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20 Fun Outdoor Activities in the Tampa Bay Area

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20 Fun Outdoor Activities in the Tampa Bay Area

The Tampa Bay area is filled with fun outdoor activities for every age and interest!

1. Pier 60

Clearwater Beach, Florida is the #1 Best Beach in America and Pier 60 is the heart of America’s Best Beach. Pier 60 is full of family-friendly activities. There are large playground areas for the kids, fishing off the end of the pier, beautiful beach views, sugar-white soft sand, calm ocean waves, lifeguards nearby, large beach slides, and much more! Every day there is a Clearwater Beach Sunset Festival with local crafters selling their items, street performers, and often times live music. Pier 60 also is the location of many of the Clearwater Beach events including the Sugar Sand Festival. Stick around after sunset for free outdoor movies under the stars!

2. Caladesi Island / Honeymoon Island

Not far from Clearwater Beach you can find a totally different beach experience. You can find a much smaller beach with tree lines even touching into the ocean. This beautiful area provides almost private beach areas during the week. This area is known as Caladesi Island. There are two ways to access Caladesi Island. You can drive to Honeymoon Island in the Dunedin area and take a ferry to Caladesi Island, or you can walk to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach. It’s a long walk, but the directions are easy… just keep walking North on Clearwater Beach!

In my opinion, the best time to visit Caladesi Island is during the week. Look up days when the Ferry isn’t running and you’ll have the whole place to yourself!

3. Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is a “must see Florida attraction” centrally located between Tampa and Orlando among rolling hills of citrus! Our nearly 50 acres of Olmsted gardens, 2.5 acre children’s garden Hammock Hollow, 20-room Pinewood Estate Mediterranean-style mansion and the 205-foot art deco and neo-Gothic Singing Tower carillon is a place that has fascinated millions of Florida visitors.”

4. Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park is located just outside of Tampa, Florida and is a beautiful escape from the busy city. The park offers over 7 miles of hiking trails, a class II river rapids for kayaking and canoeing, and more!

5. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Theme Park is fun for the whole family! It provides some amazing rides and zoo experience at the same time with many animals throughout the park. Travel across the world all in the same park!

6. Fort De Soto

“Whether you are sitting on the beach or kayaking near the still water’s edge at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wild life and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.”

7. Zootampa

“Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), ZooTampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern US, with over 1 million visitors annually. The Zoo originated in the 1930’s as a municipal department with a small number of Florida native species. It grew gradually throughout the next four decades, but struggled to meet the developing professional standards of modern zoos. In 1982, community leaders created the Lowry Park Zoo Association to take over management of the Zoo for the City of Tampa with the goal of creating a world-class zoo through a public-private partnership. The Association then became the Lowry Park Zoological Society of Tampa, Inc., as it remains today. Working with a national zoo designer, the Society was able to create a modern, 24-acre facility that opened to the public in 1988 and shortly after earned Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). ZooTampa has now grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.”

8. Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise in the midst of a bustling city. As St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum, this 100-year-old garden is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region.

Unwind as you stroll through meandering paths, lush with exotic plants from around the world. Explore cascading waterfalls, beautiful demonstration gardens, more than 50,000 tropical plants, and flowers.”

9. Tampa Riverwalk

Walk around the waterfront in downtown Tampa and experience beautiful views, delicious restaurants and more on the Tampa Riverwalk.

10. Dinosaur World

“Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa in Plant City, Florida. Dinosaur World Florida is Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated to the giants of years past. Encounter a wide variety of dinosaurs in a unique, natural lush garden setting.”

Featuring dinosaur-themed playgrounds, beautiful outdoor areas and more!

11. Ybor City

“There is so much more to explore in Ybor! It’s not just Tampa’s playground, it’s historically different with a thriving influx of growing corporations and small businesses, eclectic retail stores, diverse restaurants and a growing number of new residential units for people calling Ybor City home.

Conveniently located just northeast of downtown, Ybor City is the only neighborhood on Florida’s west coast to be designated a National Historic Landmark District. Founded by Vicente Martinez-Ybor, the district has enjoyed a rich and diverse culture for more than a century.”

12. Ballast Point Park and Pier

“Name for the spot where arriving ships would off-load their ballast to enter the harbor, Ballast Point Park and Pier is located in a quiet neighborhood of South Tampa. It features a wonderful splash park for the kids, a large playground area, shade trees and picnic tables. One of the most impressive features of the park is the view of the downtown skyline and Davis Islands. There is a long pier that juts out into the Bay and a conveniently located bait house if you wish to try your hand at fishing. Alternatively, you can grab a bite at the Taste of Boston restaurant. The food is good and you can sit outside and enjoy the views. There is also a boat dock and ramp.”

13. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Head to Tarpon Springs, Florida for an amazing Greek experience! This Greek village is just north of Clearwater and is known for its historic sponge docks and it’s delicious and authentic Greek food!

Hellas Greek Restaurant and Bakery

GREAT GREEK FOOD 🇬🇷 Hellas Restaurant serves up authentic Greek food and desserts in Tarpon Springs! Details >> http://bit.ly/36FzylF via Zack Perry

Posted by Taste and See Tampa Bay on Thursday, January 30, 2020

14. Adventure Island

Adventure Island is a great water park in the Tampa Bay area featuring water slides, lazy rivers, pools and more!

15. Whiskey Joe’s Beachbar & Grill

“When you think of Whiskey Joe’s, think of a warm tropical breeze, white sands, family fun, cold drinks, delicious grub and killer sunsets. Whiskey Joe’s invites you to grab a couple of our famous tacos in the dining room, soak up some sunshine and sweet waterfront views on our patio or relax under a palapa on our large private beach.

Stop by for a coconut full of Hurricane Juice and put your feet in the sand at our World Famous Barefoot Bar. Cozy up to one of our fire pits after a great day in the Florida sun. However you decide to enjoy Whiskey Joe’s, you’ll feel like you’re miles away.

Whiskey Joe’s features delicious, localized dishes and a great bar scene, including 14 types of mojitos, 30 types of margaritas, and over 52 beers on tap at our Tampa location.”

16. Epperson Lagoon

“Over 7 acres in size and with crystal clear blue waters, there are endless ways for the whole family to enjoy the day at the Lagoon.

The Lagoon Day Pass gives you access to the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon®. Included with your visit is access to a tropical beach paradise, swimming in crystal clear water, family lawn games, beach toys, beach volleyball, access to swim-up bar, live entertainment & big screen TV viewing on select days. Food and beverages are available for purchase.”

17. Drive-in Movies

Go back intime and enjoy a drive-in movie at 5 different drive-in movie theaters in the Tampa Bay area!

18. Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee is an enchanted spring where you can see live mermaids, take a trip on a river boat cruise, learn about Florida wildlife, and swim in the pristine waters at Buccaneer Bay. You can also embark on a paddling adventure down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River.”

19. Urban Kai

Learn to Paddleboard and experience guided tours with Urban Kai! Choose from guided tours the mangroves in St. Petersburg or through the waterways of downtown Tampa!

20. Tampa Bay Water Bike Company

“Come experience the City of Tampa the way it was meant to be seen: from the water!  Tampa Bay Water Bike Company offers one of the most exciting ways to explore Downtown Tampa and its waterways, all for as little as $30.”

Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

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Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

I can’t be the only one looking forward to the temperature warming up, spending more time outside, and dreaming of time spent under the warm sun with my feet in the sand. Spring break will be here before we know it! Combine the beautiful weather with America’s Best Beach, and you’ll be set for a wonderful family spring break trip! The Clearwater Beach Spring Break stretches from March into April. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit Clearwater Beach, Florida. There are very few days of rain. The sun is warm throughout the day, with average highs reaching into the mid-70s and only drops into the 60s at night.

Clearwater Beach is more than just sugar soft white sand and calm ocean waters. The beach is known for being clean, safe, and very family-friendly. The beach is kept clean; there are bathrooms nearby, places to wash the sand off before leaving the beach for the day and the Clearwater Beach Lifeguards keep the beach safe in the sand and water.

Clearwater Breach Spring Break: Where to Stay

Clearwater Beach is a great family vacation location. If you’re planning a family vacation trip, consider staying in a Clearwater Beach Beachfront Condo. Our beachfront condos are a perfect place to stay with the whole family!

We have two bedroom – two bathroom condos, three bedroom – two bathroom condos and a four-bedroom – three and a half bathroom condo. All condos come with private beachfront balconies, full kitchens, access to heated pools, reserved parking spaces, laundry (washer and dryer) inside each condo, and more! We can even provide Pack n Plays and other helpful items if you’re traveling with a baby. (If you’re getting ready to travel with a baby, here are some tips for traveling with a baby to make it as easy as possible!)

The condos are located on the North Beach side of Clearwater Beach. It’s quieter, less crowded, and still only a short distance from delicious restaurants, Pier 60, the Clearwater Marina, and other attractions.

If you’re looking for a smaller location to stay when visiting Clearwater Beach, there are also some fantastic Hotels on Clearwater Beach. There are many different types of hotels to fit everyone’s needs.

Clearwater Beach Spring Break: Things To Do

The best thing to do when on a Clearwater Beach Spring Break vacation is to enjoy the warm weather truly! Relax on the beach, take long walks, swim in the ocean, or a heated pool. Relax and enjoy the warm sun! If you’re looking for more to do than just sitting and playing on the beach, no worries, the Clearwater Beach area is full of fun activities!

Get out on the water and go fishing, sailing, dolphin sighting, and more! Take a walk around the Clearwater Beach Marina and find out all the full water activities that are available for you to do. Get even closer to the dolphins and visit Winter and more friends at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium!

If you’re a baseball fan, check out some of the 2020 MLB Spring Training Games nearby! Within a short distance, you can watch the Philadelphia Phillies (Clearwater), the Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin), and New York Yankees (Tampa)!

You can enjoy beautiful sunsets from the beach, your private beachfront balcony, or down at Pier 60’s daily sunset festival! Hang around Pier 60 after sunset and watch a free movie under the stars!

Events during Clearwater Beach Spring Break 2020

Spring Break Lacrosse Camps in Clearwater: February 28 – April 3, 2020

WiLD Splash in downtown Clearwater: March 7, 2020

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: April 10 – April 26, 2020

Spring Break Events Near Clearwater Beach:

Skyway 10k: March 1, 2020 (From Manatee County to Pinellas County)

The Spring Games Madeira Beach: February 14 – March 15, 2020

Sunset Beach Concert Series in Tarpon Springs: March 5, 2020 and April 2, 2020

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour: Every Tuesday!

ROK Cup Florida Winter Tour – St. Petersburg: March 5 – March 8, 2020

Florida Water Festival in Pinellas Park: March 7, 2020

Race for the Cupcake 5k, St. Pete Beach: March 7, 2020

Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: March 13 – March 15, 2020

3D Lacrosse Spring Break St. Petersburg: March 15 – March 28, 2020

Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor: March 16 – March 22, 2020

Reggae Rise Up in St. Petersburg: March 20 – March 22, 2020

Gulfport Grand Prix: March 27 – March 29, 2020

Los Vinos de Dali – St. Petersburg: March 29, 2020

Tampa Bay Blues Festival – St. Petersburg: April 3 – April 5, 2020

Dunedin Scottish Highland Games: April 4, 2020

St. Pete Wing & Craft Beer Fest: April 17, 2020

Beer & Burger Throw Down: April 18, 2020

Mainsail Art Festival – St. Petersburg: April 18 – April 19, 2020

Florida Hard Seltzer Fest in St. Petersburg: April 25, 2020

Spring King of the Beach Fishing Tournament: April 30 – Mary 2, 2020

Clearwater Beach Weather & Events – February 2020

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Clearwater Beach Weather & Events - February 2020

Clearwater Beach Weather – February 2020

The month of February is cooler in Florida, but it is still beautiful! The average high temperatures at in the upper 60°s to low 70°s. The best part, there’s very little rain. The warm sun and comfortable air combine for a perfect time of year for long walks on the beach!

Clearwater Beach Events – February 2020

Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival: Celebrate the beautiful Clearwater Beach sunsets each day on Pier 60. The festival starts two hours before sunset and stays open until two hours after sunset. The daily festival includes artisans, crafters, street performers, and a beautiful view of sunset on Clearwater Beach – America’s #1 Beach!

Clearwater Beach Sunset Cinema Schedule

  • February 1, 2020: Judy (PG-13)
  • February 7, 2020: Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (PG)
  • February 8, 2020: The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13)
  • February 14, 2020: The Lost Valentine (NR)
  • February 15, 2020: The Notebook (PG-13)
  • February 21, 2020: Beauty & The Beast (PG)
  • February 22, 2020: Ophelia (PG-13)
  • February 28, 2020: The Sun in Also a Star (PG-13)
  • February 29, 2020: Leap Year (PG-13)

Namastay at the Beach for Mimosas: February 10th and 23rd, 2020 from 10 AM – 11 AM.

“Meet at Beach Fire Grill, 608 Mandalay Ave Clearwater Beach, to register (by 9:45 AM). We head out to the sand promptly at 10 AM for a one hour, all levels friendly, fun and funky yoga flow. Then we indulge back at Beach Fire with bottomless mimosas, or domestic drafts, until 2 pm! Yogis enjoy a discount on all food orders, all day! (Cash or Venmo only)”

JUCO Softball Kickoff: January 31, 2020 – February 2, 2020

“The 2020 Adidas Junior College Kickoff Classic and Showcase will be held in Clearwater, Florida on January 31 – February 2, 2020. This will be the 11th Anniversary of this very successful showcase for Junior College teams. The event is hosted and managed by Fastpitch Headquarters and LDI Sports Consulting. The managing personnel of our two organizations have over 3 decades of experience in running reputable tournaments and recruiting events. Our goal is to make the JUCO Kickoff Classic a great start to your team’s season.”

NFCA DI Leadoff Classic: February 7, 2020 – February 9, 2020

“Hosted by St. Pete/Clearwater Sports & Events, the 19th version of the Association’s season-opening tournament takes place Feb. 7-9 at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The 2020 field features 15 collegiate programs, 10 of which participated in the 2019 postseason, and the United States Women’s National Team.”

NSA – NFCA Youth Invitation: February 8, 2020 – February 9, 2020

Valentine’s Master Swim Meet: February 8, 2020 – February 9, 2020

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitation: February 13, 2020

Sunshine State Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming Champ16ionships: February 13, 2020 – February 16, 2020

The Sunshine State Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming Championships enters its 10th year and will be hosted by Nova Southeastern University. The event returns to the Long Center in Clearwater for the third consecutive year. Dates for the championship are Thursday, February 13th – Sunday, February 16th.”

Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival: February 22 – 23, 2020

“The Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival is a two-day open-air blues music and seafood festival. Located in the heart of downtown Clearwater, you can find our Coachman Park venue kissing the intercoastal waterways that runs parallel with the number one beach in America. Attendees are serenaded by five musical acts each day. Each performance will surely get your hips moving and arms waving. In concert with the incredible artists on stage is a smorgasbord of seafood dishes. A stroll through the food village will surround you with aromas of fresh grouper, cajun shrimp, large dishes of paella, and that’s only the beginning. There are also other options for our non-seafood loving friends. This Festival is free for the public to enjoy and there are also VIP and reserved seating packages available as well. ”

Spring Break Lacrosse Camps: February 28, 2020 – April 3, 2020

Tampa Bay Sporting Events – February 2020

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • February 1, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning @ San Jose Sharks (10:30 PM ET)
  • February 4, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vegas Golden Knights (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 6, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 8, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 10, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 PM ET)
  • February 11, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 13, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 15, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Philadelphia Flyers (4:00 PM ET)
  • February 17, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Colorado Avalanche (9:00 PM ET)
  • February 20, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Vegas Golden Knights (10:00 PM ET)
  • February 22, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Arizona Coyotes (8:00 PM ET)
  • February 25, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 27, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks (7:00 PM ET)
  • February 29, 2020: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Calgary Flames (4:00 PM ET)

Click Here for MLB Spring Training 2020 Schedule!

Events Near Clearwater Beach – February 2020

2Cool Art Show: February 1 – 2, 2020

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney: January 25, 2020 – May 10, 2020

Florida Food & Brews Festival: February 1, 2020

Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929: Now – April 5, 2020

St. Pete Indie Market: February 1, 2020

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market: Every Saturday

Mimosas & Masterpieces: Brunch at the Dali: Every Sunday

Yoga at The Dali: Every Sunday

Yoga on Tap at 3 Daughters Brewing: February 5, 2020, February 19, 2020

St. Pete Beach Drive, Dine & Wine Tour: Every Tuesday (January 23, 2020 – April 30, 2020)

Cupid’s Undie Run: February 8, 2020

St. Pete Second Saturday Artwork: February 8, 2020

Yoga on Tap at Green Bench Brewing: February 9, 2020

Poetry at the Dali: February 13, 2020

St. Pete French Fry Festival: February 14 – 15, 2020

The Spring Games Madiera Beach: February 14, 2020 – March 15, 2020

Dunedin Art & Craft Festival: February 15 – 16, 2020

Art & Seafood on the Waterfront Festival: February 22 – 23, 2020

Beer Olympics at Flying Boat Brewing Co.: February 22, 2020

St. Pete’s LOCALTOPIA: February 22, 2020

Annual MUSE Awards: February 28, 2020