Ten Best Arts and Cultural Spots in Tampa, Florida

December 27, 2018 0 0

The Tampa Bay FL area offers some of the best arts and cultural attractions in Florida, and we’ve listed 10 of the very best below. Whether you want to rock out, browse art galleries, learn about history, enjoy the opera, or explore the magic of photography at one of the country’s only art museums dedicated just to this subject, you’ll find it in the region. Go surreal with Salvador Dali or go deep into Florida’s rural roots: There’s no shortage of options. And whichever way you do decide to go, you’ll enjoy our handy cheat sheet to 10 of the best arts and cultural activities and spots in Tampa FL.




Tampa Bay History Center

801 Old Water St.

This Smithsonian affiliate boasts three floors chock-full of 12,000 years of Floridian history. It’s located along the Riverwalk, and it also features a waterfront Spanish restaurant. The venue’s cutting-edge exhibits mark it out as a cultural gem.

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

1010 N. Macinnes Place

If you want to catch a Broadway show like “Hamilton,” then the world-class Straz Center for the Performing Arts is where you’ll go. This is also the place to get your opera fix, as it is one of the 10 best arts and cultural spots in Tampa FL for performing artists and more.

Tampa Theatre

711 N. Franklin St

If you’re looking for a foreign or arthouse film, then the best place in town to enjoy film as art is the Tampa Theatre. Built in 1926, it’s a film buff’s perfect hangout. Take a tour of the theatre to get a sense of its majestic space.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

400 N. Ashley Dr

FMoPA is not just beloved locally, but it’s one of the few musuems dedicated to the art of photography in the country. Decidedly modern yet historic, the museum collects, preserves and exhibits historic and contemporary shows.

Tampa Museum of Art

120 W. Gasparilla Plz

This museum moved into its award-winning and jaw-dropping new home in 2010. The museum balances classical, modern and contemporary works, including one of the Southeast’s largest collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. It also is known for Leo Villareal’s Sky LED installation on its south façade.

The Dali Museum

One Dali Blvd,

St. Petersburg

The surreal wonder of Salvador Dali’s art can be enjoyed in the only museum in the United States focused solely on his work. Wander through the mod building, then take in a bite of Spanish cuisine at the café.

Gasparilla Festival

600 N. Ashley Dr

Every March, this country music festival rocks Tampa’s downtown. It’s a mix of top artists and local favorites and, of course, there’s plenty of good eats and brews.

Fourth Friday Tampa

Multiple Locations

To really understand the Tampa arts scene, keep the fourth Friday of every month open. Galleries host special shows, and it’s fun to stroll along the Riverwalk, drinking in the art. With 18 venues, the monthly offerings are a good way to take in art in a casual setting.

Cracker Country Living History

Florida State Fairgrounds

Florida boasts surprisingly rural roots – who knew? Tampa’s only living history museum explores how the early Florida settlers lived.

Henry B. Plant Museum

401 W. Kennedy Blvd

The magnificent Moorish architecture here beckons, as do the tropical gardens. Visit to step back into the Victorian era as you explore the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel.

Cheat Sheet

Get your entertainment fix at the 10 best arts and cultural activities and spots in Tampa FL with help from the following guides:

10 Best – Explore Tampa Culture and Heritage at 10 World-Class Museums

Visit Tampa Bay – Arts & Culture

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Jeanette Hurt

Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. She's written for TheKitchn.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Entrepreneur.com, and dozens more publications.

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