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Be sure to make time for exploring Tampa while you are in town for the GSA 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting! This city is full of history and culture, offering a wide selection of activities, dining experiences and adventures that are sure to delight! 

Getting Around

Tampa has made it a breeze for visitors to get out and about. Along with rental cars, taxis, and the plentiful Ubers and Lyfts, the trolley and water taxi services allow a unique ride around town! 

Tampa Downtown Free Streetcar (Trolley) Service 
Explore Tampa and enjoy all of the best restaurants and attractions that Downtown Tampa and Ybor City have to offer via the Free TECO Line Streetcar. 

Tampa Water Taxi Service 
Take a scenic ride to restaurants, hotels, attractions, museums, and parks located along their routes or just take a pleasant tour of Tampa. 

  • Pirate Water Taxi- Take the Pirate Water Taxi to any of the 17 stops along the Hillsborough river that runs through Downtown, the Channelside District and Davis Island. Home dock is Stop #7 – Convention Center. 

Tampa Riverwalk
Discover the Tampa Riverwalk, linking downtown’s favorite attractions like gems on a string along the stunning Hillsborough River. The 2.6-mile path leaves you at the footsteps of great eateries like Ulele and Heights Public Market or at signature attractions like the Tampa Bay History Center and The Florida Aquarium. At night, witness the colorful lights that bring the Riverwalk to life.


Whether you find yourself with an extra hour or an extra day, these Tampa area attractions are sure to keep you entertained!

Premier entertainment venue for concerts, events, and Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games.


American Victory Ship  AVS Images
Right next to the Aquarium is the American Victory Ship/Mariners Memorial Museum. Visiting guests can tour the vast interiors of the ship, one of only 4 fully operational WWII ships within the country.  


Busch Gardens Tampa 
Take the day to enjoy the thrills of some of the best roller coasters in the country, enjoy the beautiful grounds and safari wild life experience.
This award-winning park is just 25 minutes from downtown Tampa! TBG Image


Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Enjoy seeing and learning about rescued dolphins, sea turtles, otters and other marine animals. They’re living their best lives under the care of experts at this research and rehabilitation facility because they can’t survive in the wild. Learn about the legacy of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin named Winter that drew attention to the center and helped it develop into the amazing place it is today. Winter starred in two popular movies, “Dolphin Tale” and “Dolphin Tale 2,” about her rescue as a baby in 2005 and how she learned to use a prosthetic tail made for her. (It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.)


The Florida Aquarium  
An amazing collection of exhibits that highlights some of Florida’s amazing wetlands and wildlife, visit the aquarium and support conservation at its best! 


Tampa Bay History Center HC Image
Dive into 12000 years of Florida history when you visit this history museum covering everything from Pirates
to Teddy Roosevelt. 


Tampa Museum of Art 
This beautiful art venue hosts a wide variety of progressive and modern artists from all over the world.
Check what exhibits are on display while you are visiting! 


Ybor City Neighborhood  YC 2 Image
Ybor City is the only neighborhood on Florida’s west coast to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. Visitors will love the architecture, the restaurants and shopping available here (and if you are a cigar lover, the cigar shops are a must see!). While you are walking the streets, make sure you look out for the local chicken population, in the evenings they sleep in the trees! 


Support Businesses that Support Equity – Support Now


Be sure to support these local, minorty-owned establishments:

Arts, Culture, Fashion, Retail

Accents Styles Boutique
5508 N. 50th St., Suite 30
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 461-5888

African Extravaganza
1405 Tampa Park Plaza St.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 228-7272

Blue Sage Boutique


Coopers Hill Boutique
(727) 619-9182

Cultured Books
Pop-up bookstore location: The Well
833 22nd St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 328-4822

Debonair Prints
4011 E. 21st Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 443-0283

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
2240 9th Ave. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 323-1104

Every Dollar Countz LLC
Tampa, FL
(910) 358-0815

Everything Ariel Boucor
13542 N Florida Ave., Suite 214
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 498-8036

JC’s Boutique 

Noite Rose

Timari Candle Collection
(813) 803-0714

Treble and Flame Candle Company

Xplore Possibilities, LLC - Handcrafted Canvas Word Art
(813) 720-7386

Locally owned restaurants, shops, bookstores and more around the Tampa Bay area by Tampa Magazine
Full list of Black-owned restaurants, shops, crafters and more from around the Bay area.





The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more nearly 4,000 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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Washington, DC 20005-5601
United States


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