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Tampa named one of the greatest places in the world by TIME

Hillsborough river with a tall cylindrical building in the background
A view of downtown Tampa from the award-winning Riverwalk | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Time to celebrate, Tampa. TIME just released their list of the greatest places in the world, and Tampa made the cut among some of the most elite and beautiful cities in the world. Our Riverwalk, excelsior hockey team, the free Tampa Streetcar, our award-winning international airport, access to the best beaches in America, and bevy of theme parks and top tier hotels brought our city this significant global recognition.

Here’s what TIME reporter Terry Ward wrote about Tampa: “Tampa finally takes full advantage of what’s been here all along–water, water, everywhere, between the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay. The city has become an entrepreneur- and millennial-magnet, with bleisure a way of life at spots like Sparkman Wharf, where top chefs proffer light bites and cocktails from within shipping containers astride a busy shipping canal, and Armature Works, a chic food hall inside a restored trolley warehouse along the 2.6-mile Tampa Riverwalk.”


People gather in the streets to enjoy an outdoor market.Tall green trees line either side of the road. Vendors are set up under white tents.
A huge outdoor market occurs monthly in Water Street Tampa | Photo by Andrew Harlan

Tampa is one of the top emerging cities in the world

Ward continues, “Florida’s city du jour is eager to earn permanent status on travelers’ lists of sunny, accessible escapes worthy of a weekend stay, as a cutting-edge, multi-billion-dollar landmark development project redefines its downtown. Water Street Tampa wrapped phase one late last year with the unveiling of the city’s first true five-star hotel, The Tampa EDITION (there are currently only five in the US, including one in Miami), with Michelin-starred chef John Fraser at the helm.”

You can see the full list of World’s Greatest Cities online. To compile this list of the World’s Greatest Places, the top spots to visit this year, TIME solicited nominations of places from their international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.

“With Tampa’s first nonstop flight from Heathrow via Virgin Atlantic debuting late last year; easy access to the art-loving, dog-friendly city of St. Pete; and plenty of sun, sand, and sea in nearby Pass-a-Grille Beach and Clearwater; there’s never been a more appealing time to touch down,” writes Ward.


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