The most festive things to do in Tampa Bay this holiday season

Feeling moderately chilly, arguing with your relatives, and sipping on hot cocoa aren't the only festivities going down in Tampa Bay this…

By CL Staff

Winter Wonderland Clearwater
    200 N Fort Harrison Ave. Clearwater, FL
    December 2 – 22
    Since 1993, Clearwater community volunteers have put together a Winter Wonderland that has become pretty popular. Admission is free except for some rides and refreshments, other than that guests can enjoy activities such as, a hot chocolate shop, a petting zoo, a Bouncy House, a Giant Slide and the Holiday Express Train.
    Photo via Winter Wonderland Clearwater/Facebook
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All the adorable dogs we saw at the 2019 Dogtoberfest in Dunedin

You know what's even better than a dog festival? A dog festival when there's a chill in the air. Cute doggos —…

By CL Staff

All the adorable dogs we saw at the 2019 Dogtoberfest in Dunedin
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Photos from Tampa's 2019 Spooky Empire costume contest and more

Spooky Empire took over downtown Tampa over the weekend and wrapped with a costume contest, along with even more celebrity appearances. See…

By CL Staff

Photos from Tampa's 2019 Spooky Empire costume contest and more
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Everything we saw at Spooky Empire in Tampa

There are still two more days of Spooky Empire left, but we've already seen a bunch of great cosplay as attendees gather…

By CL Staff

Everything we saw at Spooky Empire in Tampa
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Every Halloween costume we saw this weekend in Tampa’s Ybor City

When Halloween’s on a Thursday, everyone parties the Saturday before. Here’s what it looked like in Tampa’s historic Ybor City.    10/26/2019…

By CL Staff

Every Halloween costume we saw this weekend in Tampa’s Ybor City
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All the best Halloween costumes we saw in downtown St. Pete this weekend

We sent a photographer to downtown St. Pete last night to document all the best Halloween costumes. Here's all the madness from…

By CL Staff

All the best Halloween costumes we saw in downtown St. Pete this weekend
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Everyone we saw at Florida Aquarium's Brews By the Bay in Tampa

Good eats and better intentions came together under that beautiful Florida Aquarium atrium on Friday when the conservation organization hosted Brews By…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Florida Aquarium's Brews By the Bay in Tampa
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20 Tampa Bay tattoo artists you should be following on Instagram

These Tampa Bay tattoo artists are innovators in their field. With a variety of styles and subjects, these artists show the variation…

By CL Staff

Aaron Murray | @Aaron.murray
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Everyone we saw at the 2019 Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Festival

Thousands converged Sunday afternoon in downtown Tampa’s Perry Harvey Sr. Park for the Viva Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Festival.10/06/2019 Photos by Marlo Miller https://www.cltampa.com/contact-us/contact/21021977/marlo-miller

By CL Staff

Viva Tampa Bay
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25 Tampa Bay pumpkin patches and corn mazes to explore this fall

Even though it never really feels like fall around here, it doesn't mean we can't enjoy everything else this season has to…

By CL Staff

Sweetfield Farms Fall Maze and Pumpkin Patch
    17250 Benes Roush Rd. Masaryktown, FL
    Dates: September 29 – November 3
    With over 5 acres of corn, Sweetfield Farms is challenging any family to try to get through their giant maze. Besides the corn maze, there’s also face painting, pumpkins, food, and wine for the adults. Admission for 3 to 11-year-olds is $5.00, and $9.00 for 12 years and older.  
    
    Photo via Sweetfield Farms/Facebook
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Photos from the Tampa Bay Lightning's home opener win at Amalie Arena

The Tampa Bay Lightning is undefeated thanks to the team's 5-2 home opener win over the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on…

By CL Staff

Photos from the Tampa Bay Lightning's home opener win at Amalie Arena
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25 Tampa Bay tours you’ll actually want to go on when you have out-of-towners

It's fun to do a tour every once in a while, even if you have lived in Tampa Bay for years. From…

By CL Staff

Dunedin Food Walking Tour
    813-310-4401
     This three hour food tour will have you loosening your belt. Your tour guide will take you to and from locally owned restaurants, like the iconic Hog Island Fish Camp and Sea Sea Riders, and breweries to taste their house specialities. Burn off some of those calories (or cramp up) and learn some Dunedin cultural history on this walking food tour. 
    
     Photo via tampabayfoodtours.com
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Photos of all the winners at the 2019 Best of The Bay Awards party

Here are all the winners from last night's Best of The Bay Awards party at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete. Thank…

By CL Staff

Photos of all the winners at the 2019 Best of The Bay Awards party
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Everyone we saw at the 2019 Best of The Bay party

Last night was all about the "Best," and we went big at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete for the 2019 Best…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at the 2019 Best of The Bay party
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Everyone we saw at the 2019 Tampa Bay Comic Con

The Tampa Bay Comic Convention is going down this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center, located 333 S. Franklin Street. Events include…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at the 2019 Tampa Bay Comic Con
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People are sharing their brutal 'Why I Got Kicked Out Of Disney' stories

Apparently a lot of weirdos have been booted from the "Happiest Place on Earth." Right now, Twitter users are sharing their best…

By CL Staff

People are sharing their brutal 'Why I Got Kicked Out Of Disney' stories
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23 Tampa Bay pools that you should totally not sneak into

Yeah, the ocean is great and all but sometimes a good pool is king. Whether it's a trip to a free public…

By CL Staff

 Saddlebrook Resort and Spa    
    5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 , (813) 907-44190 
    Price: rooms starting at $150    
     Okay, Saddlebrook probably the most expensive pool option on this list, but it deserved a spot simply because of the quantity and quality of the pools they have at this massive resort and spa. They have a half-million gallon superpool with water basketball and volleyball, swimming lanes, and hot tubs. 
    
    Photo via  Saddlebrook Resort and Spa/Facebook
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All the best cosplay we saw at Tampa's MetroCon 2019

The Tampa Convention Center played host to the massive anime convention MetroCon 2019. Here are all the best cosplayers we came across…

By CL Staff

All the best cosplay we saw at Tampa's MetroCon 2019
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25 essential road trips from Tampa everyone should do at least once

Here are a few road trip-worthy destinations, many of which are less than a couple hours away from Tampa. So, fill up…

By CL Staff

 Silver Springs 
    Estimated time:  1 hour 45 minutes     
    In the spring of 1938, a colony of rhesus macaque monkeys was established at Silver Springs State Park, in the greater Ocala area. Since then, more than 1000 have been reported, and if you’re lucky enough you’ll see these wild monkeys. Silver Springs also still offers the tourist-favorite glass bottom boat rides too. 
    Photo via silversprings.com
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The 25 best things to do with an out-of-towner in Tampa Bay

You have family and friends visiting town and you have some good restaurants to take them to, but other than that you're…

By CL Staff

 Take the ultimate mobile craft beer journey on the Tampa Brew Bus   
    4101 N Florida Ave Tampa, FL 33603, 1 (813) 990-7310
     
     Ubers are out. Brew busses are in. On Tampa’s own Brew Bus you’re welcome to drink their own craft beer as you’re shuttled from brewery to brewery. They have a variety of tours that hit different breweries throughout Tampa, or you can schedule a personalized tour to really impress your visitors. 
    
    
    Photo via  brewbususa.com
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24 beautiful Florida state parks within driving distance of Tampa

This is the real Florida, and since there's no better way to embrace everything our subtropical peninsula has to offer, here are…

By CL Staff

Wekiwa Springs State Park
    Estimated drive from Tampa: 1 hour and 30 minutes
    Old hunting cabins at this park have been turned into “primitive camping sites.” Fun activities include kayaking, horseback riding and hiking. If you get lucky, you can catch a glimpse of a bear cub at rest from a distance.
    Photo via Florida State Parks
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23 low-key beaches within driving distance of Tampa

The beach is calling. Since not every patch of sand is the same and some beaches are more packed than others, here…

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Apollo Beach Nature Reserve 
    Estimated drive time from Tampa: 34 mins
    Open simply from sunrise to sunset, Apollo Beach Nature Reserve is arguably as popular as a birding site as for its beachy views. Unlike many Tampa Bay beaches, Apollo Beach Nature Reserve allows pets on the beach.
    
    Photo via Google Maps
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Everything we saw at the 2019 Ink Mania tattoo expo in St. Pete

Local and international award-winning tattoo artists converged this weekend at the Ink Mania Expo at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg. Here's all…

By CL Staff

Everything we saw at the 2019 Ink Mania tattoo expo in St. Pete
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25 beautiful Tampa Bay places you probably haven't visited

Some of the most aesthetically pleasing, cool places are the ones that no one knows about. And sometimes they are the most…

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St Petersburg’s 600 block murals 
    648 1st Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL, USA
     A sprawl of about a dozen murals cover the buildings behind Central Ave’s 600 block. It’s where you take your out-of-state-visitors to see St.Petersburg’s artistic reputation in real life, perhaps after dinner or before a show at State Theater. And yes, you’ll almost always see someone taking pictures for  Instagram in front of them. 
    
    Photo via  State Theater/Facebook
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The 25 best things to do in Tampa Bay when it’s hot AF outside

If you live here you know it can be brutal outside all year round. So, if you're too burnt to spend another…

By CL Staff

Swim in a giant fake lagoon at Epperson Lagoon
    Epperson Lagoon, 31885 Overpass Rd, Wesley Chapel, 813-527-0775 lagooninformation.com 
     Epperson Lagoon’s purified, bright blue waters opened to the public late last year. The 7.5-acre, man made lake and beach has a little something for all ages and activity levels, featuring a waterslide, swim-up bar, floating obstacle course, concert area and kayak rentals. 
    
    Photo via Epperson/Facebook
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Everyone we saw at Orlando's MegaCon 2019

Orlando's massive Megacon 2019 went down last weekend at the Orange County Convention Center. Here are all the best cosplay we saw…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Orlando's MegaCon 2019
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The Tampa Bay destinations you need to visit to call yourself a local

You might think you’ve seen everything your home turf has to offer, but we’re willing to bet you haven’t visited all of…

By CL Staff

Sanwa Farmer’s Market
    All of our favorite backyard grillers (Hi Anson!) get their shit at Sanwa — and, no names, but a lot of local restaurants do too. Tired of getting food from Publix that sits in the fridge and then goes bad before you can cook it? You’re welcome.
    2621 E. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. 813-234-8428 
    Photo via Sanwa Farmer’s Market/Facebook
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22 Tampa Bay spots where you can always drink in your bathing suit

Here in Florida it's all about boozing in your bathing suit, and these local spots encourage it. The temperature has reached well…

By CL Staff

 Don CeSar  
    
    This picturesque destination is the place to be all summer long . Whether it’s to beautify your social media feeds or need to switch up your usual beach drinking routine, the Don CeSar needs to be added to your summer to-do list. 
    3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach. 
    Photo via Don CeSar/ Facebook
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20 Tampa Bay tourist attractions that are actually worth the struggle

Like most of Florida, there’s a lot of touristy crap in Tampa Bay. And frankly, some of it can be, well... not…

By CL Staff

Grab a cold beer on the Tampa Riverwalk
    Tampa’s latest downtown attraction is, well, pretty much the coolest part of downtown. From the Channelside District up along the east side of the Hillsborough River to Tampa Heights and the very hip restaurants and event spaces of the old Armitage Works building, this pedestrian thoroughfare ties together everything from public art and retail to parks, culture and dining. Park the car and get culture all around downtown (The Straz! The Tampa Museum of Art! The library!) on foot, rental bike or water taxi, popping in here or there to cool off. It’s a day well spent.
    Downtown Tampa along the eastern shore of the Hillsborough River.
    Photo via Visit Tampa Bay
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Everyone we saw at Tampa Mayor Jane Castor's Inaugural Ball

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor was the guest of honor at her inaugural ball at Armature Works on Wednesday, May 8. Nick Cardello…

By CL Staff

Everyone we saw at Tampa Mayor Jane Castor's Inaugural Ball
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