Amalie Arena is best know for being the home of The Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team but the truth is that it is so much more than that. Amalie Arena is a premier entertainment venue and has hosted a wide variety of events from concerts by major recording artists, to performances by cirque du Soleil to monster truck shows, major sporting events and more.
Located at the East end of Downtown Tampa’s Riverwalk, Amalie Arena is convenient to a wide selection of accommodations, restaurants and entertainment choices. If traveling to Tampa from out of town to attend an event at Amalie Arena, you should plan to spend a few extra days and take advantage of all the great food, museums and entertainment that the Downtown Tampa area and neighboring Ybor City historic district has to offer.
Tampa cuisine is hugely influenced by the flavors of Spain and Cuba but there are a variety of other restaurant menu flavors available in the two districts. From good old Americana to Creole’ to Italian you can find a restaurant that will be sure to please your taste buds.
Getting around to all the attractions and restaurants around Downtown Tampa and Ybor City is a snap with the Teco Streetcar and the Riverwalk water Taxi. The ride on the Trolley from Downtown Tampa to Historic Ybor is free and it has stops throughout Downtown and Ybor City.
Along the 2.6 mile Downtown Tampa pedestrian Riverwalk trail you can find attractions like the Florida Aquarium, The Tampa Museum of Art, Historic Tampa Theatre, The Florida Museum of Photographic arts, the Tampa Bay History Center, The Straz Performing Arts Center and the American Victory ship and Museum. Nestled between all these attractions are hotels and restaurants and relaxing green areas with benches and swings to sit back and take in the view of the Hillsborough River.
Neighboring Ybor City has a party like atmosphere after dark, especially later in the evening when the clubs start hopping. Ybor City is known for it’s cigar history and cigar smoking is encouraged at some of it’s establishments. Hitoric Ybor is full of history, great food and good times.
So if you are Visiting Amalie Arena for a game or a show, you might want to just stay awhile after and join the party.