If you’re in the Tampa, Florida, area this winter with Global Discovery Vacations, try digging up some of the area’s rich history and some local produce. There’s more than just sun and beaches to this sunny vacation destination!
Whether you’re into the industrial history or finding the city’s true persona, make time to explore these areas:
Henry B. Plant Museum
Located on the University of Tampa campus, the Henry B. Plant Museum will seem like a time warp where 10-course meals, alligator hunting and tea parties were considered common activities. Formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel, these renovated and restored hotel rooms were built in 1891 as a railroad stop and has welcomed the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. The building is filled with its original furnishings and you can get a first-hand look at authentic artifacts.
Historic Latin Quarter of Ybor City
As one of the three National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida, Ybor City got its start when Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor moved his cigar-manufacturing company from Key West to Tampa in the 1880s. It quickly turned into Florida’s first industrial district and it left behind a vast culture of turn-of-the-century capitalism and labor. The brick and iron architecture give the area a classic feel and you can see an authentic hand-made cigar rolled right in front of you. The nightlife always has something going on.
If that’s not enough, Tampa Bay takes advantage of the winter with some neat farmer’s markets. If you are into buying locally grown produce and goods, visit downtown on Sundays, Hyde Park Village on the first Sunday of every month and Ybor City on Saturdays.
Tampa, Florida truly does have something for everyone, even in the cold of winter (Tampa was a frigid 78 degrees at the time of this posting).
What do you do when go on a winter Florida vacation with Global Discovery Vacations? Let us know in the comments below.
Photos courtesy of Robert La Follette and H.B. Plant Museum.