About Gay & Lesbian Ybor City, Mark's List in Tampa, FL

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Ybor City (EE-borh) in Tampa Florida is a historic neighborhood near downtown Tampa and the port of Tampa. The city was founded in the 1880s by cigar manufacturers and was populated by thousands of immigrants, most of them from Spain, Cuba, and Italy. For the next 50 years, workers in Ybor City's cigar factories rolled millions of cigars fueling a robust local economy that supported the arts, culture and the health of the community.


After WWII many of the neighborhood's cigar factories were abandoned and now the area has been redeveloped into a popular nightclub and entertainment district that includes restaurants, bars and nightclubs, a Muvico theater, shops, offices and hotels. The area boasts the GaYbor entertainment district, with several Gay and Lesbian bars including Southern Nights, Bradley’s on 7th and Liquid and restaurants all within walking distance of a few very conveniently located hotels.

The Ybor City neighborhood has been designated as a National Historic Landmark District, and several structures in the area are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, 7th Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare in Ybor City, was recognized as one of the “10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

Traveling to Ybor City from anywhere served by Amtrak in Florida can be very simple. Board Amtrak at any station and relax for a few hours and you'll end up at Tampa's Union Station, about four blocks from the heart of the GayBor entertainment district. Round trip tickets on Amtrak are about $70. Once you're in Ybor City everything is no more than a few blocks away and for longer trips you can board the Teco Line, a streetcar line that connects Ybor City to Channelside Village, a cruise port with more shops and theaters. The streetcar line also runs past the Florida Aquarium, St Pete Times Forum, where the Stanley Cup winners, the Tampa Bay Lightening (NHL), play and ends up near Harbor Island and the Tampa Convention Center.

Tampa is also the home of Bush Gardens as well as Super Bowl winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New York Yankees Spring Training facility, Legends Field, is located near the Buccaneers stadium. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, spanning Florida's Tampa Bay, is the world's longest bridge with a cable-stayed main span, with a length of 29,040 feet (exactly 5.5 miles or approximately 8.85 km).
 
Mark's List users have rated these nearby businesses high for the following attributes. You might want to consider checking them out by clicking on the underlined links.
Lowry Park Zoo is rated high for Variety of Animals, Humane Display & Care of Animals and LGBT Family Friendly.
Cityside Lounge's OnePulse Benefit
Cityside Bar & Lounge in Tampa hosted a OnePulse Benefit featuring Emcee Miss Anita Waistline, silent auction items, and many performances raising money for Orlando victims.
 
Halloween 2015 in Tampa
Tampa, Florida celebrated Halloween 2015 at Bradley's on 7th, Liquid, and Southern Nights Tampa nightclubs.
2013 Snow on 7th Parade in Ybor City
Honey Pot threw a VIP Party for friends and family to watch the Snow on 7th Parade that went through Ybor City.
2013 Santa Speedo Run in Centennial Park
The 2013 Santa Speedo Run in Centennial Park in Tampa benefited AIDS Service Association of Pinnellas and brought out the creativity of everyone involved.

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