2022 Social Events, Fitness Activities and Fun
Under the Sea Soiree - Closing Party at The Florida Aquarium
Friday, April 8 6:30–9:30 pm
Includes enough food for a light dinner, beverages, cash bar and entertainment
The Florida Aquarium is within walking distance from the NAYDO hotels, but you can take the streetcar or water taxi if you prefer. NAYDO will provide one bus on a continuous loop for those with mobility or other medical issues. Start your evening early! On your walk to the aquarium, spend some time at Sparkman Wharf where you can enjoy a drink or snack at a bar, visit specialty shops, or simply enjoy the scenery before the party begins.
As the sun sets on NAYDO 2022, dive into an evening of enchantment at The Florida Aquarium! Grab a drink and a bite to eat as you explore all the aquarium has to offer. Wander through the Wetlands Trail to meet otters and other Florida wildlife, immerse yourself in the Coral Reef and Journey to Madagascar, or check out sea turtles, eels, sharks, lemurs, and more. You can get up close and personal with sting rays, starfish, and sea anemones at the touch tank experiences. End your evening on the rooftop terrace with a beverage and music under the stars overlooking the beautiful Tampa Bay.
Dining Out in Tampa
The good news for those who prefer not to venture out between our two conference hotels are several restaurants for dinner. In the Advance Packet, you will receive a list of restaurant options for dinner on your own, suggested by the Host Y team. If you prefer to go out with a NAYDO group, see the options below which require advance registration and an additional fee.
NAYDO Group Dinners & Saturday Tour
NAYDO understands that many Y delegations like to network together for dinners and free time, but we also know others come alone without knowing a lot of other attendees and appreciate NAYDO group options. For that reason, each day there is one optional group experience with an additional cost for those who would enjoy networking with other NAYDO attendees.
Cuban Dinner at famous Columbia Restaurant with Tour of Historical Ybor City
Wednesday, April 6 7:00–10:00 pm
Fee: $65 (includes dinner, bus transportation and tour; advance sign up and payment required)
Ybor City, a national historic landmark district and once the “Cigar Capital of the World,” is located a short distance (20 minutes by streetcar) from the NAYDO Conference hotels. Red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies, narrow brick streets, and roaming chickens give it an old-world charm. Ybor City is known for boutiques and vintage shops on 7th Avenue, which also hosts Cuban and Latin American eateries including The Columbia Restaurant. Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., it is now in its fourth and fifth generations of family ownership and operation, making it the oldest restaurant in Florida and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. The bus leaves the hotel at 7:00 pm with a Host Y staff member pointing out Ybor City sites on the way to and from the restaurant. The delicious buffet dinner will feature the Columbia’s Original 1905 Salad; a choice of a chicken, beef, or pork Cuban entrée; and sides; followed up with flan for dessert. Bus will return to hotel by 10:00 pm. Sign up and pay $65 on the conference registration form in advance. Seating is limited! Visit columbiarestaurant.com (www.columbiarestaurant.com) to learn more about The Columbia or contact email@example.com for menu questions.
Dinner Cruise on Tampa Bay
Thursday, April 7 6:30–9:30 pm (boarding time through return to hotel)
Fee: $77.35 paid directly to Yacht StarShip. Advance sign up with additional payment required
Sip, savor, and sail your way through downtown Tampa! As you cruise the waterways of Tampa Bay, enjoy freshly-prepared entrees and an open bar that’s Free at Sea. Witness the picturesque Tampa Bay skyline and gorgeous views of upscale homes along Harbour and Davis Islands, then enjoy dancing with a live DJ on the open-air top deck. Dress is resort casual. Make your cruise reservation using the link above. Ticket booth near ship at Sparkman Wharf opens one hour before the 7:00 pm departure time for you to pick up your boarding pass. Bring credit card used for payment, photo ID, confirmation number, and money for tips, and a mask just in case.
St. Petersburg Pier & Downtown Experience – Recently named #2 New attraction in the U.S. by USA Today!
Saturday, April 9 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Fee: $30 (includes bus transportation) Advance sign up and additional fee required
Spend NAYDO’s Sightseeing Day with fellow NAYDO conference attendees on a bus trip across Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg. The St. Pete Pier is a landmark pleasure pier extending into picturesque Tampa Bay from downtown St. Petersburg. Upon arrival at the pier, make your own schedule from many choices (at your own expense). Take a walk on the beach, shop in specialty stores, spend time in the artisan’s marketplace, stop by the St. Pete Museum of History that includes a Y exhibit, enjoy lunch on the waterfront (sit down restaurants require reservations but there are plenty of other options), experience stunning public art and/or venture into downtown to visit the Dalí Museum where you can view celebrated Salvador Dalí artworks, experience the serene labyrinth Avant-garden and one of the world’s most impressive architectural achievements. You will return to hotel by 2:00 pm, so you can catch a late afternoon or early evening flight home. Questions? Contact YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg CDO/VP of Philanthropy Michelle Curtis, firstname.lastname@example.org,or email@example.com.
Golf enthusiasts and professionals from around the world come to Tampa Bay year-round to challenge the pristine golf courses, thanks to the area’s temperate climate. Whatever your skill level, whatever your budget, the “Golf Coast” has the golfing option to fit your needs. Learn more here.
Lazy 10K – Walk, Jog or Run!
Complete a 10K at your own pace over the course of your stay in Tampa. Participants who complete their 10K by Saturday, April 9, at 10:00 am will receive prizes. Visit the Host Y Hospitality Center onsite for more information.
Thursday & Friday at 6:00 am & Saturday at 8:00 am
Interested in walking or running with others? Sign up at the Host Y Hospitality Center to join a Tampa local and other conference attendees for a beautiful stroll or run on Bayshore and/or the Tampa Riverwalk.
Thursday & Friday 6:00–6:45 am
Yoga will be offered onsite at the hotel by a YMCA instructor. Mats will be provided.
Evening Fitness Class
Wednesday and Thursday
Group exercise classes are offered at the nearby Downtown YMCA. Stop by the Host Y Hospitality Center for directions and class times.
Sightseeing in Tampa Area
You can arrive early on Tuesday for sightseeing, but Saturday is the officially-designated day for sightseeing as part of your conference experience. Below are suggestions provided by the Host Y for free time. Feel free to stop by the Host Y Hospitality Center during the conference for assistance and information on area attractions.
Close to the NAYDO Hotels:
Take in the beautiful waterfront views and feel the warm sun along the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.7 mile walk along the Hillsborough River to the Garrison Channel. Start your journey at our conference hotels and finish at the bustling Heights Market at Armature Works (more details below). Stop along the way at Curtis Hixon Park or Sparkman Wharf. Locals and visitors alike walk, bike, or take a scooter down the Riverwalk where they can stop at one of the many attractions, bars, and restaurants. At night, witness the colorful lights that bring the Riverwalk to life. Everyone will get to walk on the Tampa Riverwalk on their way to the Friday night party at The Florida Aquarium.
Sparkman Wharf is a dynamic and vibrant part of the Tampa Bay’s downtown waterfront. It is one of the top community and cultural destinations in the area and is a conveniently-located stop on your walk from the hotel to The Florida Aquarium on Friday evening.
Besides shops, it features a dining garden, biergarten, recreational lawn, live music, craft beer, and waterfront views.
At the epicenter of The Heights neighborhood, Armature Works is a mixed-use space consisting of Heights Public Market, waterfront restaurants, and bars. Once known as Tampa Electric’s streetcar warehouse, Armature Works dates back to 1910 and has gone through a complete modern restoration. To keep the historical feel of this downtown Tampa landmark, many of the original materials have been recycled. You can reach this destination by water taxi, bike, car, or the Tampa Riverwalk.
The Channel District
This neighborhood, a Downtown Tampa entertainment complex, is one the of fastest growing areas of Tampa with specialty shops, outdoor dining, upscale restaurants, plenty of bars and nightclubs offering outside patio service, and live music. Include a Tampa Bay Lightning game at the Amalie Arena next to our hotels if one is scheduled during our time in Tampa.
Take the streetcar to culture and fun in historic Ybor City on your own or join other NAYDO attendees for dinner and tour on Wednesday evening (see page X). The area features AMC Classic 10 Cinemas, the Tampa Improv, and GameTime Entertainment Center, over a dozen restaurants/bars ranging from fine dining to a brew pub, and a front row to historic Ybor City.
Within 45 minutes of downtown Tampa:
With its inviting, small-town atmosphere, Clearwater Beach dazzles with impeccable beaches and inviting waters. Trip Advisor named it the nation’s #1 beach in 2018. At Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you will find Winter the Dolphin, star of the “Dolphin Tale” movies.
Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise
Reserve a spot and sail the waters along Clearwater Beach on a decked-out pirate ship and loads of activities for the whole family. Make arrangements by calling them directly at 727 215 7261.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, with a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops, and games.
Salvador Dalí Museum (Catch the NAYDO bus on Saturday to the St. Pete Pier)
This museum collection includes over 2,400 works from every moment and in every medium of Salvador Dalí’s (1904-1989) artistic activity. The museum has been deemed “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime” by AOL Travel News and was named one of the 10 most interesting museums in the world by Architectural Digest.Located in St. Petersburg, the building and grounds are works of art.