As the weekend rolls in, it's time to plan your next great escape with your crew.

Luckily for you, Florida is full of fun places to explore, many of which have picture-perfect backdrops for you to snap some memories of your time together.

If you've been needing a little inspo for your next weekend trip with the squad, let this list of things to do near Tampa with your friends be your guide.

From wandering through aisles of plants to spruce up your space, catching up over lunch at a super cute spot, or going on an adventure in nature, this list has a little something for every type of hangout session.

The best part is most of these spots aren't going to break the bank, with prices ranging from a few bucks to that $20 in your pocket you were saving for a rainy day.

So round up your loved ones, throw on some tunes, and take a Tampa Bay Adventure to these fun spots.

Shop For New Plants at a Cute Little Shop

Price: 💸💸

Address: 1502 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: Tucked away behind a pink door in Tampa, Fancy Free Nursery's plant parlor is full of indoor and outdoor decor and a variety of greenery you can purchase to liven up your space. There's even a little section for you to sit outdoors under the awning.


Float Down a Lazy River in a Turquoise Oasis

Price: 💸

Address: 19158 SW 81st Place Rd. Dunnellon, FL

Why You Need To Go: Just under a 2-hour road trip from the TPA, you can swim in Rainbow Springs State Park's mesmerizing cerulean spring, float down lazy rivers, and discover a hidden waterfall — all to the tune of $2 for admission.


Nom on Cuban Food at the Most Picture-Perfect Tampa Eatery

Price: 💸💸

Address: 516 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: Luv Child is a perfectly pink paradise, serving up Cuban and Latin-inspired eats. The interior is stunning, but the outdoor patio will appeal to your friends who like their bites while enjoying the fresh Florida air.


Indulge in Boozy Milkshakes and Edible Chocolate Cups

Price: 💸💸

Address: 538 1st Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: St. Pete's resident craft coffee and dessert bar, Beans & Barlour, serves up some of the most sweet-tooth-satisfying snacks around. From espresso martinis to massive boozy milkshakes and chocolate cups you can actually eat filled with cookie dough, this spot is the ultimate cheat day stop.


Feed Your Inner Goth and Catch Up Over a Sparkly Black Glitter Latte

Price: 💸💸

Address: 5207 N Florida Ave., Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: Chocolate Pi's little cafe and bakery is a French pastry shop meets antique store, with an adorable space next to Ichicoro. Indulge in a black glitter latte while snacking on fruit tarts, macarons, and more. They just released a new cloud latte too.


Explore One of Florida's Oldest Museums

Price: 💸

Address: 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: The Sunken Gardens in St. Pete will wind you through lush foliage with plenty of photo ops. Even your friend who hates hiking will enjoy seeing flamingos, crossing bridges under a canopy of trees, and being surrounded by flowers on a leisurely stroll through this floral paradise.


Kayak Through a Portal of Mangroves

Price: FREE admission; kayak rental prices vary by day.

Address:  1800 Weedon Dr. NE St. Petersburg, FL

Why You Need To Go: Weedon Island's four miles of mangrove tunnels are like a portal into St. Pete's beautiful coastal ecosystems. Paddle this watery world, or hike their boardwalk trails to a tower that overlooks The Bay.


Hunt Antique Treasures at an Eerie Oddity Shop

Price: 💸

Address: 1903 E 7th Ave., Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: We all have that friend that's into the creepy and otherwordly, and Dysfunctional Grace Art Co. will satisfy their itch for the oddities of life. From antiques to books, the metaphysical, taxidermy, and other quirky finds, this spot is worth exploring. It's also super close to a hidden speakeasy (that's also allegedly haunted) and feels like a haunted mansion if you want to take a little detour.


Booze n' Brunch on a Boat

Price: 💸💸

Address: 333 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL

Why You Need To Go: eBoats Tampa lets you and up to 11 friends cruise the channels downtown in an electric boat. Bring your own booze and brunch bites to really add to the experience. The only catch, you have to have someone 25 or older in the crew to drive and stay below the legal .08 limit. The $240 price tag for a four-hour trip comes out to roughly $20 each if you have the max group size.


So what are you waiting for? Grab your gal pals and get exploring this weekend!


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


 

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