7:30 p.m. All of the artists will collaborate to perform their biggest rhythmic dance hits!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Bucs destroyed the Saints last weekend, but can they defeat the reigning champs on Saturday? At 1 p.m. they play the Philadelphia Eagles at Raymond James Stadium to try and keep up their winning streak. But do they have what it takes to beat the Eagles? Find out this Saturday!
Stay and play all night long at Sky Zone in Tampa! Sky Zone is Tampa’s indoor trampoline park that offers “fun fitness” to those who choose to explore it. With trampolines, foam pits, rock walls and more fun games this is somewhere we could spend all day! Well, what about all night? Join the Sky Zone Family for a lock in from 12am-6am on Saturday night.
If you love country music and you’re not too busy getting drunk on a plane, check out the Dierks Bentley concert at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre this Saturday night. Put on your cut off shorts and sleeveless flannel for this country superstar and crack a beer as you listen to your favorite hits like “Somewhere on a Beach” and “Burning Man”.
Scorpions is one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time with hits like “Wind of Change”, “Still Loving You” and “Send Me an Angel” that have been celebrated ever since their debut. The World Crazy Tour celebrates 50+ years of rock with their return to North America. So join them at Amalie Arena on Friday!
If you love spending your weekends with your furry best friend, take them to enjoy a baseball game at Tropicana Field in the EDGE District of Downtown St. Pete on Sunday! The Tampa Bay Rays want to show their love for all their four-legged fans! On September 16th you can buy a ticket to the Rays Game for $30-40 and bring your pet along with you for free. There will be giveaways of dog-friendly merchandise during the game with activities for your pet during the 7th inning stretch!
Check out Safety Harbor’s Market on Main every Sunday for local hand-crafted items, local food vendors, produce, fresh orange juice, pickled products, and much more! The selection varies each week to bring you something new each time you visit the market. Plan to come early for breakfast or stay through the afternoon and enjoy lunch on the gazebo lawn while listening to live music. Or even enjoy a walk through quaint downtown Safety Harbor after your visit to the market.
The original cast from Nick Cannon’s comedy variety show will engage the audience at the Amalie Arena in Downtown Tampa on Sunday night! The tour will feature stand up performances by fan-favorite cast members and live interaction with the members of the audience. Nick Cannon will bring a musical guest to the stage during his show in Tampa. Who do you think it will be? Tickets range from $31-$145, but grab yours today before the show sells out!
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