When the winter chill begins in the north, the snowbirds begin to flock south! Luckily, Uptown Suites offers snowbird rentals in Florida that are perfect for an extended stay.
Uptown Suites boasts two locations in sunny Florida: one in Riverview, just 9 miles outside of Tampa near numerous community parks, and one in Homestead, just one hour from Miami Beach and 15 miles from Zoo Miami.
Booking your winter escape at Uptown Suites means fewer hassles and lower rates. There are no leases or contracts to sign and your wallet will love our affordable weekly and monthly rates. Our apartment-style suites are ideal for snowbird rentals providing comfortable, convenient and connected amenities.
Unlike a standard hotel, Uptown’s suites are spacious and comfortable, just like home. You’ll find a complete kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, two-burner stovetop and Keurig® coffee maker. The versatile dining area is ideal for a morning cup of coffee or an intimate dinner for two. We even offer on-demand grocery delivery so you can spend more time enjoying beautiful Florida and less time on errands.
Sleep is even sweeter on our custom At Home By Uptown Suites™ mattresses. It’s the perfect lounge spot for watching your 43″ Smart HDTV featuring a premium lineup of channels including SHOWTIME®.
Stay fit between holiday meals at our convenient 24/7 hotel gym, or grab a late-night snack for movie marathons at our self-serve food and convenience store, located in the lobby. When laundry day comes around, you don’t even have to leave the hotel. Uptown Suites has a convenient guest laundry facility with plenty of washers, dryers and folding spaces.
No more hunting down car charging stations. Uptown Suites provides free EV charging at every location. Free weekly housekeeping services are also included in your stay, so you can skip those pesky chores and vacation better.
Easily stay connected with family back home or friends in the area using our free high-speed Wi-Fi and designated workspace complete with an ergonomic chair. You’ll also find plenty of outlets and rapid-charging USB ports around the suite.
Don’t want to leave Fido behind while you flock to warmer weather? Uptown Suites provides dog-friendly accommodations at a nominal fee, making finding a snowbird rental a cinch!
While you’re basking in the warmth of 65-70°F weather, we’ve put a list of great places and things to do during your snowbird escape this winter.
Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile walk along the Hillsborough River. You can take a leisure stroll and enjoy the views from the riverwalk or dine and shop along the way. The Tampa Riverwalk also hosts events throughout the year, but the holiday season holds some of the best.
>>Holiday Spectacular takes place from late November through the new year. During this event, the Riverwalk is covered in twinkling lights and holiday decorations. There’s even a 35’ LED lighted Christmas tree floating in the harbor.
>>The Riverwalk Holiday Hunt is a free scavenger hunt that uses an app on your phone. Simply download the Mobile Adventures app on your Apple or Android device to participate. You’ll solve puzzles, answer Tampa trivia and complete holiday-themed challenges
>>Don’t miss the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on the Saturday before Christmas starting at 6:00 p.m. The parade route will pass by the entire Tampa Riverwalk, so anywhere is a great viewing location for parade-goers. Head to Sparkman Wharf at the end of the parade to see who will win this year’s prize.
If you’re looking for a breathtaking historical landmark to visit, head over to the Tampa Theatre. Not only can you participate in a theatre tour, but you could also reserve a seat for one of their film showings, live performances or annual events. Whatever you decide, you’ll be in awe of this phenomenal building with its perfect acoustics.
During the month of December, Tampa Theatre hosts its Holiday Classics series, showing favorite films of the season and hosting sing-a-longs to Christmas carols before the shows begin. This year’s films include:
>>Miracle on 34th Street (Nov. 28th)
>>White Christmas (Dec. 5th)
>>Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Dec. 12th)
>>It’s A Wonderful Life (Dec. 17th – 23rd)
>>Elf (Dec. 26th)
Looking for an outdoor adventure in the winter months? Enjoy all that Hillsborough River State Park has to offer! The park is open year-round from 8:00 am until sundown. Admission into the park is $6 per vehicle, but once in the park, the sky’s the limit. Partake in activities like kayaking, fishing, hiking, geo-seeking, bicycling or a good old-fashioned picnic.
>>Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: Find holiday shopping, outdoor ice skating, sweet treats and festive beverages. (Nov. 19th – Jan. 2nd)
>>Holiday Productions at the Straz Center: Enjoy live productions like ‘Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical, Patel Conservatory presents Holiday Music Concert, The Florida Orchestra – Handel’s Messiah, Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker and more. (On-going)
>>40th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll: Local holiday tradition that takes guests back in time to Christmases past through antique decorations and vintage decor at the Henry B. Plant Museum. (Dec. 1st – 23rd)
>>NYE Fireworks Cruise: Yacht StarShip hosts a special new NYE cruise to ring in the new year featuring a fireworks display, gourmet meal and champagne toast at midnight. (Dec. 31st)
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens is a stunning building with an even more stunning view of the waterway. You can tour the museum house and its collection of art or explore the 10-acres of gorgeous gardens. Open Wednesday – Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission into the museum is $22 for adults and $16 for seniors 65 and older.
To celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, Vizcaya Late will host Holiday Evenings on Dec. 1st and 16th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. These special events will feature historically-accurate Christmas decor in the main house and brilliantly-lit gardens around the grounds. Grab a map at check-in to easily find all the best spots for holiday selfies.
There’s no shortage of culture and art in one of the oldest districts in Miami. Enjoy a tour, attend a ballet or revel in a live orchestra performance at the Art Deco Historic District! You won’t regret a leisurely winter afternoon spent strolling the streets and taking in the sights and sounds of historic Miami. Grab a bite to eat from one of the many restaurants; a few of our favorites include A Fish Called Avalon, Orange Blossom and Yardbird.
If you plan to be on an extended stay in Miami after the new year, consider attending the 45th Annual Art Deco Weekend on Jan. 14th – 16th. This event was created as an effort to preserve and protect the art deco buildings found in South Beach while celebrating the rich history of the area. This three-day festival features numerous events including an antique car show, merchandise street fair, retro fashion show, live jazz music, big band entertainment and much more.
Since the weather will likely be warm, why not take the day to enjoy the beautiful views from the historic 1825 Cape Florida Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape. The park is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, and admission is only $8 per vehicle. Explore Bill Baggs Cape at your leisure and enjoy one of the many activities they have to offer like bicycling, fishing, kayaking, wildlife viewing and more.
>>Nights of Lights: Pinecrest Gardens are transformed into a winter wonderland filled with twinkling lights and holiday cheer. Stroll through the dazzling gardens, sip on a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy a holiday concert in the historic Banyan Bowl. (Dec. 10th – Jan. 2nd)
>>Riverside Holiday Village: Join the merry gathering at The Wharf on Thursdays through Sundays starting at 4:00 p.m. Celebrate with special holiday libations, larger-than-life decorations, more than 500,000 radiant lights and weekly festivities. (Dec. 2nd – 26th)
>>Symphony in Lights: Gulfstream Park Village hosts a holiday celebration featuring a light show with more than 250,000 LED lights set to seasonal music. The open-air complex also supplies shopping, dining and entertainment. (Nov. 13th – Dev. 31st)
>>Cheers To You, 2022!: The Wharf will host a New Year’s Eve bash along the iconic Miami River complete with live entertainment, delectable bites and a midnight toast. (Dec. 31st)