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Guides | 01.11.2022

3 Places To Visit In Ybor City: Tampa’s Coolest Neighborhood

Experience pure history in Tampa's Ybor City.

It doesn’t get much more historic than Ybor City. If you’re in this small Tampa neighborhood, stay awhile and show yourself around. Ybor City’s brick streets and historic facades make for a treasured destination with a rich history that preserves diversity, community, commerce.

Impressively, Ybor City is home to 2054 historic buildings, which you will definitely see when strolling through the intimate brick streets. Below are some of the top three places to visit in Ybor City.

Mural Project

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On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn formally dedicated the Adamo Drive Mural project. A year later, after hard work and community dedication, the 12,000 square foot mural on Adamo Drive between 17th and 19th Street was completed by artist Michael Parker and his students who were enrolled in the Community Mural Project at Hillsborough Community College. This mural is the largest piece of outdoor art in the entire state.

Ybor City Saturday Market

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Surprisingly, this market is open year-round, and it’s one of the very few that do so. The Saturday market opens at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m, in Centennial Park (corner of 8th Ave & 19th St). Ybor City Saturday Market features more than 50 entrepreneurs every week that display their talent and locally produced products to Ybor’s diverse community. A few products include gourmet food & sauces, freshly baked bread, herbs & plants, prepared foods, fine cigars, art, jewelry, woodwork, candles, and much more.

The friendly faces at the market are happy to share their creations with you or vice versa. If you want to take part in the weekly Ybor City Saturday Market, the list of acceptable products to make/bring includes fruits, vegetables, plants, herbs, cut flowers, prepared foods, gourmet foods, baked goods, artwork, collectibles, and some import items.

Catch The Wild Chickens

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Believe it or not, Ybor City is well known for its wild chicken population, which are direct descendants of the chickens that lived in the backyards of the neighborhood’s earliest residents over 100 years ago. You’ll see a few chickens crossing the street, which has become a welcome sight for those living, working, and visiting Ybor City.

There are places where you can catch glimpses of the chickens or find well-populated areas simply by using your eyes and ears, as they’re not the quietest bunch. Lastly, respecting the wild chickens that live there is a must; they’ve been there much longer than the current human population.

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