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International Mechanical Engineering
Congress & Exposition®

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida

November 3-9, 2017
November 5-8, 2017

Program - Guest Tour


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St. Pete with Chihuly Exhibit
Sunday, November 5, 2017
9:00am – 3:00pm
Price: $80.00

Your tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the Marriott Waterside Tampa to begin your day's experience. A quick trip across the bay will bring you to beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, an area quickly becoming an art mecca in the Southeast.

Your tour will take you through town and along the beautiful waterfront where you will pass by the new Dali Museum with its Dali-esque fa├žade facing the bay, which houses world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Then it's on to experience the pioneer of the studio glass movement, Dale Chihuly. He is credited with transforming the methods of creating glass art and thereby leading the development of complex, multi-part glass sculptures and environmental art. However, Chihuly's contributions extend well beyond the boundaries of the studio glass movement and even the field of glass: his achievements have influenced contemporary art in general. Over the years the artist has created a number of memorable installations including "Chihuly Over Venice" with the sculptures installed over the canals and piazze; "Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem," attended by more than one million visitors, and the "Chihuly Bridge of Glass" in Tacoma, Washington. After seeing this fine collection of Chihuly you will experience the Hot Shop where you will enjoy a glass blowing demonstration. This narrated demonstration enables you to better understand the skills of this fabulous art form.

Lunch will be in the downtown St. Pete area at a local restaurant.

Afterwards, return to Tampa and the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

tampa tour

Highlights of Tampa Tour
Monday, November 6, 2017
10:00am – 3:00pm
Price: $70.00

Join your guide in the lobby of your hotel and begin your tour of the highlights of Tampa. Board your coach and travel through downtown Tampa, past the Channelside area and into Ybor City, a national historic landmark district located within Tampa. Travel down 7th Avenue and hear the history of the cigar industry, learn of life in this Latin community and the influence these valuable immigrants have had on the city of Tampa. Once known as the Cigar Capital of the World, Tampa still has the flavor of its former self.

Lunch today will be at a local restaurant.

After lunch continue your tour with more highlights beginning with a visit to the old Tampa Bay Hotel at the University of Tampa. This National Historic Landmark features unique Moorish revival architecture and dramatic minarets. Soak in the splendor of days gone by as you see and hear the history of this fabulous hotel and its founder, railroad tycoon, Henry B. Plant. A drive along beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and through the Hyde Park area will show you the diverse architecture that is Tampa prior to returning to the hotel.