Walk over to the Ybor City Museum State Park to see exhibitions about the cigar industry and tour a home where workers lived. "It's great fun when kids come through," says guide Dick Lawrence. "They ask, 'Where's the TV? Where's the microwave? Where are the video games?'"
Browse the shops at Centro Ybor, an open-air entertainment complex, which once was home to Centro Español, the first Spanish club. For trendy fashions and funky home decor take a look at Urban Outfitters and Metropolitan Deluxe.
Empty cigar boxes make great souvenirs. Most of the shops sell them for $2 to $10 each. You can find stacks at King Corona Cigars; (813) 241-9109.
On Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., drop in at the Ybor City Fresh Market for fruit, baked goods, and other treats. It's at 8th Avenue and 18th Street; (813) 241-2442.