Everybody always wants that ‘Instagram-worthy’ photo op whenever they’re in town. Luckily, Tampa is packed full of ‘Instagrammable’ spots! Much like Nashville and other big cities, Tampa is becoming more and more of a mural city each week. It seems like every time we go downtown, there’s new artwork to be admired and shared. We are including the best Instagram-worthy murals on this list and other perfect Tampa backdrops that are guaranteed to get you tons of likes.

What’s new in Tampa?

There are lots of new things to see and do in Downtown Tampa. It seems like Water Street is constantly transforming with new restaurants, condos, and art fixtures. Recently there was a light show on Water Street that illuminated the entire street blue and gave you the feel of being “underwater”.

Tips and hacks to get that perfect Insta photo

Sure you could just point and shoot and let the editing apps do the rest. Or you can adjust these settings in your phone to help you get that perfect shot without relying on a bunch of editing.

  1. Use as much natural lighting as possible.
  2. Adjust your exposure – this is also super helpful at concerts. For iPhone users, just tap your screen with the camera open until a yellow box appears. Then scroll the little sun icon down to limit your exposure. Kinda the same for Androids, just tap the darker parts of the shot and it will automatically balance the exposure.
  3. Enable live photos or bursts to get perfect candid shots.
  4. Turn on gridlines – help make sure the subject of your photo is isolated and has no background noise. Go to the camera settings in your phone and turn on gridlines to help get that perfect shot.
  5. Try different angles. Now that you have your subject focused, properly exposed, and in the perfect lighting, try playing with different angles. Shoot from the ground angled up, with the .5 lens, or just really get creative with it!

Now that you have all the basic tips you need, here are the top 5 ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Tampa for the perfect photo op

  • Rooftop Bars

    There are plenty of rooftop bars in Tampa to get you that perfect skyline photo. M.Bird at Armature Works is one of the more popular ones. Beacon, the tallest rooftop bar just recently opened in Tampa. You can find breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline and the waterfront.

  • Sparkman Wharf

    There are tons of photo opportunities at Sparkman Wharf. Whether you want to show your love for the 813 in front of the Tampa sign or by the neon heart and peace sign murals. Or you can hang in their open seating area for a more chilled vibe. Either way, Sparkman has the perfect backdrop for you.


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  • Edition Hotel

    Tampa’s best-named hotel is a great spot for artsy photo-ops. The luminated staircase offers an appealing optical illusion, the Arts Club has plenty of seductive lighting, and the rooftop pool has so many options for a great backdrop!


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  • Murals

    Tampa postcard, Ray Charles, Tom Brady, Beyoncé, Tampa Bay Lightning. There are so many different themes for murals across Tampa. Visittampabay.com has a list of all the major ones you can check out here. 

    Tampa postcard mural

  • Riverwalk

    It’s especially great during championship boat parades, but any day will do! Take a stroll at sunset to get some gorgeous colors and the University of Tampa as your background!


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