Welcome to Tampa: The City of Champions

Published on 31 August 2016 in Business
Melissa Mcenerney (author)

Melissa Mcenerney

Sand Key on Clearwater Beach

Sand Key on Clearwater Beach

You want to be close, that’s the objective. Close enough to avoid a commute to your place of employment, close enough to take advantage of Florida resident amusement park passes and close enough to hit a warm, sandy beach in under thirty minutes time. Of course a large-scale selection of wonderful neighborhoods, artistic happenings, live music venues, exquisite ethnic restaurants and athletic stadiums wouldn’t hurt either. It’s necessities like these that hold monumental weight in the decision making process for current and prospective Tampa residents. 
 Renters and buyers alike are drawn to Tampa’s charming neighborhoods and commendable schools. Residents can choose from a seemingly endless assortment of traditional homes and historic bungalows. Aesthetic neighborhoods such as Safety Harbor, Westchase, Carrollwood, Palma Ceia and Hyde Park provide a safe environment, affordability and easy access to all of the essentials. Grocery stores, restaurants and doctors’ offices are located within reach. Educational institutions are also conveniently plentiful in the Tampa Bay Area, giving parents the upper hand in electing the best schools for their children. 

“Cheetah Hunt” at Busch Gardens

“Cheetah Hunt” at Busch Gardens

Working professionals find solace in Tampa’s limited commute times and ample job opportunities. Regardless of their occupation, residents can expect to arrive at their place of work in under half an hour on average. This is sublime for those who find setting aside an hour to drive to and from the office less than ideal. Being that Tampa is a populated city, job openings can be discovered around every corner. 
Not one, but two amusement parks inhabit the Tampa Bay Area. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are right around the corner for locals to enjoy at their leisure. Additional perks come in the forms of Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Discovery Cove, which never exceed an hour and thirty minutes in travel time. Tampa residents can opt to take advantage of discounts for these attractions simply because they live in Florida. 
“I really enjoy the historic districts such as Ybor City and the fun environments they provide. I also love Channelside and the events that they hold there, Beerfest being one of them. Another cool thing is that on any given night, there is live music somewhere,” Bay Area resident Zach Grant commented. Entertainment is abundant in and around Tampa. Visitors and residents can make a day out of the Florida Aquarium or the Tampa Museum of Art. One of a kind restaurants such as Pane Rustica, the Bizou Brasserie, Bernini of Ybor and The Refinery are scattered throughout the city. The Port of Tampa and the Tampa International Airport are easily accessible, allowing residents to embark on excursions by way of cruise or flight. Yoga classes are held Downtown for those looking for a fun way to shed a few pounds or improve their cardio and circulatory health. Also worth mentioning are our many beaches. Clearwater beach, Fred Howard Park Beach, Honeymoon Island, St. Pete Beach and Davis Islands Beach are just a few of the sandy localities that Bay Area residents know and love. Tire out your four-legged friends at Tampa’s Picnic Island Beach Dog Park. The Amalie Arena and the Raymond James Stadium, which house two of Tampa’s major league teams, fill up fast with sports enthusiasts on game days. 
Be sure to take part some of the Tampa Bay Area’s exciting upcoming events! The Tampa Bay Rays are going up against the Orioles at St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field on Tuesday, September 6th at 7:10 pm. Tampa’s Boat Show is being held at the Tampa Convention Center from September 9th-11th. Country singer Miranda Lambert will be performing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on September 9th. For fright fanatics, Howl-O-Scream’s “Evil Encore” kicks off at Busch Gardens on September 29th at 7:30 pm. Rocky Point is hosting a food-filled Eggs by the Bay Eggfest Benefit on Saturday, October 1st at 9:00 am. Christian rock stars Needtobreathe will be at the USF Sun Dome on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm. Art lovers can attend the Gulfport Art Walk on October 15th at 6:00 pm. The Tampa Bay Lightning is scheduled to take on the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30 pm. 
Tampa residents take pride in their home, and for good reason. The city and its surrounding areas are culturally diverse, abounding with character and lively entertainment. “Now that I live in the city, I enjoy being able to interact with many different kinds of people and discover different cultures all in one area,” says Gillian Shaw of Tampa. More than just another place on a map, the Bay Area is a community. Join us in celebrating Tampa - Florida’s greatest city.

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