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Reservations: Required

Established: 2012

Parking: Parking garage available; pay by hour

Recommended Age Group: Adults

Pro Tip: Just come out to have a great time.

Most Popular Offering: Professional mixers, team-building events

Tash Johnson & Co. specializes in creating fun for any crowd. The company organizes events that range in size from community storytime in elementary-school classrooms?founder Tash Johnson herself stops by to read?to summer festivals for hundreds of people, such as the annual Jazz in July event. It throws costumed Halloween balls and arranges a chance for everyone to get out of the office and head to a ranch for horseback-riding lessons, among other team-building activities. To the company's manager, though, the best part of any event is always the same: "[I like] seeing people happy, laughing, and having an amazing time. I also love when patrons come back to say that I exceeded their expectations and it was the best time they've had in a long time."

501 N Franklin St.
Tampa,
FL
US

In creating a recipe for a romantic and pleasurable night out, few ingredients create the same synergy as wine, cheese, and jazz. The founders of Crumb&Cork put their spin on this formula by offering a menu with more than 28 artisanal cheeses and 40 wines from around the globe, which their patrons sip and sample amid an atmosphere permeated by live jazz music on Fridays and Saturdays. In an effort to encourage tastings, the owners sell their wines by the glass and decorate the space with comfortable furnishings so their clientele feel free to linger and chat.

501 N Franklin St
Tampa,
FL
US

During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's book detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ detailing the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.

202 North Morgan Street
Tampa,
FL
US

We are a brand new business located in Downtown Tampa offering, Half Day, Full Day, and Sunset Trips every day! All trips include great food and soft drinks served by our First Mate. Our vessel is a comfortable 36' catamaran. We take a maximum of six guest per trip. Food is provided by our downtown restaurant partners.

400 N Tampa St
Tampa,
FL
US

Photography is ubiquitous in contemporary life and culture. The founders of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts recognized this fact, so they sought to create a setting where visitors from all walks of life could appreciate and experience photography. As one of the few photography museums in the country, FMoPA presents exhibitions, which exclusively use this medium to explore themes that expose some intriguing or exciting aspect of history or modern, everyday life. This focus allows the museum to prominently feature pieces that other art institutions might not necessarily show, such as works of photojournalism or historic photographs.

In addition to scheduling upcoming exhibitions, FMoPA also includes a permanent collection. The collection aims to preserve particularly important images, such as those of various masters of the medium, including Harold Edgerton, Clyde Butcher, Hans Silvester, and Berenice Abbott.

After studying the museum's exhibitions?which can include images culled from national and international sources?guests can step behind the camera themselves during photography workshops for students of all skill levels. Then, budding photographers can display their latest shots at 15 Minutes of Fame, a showcase where up to six presenters exhibit and discuss their original work. They also host a photography group, the Photo League, for those photographers that want to share tips and helpful hints once a month.

400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa,
FL
US

Whether wielding a high-powered DSLR or craftily snapping shots with a smartphone, the student-tourists of InFocus Tampa Photo Tours learn how to make the most of their cameras while visiting iconic locales around the city. Groups trek across Tampa on foot, listening to guides share historical facts about sites including the Tampa Theatre, Plant Hall, and the Riverwalk. Along the way, the guide-instructor will touch on such shot-snapping topics as depth of field and the Rules of Thirds, which states that the subject of a picture should be evenly chopped into three pieces for maximum effect. Students can try out their new knowledge as they walk; eye-catching architecture, public artwork, and verdant greenery becomes the subject and backdrop of memorable photos.

702 North Franklin Street
Tampa,
FL
US