Discover incredible things to do in Tampa Bay, Florida and have an adventure! When you come to Tampa Bay, you’re in for an exciting time. Whether you’re racing through the air on a heart-pounding roller coaster at Busch Gardens, or partying with pirates at the Gasparilla parade, you’re in for treasures beyond your wildest dreams. With endless things to do in Tampa Bay you might have a hard time knowing where to start. Take the guess work out and Grab a CityPASS to get tickets for some of the best things to do in Tampa, Florida. Come explore. You won’t ever want to leave.
Things to do in Tampa Bay Area
Parks & Preserves
The Parks and Conservation Resources department maintains more than 20,000 acres of parks and preserves. Picnic shelters, camping, playgrounds, boat ramps and trails are among the many amenities enjoyed by our residents and visitors.
- http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/beaches.htm *
- http://www.visittampabay.com/index.aspx *
Occupying a peninsula along the Gulf Coast in the heart of west central Florida, Pinellas County is the second smallest county in the state, containing less than 281 square miles. While small in total area, Pinellas enjoys a long coastline along the Gulf Coast, providing over 35 miles of fine white sandy beaches stretching from Tarpon Springs to Fort De Soto.
Wildlife- Please note that part of Florida’s beauty is the abundance of wildlife, it is not uncommon to see in certain areas and regions snakes, alligators, dear, etc. Please be cautious and watchful of Florida’s fauna and flora.
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- Clearwater Beach
- Indian Shores / Tiki Gardens
- Indian Rocks Beach
- Madeira Beach
- Redington Shores
- St. Pete Beach
- Fort De Soto Park, located in the south end of the county, is one of the largest county parks in the State of Florida, with over seven miles of shoreline.
- Sand Key Park, located in central Pinellas County, has almost a half mile of beachfront.
- Howard Park, is a gem located on the Gulf of Mexico in the northern reaches of the county in Tarpon Springs
- Caladesi Island
- Egmont Key
- Honeymoon Island
Tampa Bay enjoys a high variety of major sporting events. Below please find some of the major teams that are part of the area’s attractions:
- Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey
- Tampa Bay Rays Baseball
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football
- New York Yankees Spring Training Camp/Tampa Yankees
- Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training Camp
- Tampa Bay Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Campus has a large display with brochures and discount cards for local attractions that include, but is not limited to:
- Bush Gardens Tampa Bay- Amusement Park
- Adventure Island- Water Amusement Park
- John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk
- Lowry Park Zoo
- Florida Aquarium
- Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center includes three floors of cutting-edge exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Florida’s history and culture.
- The Ringling
Located on the beautiful Sarasota Bay, visit the Art galleries, Ca d’Zan Mansion, Circus Museum including The Wisconsin Rail Car and the Howard Bros. 43
- American Victory Ship Mariners Museum
The American Victory Ship is one of only four operational World War II ships in the U.S. As a national historic landmark, the mariners museum ship is a prize attraction offering educational tours,
- Armed Forces History Museum
The Armed Forces History Museum, housed in a 35,000 sq ft renovated building, is dedicated to honorably preserving our military history and educating our current and future generations
- Cracker Country Living History Museum
Discover Cracker Country, a rural Florida outdoor living history museum, and experience how the daily lives of early Florida settlers revolved around chores, seasons, family, and community.
- Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Inc.
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits.
- Glazer Children’s Museum
Designed to inspire children and families by creating learning opportunities around innovative play and discovery, the 53,000 square foot Glazer Children’s Museum will have a combination of permanent
- Henry B. Plant Museum
With its magnificent Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and tropical gardens, a visit to the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel, will transport you to Victorian splendor.
- J.C. Newman Cigar Company
J.C. Newman is America’s oldest family owned cigar company and the last operating cigar factory in Cigar City with brands including Diamond Crown, MAXIMUS, Cuesta Rey, Brick House and El Baton.
- Morean Arts Center
The Morean Arts Center operates the best and most inspirational art venues in Downtown St. Petersburg. For an adventure into art, visit the Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop, Morean.
- MOSI – Museum of Science & Industry
For children and adults. Experience what it’s like to pedal a bicycle on a 1-inch cable suspended 30 feet above the ground or lie on a bed-of-nails in the Kids In Charge exhibit! 44
- Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House
The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House celebrates local baseball culture; from Little League to Major League, and everything in between
- Tampa Firefighters Museum
Museum visitors can enjoy “hands-on” exhibits, education programs, rental space for events, a gift shop, donation or sponsorship opportunities, and additional benefits with annual membership.
- Tampa Museum of Art
The Tampa Museum of Art provides the region with world-class traveling exhibitions, a growing collection of contemporary and classical art, expanded educational programs and access to scenic outdoor.
- Tampa Police Museum
The Tampa Police Museum honors officers killed in the line of duty, preserves historically important records, books and police equipment, and urges the teaching of police science and work by offering.
- The Dali Museum
Soak in the brilliance as you are surrounded by an unparalleled collection of works by renowned artist Salvador Dalí. Enjoy an afternoon wandering through the awe-inspiring building.
- University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum
USF CAM brings vital, investigative and scholarly exhibitions of contemporary art to the University and the Tampa Bay community.
- Ybor City Museum State Park
An urban park and museum in the heart of Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District. The park consists of a main exhibit space housed in a 1923-era bakery building, a lush Mediterranean-style garden. 45
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Nightlife in Tampa Bay Area
Tampa nightlife has it all and the area’s hottest venues are calling your name. From Irish pubs and dancing clubs to microbreweries and martini bars, you won’t have to look far to find the ultimate locale to let your hair down and start mixing and mingling.
- Downtown, St. Petersburg (St. Pete)
The restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs offer a variety of entertainment that lasts well after sunset.
- Ybor City, Tampa
Ybor City is home to a number of bars, live music venues and nightlife options. There is a concert nearly every night of the week.
- Howard Avenue, Tampa
It is a north-south road in the West Tampa and South Tampa sections of Tampa, Florida. South Howard is home to the SoHo (Tampa) entertainment district and several popular restaurants and bars.
- Downtown, Dunedin
Dunedin is a compact city center with bars, restaurants and beaches.
- Clearwater Beach
Clearwater beach enjoys a large pier, local restaurants, various events, bars, entertainments and a variety of other events.