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Tampa Bay’s most iconic landmarks

Consider these our Hollywood signs.

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You spot those pointed roofs from the other side of Downtown Tampa.

We’ve all been there: Someone’s trying to give you directions by describing 10 lefts, 20 rights, and a jumble of cardinal directions. Isn’t it easier to just point out a landmark?

That’s exactly what we’re doing. We have 10 of the most recognizable TBAY landmarks — from St. Pete Beach to Downtown Tampa. Not only are these local icons easy to remember, but they’ll also get you where you need to go in a jiffy.

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If you’re road tripping and need to get over Lower Tampa Bay, the Sunshine Skyway is your ticket.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Address: 7508-7534 Sunshine Skyway Ln. S., St. Petersburg,

Nearby: Maximo Park, Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, Pinellas National Wildlife Refuge, Manatee County Rest Area

This hard-to-miss 12-mile cable-stayed bridge connects St. Pete and Bradenton. Did you know: The original Skyway was built in 1954 but was destroyed in 1980 when a storm-blinded ship crashed into the bridge, causing it to fall into the Bay.

Henry B. Plant Museum
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Nearby: University of Tampa, Tampa Riverwalk, Oxford Exchange

Once you see the minarets, domes, moons, and “Arabian Nights” style roofing that adorns the historic museum, you know you’re in Tampa. Fun Fact: President Theodore Roosevelt stayed at the hotel before departing for the Spanish-American War in Cuba.

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You can also cowork at Centro Ybor’s Industrious.

Photo via City of Tampa

Centro Ybor
Address: 1600 E. 8th Ave., Tampa

Nearby: Ybor City Wine Bar, The Ritz Ybor, SpookEasy Lounge, La France, Hotel Haya

It’s hard to miss this giant marquee-style sign, especially when it’s lit up at night. Fun fact: The mall area has over a dozen restaurants/bars, from fine dining to brew pubs overlooking the historic row.

Thampa Theatre Sigh-#7234

Tampa’s majestic movie palace hosts more than 600 events each year.

Tampa Theatre
Address: 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa

Nearby: Element Tampa, Eddie and Sam’s NY Pizza, Le Méridien Tampa

The neon sign hangs off the old brick building, almost inviting you to come inside and explore the grand interior. Fun fact: For $150 an hour, you can display any message you’d like on the landmark’s marquee (Think: Proposals + milestone birthdays)

Floridan Palace Hotel
Address: 905 N. Florida Ave., Tampa

Nearby: United States District Court, Oaklawn Cemetery, The Portico Cafe, Bello Bar and Kitchen

The hotel’s eye-catching red letter sign stands out as you drive down I-275. Fun fact: The sign was found in a rooftop storage room during a 2005 building cleaning.

The Kapok Tree
Address: 255 Beach Dr. NE, St. Petersburg

Nearby: St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, St. Pete Pier, South Straub Park, The Sundial

This gigantic, magical-looking tree blooms stunning red flowers around February. Fun fact: The tree was planted by the Museum’s first director in 1965.

One St. Petersburg
Address: 100 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Nearby: St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Social Roost, The Ponce De León Hotel, Jannus Live, Demens Landing Historical Park

One St. Pete is currently the tallest building in the Burg. Fun fact: The tower will be eclipsed by the in progress The Residences at 400 Central (which will also be the tallest residential building on Florida’s West Coast).

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Like a flamingo in a flock of pigeons, The Don stands out among TBAY’s white sands.

Photo via The Don CeSar

The Don CeSar
Address: 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach

Nearby: The Hotel Zamora, Pinellas Bayway, Pass-a-Grille Beach, Undertow Beach Bar

Lost on St. Pete Beach? Just look for the towering pink hotel. Fun fact: The beachfront hotel served as a sub-base hospital during WWII. Plus, the legendary author F. Scott Fitzgerald once stayed there.

Truist Place
Address: 401 E. Jackson St., Tampa

Nearby: Hilton Tampa Downtown, Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa Convention Center, Amalie Arena, Water Street

Looking for a beacon to guide you home after a night of shenanigans in Downtown Tampa? Your North Star is Truist Place’s (formerly SunTrust Financial Centre) lit-up roof. Fun fact: Roughly 300 LED lights make up the staggered roof structure — the roof typically boasts a deep blue.

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Try to guess where the background image is on this mural.

Tampa Postcard Mural
Address: 1102 N. Florida Ave., Tampa

Nearby: Floridan Palace, Melting Pot Social, Tampa Firefighters Museum

Each letter has a snippet of TBAY painted inside: The “T” has the Water Tower in Sulphur Springs; “A” has the Gasparilla ship and flotilla; “M” has the University of Tampa’s minarets; “P” has an image of the Streetcar in Ybor City; the “A” has children casting their fishing rods in our waters.

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