Tampa is a bustling city full of great businesses and corporate events. As a result, we often see executives book a van rental and then ask where are some of the best places in the city to visit. Carl’s Van Rentals always stays in the know about the best places to eat, stay, and explore. So, if you’re in town on business and need something to do, be sure to check out any of these local spots.

3 Historic Gems to Visit in Tampa

1. Historic Ybor City

By day, the historic Ybor City neighborhood is a quaint little town full of local cigar shops, eateries, and coffee shops. By night, this same neighborhood turns into a bustling, high-spirited playground for adults. Formerly the home of cigar manufacturing in the United States, this Latin-centric neighborhood is full of rich history and lively people who serve up some of the best food in the city. In the evening, 7th Avenue transforms to offer some of the best nightlife Tampa has to offer. 

2. Hyde Park Village

Hyde Park Village is a self-proclaimed “Collection of Must-Haves and Must-Dos”. Located in the heart of historic downtown Tampa, Hyde Park is home to an abundance of local shops and restaurants. For the full Hyde Park experience, head on over to the famous Goody Goody burger shack. Serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this burger joint has people lined out the door for what the locals call the “POX”. This famous burger is piled high with pickles, onions, and Goody Goody’s secret tomato-based sauce. 

3. Oxford Exchange

Technically not a neighborhood, the Oxford Exchange still makes our list as one of the places you have to see. This establishment is a beautiful blend of urban sensibilities and historic charm. Inside, you’ll find a restaurant, cafe, lifestyle shop, and co-working space, all under one roof. The building itself is a stunning, turn-of-the-century stable that’s been renovated with care. Enjoy a special menu in the afternoon that features filling meals, or choose from a menu of meticulously crafted teas and coffee beverages to sip on while you take in the sights. 

Tampa Is Full of History

Tampa, FL, has a rich and blended history, which is still found in little pockets around the city. First, however, you have to know where to look or know someone who does. Carl’s Van Rentals is just that for many business executives coming and going. Our clean, reliable, and affordable minivans, minibuses, and Sprinter vans make every business trip enjoyable. So, if you’re coming in from out of town on business, book your rental van with us at (813) 872-7111.