Tampa has a staggering array of cultural opportunities. There is an important Performing Art Center, Art Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, many theatre companies, college sports, professional sports, and the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival. University of South Florida contributes culturally and also has a Contemporary Art Museum. Concerts, music, and art are available in abundance. Historic Ybor City, adjacent to Tampa, is culturaly and artistly vibrant and quite gay friendly.
Pinellas County, just west of Tampa, on the Gulf of Mexico is home to numerous award-winning seafood restaurants. Local, regional, and national performing arts, as well as, several top-notch museums prosper in Pinellas County.