Here’s What You Need to Know About the Florida Orchestra

Are you coming to the Tampa Bay for its pristine beaches and sunny weather but remain unsure of what to do at night? There are plenty of things to do around Gulfport once the sun sets, like getting drinks with your friends or going to the movies. But, if you wish to find a unique and educating activity, then we have the perfect place for you! The Florida Orchestra is a cultural pillar in our area and offers numerous concerts you can enjoy throughout the year. Watch your favorite classical tunes come alive on stage and spend a lovely night with the one you love!

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Everything You’ll Experience at a Florida Orchestra Performance



Classical music has always been a part of the Tampa Bay area. By the 1930s, the city had a strong orchestra scene, which led to the creation of the Tampa Symphony Orchestra a decade later. It was eventually renamed the Tampa Philharmonic. Simultaneously, several city orchestras gathered to form the St. Petersburg Symphony.  It’s not until the mid-1960s that rumors of the two orchestras merging began. The merge became a reality in 1968. However, it would be until 1984 before this unique alliance was named the Florida Orchestra.

Fun Fact: The Florida Orchestra was the first symphony orchestra to be invited to play at the Superbowl! They performed the Star-Spangled Banner with Whitney Houston in 1991 for an audience of 750 million people worldwide!



While staying in Gulfport, you should make time to attend a concert by one of the country’s most innovative and talented orchestras. They perform more than 100  concerts every year in the tri-city area, which includes Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg. Choose from the orchestra’s masterworks, Raymond James Pops, coffee concert matinees for early risers, rock concerts if you’re not a classical fan, educational youth concerts, and even free concerts in the park! They also offer special events including Disney concerts for your little ones, or movie concerts where you can experience your favorite films while listening to their original score live! Check their calendar to see what’s happening during your visit and pick your favorites!



The Florida Orchestra also offers on-site dining options for the ultimate evening experience with your loved ones, maybe even a romantic date with your significant other? You can choose from their two restaurants before heading to your concert. First, there’s Maestro at their Strax Center location in the lobby of the Carol Morsani Theater. They offer a delicious salad bar, soup station, as well as a rotating menu including three hot entrees. If your show is at the Mahaffey Theater, stop at the Bayside Bistro! Experience a stunning dining buffet in a beautiful setting overlooking the Tampa Bay.


Complete Your Stay at The Historic Peninsula Inn

Historic Peninsula Inn Outside ViewAfter spending a magical night attending one of the Florida Orchestra concerts, come home to a comfortable room at the Historic Peninsula Inn. Our amenities are the perfect mix of Florida’s old charm and originality. We provide the perfect setting for your vacation, whether it is a family reunion or a romantic getaway!

Browse our accommodations and pick your favorite! Our Katmandu Guestroom, for example, is one of our most spacious suites. Relax with a cup of tea and a good book in our sofa chair, unwind in a hot bath in the private bathroom, and dream about all the breathtaking things you’ve seen all day all night! Join us downstairs the next morning for a delicious homemade breakfast, one of the best in Gulfport!


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