Visitor's Guide to MEGACON 2018 at the Tampa Convention Center

10/8/2018

Comic books for sale at MEGACON

Welcome, all superheroes and villains, witches and wizards, creatures and characters!

This weekend, fictional worlds will collide as over 20,000 fans come together to celebrate their favorite movies, books, comics, and shows.

If you’re attending MEGACON Tampa this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center, we’ve created a guide with some helpful information you may want to know before you get here.

Parking

With over 20,000 guests attending attend MEGACON, visitors can expect increased traffic congestion around the Tampa Convention Center. The Tampa Convention Center parking garage is expected to fill quickly due to the number of visitors; however, there are several great parking options within a few blocks of our building.

Our top parking recommendations include:

The Fort Brooke Garage is a large parking garage centrally located in downtown Tampa, just a few blocks north of our facility. Visitors can either take a short walk from the garage to the Tampa Convention Center, or ride the Tampa Streetcar from stop 11 – Downtown Tampa Whiting Street Station (located just outside the garage at the corner of Whiting Street and Franklin St) to stop 10 – Dick Greco Plaza Transportation Center (located just across from our building next to The Sail). The Tampa Streetcar is free on Saturdays.

The South Regional Garage is located just one block east of our facility and serves both the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena.

For our full parking guide, including more parking suggestions, ADA parking, and more, click here.

Transportation

Getting around Downtown Tampa is easy thanks to the many modes of transportation available from the Tampa Convention Center. Below we’ve outlined some of the most popular and fun ways to get around Tampa while you visit for a convention.

Tampa Streetcar: The historic Tampa Streetcar is a fun, convenient, and unique way to travel between Tampa’s Downtown, Ybor City, and the Channel District. Stop 10 (Dick Greco Plaza) is located just across from our facility and The Sail along Franklin Street.

Visitors can hop aboard and ride to stop 11 (Whiting Street Station) to access the Fort Brooke garage or explore the heart of Downtown Tampa, including many restaurants and attractions.

Alternatively, you can take the Tampa Streetcar in the opposite direction to visit Channel District attractions like the Tampa Bay History Center and the Florida Aquarium, or you can continue on to Ybor City, a historic and trendy part of Tampa known for its Cigar City roots.    

The Tampa Streetcar is currently FREE on Saturdays and, starting October 7th, will be free year round. For routes and fares, visit http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org.

Downtowner: The Downtowner is a FREE rideshare service available throughout downtown Tampa. To reserve a ride, all you have to do is download the app and input your destination. The downtowner recently expanded their fleet to include several Tesla vehicles. ADA accessible rides are also available through this service.

To download the app and to learn more, visit http://ridedowntowner.com/

Pirate Water Taxi: The Pirate Water Taxi is a City of Tampa attraction and mode of transportation all in one! Docked just outside at the Tampa Convention Center boating docks (near The Sail), the Pirate Water Taxi follows a route along the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Riverwalk.

With a day pass, you can hop on/off the water taxi as many times as you’d like to visit some of Tampa’s top attractions, including Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Glaser Children’s Museum, the Straz Center, Waterworks Park (near the popular Ulele restaurant and Armature Works food hall), and more.

To purchase a pirate water Taxi pass, visit www.piratewatertaxi.com.

Coast Bikes: Coast Bikes is a bike sharing service operating in Tampa. Bikes can be rented from, and returned to, any of the racks in the city. A rack is conveniently located just outside our Franklin Street entrance for those wishing to rent a bike.

Coast Bikes offers a fun, convenient, and energy efficient way to travel around Tampa’s Downtown. If you rent a bike, we highly recommend cruising along the Tampa Riverwalk to enjoy the waterfront and reach other City of Tampa hotspots.

For more information and for hourly rates, visit www.coastbikeshare.com.   

Things To Do in Tampa

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Tampa before or after your convention, we’ve listed some fun events and area attractions below.

Explore the Tampa Riverwalk: Step out from the Tampa Convention Center and onto the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a 2.4 mile waterfront path along the Hillsborough River. Considered a centerpiece in Tampa’s Downtown this beautiful pathway connects some of Tampa’s top attractions, including the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay History Center, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and more.

The Sail: Hungry? Our outdoor, waterfront bar, The Sail, is a great place to grab a bite to eat or drink with friends! The sail is family-friendly (and dog-friendly), with menu favorites for everyone. Click here to see their full menu.

Water Attractions at the Tampa Convention Center Boating Docks: Several businesses have dropped anchor at the Convention Center boating docks, making them their home. If you’re visiting for MEGACON, be sure to check out some of the attractions in your free time, including the Pirate Water Taxi, eBoats, Tampa Bay Water Bike Company, Riverwalk Boating Company, the Tampa Bay Fun Boat, and the Kraken Cycle Boat.  

Museum Day Live: Saturday, September 21st, the Smithsonian is hosting Museum Day Live. In participation, several museums in the City of Tampa will offer free admissions. Participating venues include the Tampa Bay History Center, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and the Henry B Plant Museum. The Tampa Museum of Art will be closed on Saturday, but it is offering free admissions on Sunday, September 22nd. Click here to reserve a ticket.

Visit Ybor City: Ybor City is a trendy and history part of Tampa that is known for its Cigar City roots. Here, visitors can get a taste of local flavor from unique restaurants, or shop for souvenirs from local stores.

Tickets, Schedule, and More MEGACON Info

Now that you know a bit more about the Tampa Convention Center and the surrounding area, you’re ready to take on MEGACON 2018! For more information about MEGACON, to see the schedule and to buy tickets, visit

Also, be sure to follow our social media channels for live updates and photos from the event! Share your photos with us by tagging @TheTampaCC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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