Tampa is one of those cities that attracts plenty of people from all over the country. While many initially come for the weather, they end up staying for the fun activities that the city has to offer. In 2009 Tampa was voted the fifth most popular city based on the question “Where would you like to live?” in a survey by Pew Research Center. It also ranked in fifth place as “Best Outdoor City” by Forbes magazine the previous year. Lovely beaches, interesting people, and the delightful weather are all reasons that snowbirds from the North flock here in the winter, with many of them eventually becoming permanent residents of the city.

Dining Options and a Bit of History as Well

Tampa is the home to the oldest restaurant in the state of Florida. The Columbia Restaurant is also the largest Spanish restaurant in the whole world. Built in 1905, it covers an entire city block and has eleven rooms and more than 1,600 seats.

Perhaps Some Dessert After Your Dinner?

Tampa is often referred to as the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World” and with good reason. The city is in The Guinness Book of World Records for an enormous strawberry shortcake, the world’s largest in fact. It was 104 feet by 8 feet and weighed in at a staggering 60,000 pounds. It featured well over 100,000 berries, 450 pounds of sugar, and 600 pounds of whipped topping.

Other Things to Do in the City

There are other activities that you might be interested in doing whether you are a year-round resident or just a snowbird there to enjoy the warm weather and soak up some sunshine. That weather encourages outdoor fun and activities of all kinds. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Host a backyard barbeque or cookout. Have each guest (or family) bring their own meat to grill and maybe a side dish to share. Assign various types of food groups to people so that you don’t end up with fifty bowls of potato salad and nothing else.
  • Have an authentic garden party or an afternoon tea.
  • Host your book club’s next meeting in your backyard. Choose foods that are themed to the book that you are discussing at the time.
  • Set up a day camp for the neighborhood children. Enlist friends, and have different camp activities.
  • Host a charity event, and raise funds for something that is important to you.

There are plenty of parks and recreation areas in the city that you can rent for most events if you do not have the space in your backyard or if you have concerns about doing these things in your own home.

Finding and Renting Porta Potties in Tampa

No matter what kind of event you are having or where it is being held, there will be the need for adequate facilities. People will need to use the restroom at some point; there is no getting around that fact. Renting a porta potty just makes good sense if you are hosting an event with people outside of your regular circle of friends or if you will be hosting something that will have far more people than you are used to dealing with. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are looking to rent a porta potty for your event:

  • Always start with a free estimate from the porta potty companies. This should include all expenses associated with renting the porta potties, including price per unit, delivery and removal, cleaning fees, and the additional costs.
  • Check local regulations and zoning laws before you commit to renting a portable toilet. You might not be allowed to have one installed in your backyard per your Homeowner’s Association agreement for instance.

Dealing with the Rental Company

Do not be afraid to ask whatever questions you might have. Most porta potty rental companies have probably heard them all before. You will want to be sure that you are hiring the right company and getting the best type of unit for your needs after all. You will also want to have some assurance that you are protected in the event of something going wrong. That means that you will have a binding contract in place that spells out the rights and responsibilities of both parties.