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Sports Teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (often shortened to The Bucs) are a professional American football franchise based in Tampa, Florida, USA.  They are currently members of the South division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL), and home games are played at Raymond James Stadium.  The Buccaneers have appeared in the postseason 10 times and won in Super Bowl XXXVII, at the conclusion of the 2002 season.

Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional hockey team based in Tampa, Florida, USA.  The team is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL), and home games are played in Amelie Arena.  The Lightning have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs many times, winning the Stanley Cup in 2004.

Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.  They are currently a member of the American League East Division, and home games are played in Tropicana Field.  The Rays have appeared in the postseason four times, appearing in the 2008 World Series.

Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL)

The Tampa Bay Rowdies are a professional soccer team based in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.   Originally established in 1975, the Rowdies were the first professional sports franchise in the area.  The original incarnation of the team played their final season as a team in 1993, but a new team was reestablished in 2008 and took the pitch in 2010.   As of the 2017 season, the Rowdies play as part of the United Soccer League, and home games are played at Al Lang Stadium.

Tampa Bay Storm (AFL)

The Tampa Bay Storm are a professional arena football team based in Tampa, Florida, USA. They are a member of the American Conference (AC) in the Arena Football League (AFL).  Along with its traditional rivals, the Orlando Predators, the Storm shares the Arena Football League record for the longest tenure by a franchise in a single market area and is the last of the original four league franchises, and home games are played at Amalie Arena.   The Storm have appeared in the postseason over 20 times and have been named league champions five times.

University of South Floria Bulls

The University of South Florida Bulls are the athletic teams for the University of South Florida.  The university competes in NCAA Division I of the NCAA, and as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American). The university currently sponsors varsity sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, football, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track, volleyball, sailing.

Dick's Sporting Goods Tournement of Champions Presented by Pasco County

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions presented by Pasco County is the only TRUE national championship in the sport of lacrosse.  Teams must earn a bid to compete by virtue of their play at one of the series of qualifying tournaments.

Minor League Baseball Teams

  • Clearwater Threshers
  • Dunedin Blue Jays
  • Bradenton Marauders
  • Tampa Bay Yankees
  • Lakeland Flying Tigers

Golf

Tee Off In Tampa Bay! Looking for pristine golf courses year-round? Then Tampa Bay is the place to be! Tampa Bay is home to nearly 100 golf courses from private and public. Pasco County is home to two Arnold Palmer- designed golf courses, both at Saddlebrook Resort, as well as the course that "plays like North Carolina," Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club. Add to those the more than 300 holes in 20 public and private courses and the county is a golf-lover's dream.

A few Golf Courses to note, include:

Saddlebrook Resort

Saddlebrook Resort is home to two of Florida's most picturesque and playable golf courses, as well as the renowned Saddlebrook Golf Academy and the Saddlebrook Preparatory School for junior athletes.  Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, these Tampa Bay area golf courses incorporate rolling fairways and well-maintained greens along with wilderness areas full of cypress, pine and palm trees. Add in a state-of-the-art training facility, Pro Shop and professional instruction, and it’s easy to see why Saddlebrook is an unrivaled Florida golf resort.

Lake Jovita Golf Club (Saint Leo, FL)

Just 20 minutes north of Tampa, FL await two of the finest courses you'll ever play.  Enjoy Championship Golf on Lake Jovita's reknowned South Course - a site for PGA Qualifying, USF and Saint Leo University tournaments.  The North course is more wide open than the south and features stunning vistas and huge undulating greens.

TPC Tampa Bay

TPC Tampa Bay is the venue for the annual Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay, an event on the Champions Tour.  The 18-hole, par 71 TPC Tampa Bay golf course was designed not only to challenge the top golfers of the world, but also to provide a challenging and fun experience for players of all abilities. Members, as well as daily fee golfers, enjoy a championship-style golf course designed by Bobby Weed, with Chi Chi Rodriguez as player consultant.

Tampa Bay Times Golf Tour

For a comprehensive guide to the Tampa Bay area's public golf courses, visit the Tampa Bay Times Golf Tour page.


Beaches

Some of Florida's best beaches are right here in Tampa Bay. We have the No. 1 beach rankings to prove it, too.  Tampa Bay beaches took three of the Top 5 spots  in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards, including a #1 beach in the country designation for Clearwater Beach, and a  nationally known expert declared Fort DeSoto (2005) and Caladesi Island (2008) to be America's top beaches. The Gulf of Mexico beaches offer some of the best Florida restaurants, Florida shopping and nightlife, and don't taforget Florida charter boat fishing.

Lists of Tampa Bay Area Beaches can be Found on These Websites:

  • Visit Pasco
  • Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater
  • Visit Tampa Bay

Learn more about Tampa Bay's Beaches on these websites:

  • Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
  • These Bay area beaches named Dr. Beach's best in the world 
  • Explore a Host of World-Class Beaches, Just a Short Drive from Tampa

Museums

MOSI - Museum of Science & Industry

MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States with more than 450 hands-on activities and home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida.

The Dali Museum

Opened in 1982, the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, boasts the largest and most comprehensive collection of Dali's work in America.  The collection moved into its new, state-of-the-art building, overlooking Tampa Bay in 2011.  Rotating exhibits, programs for all ages, daily tours, films, lectures, music, etc. are all available at the Dali.

Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg

Discover 4,500 years of civilization in thousands of objects extending from antiquity to present – the only comprehensive art collection of its kind on Florida’s west coast.  Highlights include masterpieces from Monet, O’Keeffe, De Koonig, Rauschenberg, Whistler and others, a sculpture garden, a Steuben glass gallery and one of Florida’s most respected photography collections.

Glazer Children's Museum

Opened in September 2010, the 53,000-square-foot Glazer Children's Museum is designed to inspire children and families by creating learning environments where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.

Great Explorations Children's Museum

Since 1987, Great Explorations Children's Museum stimulates learning through creativity, play and exploration. The museum is a learning playground where children can make a discovery, make a mess, and even make a new friend.  In March 2003, the museum relocated to its current 24,000-square-foot facility located next to the historic Sunken Gardens on 4th Street in St. Petersburg.

Florida Holocaust Museum

The Florida Holocaust Museum features both permanent and temporary exhibitions. On the first floor of the Museum is the History, Heritage and Hope Permanent Exhibition that recounts the history of the Holocaust through historical photographs, text, and original artifacts.

The Chihuly Collection

The Chihuly Collection is a stunning, permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s unique artwork. This presentation is unique as it is the first installation of Chihuly art in a building designed specifically for that purpose and includes several pieces designed specifically for the collection.


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