Congratulations on your move to Tampa! After your successful move, take some time to unwind and enjoy your new surroundings. Whether you want a fun, family-filled activity or some personal alone-time we’ve scouted out some great ways to enjoy the Tampa area.
1. Find your space at Lettuce Lake Park.
Despite its unusual name, you can’t beat a sunny day at Lettuce Lake Park. With over 240 acres of activity-filled fun, you are sure to find something to enjoy. Visit the wooded picnic area, wander through the wooded park or run the fitness trail. Canoes are available to rent, and there is observation tower is a highlight.
2. Check out the Gasparilla Pirate Festival.
“Ahoy, Me Hearties!”January marks the start of Gasparilla Season in Tampa Bay. It includes a full schedule of pirate-themed events including a Children’s Parade and Pirate Festival. Events are held from mid-January through early March. The Gasparilla Parade of Pirates, held the last Saturday of January, kicks off with a friendly invasion by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla. This annual favorite is noted as the third largest parade in the United States with an average attendance of 300,000 people.
3. Go animal mad at Busch Gardens.
This dynamic family adventure theme parks boasts numerous top-notch thrill rides, Broadway-style shows, and more than 12,000 animals. Set on over 335 acres, this unique combination of amusement rides, exotic animals, shows, restaurants, and shops make it an ideal destination for those of all ages.
4. Experience a film or event at the Tampa Theatre.
This historic theatre is an impeccably restored landmark site of the Uptown District. Theatre-goers experience world-class entertainment under a realistic night-time sky complete with twinkling stars in a Mediterranean courtyard which features classic statues, flowers, and gargoyles. The theatre presents more than 600 events every year. Events include first-run and classic films, special events, concerts, corporate events, tours and educational programs.
5. Get inspired at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
This unique museum features historic and contemporary works by national and international photographers. This gallery not only offers excellent rotating exhibitions, but they also have a number of great workshops. You can relax and unwind after your move, but on top of that you might also learn a skill and make some new friends.
6. Go on a crazy trip to Adventure Island.
Located just across the road from Busch Gardens, this massive water park is full-on-fun for all the family. The water slides will have the children occupied for hours, while the adults can relax and unwind in the lazy river.
7. Discover Ybor City.
Hop on a restored, vintage streetcar and visit Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark District. Explore the rich architectural history as well as the great restaurants and shopping. Ybor City is known to achieve the perfect balance between nighttime party destination and a daytime haven for tourism and shopping.
8. Get the best of everything at Bayshore Boulevard.
Enjoy a walk along the longest continuous waterfront sidewalk in the US, Bayshore Boulevard. This scenic walkway not only provides incredible skyline views of the city and bay it offers an abundance of fun activities. Enjoy a fantastic waterside walk, jog, skate or cycle. Or rent a water bike or Segway and discover the sites. There is so much to take in along this fantastic route.
Unpack and Unwind
Congratulations on your new home. It’s time to celebrate all of your hard work, so we hope that you have found your ideal way to unwind in our list above.