25 Things To Do In Tampa When You're Bored And All Your Friends Are Busy
Solo Adventures FTW!
When all of your friends are busy and you have nothing on your calendar, it can be hard to think of something to fill your day. But think of it as an opportunity to treat yourself to a special "Me Day."
We have compiled some of the best experiences for solo adventuring around Tampa Bay. Spoil yourself with a manicure, indulge in window shopping, or spend an afternoon meditating in nature. The possibilities are endless!
Tranquility Wellness Spa
Where: 149 2nd St N, St. Petersburg
Enjoy a spa day at Tranquility Day Spa in St. Petersburg. Pedicures, facials, and aromatherapy are just some of the luxuries you can indulge in here. There are even special packages just for men!
Where: S Bungalow Terrace
Take a stroll through Bungalow Terrace in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Established in 1913, this pedestrian-only street is lined with 19 adorable bungalow homes. This is a street unlike any other in Tampa, and it is perfect if you feel like adventuring on foot.
Where: 711 N Franklin St
Take yourself out on a movie date to the historic Tampa Theatre. Showings often include cult classics like Pretty in Pink and Casablanca, as well as newly released films. If you want to make a full day of it, take a tour of the preserved theatre.
Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Where: I-275, St. Petersburg
Take a mini road trip south from St. Petersburg to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. This 4.1 mile bridge reaches a height of 180 feet and is the longest concrete cable bridge in the entire world! Pretty impressive, right?! So throw on your shades, roll your windows down, and enjoy this hometown landmark!
Hyde Park Village
Where: 744 S Village Circle
Trendy restaurants, chill coffee shops, Instagrammable street art, and chic stores make Hyde Park Village a goldmine for a fun afternoon. Grab a coffee at Buddy Brew, snap a selfie by one of the inspirational quotes painted on the village's exterior, and relax by the fountain (a great spot for people watching!)
Where: 1710 S Dale Mabry Hwy
Looking to switch up your workout? Take a class at Mantra, the only Lagree Fitness studio in Tampa. The megaformer has been likened to pilates on steroids, and it is perfect for getting into beachbody shape! The instructors and staff at Mantra are always positive and bring great energy to every class, so head over and take advantage of your first class for only $18! (Even better, check out the studio's Groupon deal!)
Where: 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg
Take advantage of the natural beauty at Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. This is the picture perfect spot to spend your day solo. Bring along your camera to snap some unique pics, or bring a journal for a private meditation session. We promise you won't want to miss out on this gorgeous attraction!
Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
Where: 400 N Ashley Drive
Love photographs? Take a break from scrolling through Instagram and walk through the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA). Exhibits regularly include the work of local photographers, curated collections, and historical snapshots of Tampa's past. Kylie Jenner's pics may have 113 million followers, but the photographs at FMoPA are priceless!
Tampa Premium Outlets
Where: 2300 Grand Cypress Dr, Lutz
I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for outlet shopping! The Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz are definitely worth your time with choices like Polo Ralph Lauren and Swarovski. There are even cute art installations that are perfect for your Insta!
Where: Bayshore Dr & 1st Ave SE, St. Petersburg
The Pinellas Trail spans from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg in the south. Make it a goal to conquer the full length of the trail, or choose a leg of it to enjoy by bike, rollerblades, or foot. It's an excellent way to soak in some vitamin D while being active!
Bandit Coffee Co.
Where: 2662 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Bandit Coffee Co. in St. Petersburg is a local coffee shop that is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon with a good book or writing a story of your own! Sip on a cappuccino, take a pic with the St. Petersburg mural, and embrace the trendy decor of the shop. If you're in the mood to be chatty, there are communal tables where you can mingle with other customers — when your friends are busy, why not make some new ones??
Kim Brothers Oriental Market
Where: 4021 W Hillsborough Ave
Need to go grocery shopping? Skip the basic grocery store and go to the Kim Brothers Oriental Market, where you can find delicious sweets and Hello Kitty themed drinks. Make it a full day by picking up ingredients for a new recipe that you can cook for dinner!
Where: 5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City
Be a big kid and let your inner child out while you spend the day at Dinosaur World in Plant City. Sounds awesome, right?! Well, it is! With lifesize dinosaur replicas and X, you can leave your boredom behind as you enter a prehistoric world.
Where: 112 S. Osceola Avenue, Clearwater
Treat yourself to a beach day in Clearwater! This popular tourist attraction is pretty quiet during the week; you may even have your own private beach for the day! Grab a towel, sunblock, and a great book to read because this is a great opportunity to soak in the rays and spend some quality solo time!
Where:1905 West Kennedy Blvd
Chill out with a session of cryotherapy! This restoration activity isn't just for athletes; it's for anyone looking for a way to relax their muscles and relieve inflammation. It's also great for pain relief and weight loss! Better yet, the exterior of US Cryotherapy's building makes for a sassy Insta pic!
The Florida Aquarium
Where: 701 Channelside Drive
When all of your friends are busy for the day, why not visit our wonderful friends at the aquarium?? Take Bayshore Boulevard into downtown for the Florida Aquarium, a popular attraction that is home to sea life ranging from stingrays to sharks to penguins. Have something you want to talk about? The otters are great listeners!
Where: 420 W Kennedy Blvd
Is there much else better than sipping on an espresso and reading a new book? That's exactly what you can do at Oxford Exchange, a restaurant-bookstore-coffee shop in South Tampa. Cozy up in one of the comfy leather chairs for a chill afternoon to yourself.
Taste of Boston
Where: 5314 Interbay Blvd
If you haven't tried the food at Taste of Boston, you're missing out! This delicious seafood restaurant is located at the front of the Ballast Point Pier and makes for a great lunch spot when you're solo. Bring a book or a journal, then settle into one of the waterfront tables. Complete your meal with a scoop of ice cream and a pic of the Tampa skyline!
Where: 2718 S MacDill Ave
Enjoy a blast from the past at Wisteria Antiques on MacDill Avenue in South Tampa. Past treasures from this local shop have included vintage Swarovski jewelry and hand-painted perfume bottles. Whether you’re looking for a new trinket for your living room or trying to put a spin on your fall wardrobe, you’re certain to find something unique at Wisteria!
The Salvation Army
Where: 2815 S MacDill Ave
Feeling thrifty? Head across the street from Wisteria Antiques to peruse The Salvation Army’s collection of secondhand finds. Antique AND thrift store shopping?? Sounds like a win-win to me! You have to check out the wall of shoes, it's amazing!
Where: 1600 E 8th St
Go on a solo adventure by trolley from downtown Tampa to Ybor City. Indulge in the Cuban culture, delicious food, and colorful murals that line the streets of Ybor. Get to know Tampa's most iconic neighborhood while capturing your next Insta pic!
Luxe Day Spa
Where: 112 S Armenia Ave
If you're on the Tampa side of the bay and want to treat yourself to a spa day, then Luxe Day Spa is where you need to be! With services like eyelash extensions, massages, and manicures, you deserve to spoil yourself and be pampered by the friendly staff at Luxe!
Where: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Take a peaceful walk in nature through the Weedon Island Nature Preserve, complete with opportunities for kayaking, hiking, and learning about the land's native people at the on-site history center. You'll be in awe of the view from the overlooks!
Tampa Museum of Art
Where: 120 Gasparilla Plaza
In an artsy mood? Head over to the Tampa Museum of Art for a quiet and educational day to yourself. With both traditional and modern collections, your cultural horizons are sure to be broadened. And the view from the building’s balcony isn’t too bad, either!
Where: 1103 N 22nd St
Think IKEA is only good for furnishing your apartment? Think again! The IKEA store in Tampa is a great place to spend an afternoon. This two-story megastore is filled with everything from living room furniture to garden plants to funky wall art. Explore the kids' section and crawl into one of the hiding spaces in the play areas (we promise you aren't too big!) And if you haven't tried the cinnamon buns at the refreshment stand, you're definitely missing out!