MainStay Suites Near Fairgrounds Casino
10007 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 622-8557
Fax: (888) 519-3178
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.
There are a handful of places where you can find multiple facilities under one roof and Dallas Bull happens to be one of those. Right from "business concerts" to bars and lounges, this place has them all. Relocated under a new management, this place covers a massive area of 34,000 sq. ft and can accommodate huge crowds with ease. Popular for playing old country music, this place has also hosted events like music launches. Its close proximity to Ford Amphitheatre, certainly adds to its pros.
This venue is very popular, as it hosts some of the biggest and most successful concerts in town. The theater was first opened in 2004 and can hold a crowd of 20,000. Events here include music festivals, gigs, performing arts events, and more. Some of the popular stars that have performed here are Akon, Gwen Stefani, Radiohead, and Bruce Springsteen.
Under the White Big at Tampa is one of the most vivacious places to visit for a day-out. With popular events like the Cavalia taking place here, people from all over the city and surrounding areas flock in here for partaking in various big scale events. It has become a center-point for numerous event and concert spaces. Call ahead for more details.
The Seminole Hard Casino is a sprawling 178,000 square feet casino with over 3,600 of the hottest gaming machines. Whether you want to play a classic slot machine or a themed machine, you can try your luck and hope for a jackpot. There are also great table games, such as Blackjack, Poker and Baccarat.
Apart from the name change from Transitions, nothing much has changed about this venue on East Columbus Drive. Epic Problem carries on with the tradition of hosting independent artists and bands in an intimate setup that matches no other. In the past, bands like Loma Prieta, Criminal Culture, Neck Deep, and many such bands have rocked the venue with their performances. This do-it-yourself venue welcomes people of all age groups.
For a day of family fun, Terrace Sports is the place to go. The center offers a full spectrum of games including exciting laser tag complete with strobes, sirens, and fog and bowling on solid wood lanes. A full arcade of challenging and interactive games will keep you busy or relax and take in a flick at the HD movie lounge. For food, there is plenty to choose from including Florida gator tail, buffalo and ostrich burgers, pizzas, and wings along with cool smoothies and select wines. Throughout the month, Terrace Sports has scheduled package deals and theme nights. - Vickie Ferguson
The Crowbar is fast becoming a favorite for watching live bands, drinking beer and just good old socializing. The Crowbar is a very hip and happening place, a modern bar and venue. There are three bars in the club, with one outside so if you're not enjoying the music you don't have to leave the place, just go sit out on the patio and refill your glass—sorted! Open tuesday to saturday 8pm onwards.
For plenty of gaming action, GameTime is the place to go in Centro Ybor. The entertainment venue is all about games from classic Pac-Man to the latest in interactive games. GameTime is perfect for the whole family with an awesome selection of games for kids and adults. Play to win and choose from hundreds of prizes. Large flat-screen televisions add to the excitement with the latest in sports. Take a break and head to the grill for a pizza, tasty burger, baby back ribs or juicy steak along with a refreshing drink. For the adults, stop by during happy hour Monday through Friday from 4p until 7p then again from 10p until closing. - Vickie Ferguson
In our busy lives a place like Tampa Improv is an oasis. This comedy club is a popular place amongst those seeking for some laughter in their daily squalor. The club hosts some of the best comedy shows in town and showcases the best talent in the country. This place is great to hang around with friends or family. You can catch an early evening show or go for the late night show. The club also serves dinner and drinks although there is not much to explore in the menu. Popular comedians like Ellen DeGeneres are said to have performed here. So come here for some great fun and to catch the best medicine: laughter!
The Ritz Ybor comprises of The Theater Ballroom, The Royal Room, The Rivoli Room and The Grand Foyer. It is complete with its excellent quality lighting, black and white floor, a VIP balcony and soft velvet curtains, two private restrooms, a large bar, dinner space and much more. The place takes you to the world of old theater days. Perfect for birthday parties, cabaret, theater, art shows, seminars and other special programs.
Located within The Masquerade, Infinity Room is one of the hep venues around YBOR city in Tampa. Apart from being a tad smaller in comparison to other venues, this place hardly has any cons. This place mainly showcases local area concerts and has a wonderful sound system. With an accommodation capacity of over thousand patrons, leaves it a favorite among the locals.