Built in 1926 as one of America's most elaborate movie palaces, the Tampa Theatre today is a passionately protected and beloved community landmark. Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson, it is a superior example of his "atmospheric" style of design. Upon entering under the Theatre's "blade sign" marquee, audiences are transported to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard, replete with old-world statuary, flowers and gargoyles. Over it all is a realistic night sky filled with twinkling stars.
The Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) is the largest science center in the southeastern United States and home of the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. Guests are encouraged to "learn by doing" in this scientific playground of special exhibitions with more than 450 hands-on activities.
Raymond James Stadium, also known as "The Ray Jay," is a multi-purpose football stadium located in Tampa, Florida. It is home to the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers as well as the NCAA's South Florida Bulls football team. The stadium seats just over 66,000, and it is expandable to 75,000 for special events.
One of Tampa's premier cultural attractions, the History Center's cutting-edge, interactive exhibits provide a fun, educational experience for visitors of all ages.
Located along the Riverwalk in downtown Tampa's Channel District, the Tampa Bay History Center takes visitors on a journey through 12,000 years of powerful stories. You'll follow in the footsteps of Florida's first people, set sail with Spanish conquistadors, and travel with pioneer families, immigrant cigar rollers, and sports legends.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is today ranked the number one zoo in the U.S. (Parents magazine 2009 & Child magazine 2004) and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity.
Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 1,500 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Native Florida Wildlife Center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Zoo also features rides, shows and hands-on interactive exhibits designed to give you a WILD experience.
The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on antiquities and modern and contemporary art. It is the region's largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media.
In 1911, John Ringling and his wife, Mable purchased 20 acres of waterfront property in Sarasota, Florida. Today, that investment welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums and a jewel-box of a theater. The Ringling is by far the most popular attraction in Sarasota.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was officially opened to the public on July 7, 1975. Marie Selby's final wish was fulfilled, and the Selby legacy was in full bloom. Since the Gardens opened, the property has expanded from seven acres to nearly thirteen acres. The elegant Mansion on adjoining property was purchased in 1973 and now houses the Gardens' Museum. The Gardens maintains a plant collection numbering more than 20,000 accessioned plants. Eight greenhouses include the stunning Conservatory where unusual flora can be seen year round. The Center for Tropical Plant Science and Conservation provides headquarters for the Bromeliad Research Center, Orchid Research Center, Gesneriad Research Center, and Herbarium. The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, a respected center for research and education, as well as a famous showplace, delights more than 180,000 visitors each year.
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.
The SVFM is a non-profit organization committed to continuing the 30-year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. They create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not for profit organizations benefiting Sarasota.
You will find all styles and mediums of art from realism to abstraction at Towles Court Artist Community- a colorful collection of "Old Florida" bungalows that house galleries and studios and cafes. Over the years Towles has evolved to include interior and graphic designers, innovative art therapists, event planners, internet services and even massage! Ceramics, jewelry, photography, painting, prints as well as fiber and glass are found in formal galleries and gift shops as well in artist's studios. You can commission a portrait, a mural or a fountain or take an art class.
Greg Baker and the Refinery staff are committed to utilizing as much as possible from local farmers and suppliers who do it right. Sustainably and ethically right. Then we refine this already beautiful product into something even more amazing and we change it up every week. They use chipped plates, jailhouse silverware, mason jars and have a Jackalope in the dining room.
Since 1986, Mise en Place has developed into Tampa's premier restaurant for modern American cuisine with an exciting and dynamic menu with flavors reflecting award-winning Chef-Owner Marty Blitz's insatiable love of food. His cooking style incorporates the regional flavors of our global community on the West Coast of Florida with his European training in the classics. The passion of independent proprietor Maryann Ferenc is reflected in the spirit of the staff and the level of personal care in the dining experience.
Mise En Place features an extensive and ever-changing wine list, and Wine Director Dave Madera has an extraordinary capability to pair your meal with a sensational glass of wine, elevating the dining experience. Chef Marty Blitz's passion goes beyond the regular menu items, for he has created a "Get Blitzed Tasting Menu" that incorporates a five course menu paired with wine.
We are omnivores - carnivorous, chocolate-loving, bacon-hoarding, wineauxs, beer geeks, curd nerds and yes, even vegetarians. Together we are shamelessly unapologetic flavor crusaders and Datz is our playground. An american gastropub + market dishing up regional comfort food favorites generously paired with craft beer, boutique wine and artisanal cheese. Served with ample sides of culinary education and entertainment in a spirited, ever-evolving environment. After all, we believe ordinary belongs in the dictionary, not in a restaurant.
Start your evening the Ruth's Chris way - over a mouth-watering filet. Sit back and enjoy the most tender and delicious steak you've ever tasted. Or, if you're in the mood for something a little different, our extensive a la carte menu features extra-thick cut Steak, live Maine Lobster, fresh seafood, a variety of vegetable dishes, and eight potato selections. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth's Chris genuine hospitality. So whether you're a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining may be arranged.
Known for its authentic Northern Italian cuisine, Armani's restaurant features a fresh, sophisticated design and an atmosphere ideal for a romantic dinner for two, a get-together with friends or an upscale business function. With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Tampa Bay, guests can take in spectacular panoramic views during dinner and enjoy a drink on the outdoor patio before or after their meal. Armani's signature antipasto bar allows guests to create their own first course from a selection of more than 30 items and a dedicated station offers fresh made-to-order Caesar salads. Armani's "primi piatti" menu includes vegetarian, pasta and soup selections, while main courses range from veal scaloppini in a truffle sauce over mascarpone polenta to wild salmon on pan fried risotto bianco.
Inspired by European trained bartenders who opened clubs primarily in the Soho District and Greenwich Village areas of New York, Ciro's is beverage-centric, using traditional and historic techniques of mixing cocktails from a bygone era; pre, post, and certainly evolving during the Prohibition period of our country.
Every night Guido and Gino Tiozzo welcome you to Donatello, a fine dining restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1984. Their constant presence and attention to details guarantee that, whether you are dining alone or hosting a large party, you'll be pleased and satisfied by your experience. The menu is based on century-old Italian recipes and displays Italian specialties; the staff is friendly and professional and the desserts are delicious - and if the night is still young, relax at the piano lounge where blues, jazz and love songs are played at the baby grand.
Expect an unsurpassed dining experience at Oxford Exchange. The kitchen offers simple yet perfectly executed meals that feature local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Fresh seasonal foods are prepared daily for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Oxford Exchange attempts to promote open and civil conversations, the exploration of literature, the benefits of shared meals and drinks, curated retail products and provides a home for business.
Seasons 52 is a casually sophisticated fresh grill and wine bar that invites you to discover the sensational flavors of a seasonally inspired menu. At Seasons 52, you'll enjoy a warm, welcoming ambiance with rich mahogany accents, custom built wine cellars, and lush greenery that create an air of casual sophistication. With an award-winning international wine list of over 100 wines, of which 60 are available by the glass, they will find the perfect match to complement your menu selection. Seasons 52 is open for lunch and dinner daily, with extended hours on the weekend. They also feature live entertainment at the piano bar nightly. If you are searching for a place to host your next group function, look no further. Seasons 52 is the perfect setting for your private or semi-private event. They will help you create the event of the season! For more information, Seasons 52 invites you to visit their website at www.Seasons52.com.
Eclectic with a tropical twist, Tommy Bahama's Restaurant and Bar offers a relaxed, elegant island ambience along with truly inspired cuisine. Their life is one long weekend mindset, which turns the island experience from wishful thinking to a tasty reality with a "cosmopolitan collection of dishes inspired by diverse getaways to Jamaica, Barbados and beyond". Signature dishes, such as their award-winning Tommy's World Famous Coconut Shrimp and mouthwatering Pina Colada Cake tempt the palette while an array of cocktails, beer and wine work to slake your thirst. Tommy Bahama's combines a tranquil environment and good food with an emphasis on hospitality to make for the perfect place to recharge or unwind while indulging in a unique dining experience. The experience is sure to feel like a getaway, whether you're on vacation or looking for a vacation from your everyday life.
To dine at Selva Grill is to experience the result of a fascinating evolution of foods and cultures. They offer 'Darwin-style cuisine' in an upscale setting. It is great place to experience Downtown Sarasota.
Michael's On East takes fine dining to another level, offering it's cutting-edge cuisine and extraordinary atmosphere for two decades. Upon entering the dining room, you are immediately dazzled by the plush design and inspired décor. The restaurant's intimate aura, along with its contemporary fare, world-class wine cellar and incomparable service, create an unparalleled dining experience that will give you every reason to keep coming back.
Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join them for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don't miss the World-Famous "1905" Salad, prepared tableside with their delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on the patio, or inside the Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms.
Lively and casually sophisticated Libby's Cafe and Bar has won over the hearts and palates of Sarasota diners and visitors since opening in October 2008. Its fresh-from-market cuisine showcases a unique comfort food-flair that includes both small and large plate options. Whether it's enjoying a happy hour special, lunch, Sunday brunch, dinner or a special occasion event in the private dining room, value, quality and service consistency is paramount for this family owned cafe that thrives on genuine hospitality.
The Bijou Cafe, located in the heart of Sarasota's prestigious Theatre and Arts District since 1986, is one of Florida's best known restaurants. Chef-owner, Jean-Pierre Knaggs and wife Shay, welcome guests with genuine hospitality and unparalleled service. Executive Chef Stephen Phelps, renowned for his sophisticated innovative cuisine, brings a passion for cooking to breath-taking new heights! For more casual fare Chef Stephen offers a lighter Bar Menu in the "Gossips Lounge", the place to be for seasonal al fresco dining. An award winning, value based wine list and a dazzling collection of imaginative cocktails fulfill even the most ardent imbiber's desires!
The new chef-owned MoZaic restaurant is a popular urban venue offering the eclectic cuisine of Chef Dylan Elhajoui, an award-winning wine selection, and Sarasota's most delectable desserts. Join South Florida's dining enthusiasts for a spirited mosaic of food, friends, and fun.
Come discover one of the best aquariums in the country at The Florida Aquarium in beautiful downtown Tampa. A wonderful family destination with plenty of fun activities like Swim with the Fishes, Penguins: Backstage Pass and a Wild Dolphin Ecotour.
Just over an hour west of SeaWorld Orlando near Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast, you'll find yourself on the edge of Africa at Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay. Experience up-close encounters with amazing animals, take an unforgettable safari across the Serengeti Plains, test your courage on pulse-pounding roller coasters, take in a stage show, and colorful live entertainment all year long.
The Children's Museum of Tampa was founded in 1986 in response to the need for an informal,cultural learning environment dedicated to the needs of young children. The Museum opened its doors to the public as a small storefront in the Floriland Mall. Popularity grew as its exhibits focused on allowing children to experience role-play in the activities of everyday life in their community.
The largest accredited sanctuary in the world dedicated entirely to abused and abandoned big cats. Big Cat Sancutary is home to over 100 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and other species most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats - or retired from performing acts. The sanctuary's mission is to provide the best home for the cats and educate the public about the plight of these majestic animals, both in captivity and in the wild, to end abuse and avoid extinction.
Hyde Park Village has been a cherished neighborhood hub since 1905. Today, this 265,000 square foot shopping district spans seven city blocks of street retail, offices and dining in the heart of the Hyde Park Historic District, one of Tampa Bay's most desirable residential neighborhoods. The Village is home to a unique mix of national, regional, and local retailers who together form the special fabric of these streets.
International Plaza and Bay Street, an enclosed, two-story regional shopping center with an adjacent outdoor lifestyle center, is located on the southeast edge of the Tampa International Airport. It features 200 specialty stores and 15 restaurants, plus Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard's and Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza.
Known as Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City is an exotic blend aromas, flavors, sights and sounds. From the scent of roasting Cuban coffee early in the morning to the rhythms of Latin music late into the night, Ybor is a feast for the senses.Browse eclectic shops and art galleries or visit one of the museums. See a "hand-rolled cigar" being made or just relax and "people watch" with a cup of Ybor's famous cafe con leche.