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201 North Franklin Street Suite 2900 33602

Why Choose Our Destination?

Unlock Tampa Bay, the heart of Florida's Gulf Coast. Soak up the sunshine and rich culture that make Tampa Bay the perfect destination for your event! The Tampa Convention Center, conveniently located in downtown Tampa, is just minutes from the nation's #1 largest airport. Extending beyond its doors, the Tampa Riverwalk seamlessly connects more than 3,000 hotel rooms, restaurants, parks, and attractions. Take a ride on our historic TECO Streetcar that will transport your attendees to an evening of dining and dancing in Ybor City, where Cuban artisans hand-roll cigars as they have since 1885. Discover Tampa Bay. Treasure awaits.

Need dates

  • 08/01/202408/31/2024
  • 09/01/202509/30/2025
  • 11/01/202511/30/2025


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Distance from airport

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    6 mi. from city center

Local Attractions

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10 mi. away
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of exotic animal encounters, world-class thrill rides and live entertainment. Offering exclusive private events for groups of 50 to 10,000+, Busch Gardens is the perfect spot for meetings, company picnics, holiday parties, and even exclusive area rentals and park buyouts. With 335 acres of team building and exciting adventures, the park has 6 meeting spaces with the largest being 41,000 square feet.
10165 N McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Bayshore Boulevard

2 mi. away
Outdoor enthusiasts and exercise fanatics alike will enjoy a visit to Bayshore Boulevard, the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles. Joggers, runners, skaters and bikers all flock to the 10-foot-wide strip of pavement to enjoy sunshine and views of the water on one side and multi-million dollar homes that line the opposing side of the street. Bayshore Boulevard starts at Columbus Statue Park and ends at Gandy Boulevard.

Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk is one of the newest destinations in the city. The 14,600-square-foot pedestrian walkway overlooks the Hillsborough River and conveniently connects the Florida Aquarium and Channelside Bay Plaza to the History Center, Tampa Convention Center and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, an eight-acre park featuring two fountains, a playground, public boat docks, a dog park, seat terraces, a pavilion and a café. Take advantage of the city's bike-share program to get you to any of the other downtown offerings.

David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts

1 mi. away
The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts provides world-class entertainment, ranging from lavish Broadway shows to classical music and rock concerts. It is the largest facility of its kind in the southeastern United States. The 300,000-square-foot Straz Center has 18 meeting rooms, with maximum seating in each theatre reaching 2,600. In-house catering is available, along with a 25,000-square-foot outdoor facility. The venue can accomodate a maximum of 45 8x10 booths.

Ybor City

Historical landmark
3 mi. away
Northeast of downtown Tampa lies the Historic Latin Quarter of Ybor City, once referred to as the "Cigar Capital of the World" and now known as Tampa Bay's Latin Quarter. Founded by Don Vincente Martinez-Ybor in 1885, the city began as a cigar-manufacturing center and is the only neighborhood on Florida's west coast to be designated a National Historic Landmark District. Now visitors can find the largest collection of buildings related to the cigar industry in America amongst the red brick structures and narrow streets lined with wrought-iron balconies, as well as a plethora of stores, restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs. The Ybor City Museum offers exhibits on the history of Ybor, the cigar industry and the life of immigrants who first settled in Ybor.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

8 mi. away
Enjoy a 24/7 casino with 4,500 slot machines, 50 poker tables, 250 hotel rooms, spa and fitness center, a Hard Rock store, restaurants, multiple bars and nightclub.

The Florida Aquarium

1 mi. away
Immerse yourself in one of the top family-friendly aquariums in the country with interactive programs like the "Wild Dolphin Cruise" and "Close Up Critters" or take a peek behind the scenes with a shark feeding or penguin encounter. From elegant sit-down dinners, to day and night cruises, to strolling receptions through the many immersive exhibits, The Florida Aquarium is the perfect setting for any event. Host an exclusive event aboard the Bay Spirit II Catamaran Charter to experience great food and entertainment as you sail across the Bay. The Florida Aquarium's newest event space in the Mosaic Center boasts beautiful views of the bustling Harbor Island, Garrison Channel and the Channel District while providing an elegant space, first-class service and delicious menu options for your next meeting or event. Accommodating 3,000 guests for the maximum reception capacity, The Florida Aquarium offers in-house catering and 20,000 square feet of outdoor facilities.
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

7 mi. away
Situated 10 minutes north of downtown Tampa, ZooTampa at Lowry Park was voted the number one best zoo for kids by Parents Magazine. The Zoo is home to more than 1300 animals and famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. The Zoo brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Guests get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays and more! The Zoo also cares for the most diverse group of Florida wildlife anywhere, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation. Families can also splash in water play areas, feel thrills on rides and take in educational shows.

Convention Centers

  • Tampa Convention Center

    Tampa Convention Center located directly on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Tampa, hosts a variety of conventions, tradeshows, and other special events year-round. The 600,000 square foot building offers 200,000 square feet of exhibit space.

    • Exhibit Space200,000 sq. ft.
      Total meeting space341,093 sq. ft.


Additional Information

* Tampa International Airport (TPA) is located just 7 miles from the heart of downtown Tampa. TPA is ranked the #1 large airport in the nation and connects over 90 non-stop destinations throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe. *The destination offers a wide range of accommodation options, featuring over 26,000 hotel rooms that include resorts and hotels near the Tampa Convention Center, airport hotels, and boutique properties. * A newly renovated 600,000 square foot waterfront convention center with more than 3,000 committable hotel rooms within walking distance. * The Tampa Riverwalk, located along the Hillsborough River, is a 2.6-mile pedestrian thoroughfare connecting the Tampa Convention Center, hotels, entertainment options, cultural venues, green spaces, and attractions. * Seamless accessibility with the destination’s free and air-conditioned TECO Streetcar, connecting downtown Tampa to Historic Ybor City. *Explore a historic district renowned for its famed Cuban sandwich and cigars – Ybor City. Enjoy its rich history, vibrant culture, diverse shopping, museums, excellent cuisine, and exciting nightlife. * The destination features thrilling attractions that include Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, The Florida Aquarium, and ZooTampa at Lowry Park. * A culinary scene recognized by the MICHELIN Guide, featuring iconic dining restaurants such as the Columbia Restaurant and Bern's Steak House. * Amalie Arena, a world-class venue located in the heart of downtown Tampa with a seating capacity of 21,500 for events, concerts, and more. * Raymond James Stadium, a 75,000-seat venue situated in the Westshore District, also serves as the host for the victorious Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. * A selection of more than 70 golf courses to choose from.