July 7, 2015
We love the community we live and work in, and we thought it would be fun to get away from talking about security for a bit and present a few of our favorite attractions in and around Tampa Bay. Here are a few places that we feel make the Tampa Bay region the best place to live and work.
Big Cat Rescue
This attraction is just what it says in the name. You can book a variety of different types of tours to see a wide variety of seriously big cats. Big Cat Rescue provides care and shelter for abused or injured lions, tigers and other large cat breeds. It’s open to the public, but you’ll need to sign up for a guided tour to do so.
Tampa Bay has no shortage of champions when it comes to professional sports. The Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL and the Buccaneers of the NFL have both brought home their sport’s respective trophies. We’ve got arena football in the Tampa Bay Storm, and we’ve got exciting college football, basketball and other sports with our hometown favorite the USF Bulls. And it goes without saying that an evening at the Trop to see the Rays play baseball is a favorite local pastime.
Cigar City Brewing
For fans of craft beer, this is a must on any visit to Tampa Bay. The seasonal variety of carefully crafted brews rivals any in the country. Stop by and try a sampler, and grab a bit to eat from the food trucks outside.
The Florida Aquarium is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Residents and visitors alike enjoy spending the day learning about creatures from both land and sea and from all across the world. There’s so much to see and do that you may need to come back twice to see everything. You can even dive with the sharks, if you dare!
The Museum of Science and Industry, AKA MOSI, is another local favorite. From the year round family-friendly science exhibits to the temporary exhibits like Bodies and Mummies, MOSI has something for everyone. It’s definitely worth checking out.
University of South Florida Botanical Gardens
These peaceful, beautiful gardens cover 16 acres and consist of more than 3,000 plants, animals and other natural habitats. The gardens are the site of continuous research by USF students, faculty and others and are open to the public.
Hyde Park Village
Enjoy a shopping and culinary experience like no other. This little village provides an experience that feels like a small city with stores like Pottery Barn and Brooks Brothers tucked away within the confines of beautiful Hyde Park.
Ybor City Saturday Market
Open from 9 am to 1 pm each Saturday, the Ybor Saturday Market is a fresh air market that has become one of the area’s most popular weekend destinations. Enjoy fresh produce, crafts and unique items from a variety of vendors.
These are just a few of our favorite spots across the Tampa Bay region. There are so many more reasons why we love to live and work in the area, but if we named them all, you’d be here reading this article all week!