Prospective residents pondering their relocation to the Sunshine State city of Tampa won’t be disappointed when it comes to the lifestyle opportunities on offer. From world-class museums and art galleries to hiking trails and lush green parks, there is something for everyone in the Cigar City.
Tampa’s nightlife scene is a lot of fun and getting out and about for an evening is a great way for new arrivals to mingle with the friendly locals. Eating out in Tampa is also an awesome experience with a wide range of restaurants and eateries that’ll suit a range of tastes and price points.
Arts and culture in Tampa
New arrivals in Tampa with a passion for arts and culture won’t be disappointed. Tampa boasts an array of cultural gems mingled with history which will interest even the most discerning culture vultures. From historic artefacts to modern art, the scene in Tampa is eclectic, to say the least. Particular highlights include the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. For theatre, musicals and comedy shows newcomers should head to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts which boasts a full calendar of entertainment offerings.
Regardless of whether one is a history buff looking to take a trip back to yesteryear or a music fan looking for a sensational live performance, a wealth of options await in Tampa.
Eating out in Tampa
The culinary scene in Tampa is as rich and unique as the city itself. From local favourites such as devilled crab, smoked mullet, garlic shrimp and those legendary Cuban sandwiches, to a myriad of international options, foodies are in for a gastronomic journey as they try out the eateries of the Cigar City.
From exquisite fine dining and farm-to-table experiences to more humble seafood feasts and authentic Latin dishes, there is something to satisfy every craving and budget.
Nightlife in Tampa
Of course, Tampa is famous for sunshine but newcomers looking for a good time will be pleased to learn that the city comes to life at sunset too. From unique dance venues or intimate live music venues, the Cigar City’s nightlife offerings are pretty impressive.
Tampa boasts everything from down-to-earth Irish pubs and trendy microbreweries to sophisticated cocktail lounges and sleek martini bars. Revellers will never need to look too far when it comes to opportunities to let one’s hair down and getting acquainted with the locals.
Sport and outdoor activities in Tampa
Tampa is a real treat for the avid sports enthusiast. From the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning and the MLB Tampa Bay Rays, the city’s sports calendar is pretty packed. Then there is the fact that every spring season the New York Yankees head to Tampa for training. There is also a range of semi-pro and collegiate teams worth keeping track of too.
For those who prefer participating in sport rather than watching from the bleachers, Tampa provides plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors in the Florida sun pursuing a range of sporting pursuits. From deep-sea fishing, golf, cycling and hiking, Tampa residents score big when it comes to sport.
►Check out our What's on in Tampa page to learn about the Cigar City's best annual events
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