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Housing and Family Information


The conference hotel is the Tampa Marriott Waterside which is currently full. Fortunately, there are many hotels in the downtown Tampa area in all price ranges.  You may want to try one of the online travel sites to view many choices at once (Orbitz, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotwire, etc.)  In addition, for those wishing to share a room we have set up a Facebook event page through which you can share your housing needs and wants, and communicate directly with others through Facebook:


Hotel suggestions (price range $130 to $180 per night) within walking distance of the Tampa Marriott or near public transportation.

Aloft Tampa Downtown
100 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33602, 1-813-898-8000

Courtyard Tampa Downtown
102 E Cass Street, Tampa, Florida 33602, 1-813-229-1100

Hampton Inn and Suites Tampa – Ybor City Downtown
1301 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33605, 1-813-247-6700

Residence Inn Tampa Downtown
101 East Tyler Street, Tampa, Florida 33601, 1-813-221-4224

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 North Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602, 1-813-223-2222



The Tampa area is a friendly place to visit with your family.  The weather in October will still be warm for outside activities.  The Tampa Marriott hotel has an outdoor, heated pool.  Next door to the hotel is Cotanchobee Park, a green space with play structures on the channel walk. The Florida Aquarium is also within walking distance of the hotel. For 50 awesome things to do with kids, compiled by a Tampa mother, see 50 Things To Do with Kids in Tampa.

For parents of infants:

  • Both women’s and men’s lobby restrooms have changing tables.
  • The hotel will provide a pack n’ play bed upon request for hotel guests.
  • A nursing room will be provided upon request for meeting attendees–please ask at the OHA registration desk.


The hotel recommends Nannies Who Care, an established Tampa childcare provider.  You will need to make your own arrangements and payments by booking on their website, Nannies Who Care, or calling the agency at 1-727-784-8868.