Over the past year or so, traveling abroad has been fraught with more issues than many of us have deemed worth it. Ever the adapters, Tampa Bay residents have taken to holidaying at home. In such a glorious location, it’s not a difficult task to fill a week with wonderful holiday memories. Whilst some of us might think that we’ve seen everything that there is to see in our hometowns, if we just reframe our thinking, there’s still so much to explore. So, if you’re struggling for holiday at home inspiration, then here are some places to visit locally.
Stay and Play at the Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a Tampa Bay mainstay. A huge number of tourists who visit the area choose to stay here for the exceptional hospitality and the first-class casino, yet many of us locals have never set foot in one of the rooms. One of the easiest ways to make yourself feel like you’re on vacation is by checking in somewhere exciting or decadent. The Hard Rock Hotel is cost-effective and great fun. The rooms are generous in size, the facilities are second to none and the casino is the best in the area.
Whilst most people consider online casino deposit methods to be the most varied, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa has pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone is able to play. Traditional casinos tend to only offer cash or debit card deposits, whilst online casinos offer a far wider range, including debit and credit cards, e-wallets, and even cryptocurrencies in some cases. The ability to choose means that playing at the casino is an option that is open to everyone and it seems like the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa has taken notice. Their deposit methods allow people to pay with credit or debit and even offer deals for those signing up to the member’s club. If you still prefer online deposit methods, then that’s your call, there’s nobody to stop you from signing in and playing from your room!
Learn About Your History
Some of us might be lifelong Tampa Bay residents, but how much do we really know about the area where we grew up? If you’re looking for a fascinating but budget-friendly vacation idea then visiting the local museum should be high on your list. The Tampa Bay History Center is just $14.95 for adults and completely free for kids. The museum is enormous and covers all of Florida’s incredible history. Whether you want to learn about the first import of Cuban cigars or quench your curiosity about Teddy Roosevelt, the museum has something for everyone. They’re currently open both in the permanent gallery and also in two exciting temporary exhibits, so if you’re planning a visit remember to book tickets in advance. Although this gallery is under-explored for many Tampa Bay residents, it’s a favorite with others so it can get busy.
Treat Yourself at Charley’s
One of the great joys of going on vacation is getting to experience a whole new food culture. With a staycation that’s not always possible, but thankfully in Florida we have such a great local cuisine, that there’s a whole joy to discover in itself. Charley’s Steak House is probably the most beloved fine dining restaurant in Tampa Bay. They pride themselves on serving meat and fish that is absolutely fresh and of the very finest quality. The dish you select is then grilled over a blisteringly hot fire pit, fuelled with oak and the secret ingredient, Florida citrus. The smoke imparts a totally unique flavour to the fish and meat, unlike anything you’ll experience elsewhere. The best part is that whilst grills are usually reserved for laid-back barbecue joints, at Charley’s they elevate everything. Side dishes and garnishes are taken to the next level with a true chef’s touch. The dining room feels like a genuinely special occasion and the staff treat you like old friends. If you’re looking for a meal to remember and don’t mind pushing the boat out a bit, then you cant go wrong with a visit to Charley’s.