The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes much needed time away from the office and school. This blog is a guide to maximizing your free time, from ways to feel like a tourist in your own hometown, to seasonal events that are created for community locals to enjoy. With this guide in your pocket, you’ll surely make the best of the short holiday vacation!
A Hometown Tourist
If you just purchased a new home in time for the holidays, it’s only natural that your extended family will be coming to visit you in the new space! Just because you’re staying in town for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t discover a hidden gem just under your nose. Tampa Bay is filled with rich history and culture, along with beautiful landscapes to explore such as the picturesque Bayshore Boulevard and historic Ybor City.
If you’re looking for places in your own hometown to treat like a tourist destination, be sure to check out this guide to the most Instagrammable spots in Tampa Bay. From rooftop venues like Rooftop 220 at Armature Works, to the vibrant murals at Hyde Park Village, this city offers a number of spots that people of all ages can enjoy.
Events for Everyone
Whether you have family in town that you need to entertain, or you want to pack the family into the car and find something nearby, you’re in luck—Tampa offers lots of seasonal events that are sure to please everybody in your circle. If you want to really get into the oh-so-chilly Florida winter spirit, spend an afternoon ice skating at Advent Health Center Ice! This ice rink is a great place to learn how to ice skate if you’re a Sunshine State native, or return to your roots if you’re a northerner turned Floridian.
If you really want to dive into the holiday season, visit the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which began November 16th and will run until January 5th of the New Year. Ten local boutiques offer exciting gift ideas for everyone on your list, and the event’s location presents a spectacular view of the Hillsborough River.
Whether you’re discovering one of Tampa Bay’s hidden gems available all year long or making a point to visit some of the seasonal events the city is offering, you’re sure to find something thrilling in Tampa to make the most of your holiday vacation. From cool locations to keep your Instagram feed on point, to picking up ice skating for the first time, Tampa has something for everyone. For more tips on how to make the most of your holiday vacation, be sure to ‘Like’ WCI Tampa on Facebook.