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Top 17 Neighborhood Amenities of Hyde Park, Tampa, FL

Tampa ranks very high amongst US cities, it was ranked as one of the best outdoor cities by Forbes and ranked fifth on the list of cities where people want to live in a research by Pew Research Center study.

Tampa's Hyde Park is both a historic district and an up and coming, trendy and hip place sought after by many young professionals. Amongst its historic buildings, you will find numerous cultural sites, upscale shopping options and entertainment venues.

This guide will show you around the most prominent neighborhood sites in Hyde Park.

Hyde Park Village

Hyde Park Village is an upscale open-air shopping district located in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. The center is situated in several buildings located between Swann and Rome Avenues, just a few blocks east of the SoHo district. Some of the top retailers include Anthropologie and Williams-Sonoma. However, a majority of the tenants are high-end independent boutiques. In addition to the shops, the district also features many restaurants which are among the best-reviewed in the city. In October 2009 a Cobb Theatres "CineBistro" opened in the center, combining a movie theatre with upscale dining.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Park_Village

Memorial Hospital of Tampa

Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a general medical and surgical hospital offering 139 beds. Although small, the hospital offers a wide range of services, starting with a state of the art ER, Intensive Care Unit, Mental Health, Sleep Center, Therapy Services, Weight Loss Surgery, and more.

Source: http://memorialhospitaltampa.com/

Bern's Steak House

Bern's Steak House is a steak restaurant in the SoHo district of Tampa, Florida, founded in 1956. It is currently owned and operated by David Laxer, son of original owner Bern Laxer. It has a sister restaurant, Side Bern's, and a wine and liquor store, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits. In 1996, Wine Spectator rated Bern's in a tie for the best steak house in the United States. In 2009 Rachael Ray rated Bern's as the best restaurant in America, having beat out over a dozen top-rated steakhouses across the U.S. In 2010 industry magazine Nation's Restaurant News deemed Bern's a "Top 50 All-American icon." George W. Bush ate at Bern's twice during his presidency.

Bern's Steak House is famous for not only its food, much of which is organic and grown especially for Bern's, but also for its massive wine list. Bern's has the largest wine list of any restaurant in the world. In its cellars can be found depression-era French red wine, pre-war Sauternes, and Madeira from the 17th century. Diners can take a tour of the wine cellar as well as the kitchen at Bern's after their meal. Bern's boasts the largest private wine collection in the world, and due to this status has quite a following of wine aficionados. Bern's is one of three locations that annually host "Winefest", the second largest private fundraiser for charity in the Tampa Bay area, the first being "Taste of Tampa".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bern%27s_Steak_House

Cigar City Brewing

In the words of John Holl, The American Craft Beer Cookbook - "In a state known for theme parks, Cigar City Brewing has become a major attraction for those who appreciate and seek out excellent beer." Cigar City Brewing draws not only its name from its home state, and in case you didn't know, Florida used to be quite a big tobacco producer, but also many of its traditional recipes are inspired by Florida's people and culture. Many of the beers produced by Cigar City Brewing reflect both local ingredients, as well as local tastes. The brewery focuses on providing a high quality product made with only the best ingredients, attracting beer lovers from all over the country.

Source: http://cigarcitybrewing.com/about-ccb/

Old Tampa Book Co Inc

The Old Tampa Book Company is a locally owned and operated business, and a landmark in the city of Tampa. It has been opened for over 18 years and holds over 40,000 rare, out-of-print collectible books. It is a true paradise for any true book lover and a place to get lost for hours without end.

Source: http://oldtampabookcompany.com/

The Oxford Exchange (Restaurant · Shopping & Retail · Event Venue)

The Oxford Exchange is an usual combination of restaurant, shopping and event venue. It is the brainchild of Tampa businessman Blake Casper, who in his travels to the UK became fascinated with the architecture and feel of English shops and private clubs. Casper felt the need to bring some of it to his hometown and in 2011 began the development of the Oxford Exchange. The center offers visitors a dinning experience, shopping experience and commerce club all in one. The dining venue offers a top rated restaurant, a coffee bar, tea bar, and catering. The shopping includes an eclectic book store and an interior decor shop. The commerce club offers a private venue for conferences, business meetings and individual workspace.

Source: http://oxfordexchange.com

Henry B. Plant Museum

The Henry B. Plant Museum is located in the south wing of Plant Hall on the University of Tampa’s campus, at 401 West Kennedy Boulevard. Plant Hall was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was a 500+ room resort hotel opened in 1891 by Henry B. Plant near the terminus of his rail line. The museum's exhibits focus on Gilded Age tourism, the elite lifestyle of the hotel's guests,and the building's use during the Spanish-American War. It was designed by architect J.A. Wood who also created the old Hillsborough County Courthouse and the Oglethorpe Hotel.

The museum is open to the public every day except Monday and major holidays. During the Christmas holiday season, the museum hosts the annual Victorian Christmas Stroll.

The entire building (under the title of Tampa Bay Hotel) is a U.S. National Historic Landmark, designated as such on December 5, 1972. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_B._Plant_Museum

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

The David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors as the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tampa, Florida in July 1987 and has welcomed more than 10 million guests. The venue was renamed in November 2009 to recognize the generous donation, the largest individual philanthropic gift ever made to a cultural institution in the Tampa Bay area, of financier David A. Straz, Jr.

The Straz Center is located downtown on a 9-acre (36,000 m2) site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River. As the second largest performing arts complex in the Southeastern United States (behind the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts), the 335,000-square-foot (31,100 m2) venue provides an environment for a variety of events. It has a leading Broadway series and produces grand opera, as well as presenting a variety of concerts, performances and events. 680,000 patrons attended 4,148 events during the 2007-2008 season.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straz_Center_for_the_Performing_Arts

Tampa Museum of Art

The Tampa Museum of Art is located in downtown Tampa, Florida. It exhibits modern and contemporary art, as well as Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities. The museum was founded in 1979 and debuted an award-winning new building in 2010 just north of its original site along Tampa's Riverwalk on the banks of Hillsborough River.

Exhibitions include: Sea of Tranquility by Hans Op de Beeck; No Limits: Janet Biggs; Worlds Apart: Myth & History, Gods & Mortals, Heroes & Hybrids; Realism: Selections From the Martin Z. Margulies Collection; Syntax: Text and Symbols For a New Generation; The Hillsborough River: From the Green Swamp To the Bay.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Museum_of_Art

Glazer Children's Museum

The Glazer Children’s Museum promotes learning through hands-on, interactive play. The majority of the Museum’s effort is focused on visitor experience and educational programming. The Museum offers a variety of programs ranging from formal curriculum based classes for visiting schools, to informal workshops for visiting families, to camps and specialized programs.

Based in a 53,000 square foot facility in downtown Tampa, Florida, the Museum has 170 hands-on exhibits in multiple themed areas. Exhibits are designed to engage children in the discovery process through play. Traveling exhibits supplement the Museum’s permanent collection twice throughout the year. These 3-4 month exhibits are meant to create an additional level of engagement for visitors and enhance the guests’ educational experience.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glazer_Children%E2%80%99s_Museum

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) occupies the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cube, adjacent to Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa, Florida. FMoPA is part of the Waterfront Arts District, along with the Tampa Museum of Art and Glazer Children's Museum, all located alongside the Tampa Riverwalk.

The photographic works in the growing permanent collection include an entire suite of Harold Edgerton's landmark works using his invention, the strobe light. Also in the collection are Len Prince's celebrity portraits, a notable Dorothea Lange, a portrait of Ansel Adams by Judy Dater, scenes of Pittsburg by Charles "Teenie" Harris and a body of work by Dianora Niccolini, a pioneer in the photographing of the male nude. The female nude is well represented in a work by Ruth Bernhard. Burk Uzzle's iconic Woodstock scenes as well as Bud Lee's unforgettable views of the 1960s and 1970s counterculture document important moments in American history. More historical moments are found in an expanding collection of panoramic (or "Cirkut") photographs taken in the early 20th century, including views of the construction of the Panama Canal and of early Tampa history.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Museum_of_Photographic_Arts

Tampa Bay Farmers Market

Tampa Bay Farmers Market has been open on the corner of Macdill and Swann since 2009, but it's been in Tampa Bay for over 25 years. The Farmers Market is family owned and operated, and it still holds true to its name, it offers locally grown produce, delivered daily from farms within just a few hours drive of the city. With such practices, you are guaranteed fresher, better tasting and definitely healthier produce than what you can get at a supermarket.

Source: http://www.tampabayfarmersmarket.com/Introduction/AboutUs.aspx

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is a nationwide chain of fresh produce stores, which started with one store in Greensboro, NC. The Fresh Market in Tampa is not unlike the original location and holds true to the same primary principles - high quality meats, fresh seafood and some of the best local, organic produce one can buy.

Source: http://www.thefreshmarket.com/about/

CrossFit Malicious

CrossFit Malicious is not a typical gym, it has no fancy machinery, just good old iron and dedication. The gym's owner and staff focus on a personal approach, professional training programs, technique, and form. The program revolves around pumping iron, push ups, pull ups, general exercise, and movement.

Source: http://www.yelp.com/biz/crossfit-malicious-tampa

West Tampa Branch Library

The West Tampa Free Public Library is a historic building in Tampa, Florida. It was the first public library in Hillsborough County, Florida when it opened on Main and Howard Avenue in 1914. Construction of the Neo-classical revivalist style brick building was funded with a $17,500 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The West Tampa Library was restored and expanded in 2004. It is now used as the West Tampa Branch Library. It is located at 2312 West Union Street. Land for the library building was donated by cigar factory owner Angel Cuesta. Decorations include stained glass and a triptych oil painting on canvas by artist Ferdie Pacheco titled Coming to Work, The Cigar Factory, Main Intersection is exhibited in the library's main foyer and a 2003 acrylic painting by Synthia St. James titled Kaleidoscope is located in the main reading room. As part of the library's 100th anniversary, it is taking parth in the LIbrary History Roadshow.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Tampa_Free_Public_Library

MacFarlane Park

Macfarlane Park is a medium size park in the center of Hyde Park, it welcomes everyone from toddlers to adults, it is home to the Freedom Playground (Tampa's first universally accessible playground) and the Barksdale Senior Citizen Center. The park offers such amenities like : playground, picnic areas, trails, ball field, tennis/racquetball courts.

Source: http://apps.tampagov.net/parks_search_webapp/ParkDetail.aspx?nbr=67

CinéBistro at Hyde Park Village

CinéBistro is a unique concept by Cobb Theateres, it offers a full dinner and a movie experience, served right in the theatre. The theatre is equipped with the latest in technology, offering the latest titles, as well as luxurious seating, and the dinner is served just like in a restaurant. The menu is American Bistro and also offers a full bar.
Hyde Park's CinéBistro is conveniently located in Hyde Park Village, so if you go shopping, you can have a dinner and movie date right on the spot.

Source: http://cobbcinebistro.com/about-cinebistro/index.php

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Top 17 Neighborhood Amenities of Hyde Park, Tampa, FL