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Tampa Bay is not a particular city or a town, but is an area that involves all towns and places in the wider region. It is an estuary and relatively large harbor, located on Florida`s western central coast. The area is consisted of Old, Lower and Middle Tampa Bay, McKay Bay and Hillsboro Bay.
Tampa Bay is known for its sub-tropical, humid climate. Summers are very warm, and thunderstorm season usually occurs around September. Winters are relatively dry, but temperatures can get very cold once in every few years. The temperatures in the wider Tampa Bay area range from 18 C in the coldest months up to 35 C in the highest summer season. Due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and large water surfaces, the air is often humid.
In Tampa Bay you will find the historic city of Ybor with its nice charming old town. Ybor is the birthplace of the cigar industry in the region, and it has strong Latin influences. There are many other interesting activities for all kinds of tourists in the region. Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo are among the most popular places to visit for the families. There are lots of parks, rivers, smaller bays and beautiful beaches along the coast which make Tampa Bay very popular region to visit.
Tampa Bay has four professional sports teams that represent the area – NFL`s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NHL`s Tampa Bay Lightning, MLB`s Tampa Bay Rays and the soccer team of Tampa Bay Rowdies. Sports fans are regularly visiting this place and Tampa Bay is often a home of major events. Most recently in 2009 the extremely popular sporting event - Super Bowl XLIII took place in Tampa, when thousands of tourists all over the world came to the area.
Tampa Bay was ruled by the pirates in the 18th century, and even today you will see the pirate flag on many sports team emblems, stickers and everyday items. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is a huge annual festival held in Tampa that lasts for over a week. This festival celebrates the old pirate times and is well worth visiting. Today Tampa is the home of one of the busiest American ports where numerous cruise liners are using it as a resting point on their travels.
Tampa Bay`s architecture is a mix of old Spanish influences and modern designs. There are still homes with large patios, balconies and flat roofs, but there are also high skyscrapers and glass buildings. The waterfront is a great place to visit. The promenade alongside Hillsborough River is a fantastic place for leisure walks. This promenade stretches to over three kilometers, and it has many resting places with stunning views. The promenade is well connected with numerous surrounding parks, museums, restaurants and hotels. Tampa Bay History Center is close nearby where you can go and learn more about the history of the region. Curtis Hixon Park is situated on the banks of Hillsborough River spreading on over eight acres of land. Glazer Children’s Museum and Tampa Museum of Art are both located in this waterfront park in the center of Tampa.
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