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Portions of motion pictures including Blood sport, China Moon, Cocoon, Edward Scissorhands, Lethal Weapon III, My Girl, Wilder Napalm, Sneakers, Parent Trap II, Once Upon A Time In America, Forever Mine and Oceans 11 were filmed in the Bay Area.

Bern's Steak House in Tampa has the largest working wine cellar in the world.

Tampa rated in the top 10 of Runner's World magazine's list of best cities for runners in its January 2001 issue. The rating was due in part to the city's number of local running clubs and road races, and its plans to create a continuous recreational trail system.

The first Florida brewery, the Florida Brewing Company, was built in Tampa in 1897

Tampa's Sant' Yago Night Parade was voted the largest and most beautiful night parade in the South and one of the Top 10 parades in the Southeast by Suncoast Magazine.

Tampa is the only city that is invaded by pirates each year. In 1997, Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Fest —invasion of pirates —was recognized by Events Business News as one of the most unique festivals in the country.

Golf Digest named Tampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater the #3 best urban city for golf in 2002. Golf Digest ranked the cities by number of courses per capita and per avid player, a value component and climate modifier.

Conde Nast Travel voted Tampa International Airport the 7th best airport in the world.

Known as the world's longest continuous sidewalk, Bayshore Boulevard borders Tampa Bay for 4.5 miles without a break.

Famous rhythm and blues singer and pianist Ray Charles began his career playing dance-hall gigs in Tampa.

Plant City, the "Winter Strawberry Capital of the World," holds the Guinness record for the world's largest strawberry shortcake. The 104-by-8-foot, 6,000-pound cake contained over 100,000 strawberries, 450 pounds of sugar and 600 pounds of whipped topping.

According to Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Tampa is home to the "world's smallest park" - Snow Park.

Tampa is home to the oldest restaurant in the state of Florida and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. The Columbia Restaurant opened in 1905 and encompasses an entire city-block with its 11 rooms and 1,660 seats.

With 290,000 square feet, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is among the top ten largest performing arts centers in the country, and is the largest complex of its kind in the southeast United States as reported by the Performing Arts Center Consortium.

Baseball player Babe Ruth hit his longest home run in Tampa at Plant Field on April 4, 1919. He smacked a 587-foot home run that set a record in a pre-season game. Furthermore, Ruth signed his major league contract with the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1916.

Tampa Bay is a popular birding site. The breeding population of the region totals 35,000-45,000 nesting pairs annually at more than 20 sites.

The rich and famous call the Bay area home. Some of the area's celebrity population includes LA Dodgers' Super Star Gary Sheffield, General Norman Schwarzkopf, George Steinbrenner and professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Celebrities that live here seasonally include Jerry Springer, Kirstie Alley, John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston, who purchased their home from Lisa Marie Presley.

The title to a park in Ybor City, the Parque Amigos de Marti, is owned by the Cuban government. The park contains soil from each of the provinces of Cuba and houses a statue of Jose Marti.

Tampa's Ybor City was once known as the "Cigar Capital of the World" with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in 200 factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry's peak.

Tampa is known as the "Big Guava." Guavas are yellow, pear-shaped tropical fruits found in Tampa. Ybor City guava delicacies include guava jelly, guava paste, guava turnovers and pickled guavas, which are usually displayed in the area's guava cooking contests.

Daytime highs hit the hundreds through September and early October.

Unmarried Florida women who parachute on Sundays may be jailed.

In Sarasota, it is illegal to sing while wearing a bathing suit.

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