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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

Awards

Venue Highlights

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Distance from airport

  • Tampa International Airport (TPA)

    6 mi. from city center


Local Attractions

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Recreation
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

Recreation
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

Recreation
Take in the beautiful waterfront views and feel the warm sun along the Tampa Riverwalk. This 2.6-mile walk runs along the Hillsborough River to the Garrison Channel. Start your journey at the bustling Heights Market at Armature Works, stop along at the vibrant Curtis Hixon park, and continue until you reach Sparkman Wharf. Locals and visitors alike can walk, bike, or take a scooter down the Riverwalk where they can stop at one of the many attractions, bars, or restaurants. At night, witness the colorful lights that bring the Riverwalk to life.

David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Theater
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
Tampa Bay's historical and cultural roots lie in Ybor City. Many buildings echo the charming brick exteriors of converted cigar factories in homage to the area's celebrated history as the Cigar Capital of the World. 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 most extensive collection of buildings related to the cigar industry in America, including J.C. Newman, the last operational cigar factory in the nation.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Nightlife
8 mi. away
After a nearly $700 million expansion, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa continues to elevate its music and entertainment with the new Hard Rock Event Center. This 1,500-seat venue is on the second level of the casino complex and has hosted a variety of acts, including Keith Urban, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Amy Schumer, and more! The event center has everything you’re looking for to host some of the nation's hottest entertainers and must-see concerts, conventions, trade shows, private events, large-scale poker tournaments, and many more. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is a AAA Four Diamond-rated hotel boasting 800 guest rooms and suites, three lavish pools, Rock Spa® & Salon, award-winning restaurants and 245,000-sq. Ft. of 24-hour gaming space featuring an array of slot machines, blackjack, baccarat, and poker.
5223 Orient Rd.
Tampa, FL, US 33610

The Florida Aquarium

Recreation
1 mi. away
Fun is in the water at The Florida Aquarium, home to a variety of animals from dwarf seahorses to apex predators! Guests are invited on a journey to enjoy species ambassadors from Florida and beyond. From formal to flamboyant, The Florida Aquarium is an experienced host to all kinds of party animals. We're here to help you create a unique private event including sit-down dinners with a view of our coral reef, strolling receptions among our 9,000 animal residents, seminars in our meeting rooms, and after-parties on our rooftop deck with waterfront and city views. Wild dolphin eco-tours, private cruise charters, and general admission access are also available for groups! 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

Recreation
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. ZooTampa would love the opportunity to host your next unforgettable event! From off-site business meetings and large corporate gatherings to weddings and wild holiday parties. Their largest venue capacity is 500.
1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL, US 33604

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.

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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.