The Sunshine State: known for its near-perfect year-round weather and stretches of perfect sparkling sandy beaches. While it's beautiful and all, sometimes we just need other things to do around Tampa when we're over the beach.
On this list, you'll find a little bit of everything from boozy juice pouches and video games to vintage vinyl book cafes, mouthwatering and healthy lunch spots, immersive art, and more to keep you entertained without having to hit the waves.
Without further adieu, here are 7 unique things to do around Tampa if you're tired of the beach.
Get Your Game On While Guzzling Boozy Capri-Suns at Park & Rec
Address: 290 S Meridian Ave. Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: This recently opened bar is definitely worth checking out. With boozy juice pouches, awesome retro game themed bites and booze, and vintage video games for you to play and slay while you drink the night away, there's no shortage of fun to be had at this arcade bar.
Enjoy Lunch at Swami Juice Bar: Florida's First Avocado Bar
Address: 2832 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Florida's first avocado toast bar with tons of healthy & delicious options; you can even get avocado-clad salads, cold-pressed juices, acai bowls, and smoothies here too. Vegan-friendly for all you plant-based foodies out there.
Go On A Boozy Peddle Boat Tour With Your BFFs
Price: $40 per person if not filling all 10 pedal seats — for the full boat up to 15 guests it's $35 per person.
Address: 333 South Franklin Street Tampa, FL; you reserve your 2-hour experience date and time online here.
Why You Need To Go: A fun way to party with your BFFs on a boozy BYOB peddle boat experience. Pedal away the extra calories & sugar from your drinks or take it easy as you float about The Bay. You can even connect your phone to the Bluetooth speaker, plug it in to charge, and party under a mini disco ball.
Shop Affordable Vintage Books and Records at Mojo Books & Records
Price: Books as cheap as $0.99, most newer books are about half of their cover price. Records sell for anywhere between 99 cents & $2000 for rare titles; coffee, smoothies, & tea from the cafe range in price from $2 to $6.50. You can see the cafe menu here.
Address: 2540 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy coffee, tea, or a smoothie while browsing discount books & vintage vinyl records. Popular and newer titles are often here at half their usual cover price, with books that are $0.99 to $1.99 available buy one get one. You can also trade-in books & records for store credit.
Immerse Yourself in Art at The Tampa Museum of Art
Price: Adult admission is $15.
Address: 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: Known for stunning and unique exhibits, immerse yourself in a fantasy world of art and creativity. From bright colors, paintings, and sculptures to whimsical displays, you will not be disappointed.
Explore The Ruins of Fort Dade
Price: You'll have to take a ferry from Fort De Soto to Egmont Key; park entry at Fort De Soto is $5, while the ferry is $25 per adult. Snorkeling gear rentals can be added on for $15.
Address: Start at Fort De Soto State Park, boarding the ferry there — 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FLRanger Station Coordinates: N 27 36. 032 W 82 45. 623Lighthouse Coordinates: N 27 36. 047 W 82 45. 634
Why You Need To Go: While this one is located on a beach, it offers so much more than your usual sandy slosh. Like an oceanic Indiana Jones, climb, adventure, & discover the hidden beauty & secrets the ruins of Fort Dade hold on the stunning Egmont Key that you'll never want to leave.
Visit The Hindu Temple of Tampa
Price: FREE — you just have to schedule your visit online.
Address: 5509 Lynn Road, Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: A beautiful temple ornate with spiritual imagery in a striking white color. Learn more about Hinduism, experience culture, and satisfy your wanderlust all without leaving the Sunshine State. The best part? It's free to visit!
So what are you waiting for? Forget the beach and go exploring!
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