Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City
4955 East 18th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Phone: (813) 623-6000
Fax: (813) 623-6007
Every February, the state celebrates its "bests" from needlework to hogs at the fair, on this 325-acre site not far from Busch Gardens. Other events are scheduled over the year but February's the highlight for agriculture and crafts fans. Named one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Business Association, the Florida State Fair features plenty of rides and the grounds are landscaped and dotted with lakes. Activities vary through seasons - both big and small - from sporting event to exhibitions, trade shows, banquets, conferences and weddings.
Come aboard this 61-year old merchant ship and experience its history of past service to the US during WWII and both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Take your time on the self-guided tour of the nine decks and get a bird's eye view of the areas where the crew worked and lived. The ship is available for private and corporate events or it can be booked for small group tours. Also, a six hour cruise event can be arranged which includes breakfast, lunch, tours and a fly-over. Make reservations ahead of time to ensure your spot.
City Bike Tampa is a full service specialty bike shop in downtown Tampa focused on rentals, tours, repairs, parts and more. As an authorized dealer for Bianchi, Orbea, Pedego (electric bicycles), Jamis, Eastern, Sun Cruiser and KHS Bicycles, City Bike Tampa offers a broad selection of products and services for active cyclists and those looking to explore bicycling as a new part of their active lifestyle.
Explore the beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. Open seven days a week including all holidays. Boat rentals for half day, full day or just two-hours for sightseeing in the scenic harbor. Tampa Bay has many natural preserves and sanctuaries only accessible by boat. Take advantage of exploring these areas without the expense of owning a boat. They also offer waverunner rentals and kayak rentals. All USCG safety equipment is provided. Previous boating experience required to operate rental boats.
This solid public layout, at par 72 and 5922 yards from the middle tees, is just what you'd expect from a good public course. The holes aren't terribly long and the course will yield a good score if played with any precision at all. There is sand, and some water, but the hazards aren't confrontational. Rogers Park Golf Course's greens are reasonably flat and the course is normally in decent shape for a public track. This is a public golf course. Metal spikes are tolerated, but not encouraged.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provides for a calm and serene space in a busy town. This recreation park is equipped with modern equipments like LED lighting, adjustable seating arrangement, NEOS 360 Ring featuring challenging games for kids and so forth. Also, the lighting and water supply for the park is done through reclaimed water, thereby conserving water and electricity. It also has playground, picnic area, a separate dog park and walking trail, thereby catering to the entire family. All in all, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an ideal space to spend a lazy afternoon.
The Bob Martinez Sports Center is a 3,432 seat multi-purpose arena at The University of Tampa campus and was opened in 1984. It hosts basketball, volleyball, fencing, gymnastics, cheer-leading, various events, activities and more. It's also the home to the Tampa Bay Strong Dogs of the American Basketball Association and the University of Tampa Spartans basketball team. Parking is also available, with around 800 covered spaces available.
Pepin Stadium is one of the finest college sporting facilities in the country. This facility was renamed Art and Polly Pepin Stadium in 2002 with a dedication to Arthur D. Pepin (Pepin Distributors) and his wife Polly, who have donated generously for the improvement and maintenance of this sporting arena. This is a regular venue for all soccer games played by the University of Tampa. The 1500 seater arena has a partial roof and a press box for coverage and reporters. Added facilities include rest rooms and meeting and storage rooms.
Designed for kids, both young and old, Congo River is a cool place where you play miniature golf in view of a waterfall, feed the gators and play a variety of games in the arcade. Located near Busch Gardens, this is a great place to while away an afternoon or spent a couple of hours enjoying a few laughs at the mini-golf course. After sinking that last hole-in-one, stop by Mel's Hot Dogs, just a short drive down Busch, for what may be the greatest hot dog in town.
Ice Sports Forum is the exclusive training center for Tampa Bay Lightning. This ice sport forum hosts several NHL teams visiting Tampa Bay. This ice sports facility consists of couple NHLE regulation ice skating rinks used by USA Hockey matches and also figure skating matches. Apart from ice sports, Ice Sports Forum also features a wonderful cutting-edge laser tag sporting area equipped to host 30 players at a single time.
At Busch Gardens, animals roam free and you are the outsider. You can see the park by monorail, cable car or train. Roller coasters, wild animals, entertaining shows, rides, food, shopping, sightseeing, bird shows, exotic flowers, train rides, Serengeti adventures, river rapids...the list goes merrily on. Wear comfy walking shoes and spend the day at this 300-acre park. You can even taste the Anheuser Busch brew that started it all. Busch Gardens is open year-round with varying schedules. Call or see website for details.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island’s 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere await slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children’s water playground and other family attractions.