Tired of the usual dinner and a movie date? Try your hand at something new and take your significant other or group of friends for a night of painting. Painting With a Twist offers patrons a unique atmosphere where they can partake in an art lesson, with paint and canvas provided, while sipping and snacking on food and beverages brought from home. Far from the usual date or girls night activity, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Located in downtown Tampa across the river from the University of Tampa and near Riverwalk, the Glazer Children's Museum provides plenty of fun and entertainment for children. The museum offers a full range of games, workshops and interactive exhibits. Craft activities, story time, parades, and fun fitness and aerobics are just a few of the daily programs accessible to children. Monthly events are scheduled with special themes, guests, face painting, demonstrations and exhibits designed just for kids. Food, snacks and beverages are available at the Tiny Bites Café.
Ybor City Museum State Park is a terrific museum that educates you on the Ybor and Tampa cities history. An inexpensive museum that provides information about the Italian bakery that baked Cuban breads and the cigar making industry. You can browse through the cigar maker's home, bakery and visit the ornamental garden that has certain rules and regulations. A great place to have a private events and a social gathering. If you love history or simply want to kill some couple of hours, visiting this museum would surely be worth it.
Cruise the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico while enjoying complimentary beverages on-board a comfortable double-decker catamaran. Snacks and cocktails are available for purchase from the full bar. Take a sightseeing tour of the beautiful white sand beaches of Honeymoon and Caladesi Island or book a tour dedicated to dolphin sighting. Relax and with a sunset cruise or celebrate on the adults only Saturday Night Party Cruise. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or graduation party or have a family reunion cruise with food, beverages, and music with a private charter. Whatever your pleasure, Tropics Boat Tours is available.
For plenty of gaming action, GameTime is the place to go in Centro Ybor. The entertainment venue is all about games from classic Pac-Man to the latest in interactive games. GameTime is perfect for the whole family with an awesome selection of games for kids and adults. Play to win and choose from hundreds of prizes. Large flat-screen televisions add to the excitement with the latest in sports. Take a break and head to the grill for a pizza, tasty burger, baby back ribs or juicy steak along with a refreshing drink. For the adults, stop by during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4p until 7p then again from 10p until closing. - Vickie Ferguson
Since 1984, the Brad Cooper Gallery has provided an ongoing array of unique and expressive works. At its Ybor gallery, artists from around the US and abroad exhibit their creative pieces. The gallery focuses on contemporary art by established artists as well as emerging artists. The gallery features paintings using several mediums including oil on linen, wood, and canvas, acrylic on paper, silver print, and mixed media. There are featured solo exhibits throughout the year. Professional staff is available to help collectors choose pieces for ongoing collections as well as custom framing. Gallery viewing is by appointment only. -Vickie Ferguson
The John F. Germany Public Library is located in the heart of Tampa and is a massive public library, one of the largest in the city. This library was opened in the 1960's and houses hundreds of thousands of books that include recreational literature, biographies, magazines, study materials, public records, and much more. This library impressively boasts of a huge collection of electronic media that includes e-books, DVDs, CDs, videos, movies, and much more. There also are numerous computers that are available for research, free Wi-Fi, and a permanent art collection with exhibits by talented local and regional artists. The library is well-maintained and clean and the staff is always friendly and more than helpful if ever the need arises.
For a fun-filled outing, United Skates of America has a little bit of something for everyone. First, at United Skates, it's all about skating. Bring your own or rent what you need then take to the rink and show off your stuff. Take a break and play some arcade games or get a slice of pizza at the food bar. United Skates offers classes for skating and hockey, has planned events such as derby night, offers discounted admission on select days, provides packages for birthday parties, and has an adult skating night for guests ages 17 and older. Call ahead for further information.
The Roland Manteiga statue is the statue of an editor of the La Gaceta weekly newspaper that was the only trilingual newspaper in the U.S. started by his father. This statue stands as a replica of Roland Manteiga reading his own newspaper on the streets of Tampa. The statue is a great attraction to the tourists as well as locals that speaks of a lot of stories about Roland and his father. One can surely visit this statue and gain knowledge about the history of the trilingual newspaper as well click some pictures while one stands along with the statue.