The Tampa Museum of Art
The striking Tampa Museum of Art, situated in the downtown area of the city and overlooking the waterfront, has won awards for its modern design. With a collection that focuses on contemporary art, the permanent and visiting exhibitions are first-class with works by world-renowned artists. You should also check out the programme of outdoor events that make the most of the stunning setting in the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
The Dali Museum
The unusual glass and concrete structure is one of the most striking buildings in Tampa and very befitting of surrealist artist Salvador Dali. The collection is the largest outside of Europe. Whether you’re experiencing Dali’s paintings for the first time or you’re an established admirer, walking through the captivating spaces and tasting some Spanish delicacies in the museum cafe is a great way to spend the day.
David A. Straz Jr Center for the Performing Arts
This regular stop-off for all the best Broadway shows has a varied programme of productions and concerts that make for a memorable evening in the city.
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Celebrating and protecting the works and practice of photography, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts has collections from all periods of history. Admire works by iconic names and discover new pieces that will pique your interest.
Phoenix Glass Studio & Gallery
Susan Gott opens her studio to give public demonstrations of glassblowing. You can browse her gallery and buy finished pieces of her unique glass art.
Breweries & Distilleries
If you’re a beer-lover who knows your pale ale from your porter, or just an interested tourist looking for a tipple, the many breweries and distilleries in and around Tampa make for an interesting and thirst-quenching day out. Plenty of the local brewers offer tastings and tours to give you an insight into their history and brewing processes.
Angry Chair Brewing in Seminole Heights allows you to sample beers from other Florida breweries as well as their own offerings. The Coppertail Brewing tasting room is a great destination bar that offers tasty food and craft beers as well as tours behind the scenes. Six Ten Brewing is a friendly company with a tasting room that overlooks the brewing equipment so you can watch their craft beers being made as you drink.