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There are many reasons why making the Tampa Bay area your home makes sense: Highs in the mid-80s, beautiful beaches and a burgeoning dining and craft beer scene. And did we mention pirates? Gasparilla, a Tampa tradition since 1904, is a month-long celebration involving parades, festivals and road races.

The Tampa Bay area also offers year-round sports action with four professional sports teams - the Tampa Bay Rays (MLB), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), the Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (soccer).

The area thrives on the diversity of its people. Wherever you come from, you will find yourself reflected in the people you meet here. Learn about the history and many layers of our diverse communities and why Tampa earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign's annual Municipal Equality Index.

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Places to visit around the Tampa Bay area:

Find more things to do and learn more about Tampa by visiting Visit Tampa Bay and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.