Looking for a way to celebrate fall 2018? We have your list of secret places that are perfect for a fall date with your girl!
Beat the Florida heat by taking your girlfriend on a date to one of these hidden locales in the Tampa area. Escape to the air conditioning of an old school arcade or sneak out in the cooler evening temperatures to see a sunset over the city's skyline. Then finish your date with a sweet something from a locally owned business.
There's something for every couple to enjoy — Foodies, Athletes, Creatives, and Adventurers. Whatever your style, push pause on Netflix for the day and hit one of these hidden gems in Tampa Bay!
Not attached this fall? Plan a first date or even take a friend to one of these exciting spots for a new and refreshing experience to kick-off fall with a bang!
There's still time to make this a month to remember, and we're here to help you surprise your S/O with a date that will make her Insta followers swoon. (Ladies, share this list to give your beau a hint of where you'd like to go on your next outing!)
Where: 1213 W Waters Ave
Take your girlfriend on a throwback date with the 80s and 90s-themed arcade games at Lowry Parcade. Donkey Kong, Mario Kart and Area 51: Site 4 are just some of the novelties from your childhood that can give your date a competitive edge. Look out for one of the Nintendo Nights — a blast-from-the-past where you can play your favorite games on Nintendo 64 consoles. So grab a beer from the tap selection and challenge your SO to a round of Galaga!
Tebella Tea Company
Where: 227 E Davis Blvd
Is your girlfriend a Hunger Games fan? Are you? Venture over to Davis Island for Tebella Tea Company, a locally owned tea shop that carries William Dean chocolates, the official chocolatier of the Hunger Games films which just happen to be based right here in Tampa! Select one of the gourmet chocolates and choose from dozens of tea flavors, then take your S/O for a romantic walk down the shore of Davis Island to catch a cruise ship leaving port or a regatta at the Davis Island Yacht Club.
Bowls for Good
Where: 420 22nd Street S, St. Petersburg
Feeling crafty? Attend a woodcarving class at Bowls for Good to create a pen, a bowl, or even a Harry Potter wand. You can show your date that you're philanthropic because Bowls for Good is a social enterprise that uses its profits to provide woodcarving classes to children in underserved areas in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. This donation-based experience is certain to fill your DIY craving!
Ballast Point Pier
Where: 5300 Interbay Blvd
Glistening water, a perfect skyline view, and secluded park benches are just a few of the things that make Ballast Point Pier one of the most romantic spots in Tampa. Go during the day and enjoy an ice cream cone from Taste of Boston, the restaurant located next to the pier, or go in the evening and take in the sunset over the city. And be certain to check out the handpainted murals depicting Tampa staples such as Gasparilla and manatees — they make great Insta photos!
Where: 3225 S MacDill Ave
Here in Tampa, we love brunch! Which is all the more reason to surprise your girlfriend with an amazing weekend date to The Brunchery, a local spot that has catered the likes of The White House. Eating here is like being back in your grandma's house, from the antiques and trinkets lining the walls to the delicious array of comfort food perfect for starting your lazy Sunday. Try the Bayshore Benedict with crab meat or the Waffle-a-la-Brunchery with custom cream cheese sauce. And definitely, include an order of the rum balls!
Fun Lan Drive-In
Where: 2302 E Hillsborough Ave
Forego the basic movie theater and take your girlfriend on a romantic outing to one of the last remaining drive-ins in the area. Bring a blanket and pop the trunk for a great view and cozy experience. With both new releases and cult classics on queue, Fun Lan Drive-In is a must on your fall date list.
Cheese Please & Clooney’s Bar
Where: 3225 S MacDill Ave
Is your girlfriend a George Clooney fan? So are the owners of Cheese Please & Clooney's Bar! This wine bar is themed with all things George Clooney, complete with autographed photos and fun trivia about the movie star. Cheese Please, the restaurant portion of the venue, is known for its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and charcuterie boards. Whether you're a Clooney fan or a grilled cheese fan (or both!) this place needs to be on the top of your list!
Glazer Children's Museum
Where: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza
Think that The Children's Museum is only for kids? The Glazer Children's Museum regularly hosts "Grown Ups Nights" complete with Play-Doh, parachutes, and adult beverages. Past themes have included Harry Potter, The Wizard of Oz, and Gasparilla. Keep an eye on the museum's calendar for the next adults-only evening, then grab your bae and let your inner children out to play!
Where: 1920 W Platt St
Does your girl have a sweet tooth? Then you absolutely must plan a date to Mr. Penguin, Tampa's eclectic "Gelati" spot. Blend your flavor choice of Italian ice with either chocolate or vanilla soft serve (or both!) and delight bae with a delicious sweet treat to beat this heat!
Fort De Soto
Where: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S, St. Petersburg
Fort De Soto is so much more than your turquoise water and white sand beach date. The state park is the site of a historic military fort that was used in both the Civil War and the Spanish-American war. Explore the old barracks and canons before heading to the south of the island to watch the sunset in one of the most beautiful and private locales in the area.
Where: 3215 S MacDill Ave
Is Italy on your girlfriend's bucket list? You don't have to travel overseas to experience a taste of the rich, delicious food for which the Italians are known. Osteria Natalina is one of Tampa's best-kept secrets, a small adults-only restaurant that will customize any dish your SO desires! This family-owned osteria, an upscale-yet-casual eatery, is as authentically Italian as you can get without purchasing a plane ticket. Complete with your meal with handmade gelato and tiramisu for a sweet finish to your date night.
Where: 711 N Franklin St
Founded in 1926, this Tampa landmark is a historic theater that has been restored and renovated to host an array of performances from live shows to the latest blockbuster. For the architecture buff, the original structures inside the building are a show on their own. And for an added romantic touch, when the lights go out in the theater, the stars come alive with a planetarium on the ceiling of the theater.
Harbour Island Art Walk
Where: Harbour Island Cul-de-Sac
Support local and show your girlfriend your creative side by taking her to the weekend Harbour Island Art Walk. It's the perfect place to find a new pair of handcrafted earrings and wall art made from repurposed beach chairs. Stop by one of the food tents for homemade sangria and sweet treats while overlooking Amalie Arena and other iconic downtown sights.
81 Bay Brewing Co.
Where: 4465 W Gandy Blvd
Murals painted by local artists, food trucks, and handcrafted drinks make 81 Bay Brewing Co. a great choice for a low-key and fun date night. Get a beer from the tap and take your S/O on a tour of the backend of the brewery before settling in to listen to live music for the evening. With special events such as talent shows and themed spelling bees, 81 Bay Brewing Co. takes your typical brewery to the next level!
Where: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Breathtaking views of mangroves, wildlife sightings, and a secluded walking trail make Weedon Island the perfect pick for an outdoor date. Rent a kayak or paddleboard and experience the scenery on the water. Challenge bae to see who can sight a black crab first (Hint: Look in the trees!) Not in the mood for physical activity? Make it an educational outing by visiting the Ahfachkee Seminole Native American museum on the preserve to learn about the first residents of Tampa Bay.
The Hall on Franklin
Where: 1701 N Franklin St
Do you and your girlfriend have different tastes, or do you just want more variety? The Hall on Franklin is a modern food court complete with Korean BBQ, craft beer, and gourmet sandwiches among the array of food selections for your next dinner date. Grab small plates from different stands and have a tapas-themed meal with bae.