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Living History Saturday: Rough Riders Spend a Week in Tampa

Tampa Bay History Center 801 Water Street, Tampa

Step into history with the Rough Riders, the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, which spent five days in 1898 in Tampa en route to the Spanish-American War—the only unit to see combat in the US Army during that conflict. Delve into their daily drills and historical preparations at Vila Brothers Park. Engage with The Tampa Rough 


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Museum hours

The history center is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

**Galleries are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas and open until 3 p.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Admission prices

Adult: $16.95
College Student: $14.95
Senior (60+): $14.95
Youth (7-17): $12.95
Child (0-6): Free
Members: Free

**First responders and veterans may receive discounted admission at Visitor Services.

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