We are minutes from the heart of downtown Tampa. High-rise condos and skyscrapers are found all along the channel and interwoven within the business district. Warehouses are being renovated and replaced with new trendy lofts and creative workspaces. What once housed old Model T-Fords is now a house itself just as what was once a downtrodden part of the city is now the epicenter of business. The TECO Historic Streetcar can be seen at several stops throughout the district carrying people from The Florida Aquarium, the Amalie Arena, Channelside and beyond.
Bern’s Steak House
We are steps from the premier restaurant on the East Coast of the country, Bern’s Steak House. Bern’s Steak House is famous for not only its food, much of which is organic and grown especially for Bern’s, but also for its massive wine list. Bern’s has the largest wine list of any restaurant in the world. In its cellars can be found depression-era French red wine, pre-war Sauternes, and Madeira from the 17th century. Diners can take a tour of the wine cellar as well as the kitchen at Bern’s after their meal. Due to its status as the largest private wine collection in the world, Bern’s has quite a following of wine aficionados. Bern’s is one of three locations that annually host “Winefest”, the second largest private fundraiser for charity in the Tampa Bay area, the first being “Taste of Tampa”.
The establishment also boasts a private dessert room, the Harry Waugh Dessert Room.
We are right in the heart of Soho Tampa, short for “South Howard Avenue (Tampa)” which is an entertainment district within the Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa. Some of the main cross streets are Kennedy Boulevard (SoHo’s starting point), Cleveland Street, Platt Street and Swann Avenue. The area has historic architecture and is within walking distance of Bayshore Boulevard where it terminates (two miles away from the entertainment district). High-end restaurants and nightlife venues are located here including The Lodge, Green Lemon, Dubliner’s, Cheap, Ciccio’s and MacDintons. Other offerings are high-end locally-owned clothing boutiques, art galleries, dessert cafes, and a Starbucks. One of only three Publix GreenWise Markets is also located in the district.
Tampa Convention Center
We are a hop-skip from the Tampa Convention Center. The center opened in 1990 and encompasses 600,000 square feet (56,000 m2) in total. It has a 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) exhibit hall, a ballroom capable of accommodating over 2,000 guests, and 36 meeting rooms that can be adjusted to various sizes. The facility hosts over 300 events per year.
Amalie Arena is a short taxi ride from us and is the home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. The venue, located in Downtown Tampa’s Channelside District was a secondary location chosen after the failure of Tampa Coliseum Inc. to secure funding to construct an arena on Tampa Sports Authority land near Tampa Stadium. It opened in 1996 as the Ice Palace. The Arena also houses concerts, wrestling matches, bull riding and ics shows including “Disney on Ice” events. It has even been home to the Frozen Four college hockey tournament.
Finally, with our full-furnished kitchens, you still need something to eat. Well, located directly behind us is a Winn-Dixie Supermarket. It is fully stocked with everything you’d ever need to fill all your grocery needs from vegetables and meats to soda and ice cream! So you can put your fully furnished kitchen to good use making a lovely home meal for yourself or your spouse with your own ingredients and food.
Over the past 2 decades, the City of Tampa has been transformed into a true waterfront city. The Riverwalk provides access for anyone who desires to enjoy a walk, jog or bike along this continuous pathway extending from the Channelside area to Tampa Heights along the east side of the Hillsborough River. It incorporates pedestrian amenities, art and interpretive elements, retail and restaurants, and parks and open space. As one of the key developmental elements, the Riverwalk has revitalized the heart of the city, accentuating one of the City of Tampa’s most valuable resources — the waterfront. Our vision “to create a vibrant and interactive waterfront experience for residents and visitors that reflects the spirit and uniqueness of Tampa” has become reality. Tampa Bay’s 2.5-mile (4 km) pedestrian space links downtown’s most popular destinations like gems on a string. The mix of museums, restaurants, and parks makes the Tampa Riverwalk a must-experience part of any visit.
Minutes away from downtown Tampa, Channelside Bay Plaza features a unique collection of waterfront retail, dining, and entertainment options. Channelside Bay Plaza is within walking distance of Tampa’s vibrant local attractions including Amalie Arena, the Florida Aquarium, and the Tampa Convention Center.
The Florida Aquarium features 200,000 square-feet featuring beautiful exhibits full of animals from Florida and beyond to enhance the experience of your visit. Home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and marine animals from Florida and around the world tells the story of water’s journey to the sea: from a single drop of rain to the deep waters where the ocean’s top predators are found. Along the way, see river otters, alligators, stingrays, and sharks! You will experience our 500,000 gallon floor-to-ceiling Coral Reef tank and exit through Ocean Commotion. You can also meet a penguin up close or watch the children splash the day away in our outdoor water fun zone: Explore a Shore!
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The new eight acre Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park features a unique urban design, sustainable construction, and operational features including reclaimed water for irrigation and LED lighting. Park amenities include the Great Lawn with flexible perimeter seating to accommodate a wide range of programming and performances, a dog run, a kiosk with restrooms, and a pavilion building with restrooms, park offices and space for a future vendor. There are also two interactive fountains: the Louver fountain and the Mist fountain.
Hyde Park Village
Hyde Park Village is an outdoor lifestyle center offering a unique shopping, dining and entertainment experience. With a mix of national, regional and local retailers, the Village features a variety of shops and restaurants including a fitness center, full service salon and upscale cinema. Open daily, Hyde Park Village is located at the corner of Swann and Dakota Avenues in the heart of the Hyde Park Historic District in Tampa, FL. Hyde Park Village is managed by WS Development.
Tampa General Hospital
Tampa General Hospital provides advanced, innovative methods for diagnosing and treating patients with heart and vascular disease as well as comprehensive rehabilitation for cardiac patients. In 2015, Tampa General Hospital received national recognition for cardiac care when U.S.News & World Report named it one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery for the eighth consecutive year. TGH has also received disease-specific certification from The Joint Commission for heart failure and ventricular assist device (advanced certification). From diagnostic testing to vascular interventions to heart transplantation, TGH can treat your cardiovascular condition with the latest treatment options.
Memorial Hospital of Tampa, a member of HCA West Florida Division, has been providing comprehensive healthcare services for residents of south Tampa for more than 40 years. The 183-bed acute care hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and provides 24-hour Emergency Care, Behavioral Healthcare, Cardiovascular Services, General Surgery and Imaging & Diagnostic Services. Other specialized services include an accredited Diagnostic Sleep Lab, Digestive Health, Digital Mammography, Health 4 Seniors, Interventional Radiology, Inpatient & Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation, Robotic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Speech & Language Services, Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery, Women’s Health, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.
Yes, a sidewalk is one of Tampa’s best attractions. Before you start with the jokes, this is a very special sidewalk. Running from just north of MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa along Hillsborough Bay, the sidewalk that runs along Bayshore Boulevard is the longest continuous sidewalk in the US. It is south Tampa’s unofficial gym, where at all hours of the day you can find many people walking, jogging, biking, and rollerblading down the nearly flat pavement. With the water on one side and some of Tampa’s most expensive real estate on the other, the scenery can’t be beat. It’s also the location of our most important celebration, the annual Gasparilla parade in late January. Bayshore is simply the city’s most distinctive feature.
University of Tampa
The University of Tampa serves more than 8,037 undergraduate and graduate students, and Plant Hall remains the foundation of a 105-acre, 58-building campus that successfully blends the historic with the modern. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, University of Tampa students come from 50 states and 140 countries. There are more than 200 programs of study, including 11 master’s degree programs and numerous study abroad opportunities. From its humble beginnings in Plant Hall, UT boasts a $235 million annual budget and a $850 million estimated annual economic impact.
MacDill Air Force Base
The 6th Air Mobility Wing is organized into five groups: Operations, Maintenance, Mission Support, Medical, and the Wing Staff. Team MacDill includes 28 associate units from all branches of service to include U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 927th Air Refueling Wing.
The presence of these two unified commands and other Mission Teammates creates a unique multi-service community at MacDill, with all branches of service represented. So, although MacDill is an Air Force Base, it is also home to many soldiers, sailors, Marines and coast guardsman.