Conveniently located and easily accessible, this performing arts center is located downtown beside the scenic Hillsborough River and offers patrons a variety of Broadway shows, musicals, plays, concerts, operas and special events in four theaters. Indulge in pre-show dining while enjoying scenic views of Tampa at Maestro's, where you can dine under the stars on the Riverwalk Promenade or inside at The Cafe, which operates when Broadway shows are featured. Call the 24-hour events line for current information on upcoming shows, tickets, directions, parking and dining.
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.
Housing the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the world, the museum offers a regularly changing exhibit of the legendary surrealist artist's melting-watch canvases and a wide variety of his sculpture and fiber objects that are, at the very least, intriguing. One memorable creation toasts the cocktail party; it is a vest covered with full glasses of creme de menthe. Daily tours seek to explain this complex man and his equally complex art. In the museum store you can select a memento of your surreal experience. Do check the website or call for timings.
CinéBistro is the best venue for an afternoon or evening of adult dining and movie going. Located in trendy Hyde Park Village, enjoy a sumptuous meal and cocktails while watching the latest in new releases and independent films. Arrive 30 minutes prior to the movie, place your order, and sit back and enjoy the show. Or, you can forgo the movie and dine in the lounge and mingle with friends. With a full menu of delectable delights, or assorted snacks if you prefer, movie going has never been so good. Please note all visitors to CinéBistro must be 21 or older.
Established in 1926 as one of the premier cinemas in the United States, the Tampa Theatre now serves as a national landmark. In addition to showcasing movies and musicals, this venue also hosts events and stunning wedding receptions. This theater's interior boasts a number of Mediterranean-inspired accents and features a collection of antiques and statues. This historic theater has 1446 seats total, spread out over two levels.
The Carol Morsani Hall is the pride and joy of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. It boasts a looming 11-story-high stage and back stage, allowing for elaborate Broadway productions and major plays. To go along with the impressive size of the stage are four levels of seating and the audience is practically guaranteed a full experience of the grandeur performances from any seat.
Opened in 1987, Clayton Galleries has been providing artwork to the Tampa community for over 25 years. The gallery highlights and promotes the work of Florida artists as well as regional artists through ongoing exhibitions. Current works along with earlier pieces by artists allow visitors to see the creative growth of each individual artist. On display you will see a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, paper, and photography. Rotating exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year. Clayton Galleries also offers custom framing from basic styles to embellished gold leaf finishes by an experienced in-house framer.
If you are a vintage car enthusiast, then the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum is a must on your itinerary when visiting the city. Opened in 2005, their collection is a range of automobiles from the 1920s through to the 1930s that were known for their engineering marvel. These cars were the pioneers of that era that set a trend for the future of vehicles. It features cars from all across the world such as the E from France, Tatra T87 from Czechoslovakia, DKW Meisterklasse from Germany and the American Ruxton.
This 5,000 square foot gallery space offers a collection of canvas prints from various artists with the option of onsite framing. Browse local and international artists work while the kids are kept occupied by the complimentary DVD collection and Xbox in the children's area. The gallery specializes in home and office art consultations and even offer installation services.
Owned and operated by the city's Leisure Services Department, this “botanical experience” of tropical splendor, orchids and bromeliads features streams and pools adorned with colorful pink flamingos. There are special activities for children and wildlife presentations for everyone. Horticultural displays occur seasonally. A Rainforest Information Center here has exhibits of some of the eerier critters, including snakes and other reptiles, spiders, and scorpions. In the Garden you'll also find a captivating butterfly aviary.